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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Vintage for Black History Month and Every Month



This dress is from Saint Laurent's "African" collection, his first to look beyond Western fashion. Stylized African motifs and patterns are used to evoke traditional tribal clothing and jewelry. Although inspired by African design, the intricate beading and embroidery were accomplished using materials and techniques typical of couture embellishment.

Yves Saint Laurent evening dress, 1967 from the Musum of Fit

(L) Patrick Kelly 'Ghanian kente cloth' ensemble, spring 1988 / (R) Stella Jean dress of Burkino Faso wax prints, fall 2015

“I’m keen to discover fabrics that people think are produced in a particular location and show them it’s actually a different story altogether,” said designer Stella Jean. Wax prints are often referred to as African fabrics, but in fact are appropriated from African culture and made in Holland. This dress with sharp Italian tailoring incorporates wax prints Jean commissioned from African artisans in Burkina Faso.
(L) Patrick Kelly 'Ghanian kente cloth' ensemble, spring 1988 / (R) Stella Jean dress of Burkino Faso wax prints, fall 2015

Donyale Luna (born Peggy Ann Freeman), model and actress the first African-American Cover Girl and is also considered one of the first Black supermodels. She was the 1st African American model to appear on the cover of British Vogue.

Donyale Luna


Donyale Luna

Donyale Luna

Peggy Dillard-Toone was the second African American woman to appear on the cover of Vogue (Beverly Johnson was the first “Black” woman on the cover. Donyale Luna never identified herself as “black” so many people stripped her of that honor.)

Peggy Dillard-Toone

Another vintage 1960s African American fashion model.



Stunning Vintage Photos Show the Beauty of African-American Women from between 40s via vintage everyday.



Sisters in Skirts 1950’s [Donated by the Earl McCann Collection] ©WaheedPhotoArchive, 2011

Love these skirts!

Helen Williams, a vision in yellow.

Helen Williams


Beautiful Nina Mae McKinney (June 13, 1912 – May 3, 1967) Dubbed "The Black Garbo" in Europe, she was one of the first African-American film stars.

Nina Mae McKinney
 I hope you enjoyed these lovely photos of just a few of the beautiful women and fashions from the past.


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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A Beautiful Mid-Century Home

This article was posted on my Facebook from Midcentury Home Magazine. It features the Craig Ellwood Bobrtz home in San Diego, California. I love the tall windows and minimalist decor in the open space. The recent owner restored the home to it's 1956-58 glory. My taste in homes has certainly changed as I grow older and as the years pass. In my teen I loved Victorian structures, still do, I never cared for the moderist look. Now I am more mature, meaning that the moderist style is vintage and I love it, want to make it my own. Time to pass on the frilly crochet doilies, carved chair legs, and gold-gilt pictures and take up a new vintage look. Also, in the near futrue I can't wait to see what my home may look like when I go for the 60's and 70's vintage styles; shag carpets, psychedelic posters and macrame wall hangings, groovey!


boberts residence - craig ellwood - darren bradley - outside view

Read and see more photo of this fantastic home The Craig Ellwood Bobertz Residence


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Adorable Crochet Girls Cloche Hats in the Style of the 20s

My friend Irene shared this link on my Facebook page and I just had to do likewise and share here. These hats are just to cute. And they are free patterns, can't go wrong with that. Enjoy!

Crochet Cloche Hats

Girls Crochet 1920s style hats


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Harper's Bazzar January 1950 Fashions

Since I was out and about yesterday, I decided it was a good time to stop at my local university library and scan some more vintage fashion. It is always a challenge to find parking where I can spend more than 30 min. Fridays work best because that is when most classes don't meet, so yea, I was able to find parking fairly close to the library and spent several hours scanning.

I look for fashion that appeals to me and has a unique quality, as Nina Garcia would say "..we've seen this before..." 

So I'll be posting some of those with the exception of  the swimsuit ads from Coles, Catalina, Jantzen and Sea Mold that I'll save for this summer in the northern hemisphere. 

For beautiful drape and fine texture Enka Rayon in an exotic spaced print on a soft malleable crepe short dinner dress by Joseph Whitehead is good theatre against a background of palms - equally effective for summer in cooler climes.

Lots if details in this silk shantung dress sprinkled with three-cornered embroidered white dots from Henri Bendel at $125.

Two silk dresses..it's the pleated skirt or deep batwing sleeves for your New Year wardrobe from Henry Rosenfeld, on left comes in green, copper, turquoise, toast; on right green, toast, red, turquoise $17.95 each.

Is there a favorite and a particular detail that is appealing? Let me know in the comments below, thanks I am always interested in what others think of these designs, good or bad.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Harper's Bazaar 1939 Evening Gowns

I scanned these photos from Sept 15th 1939 Harper's Bazaar magazine a year ago and set them aside, can you do that on a computer? The first image is a yellow satin embroidered silver gown the second is a pale pink with silver brocade both from Mainbocher's.




Aren't these two lovely and so elegant, definately would call it dressing for a dinner party or perhaps a night to the theatre or opera.


Friday, May 23, 2014

On the Wild Side of Mid Century Home Decor

I love mid century design, the sleek lines, rad colors and overall mix of modern and creative ideas. These mid century designs are just a bit ove the top in bold colors, but for the time, they were what was trending, modern and new. I really like certain element in each design as an onging student of design and style. These bold room lend themselves to create your own style.  A as lover of vintage and fashion I can take what I like in each room and create a new fashion garment or use for my own home decor ideas. Inspiration is found everywhere even in old mid centruy home decor magazines.

This is one bright yellow room, a bit to much yellow for my taste, although I do like the yellow panel curtains and yellow shag rug. A nice idea they used in this room was the panels on the wall, I love large graphics for wall decor it adds a great focal point. The fabric on the sofa and tablecloth would be awesome for a summer dress, maybe with a yellow cummerbund.



A very blue room with some silver and white and a touch of orange. Okay children would love the mirrors, but this is not a child proof room, that coffee table alone is a recipe for very bad hurts and owies, although I love the coffee table and if I lived lone would love to have it. The blinds look aluminum and are very cool and would look great in a industrial style home. Love the print on the wall, how it picks up the blue and orange in the room. These colors being on the opposite side of the color wheel really compliment each other. And, once again the fabric on the sofa and chairs would make for the cutest dress, maybe a maxi and use those daisies for a hair wreath.



Hmmm....looks like 50s hasn't yet caught up with the 60s, except maybe with the rug. I do like this coffee table too and always love bright sunny windows, so the sheers for this window tratment really work for me. That small sofa might look better in a bedroom sitting area. I think for fashion a plain polka dotted fabric with only a few large flowers strategically placed on a shift dress would be cool, maybe as a border print.


What are your thoughts on these designs, anything stand out for you, a redesign somewhere? Just leave a comment, it is always wonderful to hear what others think, let's connect ♥ ♥ ♥



Saturday, May 10, 2014

Sea Fever by Joan Collins Vogue 1957

This is a cute outfit with a sea nautical theme, perfect for summer!

Love the side buttons on the skirt and the polka dot blouse is adorable!

The ad says ~ Sea-fever, spring-fever when you spy these slightly nautical separates by Joan Collins. White-dotted blouse of Silcoona, a soft new acetate. $6.95. Sweet and narrow skirt of Cape Cod rayon $7.95. Both, Folker Fabrics. Blue, shrimp or navy. Sizes 5 to 15. Lard & Taylor, New York, Marshell Field & Company, Chicago, J.W. Robinson, Los Angeles.

I am thinking shrimp is red. I think any of these color would look great, although I am not sure I would go all red with the blouse and skirt. On me that would be to much red because I am a summer color,but the red skirt and a white blouse would work just fine.

What color would you prefer?