Vintage Fashion in LA
I have to admit that I have been enjoying the Dukes of Melrose. For those that haven’t seen it, it is a reality show (yes another reality show) about the owners of the Decades boutique in Los Angeles. According to Decades, they are the “illustrious vintage and haute consignment retailer in Los Angeles, worshipped by fashionistas and collectors alike for an unparalleled collection of designer clothing and accessories date from the 1920s to today.”
Their collections contain vintage couture that you often see celebrities wearing on the red carpet. While somewhat hard to watch at times, Cameron and Christos (the owners of the business/boutique) are entertaining. Cameron’s snarky comments are definitely good for at least one or two laughs each episode. The real reason I watch though, is to see what amazing fashion find will show up each week. A few episodes ago they featured Rudi Gernreich’s designs at L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art. A show which Cameron curated for the museum.
Vintage Fashion in London
Another city in which to find great vintage fashion is London. Coincidentally, there happens to be an auction including some interesting vintage fashion from a variety of decades in just four days! Kerry Taylor Auctions’ Antique, Vintage Fashion, Textiles and Accessories Auction (London) is on May 13th and 14th. Here are a few favorites from the catalogue.
This draped black goddess dress (late 1970’s early 80’s) with beaded straps, by Ossie Clark, looks like something you might find Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wearing at a premier. The estimate in GBP is Low: 300 – High: 400.
KTA Lot 98
I had to include this one. At first glance it might seem a little out there. The more that I look at it though, the more I love this piece from Paris in the 70’s. Would Jane Birkin have worn something like this to a Parsian version of Studio 54? Lose the handbag and add the right shoes and you might just see this on a Hollywood celebutante at the next MTV Movie Awards. A “Loris Azarro metallic crochet, silver and black chain mail hot pants, matching top and disco purse, 1971.” The estimate in GBP is Low: 150 – High: 250.
KTA Lot 107
Lastly, this is probably the best example of a 1920’s flapper dress that I have seen in a long time. It doesn’t look dated or worn and it seems like it could be from a modern day designer. “A black sequined and beaded flapper dress, circa 1927, with dropped waistline, flared skirt, the ground lavishly covered with beads and sequins.” The estimate in GBP is Low: 300 – High: 500.
KTA Lot 199
And of course if you are interested in vintage and antique jewels, come and browse through our collections.