Posts Tagged ‘vintage fashion’

Iconic Designer: Ceil Chapman

Monday, October 8th, 2012

American fashion designer Ceil Chapman, who worked primarily during the 1940s to 1960s in New york, created glamorous cocktail and party dresses for celebrities and society belles alike.

Reportedly Marilyn Monroe’s favorite designer, Chapman provided the trousseau for Elizabeth Taylor’s 1950 wedding to Nicky Hilton and designed for Deborah Kerr, Grace Kelly and Aretha Franklin.  Today, her designs are still sought after by many people including women like Dita Von Teese, who appreciate the body-conscious silhouette of her designs.

Born in Staten Island, Chapman worked primarily with silk, taffeta, jersey, chiffon and metallic brocades, often embellished with lace, beads or sequins. She died in 1979.

Pictured is a 1950s sequined ice blue satin cocktail dress with a shimmering beaded bodice and accented waistband.

Iconic Designer: Donald Brooks

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Once called one of “the three B’s of fashion,” alongside Bill Blass and Geoffrey Beene, Donald Brooks was an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy winning fashion and costume designer who created more than 3,500 costumes for the stage and film. Born in Connecticut, Brooks studied at Syracuse, Yale, FIT and Parsons School of Design. He started as a window designer for Lord & Taylor, but quickly attracted the attention of the store’s president who hired him to design a line.

The recipient of three Coty Awards for fashion, Brooks opened his first store in 1963, and was Oscar-nominated for the films Star!, Darling Lili and The Cardinal. While he never became as famous as some of his counterparts from the 1960s, Brooks remained a favorite of the New York set and beyond. “His clothes to wear in real life were elegant,” Liza Minnelli once said. “They made everybody look tall.”

Pictured is a 1960s graphic bamboo print silk shift dress with jacket. For more information please visit 1stdibs.

The Way We Wore Boutique Featured on Eye on LA’s “Best of LA” Segment!

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Los Angeles Magazine partnered with Eye on LA, bringing their famed “Best of Los Angeles” issue to life! We were honored to be featured alongside the eateries, salons, bars, and other businesses and attractions chosen as the best of the best in Los Angeles! Watch the full clip here! Skip to 3:28 for our segment!

Vintage at the Grammy’s!

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Linda Ramone keeps it real at the Grammy’s in a beaded silk dress circa 1980′s from The Way We Wore – fabulous!

Iconic Designer: Bob Mackie

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Synonymous with glitz and glamour, designer Bob Mackie has created memorable costumes and gowns for everyone from the Supremes and Cher to Judy Garland and Barbie. A southern California native, Mackie was heavily influenced by the silver screen and began to assist some of Hollywood’s top costume designers like the legendary Edith Head. By the mid-1960s, he was doing Mod looks for television stars.

He collected 31 Emmy Award nominations and nine Emmy Awards and is the only costume designer in the Television Academy hall of Fame. His ready-to-wear line launched in 1982, and he has since gone on to sell home furnishings, lighting, luggage and more. His work on the Sonny & Cher show and The Carol Burnett Show is now iconic — who doesn’t remember the Curtain Dress worn by Burnett in the Gone With the Wind parody?

Known for his use of color, sequins and beading, Mackie has said, “A woman who wears my clothes is not afraid to be noticed.”

Pictured is a flamenco-inspired evening gown made from layers of hot pink and vivid orange silk chiffon. Read more about the gown at 1stdibs.

Spring Fling: Pastels

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Pretty as a picture. Watercolors and pastel hues are the color palette for Spring. Here are some of our favorite picks inspired by the beautiful illustrations of Stina Persson.

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1980′s Thierry Mugler Sky Blue Chiffon Gown

Ungaro Watercolor Silk Chiffon Party Dress

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1930′s Peach Silk Velvet Burnout Gown

1970′s Christian Dior Couture Painterly Chiffon Gown

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John Dessès Blue Silk Watercolor Gown

Zandra Rhodes Silk Screened Gown

Iconic Designer: George Stravropoulos

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Born in Greece in 1920, where he worked as a couturier in Athens from 1949 to 1961, George Stravropoulos maintained a low key presence in the fashion world. His gowns were anything but, and from 1961 to 1990, he worked in New York doing couture and ready-to-wear. Widely considered a master of chiffon, he was best known for dresses and gowns that seemed to float in air and were influenced by the grace of classic Greek sculpture, according to the New York Times. He had fans in Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, Maria Callas, Barbra Streisand and Lady Bird Johnson.

Pictured above is a layered violet blue silk chiffon gown. The 2-ply layer of chiffon cascades from the front neckline around to the back, giving the gown a diaphanous feel. All seams clean finished or couture finished. Visit 1stdibs for more information and to view other gowns from Stravropoulos.

Iconic Designer: Jean Louis

Monday, December 12th, 2011

As the designer of Rita Hayworth’s famed black satin strapless dress from Gilda (1946), Marlene Dietrich’s beaded souffle stage wear for her cabaret shows and Marilyn Monroe’s iconic sheer sparkling gown she wore when she sang “Happy Birthday Mr. President” to JFK, Jean Louis gained fame around the globe as a Hollywood costume designer. The Paris-born designer, who was hired by Hattie Carnegie in New York before working in house for Columbia Pictures, also worked for Loretta Young, who he later married until his death in Palm Springs in 1997. He was nominated for 14 Academy Awards for Costume Design (he won for The Solid Gold Cadillac in 1956.)

Pictured above is a 1960s Jean Louis mohair swing coat, featuring an oversize plaid print on wool angora, in shades of tomato red, emerald green and royal blue. Available online at 1stdibs or at The Way We Wore.

Iconic Designer: Anne Fogarty

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

While pursuing an acting career, Pennsylvania native Anne Fogarty took a job as a model at Harvey Berin, a well-known Seventh Avenue dress maker. Although acting was her first love, the in-house designers trained Anne and she later attended design school in the evenings. She continued to model and design for various companies and in 1950, took a job at Margot Dresses, a junior label. Here she developed a signature look: the full-skirted silhouette. In 1957, she went on to design for Saks Fifth Avenue and also wrote a book, Wife Dressing. She established her eponymous line in 1962, transitioning into A-line silhouettes and later peasant styles and maxis. She passed away in 1980.

Pictured above is an early 1960s coat-dress in elegant raw silk, with a fitted waist, flared skirt and textural knotted buttons. Visit 1stdibs for more information.

Who’s been wearing pieces from The Way We Wore?

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Rapper Kreayshawn in the October issue of Complex, wearing vintage Moschino and Lacroix earrings from The Way We Wore.

Nicole Richie recently celebrated her 30th birthday in a 20s-inspired dress from The Way We Wore.

Tori Spelling glowed at her baby shower in vintage Sant’Angelo from The Way We Wore.