Pinterest feed last night. I can't find any attribution for the designer or year. I'm pretty sure this dates to right around 1959-62 and it sure looks like a Vera Neumann print, but until I can find out for sure, I'll just say......isn't it fabulous? Can anyone help with pinning down a date, designer, photographer, etc?
Monday, April 13, 2015
Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Evidently French milliners had decided 1954 was the year of fanciful floral confections, judging by these marvelous hats from that year. Some are stunning, some are silly, all are striking. Which one is your favorite?
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
In the days before Chanel made ready-to-wear clothing, it was common practice for Mme. Coco to authorize American department stores and high end boutiques to make reproductions of her designs for women in the U.S. Buyers and designers for these stores would attend the Paris couture shows, then purchase the designs they wanted to reproduce here in America. Hence, the Chanel Adaptation label.
Chanel Adaptation label dress and jacket that I have dated to 1934. Even though adaptation garments are not original couture, they are still of the highest quality and were made specifically for well-to-do clients by the American stores that offered them. Remember, in 1934, America was struggling through the Great Depression, and the women that could afford to purchase garments like this were few and far between.
my website. It's a joy to behold!
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Reading Is Fundamental is an A-rated charity that works to motivate young children to read by working with them, their parents, and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life. They work to put books in the hands of children who don't have them.
From September 1 - December 31, 2014, 10% of all sales at Couture Allure, SewHallie and through my retail shops goes directly to Reading Is Fundamental to support their programs. If you feel strongly about children's literacy, I hope you'll consider a donation to this important charity. Thank you!
Monday, September 15, 2014
Monday, September 08, 2014
I was perusing a fashion magazine from 1960 this morning and kept coming across pictures in which the model was posed in a very awkward way. I thought they might bring a little fun to your day.
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Today I want to show you some couture garments from 1952 that are made with plaid fabrics. When looking at these designs, notice how perfectly the plaids are matched at the seams, across openings and even on pockets and pleats. If you've ever sewn with plaid, you know how difficult this is to do. Enjoy, appreciate, then be inspired!