Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Vintage in the News....Queen Victoria's Drawers

Queen Victoria's bloomers have sold for a whopping $9000 dollars at a central England auction today. From the Associated Press...

"The handmade knickers — which date back to the 1890s — bear the monogram "VR" for Victoria Regina. They are open-crotch style, with separate legs joined by a drawstring at the waist, a popular style in the late Victorian era.

The royal drawers belonged to a family in western England whose ancestor was a lady-in-waiting for the queen.

"These pants, considering their provenance and pedigree, are very exciting," Hanson said. "They are monogrammed and crested and we know that they are hers."

Also up for auction was Queen Victoria's chemise, with a 66-inch bust, sold for $8,000. Her nightgown sold for $11,000.

Read more HERE

No doubt several VFG sellers have similar Victorian Era whites available.....just without the royal provenance!

VFG Featured Members July 29

Please say hello to our Vintage Fashion Guild Featured Members for the week of July 30, 2008...
JoAnn at Vintage JoAnn.

"JoAnn Slaugh has been in the vintage fashion and antique business for the last 6 years after loving, studying, and collecting that specialty for 25 years before that. She recently moved back to her childhood home after 30 years in the Midwest (and most recently Maryland where she started her business in Ellicott City.) She and her husband live upstairs above the shop and are currently restoring and redecorating their Victorian era house. Both are enthusiastic supporters of the revitalization of the Red Lion Business District."
Vintage JoAnn
"No sales pressure, JoAnn loves to talk vintage and share with customers whether buying or browsing."
She maintains her own website at but also sells online at Etsy. She also has a BLOG
which features all kinds of info including what’s new in her shop, fashion trends and more.
For more information contact JoAnn Slaugh. Write c/o Vintage JoAnn, 100 West Broadway, Red Lion, Pennsylvania 17356; phone (717) 246-3818; e-mail her at; or visit online
Here is one of the fun things she has to offer at her Etsy store..a Vintage 50's Tapestry Frame Purse..Click to View..
50s Vintage Tapestry Frame Purse at Vintage JoAnn on Etsy

Next is Yvonne from Vintage Pretties on Ruby Lane.
Vintage Pretties on Ruby Lane

Yvonne resides in Texas and is a long-time member of the VFG and an active member here on the forums.
She has been selling vintage clothing since 1999, collecting and wearing even longer. Her passion is lingerie or anything of light batiste cotton, nylon, or chiffon. At estate sales, while others are running for the pottery or china, she's in the closet, digging out the nightgowns. She loves the allure and romance of the vintage styles, the flowing chiffon and the incomparable quality of vintage lingerie to today's. Fortunate to have a distant relative that worked for Olga, she offers many rare and hard to find vintage styles new with tags.

She also loves offering vintage clothing that is trendy again today, and how the styles come full circle. She actively hunts fun 60s skirts, rompers and Mod clothes like she wore in high school, as well as classic items that are timeless ~ wonderful to mix with your wardrobe for your own unique look. Originally from Michigan, now a Texan, you will always find something cowgirl or western in her shop as well.

Her favorite things about selling vintage? the thrill of the hunt, the "wish list" she keeps for her regular customers and being able to wear a vintage nightgown to work in front of the computer at home.

Here is a beautiful Rare sky Blue Brocade vintage Olga Nightgown Peignoir Set at her RL shop now...(Click to View)..
Rare sky Blue Brocade vintage Olga Nightgown Peignoir Set at Vintage Pretties at Ruby Lane

Our last Featured Member for this week is...
April of Vintage Vixen from Florida.

" was developed in the fall of 1996 as an experiment, an idea that combined the uniqueness and collectability of vintage clothing with the unlimited marketplace of the Internet. The original site launched in March 1997, one of the first of its kind. We've been both lucky and resilient in the online marketplace, finding a host of happy customers over the years and becoming one of the most popular vintage clothing sites online. Since its inception has been featured in Cosmopolitan, USA Weekend, U.S. News & World Report, Elle, Seventeen, Yahoo! Internet Life and In Style magazines, among others."
"April Ainsworth is the owner of this site and Head Vixen. She handles buying, cataloging, publicity and some email requests. When you correspond with us about orders, you'll probably receive a reply from Kristy. She's the go-to girl for daily operations, shipping & tracking info and other up-to-the-minute info. Other employees include photographers Beth and Karen, and seamstress Leslie."
"The main page of the site often features live shots by Jenni Girtman, a terrific free-lance photographer based in Atlanta, GA."
Check out this Terrific Tropical 1960s Resort Bag with Rope Handles on her site now....(Click to View)
Terrific Tropical 1960s Resort Bag with Rope Handles at

Saturday, July 26, 2008

A VFG*** Must See*** Exhibit Paris

The Musee de la Mode et du Textile in Paris currently has a retrospective of Valentino's work in it's exhibit Valentino:Themes and Variations.

Les Arts Décoratifs is organising an Exhibition of the work of italian Couturier Valentino Garavani, known as "Valentino", an Event continuing our ongoing program of retrospectives of the great Contemporary Couturiers.

The first parisian Retrospective, comprising some two hundred Haute Couture Designs, will retrace the exceptional Career of this Designers based in Rome since 1959. "Valentino, thèmes et variations", also pays tribute to the Couturier, who in January 2008 presented his final collection.

The exhibit runs through September 21

Friday, July 25, 2008

July 21***VFG Fashion Parade***Ruffles & Bows

Feminine touches of ruffles and bows are always pretty and are a strong fashion trend for fall.

Polka dots and ruffles from HATFEATHERS VINTAGE........

70s flamenco inspired evening dess with matching shawl from BIGYELLOWTAXI on Etsy....

And a
1950's strapless ruffle dress from Jody at COUTURE ALLURE....

Let vintage ruffle your feathers and check out more ruffles and bows on the parade at the VINTAGE FASHION GUILD'S PUBLIC FORUM!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Vintage Fashion Guild FEATURED MEMBERS July 23

Please say hello to our Vintage Fashion Guild Featured Members for the week of July 23, 2008...

Linda at Vintage Clothesline from Southern Illinois.

"We began our journey of selling vintage clothing in 2000 selling on eBay and maintain a 100% feedback as gooddeal4all. Our website,, was created in 2005 and continues to offer quality vintage & in style."

"Here at Vintage Clothesline, we carry a little of everything..40s nipped waist jackets, 50s full skirt dresses, 60s mod minis and 70s drapey maxis, to name a few. We also have quite an inventory of lingerie, hats, gloves, handbags and other accessories to give your outfit that extra punch. Vintage costumes and uniforms are also our speciality."

"We have been collecting for years and our inventory is HUGE. If you don't see what you are looking for on our site, give us an email at vintageclothesline at yahoo dot com. We may have just what you are looking for! You can be assured of excellent customer service and utmost courtesy with your shopping experience at Vintage Clothesline."

"I am a Proud Founding Member of the Vintage Fashion Guild ( and have served as an Executive Officer since 2003 and am now serving in 2008 as President of this most distinquished organization."

Here is one of the fun things at Vintage Clothesline..a 1950s Vintage Full Skirt Khaki Stripe Faux Lace Dress..Click to View..

50s Vintage Khaki Stripe Faux Lace Full Skirt Dress at


Next is Sara from Vintage Diva.

Sara tells us that she has been interested in the 1940's from childhood. "I always loved Saturdays when I could watch the old movies on TV. Loved to watch the movie divas of the past decades...Katherine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Myra Loy, Lana Turner, Elizabeth Taylor . Enjoyed the music of Cole Porter and Glenn Miller."

"I live in a 1920's bungalow in Virginia with 2 dogs-- Bogie and Jill with gardens surrounding the house. I have closets filled with vintage clothing and a garage full of vintage furniture from the 1930- 1940's."

"(Vintage Diva) is the best place to find the styles of vintage, ethnic and art-to-wear fashion, featuring clothing from the 1940's to the ‘90's. Enjoy the aura that dressing in vintage clothing and jewelry can create. We've been buying and wearing vintage/ethnic clothing and jewelry for almost twenty years."

Sara sells on her own website, Specialist Auctions and eBay and here is a beautiful red wool 1950s vintage cape now available at Specialist's Auctions...(Click to View)..

50s Red Wool Cape from Vintage Diva on Specialist Auctions


Our last Featured Member for this week is...

Laura of Vintage Fashion Library

Laura hails from Ohio and is an active member of the VFG, serving as 2008 Board Secretary and she is also responsible for coodinating the last two fabulous public workshops we have presented.

The Vintage Fashion Library is a constantly expanding collection of vintage and antique fashion patterns and related materials. The collection includes clothing patterns for men, women, and children, and vintage fashion magazines and pattern catalogues.

"I started selling vintage sewing patterns as Vintage Fashion Library in December 2003. In the last five years, VFL has grown to include original and reproduction patterns as well as pattern catalogues, fashion magazines, and any other fashion-related vintage items I find."

And Laura is offering a DISCOUNT!! For this week only, shoppers save 10% with voucher code VFG.

Check out this 1950s Vintage Bathing Suit Pattern on her site now....(Click to View)

Vogue #8004, 1953 Swim suit pattern at


**VFG Featured Members are highlighted on our homepage , the VFG Blog , VFG myspace and Squidoo , together with a forum newsletter.

We hope you will stop by this thread and say hello and congratulate this week's Featured Members.

Cheers from your VFG Site Committee members...hatfeathers, Pinky-A-GoGo, pastperfect2, denisebrain, fuzzylizzie, northstarvintage and vintageclothesline. Also our VFG Blog Chairman, dorotheascloset and myspace Chairman, ikonicvintage.

A VFG*** Must See*** Exhibit Boston

"Imperishable Beauty", an exhibit of Art Nouveau jewelry opens today, July 23, and runs through November 9, 2008 at Boston's Museum of Fine Art. It's just an hour's ride away from yesterday's exhibit of Cardin in Newport, RI!

This exhibition includes about 120 works by the leading designers and fabricators of late nineteenth- to early twentieth-century Art Nouveau jewelry. Although many of these artists acquired their skills in traditional, high-style jewelry houses, they found inspiration in the work of the Pre-Raphaelites, the philosophy of John Ruskin (1819–1900), the paintings and poetry of the symbolists, and the arts of Japan. For motifs, they looked to the flora (orchids, lilies) and fauna (dragonflies, butterflies) of the natural world and the sensuality of the female form. This new aesthetic was, in large measure, a reaction against nineteenth century historicism, industrialization, and the “tyranny of the diamond,” and these Art Nouveau artists chose to interpret nature rather than imitate it.

René Lalique (1860–1945) was the most renowned Art Nouveau artist, whose one-of-a-kind pieces were often large and made of unusual and inexpensive materials such as horn, enamel, and glass. Art Nouveau designers/jewelers also employed a pastel color palette much like the Impressionists. Color was, for the most part, achieved through the use of enamel, and plique à jour (open to light) enameling added a delicacy and level of technical sophistication not previously seen in jewelry. In addition to works by Lalique, jewelry by Georges Fouquet (1862–1957), Eugène Feuillâtre (1870–1916), and Lucien Gaillard (1861–1933) is shown, as are paintings, sculpture, prints, posters, textiles, and decorative arts from the period.

Above: Georges Fouquet was one of the leading creators of jewelry in both the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles. In 1896, when he became head of the family’s Parisian jewelry firm, he introduced a new aesthetic characterized by sensuous forms, dramatic imagery, and a vivid, poetic symbolism. He also abandoned the all-white look of high style jewelry, preferring gold, colored enamels, and semi-precious stones over platinum and diamonds. In 1898 he began a fruitful collaboration with the designer Charles Desrosiers, who designed nearly all of the pieces made by the firm between 1898 and 1914. At about the same time he began to employ the master enameller Etienne Tourette, who was known for creating shimmering effects (sometimes by etching the surface of the enamel with acid), and for his enamels with tiny inclusions of gold leaf (paillons).

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A VFG*** Must See*** Exhibit

Couture Ensembles by Pierre Cardin, 1964-2002 is currently on exhibit at the Rosecliff Mansion in Newport, RI.

Pierre Cardin’s rise to prominence in the late 1950s coincided with the young adulthood and marriage of Diane Vernes Brown. Born to a Parisian family long associated with the banking industry, Mlle. Vernes’ marriage to Capt. Nicholas Brown, of Rhode Island, brought her interest in contemporary French design to Newport. It was Mr. Brown, intrigued by press reports about Cardin's promise, who suggested the designer to his wife.

As Cardin's interests expanded and evolved over the next 40 years, Diane Vernes Brown’s devotion to the House of Cardin led to her acquiring numerous custom-fitted creations. Today the collection forms a rare comprehensive and characteristic overview of Cardin’s designs--representing not the fantasy of the catwalk, but couture work produced for a loyal private client.

Comprising evening dresses, cocktail dresses, suits, coats and accessories, the collection ranges widely in style and line, while retaining the precise tailoring, brilliant colors and luxurious materials for which Cardin became celebrated. Sophisticated and intellectually-conceived, the dresses demonstrate Cardin's practical yet innovative side.

Several of the pieces shown in the exhibit were worn by Mrs. Brown to events in Newport—among them an innovative, vintage couture evening dress made of swirling blue lace panels, worn to the 1999 Coaching Ball at The Breakers, and a 1966 pink silk crepe, partially-beaded couture evening dress that is entirely hand-stitched.

The exhibition, curated by Preservation Society Curator Paul F. Miller and Associate Curator Charles J. Burns, will be on display in the second floor costume galleries at Rosecliff from May 23 thru October 31, 2008. Admission to the exhibit is included with any Rosecliff tour ticket.

Friday, July 18, 2008

July 14***VFG Fashion Parade***A Knack for Knits

Knits are a perennial favorite in fashion. This week we're featuring both knitted garments and things made from knitted fabric. Enjoy!.......Knit one, purl two.....

Vintage 1930s knit dress in dusky purple from POPPY'S VINTAGE CLOTHING at Babylon Mall........

70's celestial knit dress by GOLDWORM, from SHYGARDEN....

And the mother of all knitting prints, this 50's knitting novelty print cotton skirt~ Kim has 2 of them in different colorways and sizes atFAST EDDIE'S RETRO RAGS....

Be a Knit WIT and check out more vintage knits at VINTAGE FASHION GUILD'S PUBLIC FORUM!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

VFG Featured Members Week of July 16

Vintage Fashion Guild Featured Members

for the week of July 16, 2008...

Carrie at thevintagebungalow:

VFG member Carrie Wellborn is the owner of a suite of online vintage sites under the name The Vintage Bungalow. The name of her
business comes from her passion for vintage and her love of the Arts & Crafts bungalow.

"I began wearing vintage in High School and have included it in my wardrobe ever since. I love to mix vintage pieces with
contemporary pieces for a one of kind look."

Carrie truly feels that vintage is for everyone. "It's not just about dressing head to toe vintage for a special event. It's about adding something from the past to make your wardrobe fresh."

Of course, like most vintage sellers, she is addicted to the hunt. "I am out looking for new items on a daily basis. I cannot stop buying,
so I will continually be adding something new to my online stores."

Hot Red Lilli Ann Set at

Marie at Thevintagepeddler:

The Vintage Peddler is owned and operated by a mother/daughter and best friends dynamic duo. They have been selling vintage
clothing and accessories online since 1999. Originally from Southern California, the
vintagepeddler is now based out of Charlotte, NC. If you are ever in the area, please drop them
a line!

"We are both passionate about our business and especially about vintage clothing. We scour the Southeast continuously in pursuit of all things
vintage and/or unusual so that we can offer them to you. Our passion is for vintage clothes and retro pieces from the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's. Although most of our items are vintage and retro pieces, we don't limit ourselves to just that. Check our
website to find vintage art t-shirts, books, furniture, and some very cute pictures of our English Sheepdog Doba's puppies."


50's Rose Embroidered Organdy Dress at

Rachelle at Truesmom:

Offering quality vintage clothing on ebay since
1998, Truesmom Vintage Clothing offers a variety of great looking and affordable vintage items.
Rachelle closely follows the current fashion trends to bring you the most up-to-date, stylish vintage garments, so you can create your own edgy and
eclectic mix of vintage and trendy clothing. If you see it on the pages of Vogue, Bazaar, Elle, or In Style, chances are you will see the vintage version of it in truesmom auctions.


"Check out our always changing stock of fun, funky and flirty dresses. We are also happy to have a fun and eclectic lot of vintage party and cocktail dresses, dating from the 1950's to the 1980's. If you have a special occasion coming up, take a look through our listings for some
truly unique dresses."

50's Pink and Silver Patio Dress at truesmom

Saturday, July 12, 2008

the Mint Museum HAUTE COUTURE Exhibition **A VFG Must See!**

THE ART OF AFFLUENCE at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina is an exhibition featuring haute couture and luxury fashions from 1947 to 2007. From the site...

This exhibition presents selections from the Museum’s holdings of haute couture and luxury garments complimented by beautiful fashion accessories that reflect the creativity of numerous fashion designers of the second half of the 20th century and first years of the 21st century. Top couturiers and designers featured include Chanel, Dior, Balmain, Balenciaga, Schiaparelli, Valentino, Givenchy, Laroche, Patou, Yves Saint Laurent, Scaasi, Versace, McFadden, Gallianos, Blahnik, Gucci, Louboutin, Armani, Ungaro, and Chado Ralph Ricci, among others.

For more information, the museum invites you to take part in their MINT WIKI. Some highlights shown on the website include a fantastic gown by designer Philip Hulitar...

And an evening ensemble by Zandra Rhodes...

The exhibit will run through May of 2010 so you've no excuse to miss it!

Friday, July 11, 2008

July 10***VFG Fashion Parade***Roses are Red

Roses are red, or pink, or yellow, or blue. This week, we're showing a veritable rose garden in full bloom!

Gorgeous yellow rose trimmed 50s sundress from SHYGARDEN on eBay now........

40's rayon linen purple roses dress from FAST-EDDIE'S-RETRO-RAGS....

1950's embroidered floral mesh stilleto shoes from LISTITCAFE....

Check out a rose garden of vintage at the VINTAGE FASHION GUILD'S PUBLIC FORUM!

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

VFG Featured Members 7/9/08

Please say hello to our Vintage Fashion Guild Featured Members for the week of July 9, 2008...
Susan Denney of Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

Susan is the Assistant Curator of History and Curator of Textiles for the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum located in Canyon, Texas, and the museum boasts to be "Texas’ Largest History Museum."
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

Just south of Amarillo, the museum has a fairly extensive clothing and textile collection. Their site says they have..."..more than 500 million years of history that spans the 26,000 square mile expanse and brings to life the vibrant spirit and history of the Panhandle Plains region."
They are located at 2503 4th Avenue - Canyon, Texas 79015, 806-651-2244 and their summer hours are June - August, 9am - 6pm, Mon - Sat; 1pm - 6pm, Sun.
Susan invites anyone interested in visiting to contact her at
Next is Sydney from Sydneys Vintage Clothing.

Sydney is an Alabama VFG member. She tells us that she has been selling vintage clothing online for about 6 years under her Ebay ID, SydneysVintageClothing, and on her own website, She also says..."...I have appx. 5000 pieces of vintage clothing and accessories. I have anything from Civil War era, to the swinging 40's 50's, mod 60's, disco 70's and pink 80's. I have modern day designer labels. And of course let's not forget the accessories to go along with the clothing!"
Look at this yummy Vintage 30s Blue Velvet Dress which is a new arrival on her site ...(click to view)
30s Blue Velvet Dress from

Sydney has also mentioned that she may be opening a brick and mortar vintage clothing store soon so stay tuned...
Our last Featured Member for this week is...
Harriet of Tasty Vintage

Harriet hails from the UK and is a long-time member of the VFG having served as Public Board Chairman, Board Member and now serving on the Board as Treasurer for the VFG.
Harriet says..."...I've been wearing vintage clothing for as long as I can remember, occasionally selling at festivals and to friends in my teens - but mainly buying (and buying, and buying…). I have a fairly large collection of vintage clothing which I began to try and condense a little by selling at online auction (hattysattic)..."
In the past several years she has opened her online store, and just last year opened her very own brick and mortar vintage clothing shop at 18-20 Rasen Lane in Lincoln.
This girl loves vintage, especially novelty prints, and says she cannot pin herself down to just one era because she loves it all!
Check out this Emerald Green Chiffon 60s Dress coming soon to to View)
60s Vintage Emerald Green Chiffon Dress at

**VFG Featured Members are highlighted on our homepage , the VFG Blog , VFG myspace and Squidoo , together with a forum newsletter.
We hope you will stop by this thread and say hello and congratulate this week's Featured Members.
Cheers from your VFG Site Committee members...Pinky-A-GoGo, pastperfect2, denisebrain, fuzzylizzie, hatfeathers and vintageclothesline. Also our VFG Blog Chairman, dorotheascloset and myspace Chairman, ikonicvintage.

The Bikini is 60!! (or is it 1700?)

The Bikini celebrates 60 years this July, as part of modern culture!
In fact it was first documented 1700 years ago, in a mosaic, 'The Villa Romana del Casale', depicts within its mosaics, girls dancing or excercising in a 'bikini'.

Apparently 'invented' in 1946 by a french engineer, Louis Reard, he ran his mothers' lingerie business. Out of a piece of material measurng 30 inches, he constructed a bikini out of 4 triangles, 'le bikini' made its mark. He was in competition with a french designer Jacques Heim, to make the smallest bikini for girls to wear in St. Tropez and to enable them to get more of a tan, yet keep their dignity intact!

In 1957 Brigitte Bardot, was filmed in a bikini for the film 'And God created Woman,' and in France it began to be popular but took some time to catch on as it was considered highly indecent to expose the belly button/naval.

The 1960's was just around the corner and hemlines on many levels were raised, leaving the way clear for a 'Teenie-weenie, itsy-bitsy, yellow polka dot bikini', popular song of the 1960's from Brian Hyland, to rule the waves, from Brighton to Cannes, from Sydney to LA. Although in Catholic countries the bikini was banned initially.The first Playboy magazine cover featuring a bikini appeared in 1962.

Famously Bond girl Ursula Andress walked out of the sea wearing the now iconic bikini in Bond film, 'Dr No'. This scene was popularly repeated by another Bond girl over 35 years later by Halle Berry in 'Die Another Day'.

The power of the modern bikini in this the 21st century, was shown when one was worn by Myleene Class in the jungle reality ITV show, 'I'm a Celebrity get me out of here!'Myleene was filmed showering in a makeshift jungle shower in her itsy-bitsy, and the classically trained pianist, one time 'Hearsay' pop group member, has since won many tv presenting jobs, classical recording contracts, and currently models for Marks & Spencer in their high profile advertising campaigns. The power of the bikini, would she have gotten such lucrative deals in an all in one?

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

**Supreme Vintage** A VFG Must See!

"The Story of the Supremes from the Mary Wilson Collection" featuring costumes worn by the legendary SUPREMES (Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson and Diana Ross) is on exhibit now through October 19 at VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM (aka the V & A) in London. From the site,

"A display of performance costumes worn by The Supremes, one of the most successful groups of the sixties - only the Beatles had more number one hits. The display shows the changing image of The Supremes from the early days when they were known as The Primettes to the glamorous Hollywood designs they wore at the height of their fame, and looks at their continuing stylistic influence on performers such as Beyoncé."

The exhibit is being done in conjunction with the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME. Some highlights of supreme Motown chic!

Be sure to check out to site to read more about how the Supremes were created, styled and marketed by Motown and design your own Supremes album cover!


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