Tuesday, October 21, 2008

1920's Flappers, Art Deco Coats and Erte

During the 1920's, women's lives changed for ever. This was the "Roaring Twenties" and Flappers were sporting easy to wear silhouettes: loose, short, ready to take a spirited run through the park. Finding vintage Flapper dresses is getting harder to do now, as they disapear into collections. A great coat is even harder to locate, as a quick review of an internet search will show little selection. When looking for a Flapper look, key to her outfit is the wrap front coat and a fur collar, worn with a low cloche hat.

Following World War I, everything about the Flapper's style was new and modern, breaking ground in so many ways. She was usually young: a college student or new girl in town. Her silhouette seemed shockingly masculine, with long bare legs and a slender bustline. The idea of having men's wear styled clothing was new on the horizon. This loose fit, expressed with modern Art Deco designs brought a younger viewpoint to fashion. Erte, the famous fashion illustrator suggested many applications of Art Deco embellishments in fabric and fashion. Fabric prints, jewelry, shoe details and hats were distinctive in their Erte-styled Deco designs.

This Art Deco Flapper coat is amazing. Over 80 years old, it still sparks with style and attitude. Erte inspired Art Deco designs are sewn on the sleeves and coat back, giving it that distinctive Flapper quality. Not to be missed, the classic fur collar and cuffs, with a wrap front that ties at the hip.
We can see it now: just pull on your cloche hat over your cute bobbed hair, and you are ready to jump into the Model A Ford to take a spin around town!

The coat catalog here shows a very similar coat style on its cover.
This Flapper coat is currently available in our Babylon mall shop (click on the icon at right), or see it at Pintucks.
p.s. The name "Flapper" is derived from the big rain boots popular during the time, that were worn un-buckled in front, making a flapping effect when the girls walked in them.
photo credits:
top: http://www.democratic
center: http://www.hatshapers.com
bottom: http://antiquebooks.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Halloween Costumes: Witchy Woman

A witch costume for Halloween? Now there's a novel idea. It seems that what was once the territory of snaggle toothed old hags, widened to include the sexy young ones too. Was it when Charles Adams that brought his "Adams Family" point of view to this day of 'dress' that a sophisticated witch entered the scene?

Well, never mind, it's your turn to shine as a Mod, Mad and adorable Witchy Woman this year. Here we have 2 versions of the long black "V" necked gown, and both from that same 60's era when a cascade at the wrist was fine and dandy.

With this version you get the pure black silhouette, in a slim "A" line version. The bonus is that both of these are in a hard to find large size. If you are a small, well we always have black dresses in stock for that last minute event where you need to slink in, dressed to kill.

Find these on our etsy site (just click the "pintucks boutique" logo on the right.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Halloween Costumes: Movie Queens & Vintage Style

MMMMMMM, so whatcha gonna do about Halloween?
Yahoo recently listed top costumes from movies, and these are very fun, easy to compile personalities. Starting at the top:
Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) in "Breakfast at Tiffanys"-- OK, we know that one: neat black dress, necklace, gloves, big glasses and hair worn up. You can't miss by checking out our 'little black dress' collection. Surely something there will fill the bill!

We go next to Liz Tayler in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". Who can resist the opportunity to wear a vintage slip in public, and looking great to boot! Our slip rack has been stocked, just for your sulty southern belles.

Beyonce in "Dream Girls" really plays up that 60's fantasy right. You can take your pick of sexy cocktail dresses, and find the one that fits best. Add some sequins, and WOW!

Now, what about Lucy, as in "I Love Lucy", or any of the other 1950's types: dress with petticoat, apron and an attitude (or maybe June Cleaver is more your type).

Happy Hunting, we are ready to get you dressed and out the door in no time!

Yahoo article: http://food.yahoo.com/blog/foxyfestivities/8814/the-10-hottest-costumes-that-aren-t-played-out