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Gone Dotty

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Gone Dotty

Polka dot prints in fashion are timeless! Seen now as fun and whimsical, they weren't always seen that way. In Medieval Europe, they were often seen as representing illness or disease. Because the ability to create evenly spaced dots did not exist at the time, dots on fabric would be scattered in a random pattern- reminding people of pox or rashes. In Shakespeare's "Othello", Desdemona's spotted handkerchief leads to tragedy in the play. In non-Western cultures polka dots symbolized male virility or magic. More densely packed, small dots were indicative of stronger magic. Before dots were called polka dots, dotted...

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Make a Splash!

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Make a Splash!

  Direct from Marilyn's Room- a capsule collection of dreamy pin-up-worthy 1950s swimwear! Catalina, Rose Marie Reid, Robby Len-  golden lurex, ruched silk, rhinestones and pearls! Make a splash! XOXOXO- Angela and Marilyn's Room

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Helen Bond Ca-who?

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Helen Bond Ca-who?

This is Helen Bond Carruthers. While not easy to make out the details, she is indeed wearing one of her famous cashmere sweaters appliqued with embroidered pieces of antique textiles. Helen got her start modifying and embellishing plain colored cashmere button front sweaters in the 1950s. After acquiring a warehouse full of antique shawls, she began cutting them up and hand sewing them onto sweaters. She worked from home in Versailles, Kentucky...eventually employing some help to fulfill orders.   There are several signature details present in a true Helen Bond Carruthers sweater. First off- they will always be cashmere, and...

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Bikinis!

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Working on a number of fantastic bikinis (and more swimwear to come!) from the 1970s tonight- see them here, and behold the allure of the hip hugger, halter top bikini from the early 1970s below!  

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Top Up

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Top Up

Top handle bags are seemingly always in style and always being reimagined. Done in metal mesh in the 1920s, fabrics in the 1930s, leathers in the 1940s & 50s, vinyl in the 1960s- the details may change but the basic silhouette remains!  Nettie Rosenstein 1946 Josef, 1946 1964 catalog ad Koret 1937  1960s Bonnie Cashin bags Koret 1953 Danse Lente Mini Johnny Bag (this is sold out, but I love it very much)       Zac Posen studded bag (photo links to rent or buy) Evelyn & Arthur (I'm in love with this, link from photo- it's $118) Steven...

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