Tuesday, April 9, 2019

G Girvin: Vintage Art to Wear by Gretchen Clancy

G Girvin applique jackets were a popular style of wearable art apparel during the 1970's and 1980's.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

1960's Catalina Swim Suit: Pucci Style Print on a One Piece Bathing Suit

This terrific Catalina swimsuit with it's Pucci inspired fabric design is a 1960's or early 1970's example of the one-piece maillot showing strong fashion influences.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Vintage Fashion Dirndls

With a super curvey look, a traditional folk dress known as the dirndle was the perfect icon for 1950's hourglass style.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Sunday, September 17, 2017

1950's Patio Dress: Close up

This patio dress from the 1950's is a classic type. It features the signature tiered skirt in tiny pleats lined with rows of silver and turquoise rickrack and woven trim, called a 'broomstick' style.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Early 60's Fabric & Fashion: American Fabrics Magazine, 1961: Creslan, Vycon, Zantrel, Syl-mer

American Fabrics magazine has a wealth of information on fabrics and fashions from the era. This 1961 publication says alot about the 1960's. At the top of the list would be the increased use of synthetic fibers and finishes to create better performing, color retention and easy care apparel.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Gilbert Adrian: 1950's Suits by California Designer

This 1950's newspaper advertisement for suits is a great showcase for fashion designer Gilbert Adrian.  This regional ad appeared in 1951 while he was at the very height of his career as a fashion designer with a salon that catered to Hollywood's young and fabulous. The fashion illustration is drawn to capture all of the style details that Adrian was famous for, in a layout that uses two suits in different scale, thus calling attention to the larger image. As was common at the time, the artist is not credited.