Beautiful black and gold evening dress by Suzy Perette in that iconic 1950s "New Look" Style! The piece features an an elegant yet playful polkadot pattern of shimmering gold circles in varying sizes and opacities that reminds one of the night sky. The dress is midi length, falling at the calf, with straps and a rounded neckline. The dress has an A - line silhouette with a cinched waist accented by a diagonally placed black velvet bow. The dress has a large, full skirt featuring a black velvet panel that adds textural interest to the piece.
Suzy Perette was an American company that licensed French designs and created them stateside, usually selling them at more reasonable costs. Their most famous pieces included Christian Dior’s “New Look” silhouette, featuring a cinched waist and full skirt. Suzy Perette was crucial in introducing American women to the marvels of French fashion, and doing so at an affordable cost that allowed the wearer’s to look like chic Parisiennes without having to go on a transatlantic trip!
Striking bright red "New Look" cocktail evening dress by Suzy Perette! This dress is classic 1950s, with a midi - length hem that falls at the calves, thin straps, and a square neckline. The bodice features ruching down the front, that tapers around the waist, creating an optical illusion that cinches the wearer's waist. The dress has a slight trumpet silhouette, with the bodice extending downward, fitted at the hipbones, and accented by a red ribbon bow. The full skirt of the dress is magnificent, and includes thick, belt - like detail at the back, recalling the voluminous dresses of the Belle Epoque, a time period of small waists and big skirts that had significant influence on 1950s fashion.
Glorious gold floral brocade evening dress in Christian Dior's "New Look" style. The dress is magnificent, with a full, midi - length skirt that falls at the calves, and a fitted bodice. The bodice is strapless, with a sweetheart neckline accented by petal - like semicircle folds that add additional structural interest to the neckline. The dress pattern is amazing. The golden background plays host to a swirling collection of flowers, berries, and peacocks depicted in an Indian style. Dress shimmers and sways beautifully when worn. Sublime.
Wonderful late 70’s dress featuring the iconic geometric forms Bessi was best known for! The dress falls below the knee, has long sleeves, a jewel neckline, and a faux wrap skirt with free panel. The neckline, cuffs, hem, and waist of the dress are highlighted by a narrow ribbon - like print of stacked geometric flowers. The shoulders feature a slight structured puff to them, forseeing the large accent shoulders of the 1980s. Print includes the subtle but scintillating "Bessi" signature.
Averardo Bessi has been producing colorful, playful, and intricate textile designs since 1950. Bessi' first collection was presented to the world in 1968, quickly leading the designer to become an internationally known force.
1970s does 1930s in this sheer floral dress! This beautiful slinky dress is maxi length, with long sleeves, buttoned cuffs, and a jewel neckline. The bias cut of the dress gives it a gorgeous petal - like skirt with lightly fluttering hem that floats beautifully when worn. The dress includes a scoop neck slip that peeks out from under the sheer top layer. Brilliant oversized floral print is the cherry on top, adding drama and playfulness to the elegant silhouette.
Includes oversized shawl that can be worn in numerous ways.
Bold bright and beautiful Color of the Season “yellow” with orange and red dress by Marc Bohan for Christian Dior. The dress is maxi length with an A - line silhouette, lightly pleated skirt for added volume, long, fitted sleeves, a fitted bodice, and a curving V - neck with sweetheart - like point. The print of the dress is amazing! Vivid florals of varying sizes in orange and red jump off the light cream background, trailing across the dress in an almost uninterrupted pattern.
Fabulous! Zipper closure in back.
Beautiful intricately printed dress by Youssef Rizkallah for Malcolm Starr. The dress is maxi length, with an A - Line silhouette, long bishop sleeves with a wide cuff, a fitted bodice, and a wide jewel neckline. The dress is brilliant and colorful, with bright shades of green, yellow, orange, and purple offset with cream. The dress features a spectacular Art - Deco - meets - Middle - East pattern with swirling geometric forms offset by conspicuous florals including lotus designs. Truly fabulous.
Not much is known about Youssef Rizkallah’s childhood. He was born in Cairo in the 1920s and went to study at the École des Arts Decoratifs in Paris when he was 19. While in Paris, Rizkallah apprenticed under Jacques Griffe and Pierre Balmain. Rizkallah returned to Cairo and became wildly successful providing couture fashion to the Queen of Jordan and the wives of arab diplomats. In the 1950s he moved to Los Angeles on the behest of fellow designer Jean Louis. Rizkallah soon found himself collaborating with stateside designers including Luis Esteves and Malcolm Starr. Rizhallah then went on to create a womenswear line in 1975.
Rizhallah's work was defined by brilliant colors, textures, and forms that played against each other to create elegant designs.
Classic oval frames with a twist! These black frames by Barry Kieselstein-Cord feature a thin gold tone moon shape surrounding the outer edges of the lenses by which the body of the glasses connects to the temple. The temples feature a closed hand / fist hinge, that brings to mind the Italian Mano Figa, an auspicious of good luck. Dark amber tone lenses complement the gold and black frames for maximum style!
Frame Width: 130.17 mm
Bridge: 12.7 mm
Temple Arm Length: 152.4 mm
Lens Height: 38.1 mm
Lens Width: 47.62 mm
Elegant black folio - style top zipper clutch by Roberta di Camerino. The piece is primarily composed of black pebbled leather, with rounded corners, and a zipper at the top. Features the famous Roberta "R" belt logo on a gold, black, and red stripe accent in the lower left of the bag. From the "Ambassador" line. Made in Italy.
Giuliana Camerino (née Coen) was born to a Jewish family in Venice. In 1943, as World War ii raged on, the Camerinos fled to Switzerland where Giuliana began designing handbags for local leather goods stores. Camerino founded the house “Roberta di Camerino” in 1945. The business was named after the 1935 Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film “Roberta”; The song “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” was the last tune Camerino listened to before escaping to Switzerland.
Roberta di Camerino handbags quickly became known for their innovative use of patterned and colored fabric, two materials that had never been used in handbags. Camerino continued to develop new and interesting designs that would go on to inspire others, including using an “R”-trellis pattern in 1946 that predated Gucci’s iconic “G” pattern handbags and accessories, a the woven leather handbag in 1957 that anticipated the Bottega Veneta woven look, and a hinged handbag that Prada later went on to imitate. Camerino helped develop the post-WW2 venetian economy, employing venetian craftsmen to create many materials, including the brass hardware she used in her striking, cut-velvet bags, and to weave fabric using local antique looms. Camerino branched out into apparel; much of her clothing had distinctive optical illusion tromp l’oeil prints, pleats, buckles, and ruffles.
Bright and shimmering maxi length couture dress by Nat Kaplan. The dress has a loose shift silhouette with long, wide kimono - like sleeves, and a jewel neckline. The dress features an amazing sheer fabric with an oversized blue and green floral pattern highlighted by thick gold linework.
After Nat Kaplan’s untimely death in 1956, his wife, Sylvia, took over the reins of the company while simultaneously raising their children alone. Sylvia was precise and exacting, she understood the company’s clients and knew that women demanded style, comfort, and convenience. She personally made sure that she tried on each and every dress on the design line before it was cut for production. The dress features the fun, bright colors, sheer fabrics, and expert fits Sylvia Kaplan liked to work with!
Astounding maximalist evening dress by Oscar de la Renta! The maxi length dress has long sleeves, a columnar A-line skirt with fitted waist, giving the dress a silhouette similar to the cheongsam. The dress is primarily composed of brilliant golden green brocade fabric delicately defined with reptile - like scales. The skirt and "under" bodice of the dress are composed of the scale fabric, and are masterfully complimented by a black floral lace bolero jacket - like bodice with scalloped edges, a high V - neckline, and two elegant black silk frog buttons with a floral ribbon base. Black ribbon at the hem echoes he details on the top.
Amazing dark navy blue light weight wool dress and coordinating hat by Yohji Yamamoto! The dress has a loose drop waist silhouette with lightly pleated skirt, short sleeves, and a deep V - neckline openings both in the front and back of the dress. The dress comes with a wide scarf that conceals the fichu - like V - neck.
Also available for purchase separately is an iconic wool hat designed by Akio Hirata for Yohji Yamamoto. Hat is featured in last image.
Rare 1994 Rage against the Machine wall flag scarf featuring a large graphic of Che Guevara. The scarf is primarily black with white and yellow screenprint graphics. The piece depicts Che Guevara in Alberto Korda's iconic "Guerrillero Heroico" photograph. The photograph was taken on March 5, 1960, in Havana, Cuba. Guevara was attending a memorial service for the victims of the La Coubre French munitions freighter explosion.
The scarf is from the RATM 1994 tour, where they performed their titular debut album (the cover of which depicts the 1963 self - immolation of Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thích Quảng Đức in Saigon, performed in protest of President Ngô Đình Diệm's persecution of Buddhists,) and treated the audience to a preview of their 1996 album "Evil Empire."
Playful but not puerile, sophisticated but not stuffy herringbone dress by Geoffrey Beene. The dress is composed of soft herringbone woven wool in a beautiful dark sandy brown tone. The knee - length dress has a loose shift silhouette (almost trapeze - like) with long sleeves, and a rather curious collar. The peter pan collar has a short working zipper that leads to a modest keyhole opening just below the collar. Lined in sage green silk. Bonus: has pockets!
Geoffrey Beene began his career in the 1950s, designing under numerous New York houses including Teal Traina, finally opening his own label in 1963. Beene was incredibly conscious of the human body, and was particularly regardful of the figure in motion - as Beene once said“clothing is nothing until it hits the body." His designs were created to work with the client’s body, encasing it lightly and giving it a more artful structure. Beene's reinterpretations of dress formality, use of synthetics, and unusual combination of materials (accessories in acrylic and diamonds, for example), set him aside from his contemporaries who focused on the business of fashion, rather than the artistry of fashion.
Clients include: Jacqueline Kennedy, Lynda Bird Johnson, Nancy Reagan, Paloma Picasso, and Gloria Steinem.
Classic medium wale corduroy suit by Diane Von Furstenberg! The ensemble includes a pencil skirt and jacket. The skirt sits at the natural waist and falls at the knee. The blazer has long sleeves, a V - neckline with medium size collar winds, and two pockets with pocket flaps. Two - button front closure. Wonderful suit that also makes two great statement - piece separates!
Gorgeous custom made dress and jacket ensemble with detailed beaded florals. The dress is knee length, with a wide rounded collar, and no sleeves. The dress skirt sits at the natural waist, and has two pleats for added volume. The jacket has a rounded neckline, wide sleeves that end above the wrist, and is waist - length. The ensemble features elegant silver - white seed bead detailing in a trailing floral pattern. Shimmers beautifully!
Sleeve Length - 18"
Custom slinky knit skirt and blouse set with coordinating graphics! The skirt falls just below the knee, and features a crowd of flappers in blue, cream, olive, and red, with their high hems and fluffy fur stoles, standing below a pointillism dotted sky. The silk blouse is primarily black, with a bateau neckline and short sleeves, one of which features an appliquéd image of a flapper, donning a red cloche hat. Oh we love it!
Top Length - 25.5"
Skirt Length - 25"
Fabric by Jenast Paris. Jenast was a firm that supplied interesting, fine fabric to design houses through the latter half of the 20th century.
Fabulous curve-hugging suede pencil skirt by Alaia! The skirt is primarily indigo suede, with brown suede casually draped over the hips and gathered at the waist with a bronze - tone O - ring belt.
*The skirt is shown laying flat. The third and fourth images show the skirt at a 3/4 view and from the back.
Alaia moved to Paris in the 1950s, after finishing his studies at the École des Beaux-Arts in Tunisia. He worked for various houses and designers including Christian Dior, Guy Laroche, and Thierry Mugler, before striking it out on his own. Alaia’s work caught the discerning eyes of the Parisian elite, including Countess Nicole de Blégiers and Louise de Vilmorin, as well as Greta Garbo.
In the 1980s, Alaia rose to prominence on the international stage with his body conscious, curve hugging designs. “The Trinity” of reigning supermodels of the day, Naomi Campbell (with whom he shaded a loving father-daughter relationship(he would even take her to dentist appointments!)), Linda Evangelista, and Christy Turlington, were seen time and time again in his slinky dresses and sky high heels. He also designed much of the wardrobe of Grace Jones' character “May Day” in the 1985 James Bond Film “A View to Kill”.
In the 1990s, after the death of his beloved sister Hafida, Alaia withdrew from fashion. He eventually returned after conducting a series of business moves in the 2000s -involving Prada and the Richmond group (owner of Chloe and Cartier)- that would guarantee his artistic freedom as well as financial safety.
Azzedine Alaia was the master of his own destiny, rejecting aspects of the fashion industry including the traditional calendar, timelines, and advertising norms. He refused to bend to the market’s will. He was a perfectionist who would show his work only when it was finished. Alaia was internationally renowned, his designs appearing on the covers of magazines, runways across the globe, and in the halls of Museums. He was made a chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur in 2008.
Clients include: Countess Nicole de Blégiers, Louise de Vilmorin, Greta Garbo, Michelle Obama, Rihanna, Madonna, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Farida Khelfa, Sophie Hicks, Stephanie Seymour, Marion Cotillard, Alicia Silverstone, Carla Bruni, Nicki Minaj, Victoria Beckham, Kim Kardashian, Gwyneth Paltrow, Solange Knowles, and Behati Prinsloo.
Amazing deep royal blue and metallic gold evening dress with matching jacket ensemble by Oscar de la Renta. The brocade dress is maxi length with an A - line skirt, fitted bodice, thin spaghetti straps, and a cinched waist accented by a wide belt made of the same gold and blue material. The jacket is waist length, with long sleeves, and a mandarin collar. The pattern of the dress is magnificent, with an elaborate byzantine pattern composed of overlapping arches, scallops, and bands of repeating quatrefoils. Divine!
Amazing wooden clog sole shoes by Pierre Cardin. These tall platform heels feature a deep orange mule top strap and a leather sole. The thick wooden platform heels are contrasted sharply the iconic Pierre Cardin swirl logo on the outer side of the shoes. The logo reflects brilliantly in the sun.
These platform mules with their natural materials contrasted by the polished Cardin swirl and brilliant orange leather are a wonderful combination of 1970s cool and the innovative space age look Pierre Cardin devised and championed.