Vintage shopping

Clever Vintage Pop-up Shop at Light & Noir

I love museums. I think it has something to do with the fact that I really like old things (as you see above) and museums are often filled with them, arranged to tell a story and educate. This is, as they say, my jam. Combine a museum trip with a vintage clothing shop and you have the answer to the question “Hey Jessica, how did you spend your day?”

The Light & Noir exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center is wonderful and I highly recommend a visit. It runs until March 1, but if you’re anything like me and you love vintage shopping, you should go in the next few days, because our friends at Clever Vintage have a selection of some of their best merchandise at the Light & Noir gift shop. Sweaters, skirts, day dresses, suits, evening dresses and lingerie are available to gaze at, try on and incite desire, as their pieces are wont to do.

I was completely smitten with a number of things, but my Christmas money from moms could only add one to my closet. I loved this 1950s dress with velvet top and acetate and lurex skirt:

but really, not the most practical choice. I ended up with something I could wear year-round here in California, something appropriate for work or a casual day out. A suit. Because I love suits. But this one is different, and special. It deserves its own post.

A highlight of the shop was the rare suit display, with an Irene and an Adrian. Every so often Irene suits pop up on eBay for $300-$500, but Adrian designs are another matter. Extremely rare and very expensive, his designs are primarily couture while Irene did several ready-to-wear designs with high end shops around the country, who helped her establish her label. These are both stunning examples. Irene is on the left, Adrian on the right.

Lots of other good goodies as well, including a Miriam Haskell collection of jewelry and sketches, Bésame cosmetics, books on Hollywood and fashion, and various 1940s and 50s-themed cocktail ephemera.

The Details

The Skirball’s Light & Noir exhibit (I couldn’t take any pictures, but trust it’s worth it) is on view until March 1, but the Clever Vintage shop will only be there through January 4. Essentially, that means three more days – January 2, 3 and 4. Visit anytime on Friday after noon (they close at 5) or Saturday or Sunday after 10am (also close at 5). Admission is $10. Plan to spend about 2-3 hours total (and about $200 if you want to buy a dress or suit, roughly $100 for skirts or sweaters). But browsing is, as always, fun and free.

in January 1, 2015

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