Archive for May, 2010
With a documentary of his life recently screened in New York and Los Angeles and the new Halston Heritage label gaining notoriety thanks in part to its creative director Sarah Jessica Parker, Halston has been on our minds lately. Roy Halston Frowick, who gained popularity in the 1970s thanks to his long dresses and use of ultrasuede, began as a milliner and his hats were featured in the Chicago Daily News in the 1950s. Once Jacqueline Kennedy wore his pillbox hat to her husband’s 1961 inauguration, Halston gained notoriety and started designing women’s wear.
With fans such as Bianca Jagger, Liza Minnelli, Liz Taylor, Anjelica Huston and Babe Paley, Halston became synonymous with glamour, decadence and international jet setters. The first designer to license his name and designs, Halston was a trailblazer. He died in 1990, but is certainly not forgotten. You may learn more about Halston by visiting the website for Whitney Sudler-Smith’s film Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston.
Pictured above is a billowy peach crinkled peasant style dress with a gathered scoop neckline and skirt. Comes with matching sash that can be tied in front or back or used as a head wrap. Visit 1stdibs or call us for more information.
Start spreading the news! TWWW will open a New York-based showroom in the heart of the fashion district this summer. The showroom will offer the Design & Creative Services responsible for bringing top designers and celebrities to the L.A.-based boutique and research library. Doris will choose an awe-inspiring selection of croquis, gouaches, shirting, trimmings and notions alongside a wide range of unique prototypes, clothing, footwear and accessories representing the best of women’s fashion from the 20th century. The Way We Wore has over 2 million textile swatches from the 1880s to 1960s. Open year-round to the trade, the space will welcome retail clients on special occasions and by invitation.
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Canadian native Arnold Scaasi created gowns for everyone from Jacqueline Kennedy and Lauren Bacall to Elizabeth Taylor and Catherine Deneuve. Though he had success in the 1950s, he became a household name in 1968, after Barbra Streisand wore his sheer overblouse and pants ensemble when she won the Academy Award for Funny Girl. Known for tailored suits and glamorous cocktail and evening wear, Scaasi’s pieces are often trimmed with feathers, fur, sequins or feature embroidery. Fun fact: the designer was born Arnold Isaacs and simply reversed his last name to become Scaasi.
Get up close and personal with Scaasi’s work at The Way We Wore. Pictured here is a 1970s cobalt blue silk gown with gold lame roses, asymmetrical pleating on the strapless bodice and a matching wrap. To learn more visit 1stdibs.
If you’re like us, you probably appreciate how clothing and accessories are used on screen to bring a character to life. The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising’s Museum & Galleries is hosting a free exhibition from May 18, 2010 to June 12, 2010 celebrating “The Art of Costume Illustration.” The exhibition, which showcases the evolution of costume design illustration from the past to the present, features work from both film and television. We can’t wait to check it out.
Sketch by Edith Head for Lucille Ball.
L.A.-based design maven Kelly Wearstler was featured in The New York Times Style Magazine T and picked The Way We Wore as one of her favorite places to shop. In the article, Kelly says she’s been collecting vintage clothing since age 15. “Like with furniture, there’s always something good that comes out of every decade,” she explains. We couldn’t agree more!