Posts for 1950s

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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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 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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Samuel Winston v. Charles James Services, Inc.

Labels & designers - May 1, 2015

(Just as a brief disclaimer, this post assumes some basic knowledge about Charles James. If you’re not familiar, this is…

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Meet a label/designer: Tabak of California and Irene Saltern

Labels & designers - February 16, 2015

As you may know, I’m kind of obsessed with California sportswear. Tabak of California is one of the oldest, possibly…

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Build a vintage closet, step 4: Moar shopping pls, expo edition

Build a vintage closet - February 10, 2015

Vintage clothing shows are something I wait for and save for a few very special times a year. I have no…

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Meet a designer: Ceil Chapman

Labels & designers - January 23, 2015

“After all,” says Ceil, “a woman is still a woman, so why not admit it?” If there’s one well-known name…

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