Friday, February 17, 2012

Perfect Polyester!

Recently I've blogged about my love for polyester from the 60's (here) and 70's (here).  I grew up wearing polyester but as a "yuppie" in the 80's would not have been caught dead in it!  Now I can't seem get enough of this spirited, easy to care for fabric. Some more great examples from the archives of Augusta Auctions.



Sargent Pepper Dress
1950 - 1967
Designed by Michael Mott for Paraphernalia
Polyester Knit

Wool Knit Day Dresses
1965-1967
Rudi Gernreich

I've included some examples of wool knit dresses because they are sometimes hard to tell from poly knit. One way to tell them apart is to try the dress on, poly usually is not scratchy.  


Op Art Dress
1960's
Rudy Gernreich
Wool Knit


Two Dresses
Late 1960's
Rudi Gernreich for Harman Knitwear (purple)
Betsy Johnson for Paraphernalia (green/yellow)



Polyester Jeweled Gown
1980
Oscar de la Renta for I. Magnin



Cocktail Dress
1970's
Bob Mackie
Black Polyester & Beads



Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Vintage Valentines Day!

Azzaro Asymmetrical Dress
French
1970s
Satin Gazar


Galanos Halter Dress
American
1970's
Silk

Valentino Strapless Evening Dress
Italian
1990's
Silk Chiffon

Fortuny Tea Gown
Italian
1930's
Silk, Beads

Valentino Polka Dot Ensemble
Italian
1960's
Wool Gabardine

Zandra Rhodes Hand Painted Sarong
English
1982
Silk Georgette

Miss Paper Pompom Dress & Earrings
American
1960's
White Plastic, Paper & Red Satin Ribbon

Embellished Gown
American
1950's
Silk Gauze

Ungaro Embroidered Cocktail Gown
French
Contemporary
Silk Jersey, Beads

{all above via Doyle Auction Archives}


Monday, February 13, 2012

The Exotics, Part II

And we continue.....because one can never have enough shoes or handbags!

Lucille de Paris Black Alligator
American
Late 1950's
16 x 11 x 5"


Schilz Green Crocodile
French
1960's
11 x 8 1/2 x 4 1/2"

Renard Black Lizard
French
12 1/2 x 9 x 4 1/2"

Crocodile Bucket
Italian
12 1/2 x 11 x 4 1/2"

Martin Van Schaak Olive Green Alligator
American
1960

Paloma Picasso Purple Lizard
Italy

(Above bags all from Doyle Auctions, NY Archives)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

And Now For The Bags

After two posts on vintage shoes, its time to do one on handbags.  I've been meaning to another post about my own collection of exotic skin bags (first one here) but opted first to share some museum quality examples.  These from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Hermes "Mallett"
1950
Leather, Metal, Synthetic 

This bag was favored by wealthy women who wanted to carry their jewelry with them.  The purse has a separate locked compartment in the bottom of the bag.

Hermes
1988
Leather

Hermes
1954
Leather

Lucille de Paris
1965-1975
Alligator & Gold Metal

Matching handbag and shoes were a must for the well dressed woman in the 60's.  It's rare to find a matching set since shoes were often discarded before handbags.  Don't let the name fool you, Lucille de Paris was an American company based in New York and specialized in alligator and exotic leathers.

Cartier
1955-1965
Leather, Bamboo, Stone

American or European
Late 60's
Leather, Plastic



American or European
1935-1945
Leather, Metal

Gucci
1960-1985
Leather, Brass, Plastic

Barry Kieselstein-Cord
1992
Alligator, Gold, Silk

Carlos Falchi
1970
Leather, Skins

American
1964
Alligator

Mark Cross
1955
Leather (looks like Ostrich), Metal

American or European
1940
Leather

Thursday, February 9, 2012

More Vintage Salvatore Ferragamo Shoes

in honor of the opening of New York's Fashion Week some more vintage shoes from the Museum Salvatore Ferragamo in Florence.  As you can see, there is a fine line between old and new in fashion.


Crocodile Court Shoe
Made for Marilyn Monroe
1958


Court Shoe
Made of dentex (fishskin)
1930


Sandle with vinyl sole and mica heel
1955


Sandle in 18K gold
1955

Sandle made of grass from the Philippines
1936


Model for a mule with upper in felt
1938

Court shoe in hand painted canvas
1930

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A Crazy Shoe Lover and.....

the one museum I didn't get to visit while in Florence, the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo. Oh well, maybe next time.  In the meantime some examples from their website to wet my (and perhaps yours?) appetite.

Sandle with black grosgrain cloth and colored grosgrain ribbon
1930



Platform Shoe
Layers of cork lined with different colors of suede
Made for Judy Garland
1938

Sandle with upper made of raffia
Layered cork wedge heel
1942

Court shoe with ochre suede
Five holes bordered with polychrome kid
1958-1959

Moccasin in pink satin with beads
1967


Red patent leather
1970 - 1975

Court shoe
Green suede with python leaves
1983

Sandle in white calf
1995

Court shoe
Pink satin with bow
2004 - 2005

{Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, Via Tornabuoni, Firenze}