Saturday, November 15, 2008


Why do we love vintage? Well, it gives one an opportunity to wear something with mystery that is unique and most often one-of-a-kind. In a world of fast fashion, where trends are universal and luxury is ubiquitous, vintage offers fashion as history with incomparable style.

Take this wonderful 1960s Helen Rose creation in tea-hued silk draped jersey with an intricately embroidered top, for example. Ms. Rose won two Oscars as a costume designer and of course designed one of the most legendary wedding dresses: the gown Grace Kelly wore to marry Prince Rainier in 1956. This gown was likely made in her custom atelier that she opened in the 1960s. The tea color is a sophisticated and unusual color for an evening gown and the intricate cut out paillette, sequin, and crystal embroidered top is worthy of the highest Couture technique. Whispering admirers will ask, "Who made that dress?" when you walk through a crowded affair. That's the beauty of vintage, as it often keeps the crowds guessing!

Helen Rose tea hued silk draped jersey with embroidered spaghetti strap top, c. 1960s. Custom Couture modern petite 4
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