Posts for Labels & designers Category

Meet a Designer: Mildred Orrick

Labels & designers - March 10, 2017

Mildred Orrick was born Mildred Boykin in West Virigina in 1906. Her father Richard was a preacher, and the family…

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Meet a designer: Louella Ballerino

Labels & designers - August 10, 2016

“Quiet Louella Ballerino has created a perfect furor down here. Everybody corners you to ask, ‘Have you seen Ballerino’s things?’…

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Meet a Designer: Dorothy O’Hara

Labels & designers - July 14, 2016

[Author’s note: I initially wrote this post in January 2015, but I lost a lot of images when I switched…

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Ballerinas on the beach

Labels & designers - July 11, 2016

In the late 1930s and early 40s, a popular silhouette for beach fashions was a slim torso flaring to a…

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Meet a designer: Don Loper

Labels & designers - March 8, 2016

For a serious Hollywood designer, there is a surprising dearth of information about Don Loper. A lot of people know he…

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Lilli Ann: early years through 1940s

Labels & designers - March 2, 2016

A great deal has been written about the 20th century suit and coat label Lilli Ann, but I feel like not…

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Claire McCardell mystery dress

Labels & designers - February 29, 2016

I love a good mystery. I love collecting clues, assembling narratives, and ultimately (hopefully) solving mysteries. When I bought this…

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Lilli Ann princess coats

Labels & designers - December 9, 2015

I find markets fascinating. I think it’s interesting how things become valuable and why, the cycles that trends and objects…

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L’Officiel & The Californian archives for your viewing pleasure

Labels & designers - September 29, 2015

You know how sometimes you discover something that’s actually public knowledge, but you feel like it’s too good to be…

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Wedding season: what to wear?

Every fall since I turned 30, I’ve noticed that September begins a string of nuptial celebrations that lasts until November.…

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