Date08/18/15

Pierre Cardin: Future Fantastic

Date08/18/15
Vintage Fashion Guide Blog

Pierre Cardin is one of my secretly-loved vintage designers. It all started with a 1960s royal blue wool coat with a quilted yoke, oversized Peter Pan collar, and the biggest, shiniest black buttons ever. I encountered it during an appraisal internship and […]

Date06/01/15

ESCADA: Bright & Bold

Date06/01/15
Vintage Fashion Guide Blog

Founded in 1978, ESCADA was established as a knitwear company by Margaretha and Wolfgang Ley in Munich, Germany. Margaretha was of Swedish descent, a former model who had spent her early years working for Sweden’s royal tailor. The Ley’s, who had married in […]

Date05/18/15

Malcolm Starr: Vintage Designer Glamour

Date05/18/15
Vintage Fashion Guide Blog

    Sometimes, an occasion begs for an outfit with a little glitz and glamour. Being a staunch believer in the virtues of vintage clothing, I think such occasions often call for a classic Malcolm Starr number. Malcolm Starr dresses are known […]

Date05/15/15

Paco Rabanne: The Architecture of Clothing

Date05/15/15
Vintage Fashion Guide Blog

Paco Rabanne was born Francisco “Paco” Rabaneda Cuervo in San Sebastian, Spain in February of 1934. His mother was the Chief Seamstress at Balenciaga’s Spanish salon. His father was executed during the Spanish Civil War, causing Paco and his mother to flee […]

Date04/27/15

Prada: Designer Fashion house with Royal Roots

Date04/27/15
Vintage Fashion Guide Blog

Prada. We all know the look, the logo, and the brand. We’ve all seen the dramatic ads in the pages of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar and died a little bit from sheer want.  Prada has always been a designer fashion label that […]

Date04/21/15

The Leonard Look: Powerful Prints

Date04/21/15
Vintage Fashion Guide Blog

If there is one thing in life I love, it’s a classic Emilio Pucci print (especially with good weather just around the corner—those prints always remind me of a summer day!).   Equally as wonderful (and perhaps not as widely known) is […]

Date04/14/15

Bonnie Cashin: A Designer Handbag Pioneer

Date04/14/15
Vintage Fashion Guide Blog

You might not know the name, but I guarantee you know her work—Bonnie Cashin. Ever admired a vintage Coach designer handbag, or expertly twisted a kiss lock on your favorite clutch? You’ve got Cashin to thank for much of that.   Born […]

Date04/08/15

Mark Cross: A Designer Handbag Tradition

Date04/08/15
Vintage Fashion Guide Blog

In the grand tradition of other well-respected designer handbag companies who have stood the longevity test—Hermes, Gucci, Louis Vuitton—is the American brand Mark Cross, a company who is celebrating their 170th anniversary this year.   It was 1845 when Henry and Mark […]

Date03/19/15

Clothing of the 1950’s- Lovely Lilli Ann Coats

Date03/19/15
Vintage Fashion Guide Blog

As much as I want to be someone who branches out to a nice down coat or a puffy parka, I am 100% a wool coat kind of girl. And so it is that I introduce you to the loveliness that is […]

Date03/11/15

“Give Me Time and I’ll Give You a Revolution” : The History of Alexander McQueen

Date03/11/15
Vintage Fashion Guide Blog

I spent a year in New York studying decorative art and design at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum through Parsons The New School for Design. One of the perks of being affiliated with that (fabulous, amazing, incredible, insert-your-favorite-adjective-here) institution was free admission […]