Thursday, July 18, 2013

Punk at the Met


I would travel non stop if I could.
 Wandering the globe, visiting amazing far away places, and local places with great museums and perfectly fascinating people and sights.

There is nothing like a great day, or even an hour or two at a museum to wake up the brain and the senses.

Sometimes you'll find interesting exhibits that seem to be out of context in the place they're being shown. I came across this exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC. A vision of Punk and it's influence on designer fashion.

I've posted a link, I think it's fun & interesting. Enjoy!

  http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2013/punk/video

I am posting photos from the gallery showing a portion of the exhibit. If you're in New York stop by, if not take a minute and check it out.




                               These pieces are from Zandra Rhodes  
                               White wedding dress Summer 1977
                               Black dress Summer 1977
                               Photo courtesy of Zandra Rhodes,  Metropolitan Museum of Art



                               Ballgowns by Dolce Gabbana
                               DIY Graffiti & Antiprop
                               Photo@ Metropolitan Museum of Art




                               DIY Destroy
                               Photo @ Metropolitan Museum of Art
                                                     

                                    John Lydon 1976
                                    Photo: Ray Stevenson/Rex USA
                                    Metropolitan Museum of Art

                                   Below: Gianni Versace as shown in Vogue Paris 1994
                                   Photograph: Satashi Saikusa @ Metropolitan Museum of Art





Jordan, 1977
Photo Rex USA
Metropolitan Museum of Art


 Rodarte  - Vogue, July 2008
Photograph: David Sims
   Metropolitan Museum of Art

Just a few examples of the influence of a generation making their own statement on society reflected in their clothing and how that effects and inspires designers to create their own take on those statements 

Spider Silk Cape

This is an amazing cape, made from the silk of over 1 million orb spiders in Madagascar. I know it sounds creepy, however, when you see the attention to detail and the splendid design and embroidery work on this piece you can't help but be taken in by it.

This piece was a labor of love; created by Simon Peers & Nicholas Godley and hundreds of artisans. The project took 3 years to complete. Please view the photo and the video if you have a few minutes. It was displayed at the V & A Museum in London through June 2012.



The golden yellow color is the natural color of the silk once extracted from the spider. Amazing!

Below is the video of the process, it runs about 7 minutes, but I assure you it's worth seeing!

http://vimeo.com/35892706

Enjoy!

By the way Victoria & Albert Museum has an amazing website. Visit it for inspiration and a peek at what they're viewing across the pond!



Friday, November 9, 2012

Pendleton

                                            Pendleton

 
 
 
 
OK I admit it I am more than a little obsessive about Pendleton this year. The patterns, plaids, trade blankets. And let's not forget the collaborations with amazing companies. Lets start with those gorgeous trade blankets.
 
 
 
The patterns, colors, and richness of texture. Made to last a lifetime and to be passed along to the next generation. I feel the older ones a so interesting because of the colors and the patina that they acquire as they age. This photo is from http://cindysantiquequilts.com/ a great source that I found for these treasures.
 
 
 
 
OK another collaboration that is so perfect. Doc Martens and Pendleton. A match made in heaven I'd say. Perfect for the fall and winter. Buy them, collect them keep them forever. So rad!
 
 
 
 
Let the rain fall because you will be beautiful or handsome under one of these lovely umbrellas
 
 
Based on the Painted Hills blanket design a real classic yet very contemporary.  Among the sea of black plain umbrellas you can make a statement with this great piece!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Rock & Roll Inspirations on Fashion

ROCK and ROLL





And it's influence on fashion



I visited the Annenberg Space for Photography to see the wonderful and sometimes disturbing images of rock stars over the decades. The thing that came away with, aside from loving the creativity of the photographers and the musicians, was that we are all so strongly influenced by those in the limelight on stage moving us not only with their music but their style.

Every generation has it own style that sets it apart from those before. Breaking rules and making a statement about their morality and views of society. This is great the 50s ushering in Elvis with his sexuality breaking ground for the 60s the Beatles and Stones and the British invasion the 70s following on the heels of Woodstock moved us to Disco and into the 80s Punk movement Rap Hip Hop and the 90s Grunge. All creating an environment allowing youth to speak their own language in music and the clothes they wear. From sweet to ripped and torn, innocent to pierced and tattooed. All an evolution.

The musicians from the 60s and 70s created a world that is still being followed and imitated today, both in fashion and in retro dreaming of a time and place that was better. And believe me it was!

The Boho Hippie Bohemian trend that is being embraced and rehashed is a nod to those that created it. But in fact they were REAL, they didn't go to Free People or Urban Outfitters or the like (not that those stores aren't ok). The style icons of that time were legitimate....found pieces of clothing reflecting almost a tribal bohemian look. Enhancing their own stage presence. The opportunity to stand out with one's own style. Several musicians could stand on the stage with similar pieces yet they all looked so different because they adapted every piece as an individual.

Jackets and vests from other countries..India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, hand embroidered with fur embellishments. Silk scarves from the 20s and 30s. Old military jackets and band jackets, valet clothing, top hats, belts, medallions and pendants all found objects from flea markets, junk stores, beads, velvet and amazing boots....from that era  1970's platforms, snakeskin, leather, suede. Moccasins with fringe, more than likely Minnetonka still made today.

Fringe piano scarves from the 20s, long billowy sleeves, ruffles and brocades borrowed from the Victorian and Dickens era, Native American buckskins made into fringed shirts, skirts and beads everywhere in the clothing, hair and accenting the clothes.  All put together with casual grace and ease creating an amazing image. Way before stylists came onto the scene each individual created their own "image" and persona. So much more interesting and creative.

 I have collected a few photos of some amazing performers from the 60s and 70s to show the personal outfits they pieced together creating an all together perfectly individual look.


Jimi Hendrix and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Janis Joplin, Fleetwood Mac all amazing stylish individuals just to name a few.

I would also like to add that we have tried to give credit to each photographer who originally took these wonderful photos. Our intent is to show the history of rock & fashion and not infringe on any copyrights.  If you  would like any photos removed please contact us and we will comly immediately.

Band jacket, fur vest, leather
Photo from Rolling Stone Magazine photographer unknown
Ethnic medallions and mixed patterns
Photographer unknown

Lace, Indian prints, jewelry
Photographer unknown

Ethnic patterns, tunics, necklaces
Photo Rolling Stone Magazine photographer unknown

Fringe, suede, beads, scarf
Photo by Henry Diltz

Artwork by Richard Nichols on Google Images


Band jacket, striped pants
Google Images photographer unknown


Photograph by Baron Wolfman



Google Images photographer unknown

Cape made from vintage sequin skirt. Worn in many photos
Photo by Baron Wolfman

Photo cover of Pearl album. Sadly she passed a few days after this photo was taken
Photo by Barry Feinstein  Google.com

Feathers, signature beads, velvets, tie dye, ethnic embellishments
Photo by Francesco Scavullo









Signature round glasses, crochet vest, beads and attitude!
Photo by David Gahr

Lovely
Photo by Bob Seidemann 1967


Skirts and tops made from upcycled vintage dresses and skirts
Photographer unknown  Google free images




Platform boots, shawls, jeans into boots
Photographer unknown Google free images




Draped dress, feather boa, wrapped head scarf
Google Images photographer unknown




Hats, vests
Rolling Stone Magazine photographer unknown
I love vintage. I hope you love vintage. Make each piece your own. Mix it up with what's in style today.
You're not a museum, wear some rad boots or shoes with your older pieces to give it your own signature look!

Viva La Vintage!!


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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Not Dead

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Currently attending university in the Rose City.

Sorry for the delayed posts. You'd best perpare yourself for some burgeoning Northwest pride.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

New! On eBay! 9/22



.......................................... 1. H&M Alexa Chung Coats     ............................................ 2. Vintage 80's Crest Blazer

..................................................3. Vintage Victorian Dress     ................................................ 4. Vintage 70's Bell Sleeve Dress

We have some incredible things up right now in the store! Just click on item item's name to take a look!

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

NEW! On eBay!


........................................................... 1. Vintage 70's Owl Dress     ............................................................... 2. Vintage 70's Lanz Dress

........................................................... 3. Linen Armani Jacket     ............................................................... 4. Vintage 70's Peter Pan Dress

........................................................... 5. Vintage 70's Paisley Dress     ............................................  6. Vintage 70's Style Crochet Bell Bottoms

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

DRAMA Magazine


Just discovered DRAMA Magazine - an amazing new British publication featuring artists, designers, entertainers and marvelous shoots.

How much do I adore this editorial?

                                                                                              DRAMA Magazine