Designers from the 1930s take a look ahead at the future of fashion.
What's so wonderful about this is that some of the predictions came true much sooner. The dress made of "sheer netting" has a bustline that reminds me of something Gaultier would have made for Madonna. And we take for granted clothing made from metallics, the absence of skirts from a woman's basic wardrobe (shocking!) and temperature-controlled rooms. Not so much the lightbulb hat. And apparently the hair designers couldn't imagine a day when women could escape the wave-set.
For the men, no more ties or collars (or shaving) and you'll carry a personal telephone and radio (iPod?) And candy for cuties.
They may not be the 'crown jewels', but when Mary Brown, a dealer of some
fifty years on the Portobello Road died in July of last year, she left behind
over 250 large boxes of vintage costume jewellery, as well as a vast quantity of
vintage clothing and accessories.
Mary was a well-known and
much respected feature of Portobello's Saturday market. She lived and worked
there from 1957, and during that time was an extraordinary collector of things
that caught her eye. Not surprisingly, this sale has generated a huge amount of
interest with serious vintage clothing collectors and the fashion press.
The online sale of her substantial stock by
London-based Auction Atrium is now live, and runs until March 5th. Of course, I'd love to see it in person!
Hello Darlings! I know it's been simply ages since we've talked, but I've been so busy getting the clothing on the site. And it's all about the clothing, isn't it? Yes, it is.
Recently I've discovered a little thing called StyleMob, and I have uploaded a few fashion photos from the archives. Most of these items are no longer available, but I know you'll enjoy perusing these adorable frocks from days gone by, and dreaming they were in your closet. We'll add more photos soon.
StyleMob is fun if you love creating your own looks. Play around for a bit and see what you discover...