Monday, December 18, 2017

Midcentury style lizard brooch.

Look closely to see the chameleon on the stylish coat. Critters have inspired baubles for centuries. At one point, people even skipped the jeweler entirely, and wore live lizards as brooches and hair ornaments.
In 1894, the New York Times reported that a booming trend in living jewelry had animal cruelty organizations concerned. Tiny lizards had been arriving from the South to fuel a fashion frenzy. Mostly women bought them, attached a chain to their necks and pinned them to a cushion or item of clothing. These lizards were marketed as “chameleons” that would change color to match a woman’s jacket or bodice..... just imagine. Much easier and more comfortable to go shopping at Esani Vintage.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Post war hair salons.

During these postwar years, the salon became a cherished second space for women outside the home. The task of “setting” hair into the molded hairdos popular in the day, such as Veronica Lake’s cascading S-shaped waves or Grace Kelly’s sculpted bob, required regular appointments at the salon, establishing it as a popular weekly meeting spot. The image of a row of women idly flipping through magazines under a hair dryer hood became a symbol of postwar prosperity and of women’s new leisure time.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Seventies fashion.

I do remember the seventies, but I don't remember wearing socks and heels. Especially not yellow ones but strangely enough they look pretty good. Some say the 70's is the decade that style forgot... what do you think?

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Vintage Race day fashion.

The first Melbourne Cup was held in 1861 and Archer, the winning horse, collected £170 and a gold watch for his efforts.
Fashions on the field was first held in 1962.
In 1965, British model Jean Shrimpton shocked Flemington by wearing a miniskirt. She also wore no gloves, hat, or stockings. The scandal is often wrongly reported as having happened on Cup day. In fact it was Derby day, three days earlier.
Just five horses have won more than one Cup. Apart from Makybe Diva, they were Archer (1861 and 1862), Peter Pan (1932 and 1934), Rain Lover (1968 and 1969) and Think Big (1974 and 1975).
The photo attached is not from the Melbourne cup but from Kentucky in the USA but I just love the vintage look.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Black pearls

The mysterious black pearl is surrounded by an intricate web of legends, myths, symbols and meanings. It is present in almost all cultures around the world and has been associated with countless folk stories. But no matter where the mythology stemmed from, one thing is certain and universally acknowledged: black pearls are some of the most valuable gems on the planet, being true marks of wealth, power, and wisdom. In our contemporary times, the Tahitian black pearl necklace or a pair of black pearl earrings make more than a statement: they are symbols of refinement, elegance, and class.
(From Pearls only).

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Seventies style.

Seventies style.
Love it or hate it? It is loved for its liberalism and the endless creativity at times even leading to little craziness, while others criticize the seventies fashion because of the apparent absence of any style rules and standards. Still, the seventies style is much appreciated for it became a means of expressing the individuality of a person, her unique vision of style and creativity.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Saul Bass graphic designer.

One of my favourite designers, Saul Bass May 8, 1920 – April 25, 1996) He was an American graphic designer and Academy Award-winning filmmaker, best known for his design of motion-picture title sequences, film posters, and corporate logos.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Fabulous fifties frock.

Genuine original 1950's wedding dress.
"You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” —Dr. Seuss

Thursday, September 28, 2017

1966 Ford Fairlane?

Just love this ad for the classic Ford car. Imagine driving off into the sunset in that! I think it is a 1966 Fairlane. Someone might be able to confirm this?

Monday, September 25, 2017

Dior style

Interesting facts about Dior.
The Miss Dior parfume, Miss Dior was named after Catherine Dior, Christian Dior’s sister.
Saint Laurent had joined the Dior house back in 1955.
Dior is warn by Princess Grace of Monaco, Princess Alexandria of Yugoslavia and Lady Pamela Hicks at the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
Ferré is the first non-french designer to take charge of the design house.
(from fashionintime)
The brooch shown is not Dior. Just Dior style.
Debbie you will recognise this one.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Vintage brooches.

Currently enjoying a fashionable revival... the brooch. During the past few seasons more and more brooches are turning up on runways and the red carpet. The big difference being that they are more versatile now. They are being worn in different ways for example in the hair, on handbags, pinned to the waist of a dress or scattered over jackets. Go crazy.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fifties glamour ad.

You would not see an ad like this now days. pretty cute though.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Leopard print.

Leopard print is timeless. It never goes out of style. For nearly the past century, women have been wearing the exotic print with no signs of letting up, although now days fake fur is preferred as a stand against animal cruelty.
One of the first people to popularize leopard in fashion was Marian Nixon, American film actress, who in 1925, had a coat made to match her pet leopard. Fur coats made from actual leopards became the rage throughout the 1930s and 40s.
However, it wasn't until 1947 that leopard as a print, rather than a fur, became fashionable. Christian Dior is credited with this transition in his 1947 Spring-Summer Collection in which he created two pieces; a silk-chiffon evening gown called "Afrique" and a day dress called "Jungle."

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Sixties space age fashion.

Space age fashion first appeared in the late 1950s, and developed further in the 1960s. It was heavily influenced by the Space Race of the Cold War; the futuristic design style was inspired by space exploration. Designers often emphasized the energy and technology advancements of the Cold War era in their work. The space age look was defined by boxy shapes, thigh length hemlines and bold accessories. Synthetic material was also popular with space age fashion designers. After the Second World War, fabrics like nylon, corfam, orlon, terylene, lurex and spandex were promoted as cheap, easy to dry, and wrinkle-free. The synthetic fabrics of the 1960s allowed space age fashion designers to design garments with bold shapes and a plastic texture. Non-cloth material, such as polyester and PVC, became popular in clothing and accessories as well.
From Wikipedia.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Cadillac 1958.

The volume Cadillacs were heavily facelifted for 1958 in a manner typical of GM that year. Perhaps the most garish Caddys yet, they were laden with chrome and far less stylish than previous postwar models. Sales were poor, though a nationwide recession was probably more to blame than the baroque styling, which was, after all, in vogue. At 121,778 units, model year production was lower than at any time since 1954. Symbolizing the fall in fortunes was a V-8 slightly detuned in a faint nod toward fuel economy, limited to a single 310-bhp version for all models.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Sixties style.

The black and white design in the background is actually the Australian wool logo.
Great logo especially considering how long ago it was designed.

Friday, August 11, 2017

The right necklace for the right neckline.

Finding the right necklace to wear with your gown can sometimes be a little daunting. You might find this guide useful.

Gold statement necklace.

Monday, August 7, 2017

A fifties swim suit.

50's swim suit. Devine. Not sure about the gloves for swimming though. They look absolutely fab but not very practical I imagine.

Some earrings to go with the bathers below because one should always wear earrings when ones goes swimming.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Baby shower invitation.

This is a fun easy way to make your own baby shower invitations. You simply purchase the clip art illustrations and then create your own invitations. You just have to place the clip art into a program like Office Word add your own wording and then print them out.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Gold heart necklace.

If you want to give light to others you have to glow yourself.
Thomas S Monson.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Turquoise brooch.

Turquoise is perhaps the oldest stone in man’s history, the talisman of kings, shamans, and warriors. It is a stone of protection, strong and opaque, yet soothing to the touch, healing to the eye, as if carved from an azure heaven and slipped to earth. Its unique shade of blue, often blue-green, lends it name, Turquoise, to all things of this tranquil hue. The delicate veining or mottled webbing in cream or brown is inherent to the stone and serves to enhance its character.
The name Turquoise is derived from the French, pierre turquoise, meaning “Turkish stone,” because the trade routes that brought Turquoise to Europe from the mines in central Asia went through Turkey, and Venetian merchants often purchased the stone in Turkish bazaars. [Simmons, 419]
(From Crystal Vaults).
The brooch is faux turquoise to my knowledge. It is a signed and numbered piece.


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