Monday, August 30, 2010


Do you watch Mad Men? Yes? Good. No? You are hereby shunned, and are not to return to The Vintage Fashion Librarian until you have watched at least one season of what is probably the best show on TV right now.

I'll admit, I just started watching it midway through the last season, but do as I say, not as I do, and go watch it for the vintage eye candy. The clothing is to die for.

And this pattern from 1959, alas, sold to someone in New Orleans just today, is pure Joan. Joan loves her some fitted sheaths with some neckline interest, and View A has Joan written all over it. View B not so much, but only because the bow is in the front. Remember the Christmas party where Roger told Joan he loved the red dress with the bow in back, because it was like she was a present? Well, View B is that dress, if the bow was in back.

And you know Joan has a good thing rockin' when my my teenaged son says of her, "now that is a woman." And he's right.

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Restoration

I don't know if you've seen this article or not, but it's worth a read. Does the dress to the left look familiar? Hint: It's an iconic part of movie history. Yep, it's Scarlett O'Hara's drapery dress. And it's falling apart.

The University of Texas is sponsoring a restoration project on five of Scarlett O'Hara's costumes for the movie, to restore the fading, failed seams, and other evidence of age. Keep in mind - movie costumes aren't made like normal clothing, because it really had to only last for the duration of the filming. My beloved Atonement dress had several copies made, because the fabric was so delicate that it kept ripping. The only solution was to make a bunch of dresses, and just trade off when one got snagged.

I suspect that there was only one of each of Scarlett's dresses created, and it would be a shame to watch these legendary textiles be lost to the years. I have decided to do my part to help, and am having a sale at the Vintage Fashion Library site: use coupon code SCARLETT and receive 15% off till the end of August. $1 of your purchase will be donated to the restoration project, and I'll even match the proceeds. As God as my witness, there may never be a sale like this again!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Rear Window Inspired

One of the more iconic suits of movie history was worn by Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 movie "Rear Window." A beautiful shade of celadon green, it was pure Grace Kelly.

And then she took off her jacket, revealing a completely surprising sexy halter top. Me-YOW!

So when I saw this pattern on ebay, you can probably imagine why I thought of Rear Window. Granted, it's not the same halter top (I'd love to find a pattern for the one in the movie), but it's the same surprise halter top. Add to that the interesting fact that this pattern is dated 1950 -- four years before "Rear Window." I'd like a combination of these suits, with Ms. Kelly's top and the Vogue jacket, please.