Sometimes we stumble across greatness purely by accident, and it was in this way that I discovered photographer Evelyn Hofer. I was looking for photos of jewelry by the artist Alexander Calder, when I found this photo of then model Angelica Houston wearing a Calder necklace:
Angelica Houston wearing Alexander Calder necklace, 1976
It's an amazing piece, worn by a strikingly beautiful Houston, so I didn't really notice how carefully controlled the composition was until I decided by chance to research the credited photographer.
Hofer died just last year, and was a little known but very much
respected portrait and travel photographer who had a painter's
meticulous eye for patient composition.
Her early stints as fashion photographer were short, and though she obviously had a gift for capturing the quiet essence of her subjects, it became clear that fashion was not where her creative talents were best suited.
"I worked for Harper's Bazaar and Alexey Brodovich, but he very soon
gave up any attempt to make me into a fashion photographer," Hofer
explains. "He didn't think I had any talent for it and I agreed."
However, she did continue to accept fashion assignments, including Harper's and Vogue, throughout her career
These editorial photos from Harper's Bazaar, using painted backdrops, show the exacting attention to detail for which Ms. Hofer would become known as a portraitist and architectural photographer.
"She is after the essence of things, whether it's a chair or a human
being. She was never trying to do what was in fashion or trendy. She
always intended to find her own way of doing things." - Hofer's assistant Andreas Pauly.
Harlem Church, 1964
Three Girls from Dublin, 1966
Four Young Men, Washington, 1975
Read more about Evelyn Hofer in the 2005 artist monograph, published by Steidl.
Lulu's vintage blog is holding their annual Vote For Your Favorite Vintage Clothing Site web awards. We here at Daisy Fairbanks were fortunate enough to have won a People's Choice Award in 2008 - such an honor! There are so many wonderful sites to choose from, all linked on Lulu's blog - some I'd never visited! It's great to find new sites, so have a good time exploring new and old favorites. And don't forget to vote by leaving a blog comment!
Twice each year, the wonderful sellers over at the Vintage Fashion Guild put together and editorial feature illustrating seasonal trends using vintage fashion. This spring there are four pages of goodies from some of the top sellers on the web. Check it out!
Our friend Louise over at Catwalk Vintage has made a tempting selection of items that show how easily you can work vintage pieces into your modern wardrobe while staying spot on trend using a contemporary color palette. Go on over and have a looky!
If you’re looking to keep up with current fashion trends, or are simply after a wardrobe revamp, colour trends can’t be overlooked. This spring and summer we see a host of neutrals in slightly off-coloured flesh tones. It’s not unusual to see neutrals become more popular at this time of the year as we clear our wardrobes of the dark, muted tones of winter and get ready to include some brighter alternatives. Neutrals have always been a great way to cleanse the palette before summer colours arrive.
Today is consignment day at my real-life store. It's been busy, so I am looking quickly at all manner of modern clothing and accessories, 90% of which I say a polite "no" to for all manner of reasons. Today, one woman brought in a few armloads of clothing, of which I accepted about 10 pieces for consignment. On her way out the door with the rest, she asked "Can you use any gloves?"
There are about 30 pair. Long and short, embellished and plain, cotton, lace, and leather. Divine!
She had no idea I carried vintage. I quickly gave her the list, off the top of my head: shoes, purses, jewelry (including men's,) household linens, vanity items, etc. She told me she had many of those mentioned, and will see me tomorrow. (joy!)
My store is mainly contemporary, with a carefully selected smattering of near-perfect vintage clothing, and quite a bit more in the vintage accessories and jewelry category. Since I don't "do" costumes, I don't usually get the Mad Men parties, or Burning Man crowd, for which I am grateful. But I do have a handful of appreciative collectors of vintage purses and jewelry, and two known collectors of vintage gloves. A few phone calls, and probably at least half of these will be sold. If I get around to listing them on line, it may take a while. Until then, here are a few vintage gloves available on ebay:
Please do take a peek over at Maggie's Denisebrain Blog, where she has been discussing her visit to the exhibit of Theatre de la Mode. I've always wanted to see these in person! It's a fascinating slice of fashion history. You'll see what I mean.
Generally I'm not a fan of the "look what I'm wearing today" blogs, so I don't post vanity pictures. Plus, I'm shy. However, today I have been working away at listing clothing on my site and started to write the listing for this skirt, and then I suddenly decided that I needed to be WEARING it RIGHT NOW.
It's an early 80s "Segrets" cotton skirt with a print of Egyptian-inspired horses!
Maybe because I'm in a style rut, I decided to take off the Lucky jeans I've been wearing EVERY DAY. It's raining and windy today, so I have on a long wool hoodie sweater. Here's the result:
Palest legs you ever saw, and Born mary jane wedges finish the look - which I'm calling "Frumpy Teacher." The skirt length could go up about 4 inches and be much cuter, and it would be better with a shorter waist top or sweater, but I was too cold. So as it was today I liked to think that at any moment I'd be hugged about the knees by wholly imaginary children with sticky hands. In a good way.