Monday, August 18, 2014

New To The Site: 1970’s “Periphery” Patchwork Print Dress


Cute vintage dress from the 1970’s made out of cotton fabric. Great pastel shades in soft blue and 
and pink and white. (Click on image to see more photos)



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Flea Market Find

Found these vintage Salvatore Ferragamo pumps at the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market in New York City! I couldn't be happier and will treasure forever.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Model Moment: Beverly Johnson

It was photographer Francesco Scavullo who immortalized model Beverly Johnson with a history-making Vogue cover in August 1974. It was Johnson’s first for the magazine—and, more to the point, the first time a black woman had ever taken that prized position.

Cosmopolitan March 1981
Photographed by Irving Penn, 1973
Johnson was born and raised in a middle class household in Buffalo, New York. After graduating high school in 1969, she left Buffalo to enroll at Northeastern University in Boston, planning to become a lawyer. With the encouragement of friends she set out for Manhattan to pursue a career in fashion. Soon after a insider got her an interview at Glamour to meet with editors and by the end of the day she had her first assignment. Still, despite having booked a glamorous ten-page spread, Johnson was rejected by every modeling agency she approached. So she opted for plan B: working as a salesgirl by day at a Manhattan store called Jax and taking classes at Brooklyn College at night.


Glamour called back, and Vogue, too. Soon, Beverly Johnson was appearing in fashion portfolios shot by Patrick Demarchelier and Irving Penn. These pages caught the attention of Eileen Ford of Ford Modeling Agency. Johnson quickly became nothing less than a defining face of the seventies, appearing on the front of more than 500 magazines, including Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and French Elle, in addition to Vogue. As one of the highest-paid models in the world, she transcended racial barriers with her work on the runway for Halston, Yves Saint Laurent,Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and Valentino. For more on Beverly Johnson check out http://www.vogue.com/voguepedia/Beverly_Johnson

U. S. Vogue, February 1975
circa 1970's

Monday, August 4, 2014

Designer Moment: Simonetta Colonna de Cesaro

Born in Rome 1922 and the daughter of a duke, who had a flair for design which urged her on to build a dressmaking salon of her own in Rome. Her talent has contributed to the flowering of the Italian couture and its influence on American fashions; her clothes are feminine, elegant, flattering. She showed her first collection in Rome during the sping of 1946 and in 1951 was amongst a small group of Italian designers to be invited by Giovanni Battista Giorginai. In 1947 her first designs produced under the label "Simonetta Visconti" were photographed for the New York Times. In 1949 she was photographed by American Vogue and in 1951 she was invited bye the department store Bergdorf Goodman to design an exclusive collection for Spring/Summer 1952. In the 1960's Simonetta created moden looks of accessories, sunglasses, hats and handbags. Her clients included the Duchess of Windosr, Gogo Schiaparelli, Marisa Berenson and Estee Lauder. (Text taken from Simonetta: The First Lady of The Italian Fashion by Judith Clark)

Simonetta modeling one of her designs, circa 1950's
Simonetta 1950's Fashion Advertisement

Silk Evening Dress by Simonetta, 1958 (metmuseum.org)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

1920's Glamour


Russian Ballerina Anna Pavlova, circa 1920's

Designer: Salvatore Ferragamo

Born in 1898 in Bonito, Italy, Salvatore Ferragamo emigrated to America in 1914 and became "shoemaker to the stars" in Hollywood during the twenties. After designing shoes for Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, and even crafting Judy Garland's iconic red heels for The Wizard of Oz, he returned to Italy and founded his own house in 1927. The Palazzo Spini Feroni in Florence has been home to the company's flagship store and headquarters since 1938, and it’s also the location of the Ferragamo Museum, which contains over 13,000 models, including the legendary cage and wedge heels, as well as the invisible sandal. When Salvatore died in 1960, his widow took over and employed her six children to assist in the company's development, launching men's and women's ready-to-wear collections, in addition to eyewear, perfume, and accessories.

Salvatore Ferragamo, 1951
Sandals with uppers made up of calf white polychrome, 1959-60
 Salvatore Ferragamo with Audrey Hepburn, 1954
1939 Silk and Leather Evening Sandal (metmuseum.org)

1980's Kelly Handbang (Esty.com)
Salvatore Ferragamo signature accent the "Gancini" is one way to identify the designer. Shaped like a backwards horseshoe, the logo, also called Gancino, which was developed in the late 1960's can be found on many of his handcrafted shoes and accessories.

Silk Green Pump, 1955-1962 (metmuseum.org)
1969 Ferragamo Shoe Ad