Showing posts with label Jean Varon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jean Varon. Show all posts

Thursday, August 02, 2007

VFG Parade: Red Hot

Red is hot! Red grabs attention. When a woman wears red, she exudes self confidence and power, as well as passion and sex appeal. Let's see some vintage red!

There is SO much to choose from this week that you simply *must* visit the forum thread and check all the fantastic stuff being offered in that classic, knock 'em dead color - RED.

Remarkable 50's red faille full skirt coat dress from Couture Allure

Early 70's Jean Varon tuxedo dress from

Insanely amazing Lilli Ann 50's silk jacket from

There is so much more to choose from on the thread, from crimson to rose and all that's in between!

Friday, July 28, 2006

Vintage Weekends V

We're just about smack dab in the middle of Summer and chances are your weekends are filled with ways to try and keep cool. But when you need a break from the beach, the pool or have had your fill of BBQ, stop into one of these fantastic exhibits. Museums are always air conditioned!

Bath, England
John Bates: Fashion Designer - July 14, 2006 to August 28, 2006 - Museum of Costume, Bath - A major fashion retrospective of the work of John Bates, who designed under the name Jean Varon from the 1960s to the 1980s, takes place in July and August 2006 at the Museum of Costume.

London, England
Sixties Fashion - June 6, 2006 - February 25, 2007 - Victoria & Albert Museum - This exhibition explores the development of Sixties fashion from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s, linking it to London's different fashion districts and celebrating the contribution made by young British designers to a world-wide fashion revolution.

Phoenix, AZ
Art in Hand - Judith Leiber Handbags - April 22, 2006 - August 27, 2006 - Phoenix Art Museum - Judith Leiber, a leader in couture handbags, has created more than 3,000 different designs in a career that began in 1963, and over 100 of them can be seen in this exhibition. Best known for her signature crystal covered minaudieres – small ornamental cases for a woman's cosmetics, jewelry, or personal items – in the fanciful shapes of animals, fruits or anything that inspires her fancy, Leiber’s handbags also are hailed for their incomparable originality and flawless hand craftsmanship.

Hartford, CT
Revivals: Costumes for Song and Dance - March 11, 2006 - August 13, 2006 - Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art - In this exhibition, the word "revival" has a dual meaning: a new production of something old, and the return of original splendor. The new from old is represented by Raoul Pené du Bois' design sketches and costumes for the 1971 Broadway revival of the flapper-era musical comedy No, No, Nanette. The return to original splendor is exemplified by creative restoration techniques used on costumes from Serge Diaghilev's 1921 Ballets Russes production of The Sleeping Princess.

Kent, OH
Oscar de la Renta: American Elegance - May 11, 2006 - May 27, 2007 - Kent State University Museum - The Kent State University Museum has been the recipient of three important gifts from Oscar de la Renta that encompass his career. In 1983 he presented the founders, Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman, with 45 pieces from his Spring 1982 collection. Again in 1986 he presented 38 pieces from the earliest phase of his career beginning with dresses he created for Jane Derby in 1965. In response to a request to lend dresses from a current collection for this exhibition, Oscar de la Renta has given the museum four spectacular pieces from his Spring 2006 collection. The exhibition is drawn from these gifts and those of other donors and spans his career from his arrival in New York in 1963 until the present.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

That 70's Life

Ever wish you could have a house to match your retro 70's taste? Check out patentleathershoes thread on the house that kitsch built.

Love those driftwood lamps in the Florida Room!

If you dig the 70's be sure to check out the upcoming John Bates Fashion Designer
exhibit this Summer at the Museum of Costume in Bath, England. John Bates is better known as Jean Varon and designed from the 1960s to the 1980s.

John Bates is possibly one of the greatest forgotten talents of the 1960s and 1970s. With no formal training, he took an apprenticeship at London couturier Herbert Sidon in the late 50s. He was asked to start the Jean Varon label in 1960. "I called it Jean Varon because at the time an English name like John Bates meant nothing, you had to appear to be French. Jean is French for John and Varon because there was no "V" in the rag trade book. Jean Varon made a good graphic image"(John Bates quoted in Boutique by Marnie Fogg). As far as is known, all Jean Varon labeled garments were designed by Bates.

Early garments are innovative with space-age fabrics, see-through panels, cut-out holes and matching accessories right down to the tights. As an aside, Bates is also sometimes credited with the invention of the mini-skipopularizedlarised trousers for women and encouraged the first "underwear as outerwear" style, through precision cutting and the use of lace and mesh. An example of this work won him the Dress of The Year title in 1965.

His reputation earned him the ultimate commission; designing a wardrobe of outfits for the second half of the first Emma Peel season on The Avengers in 1965-66. The contrast from Bates first appearance as designer is breathtaking; his bold op-art motifs, mini-skirts, trousers and feminine eveningwear injected glamour and youth into the character. Contrary to popular belief, Bates was only on board for half a season and took no further part in The Avengers. It is a connection that he continues to be most famous for. His designs were also manufactured for sale across the country; the first time that a woman could watch a TV character one evening, and own the clothes by the next.

In the later 60s and 70s, Bates continued to innovate but the garments moved towards a softer, feminine look. Bates concurrently designed for an own-name label, which was more avant garde and innovative. He was still designing for Varon throughout the 70s, but at some point in the late 70s/early 80s, his own label fizzled out into bankruptcy and he decided to leave the mainstream fashion business. He is now working as an artist and living in Wales. The Varon label carried on into the 80s, with designer Tom Bowker. There are still a few gems to be found from this era, but it is the Bates work that is collectible.

Contributed By: Emmapeelpants
Originally Published: VFG Label Resource - Jean Varon entry

And check out emmapeelpants current Jean Varon auction up for sale:

chic black vintage 60s Jean Varon empire evening dress


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