So often, when people in my shop are looking at the vintage clothing, they'll comment about the quality of construction and materials and proclaim that "They just don't make things like this anymore!" It's true that the average garment available to the masses just does not have the same attention to detail and quality as was common just a few decades ago. In order to find such a level of quality as one can find in some vintage, one would have to shop at near couture level, and pay the price.
When I saw this Lilli Ann suit on ebay, my breathing stopped for just a little moment. The seamstress in my head started deconstructing the pleated fan-shaped panels and trying to lay out the pattern. It took me a few minutes to figure out what must be under the button panel, and how the jacket fastens open. It's quite amazing. And take a note of the many almost hourglass shaped panels that make up the back of the jacket, the vertical lines that create the wide shoulders, narrow waist, and peplum hips. Truly epic design.
Every time I look at this is makes me smile for a different reason. I made it yesterday to highlight my clown sweater, but I just keep falling in love with the bright colors and the happy/sad/nostalgic feeling of the images as a group. Anyway, visit the treasury on etsy by clicking the photo below.
Yes, I'll be there, at space #G-19, selling fresh vintage clothing, jewelry, accessories, a few furniture pieces, and anything else I can fit into my van. Hey, a girl's got to think practical. See you there?
If you've been before, then you know what to expect. But if you've never been, just imagine a giant market bigger than a footbal field, filled with the most amazing antiques and vintage you've ever seen in one place.
Here'a little photo sampling from last month's show. I went as an observer, to see how others were laying out their booths, etc., but not to sell. That time, it was color, patterns and collectibles that caught the eye of my lens.
My laptop computer just died a horrible death. How does this benefit you?
Well, dear vintage lovers, what this means is that Daisy needs a new laptop, and in order to raise funds quickety-split, we are hosting a Like Never-Before Unlimited Three Days Only Hurry and Get It While You Can Site-Wide VINTAGE SALE. Starting this very moment, and ending Sunday night at 11:59 and 3/4.
Here's how it goes: Get your lovely clicky-fingers over to www.daisyfairbanks.com and shop your little heart out. Upon checkout, use the promotional code "septembersale" to receive 15% off the entire order. What's that, you say? Jewelry, hats and dresses alike? Yes, Ma'am!
Every penny we raise will go toward our new computer, from which we sincerely intend to bring you even more delectable vintage delights in the very near future.
The above dress, by Alfred Shaheen, is indeed included in the sale. While this dress is quite lovely, what would have been even more enticing would be a wonderful, colorful photo montage of several vintage items, which I would gladly have created for you had my computer not died (kicked the bucket, taken a long dirt nap, you get the idea.) Hence, the aforementioned sale.
This novelty print retro vision of the future tells us what the news was sure to be in the oh-so-distant year 1999. Space travel, food pills, atomic clothing, and a visit from the Martian Ambassador, all told in the headlines of the Strata Star newspaper. Plus, it's a cutie pie blouse worn by our favorite vintage supermodel, Maggie at Denisebrain. Check it out!
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!