Vintage Fashion Week Streets: The Leopard Coat -

L to R: Illustration by Bernard Blossac for L'Officiel de la Mode n.596, 1972; Jeanne Nataf advertisement, L'Officiel de la Mode n.535-36, October 1966. Everyone loves a good leopard coat.  Well, stylish ladies from the 40s through the 60s, 70s, 90s, and now 21st century did and do, in any case.  One of fashion's perennials, the spotted leopard coat experienced a powerful ...
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Courrèges S/S 13 Collection reprises signature favorites

André Courrèges and Models, circa 1960s. The Courrèges revival continues, with the latest S/S 13 collection reprising yet another well-edited selection of the designer's classics in a variety of colors and signature fabrics. While we'd like to see more interpretation vs. straight-up reissued product, the spot-on retro styling and photography still looks fantastic 40+ years after the French label's true heyday, ...
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Nothing is New: Carven Pre-Fall 12, Christian Dior F/W 1966

Clockwise from left: Carven Pre-Fall 2012; footwear zoom of Carven Pre-Fall 12; Christian Dior F/W 1966 in L'Officiel de la Mode magazine, n. 533-534, September 1966. Often, during our internet travels for vintage inspiration and research, we come across a look or a garment or an accessory that seems uncannily familiar- so familiar, in fact, that we know we've seen it ...
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Manhattan Vintage Show to host Betsey Johnson Exhibition

The next edition of New York's beloved Manhattan Vintage Show welcomes a very special guest this season in the form of a shoppable exhibit of iconic archive pieces sure to set many hearts a'beating in anticipation...Betsey Johnson: From Paraphernalia to Punk features a selection of pieces from her earliest days designing for the influential Manhattan boutique Paraphernalia in the late 60s ...
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Rare color photos of Paris circa 1900 surface

A rare collection of color photographs taken in Paris circa 1900 have surfaced, confirming that...Paris remains *remarkably similar* 113 years later and, as always, timelessly photogenic.  The city's monuments (La tour Eiffel, Le Moulin Rouge, etc) and charmingly quaint neighborhood streets look virtually the same .  One of the few glaring visual clues that these photos are indeed ancien is the ...
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Upcoming Galliera exhibit to focus on the Model

Paris' Musée Galliera's upcoming Hors-des-Murs exhibition will focus on the model's role in the fashion industry, with nearly 120 photographic prints accompanied by videos, fashion magazines, and other related ephemera spanning the entire 20th century to feature at Les Docks- Cité de la Mode et du Design from 16 February to 19 May 2013.  "Models' Bodies: The Crux of Fashion" (or Mannequin: ...
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Fashioning Fashion: LACMA collection debuts at Paris’ Les Arts Décoratifs

Exhibit banner from Les Arts Décoratifs' site.   An important collection of European fashion from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has traveled to France, now on view at Paris' Les Arts Décoratifs museum through 14 April 2013.  Fashioning Fashion: Two Centuries of European Fashion, 1700 - 1915 was previously exhibited at LACMA in 2010 and the German Historical Museum ...
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Don’t miss “Voici Paris” at Centre Georges Pompidou

Germaine Krull, Selbstporträt mit Ikarette, 1925, ©Adagp, Paris 2012 On view for only 6 more days (through Monday, 14 January 2013) at the Centre Georges Pompidou is an important collection of photography that spans three decades of artistic output in Paris by the leading photographers of the day: Man Ray, Brassaï, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and more. Divided into 5 distinct sections, Voici ...
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New York’s Amarcord Vintage partners with FarFetch.com

NYC-based archive and retailer Amarcord Vintage has joined the e-boutique ranks at London-based online retailer FarFetch, bringing their expertly curated designer vintage to a global audience.  The partnership marks yet another milestone in the growing shift to vintage selling via curated websites like Byronesque, Vintage Seekers, and the beloved auction site 1stDibs, in addition to brands with a legacy re-launching their own ...
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Happy Holidays!

L'Officiel de la Mode, December 1955, n. 405 - 406, Pierre Balmain embroidered velvet evening gown. Here's wishing a very merry holiday season to all Vault readers- we'll be back in 2013 to bring you the best of global vintage exhibitions, flea markets, vintage shows and more!  In an homage to the vintage holiday frock, behold this Balmain gem from ...
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Ralph Lauren relaunches past favorites with RL Vintage line

Product hangtag for the new RL Vintage collection. Ralph Lauren fans, take note: the quintessential American designer launched a new initiative this fall that will see iconic pieces from the archives return to current store shelves, including a clever, interactive production method that puts RL collectors and fans in the proverbial driver's seat.  The RL Vintage line will feature a rotating selection of ...
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Mariano Fortuny at New York’s Spanish Institute

Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo, Printed Cotton textile, circa early 20th century.  Call it a meeting of minds, both past and present.  Oscar de la Renta has  curated an exhibit with New York City's Queen Sofia Spanish Institute on renowned fashion designer Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo, otherwise oft-referred to by the simple moniker Fortuny.  The collaborative effort of Fortuny y Madrazo: ...
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Valentino celebrates 50 years at London’s Somerset House

Valentino Garavani has been doing a lot of celebrating of late.  There was his 45th anniversary exhibit at the Ara Pacis museum in Rome in 2007, followed by a riotous documentary on his last year pre-retirement , the unveiling of a digital museum & archive late 2011, and now an exhibition celebrating his half-century in fashion has opened at London's ...
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Discover “The Irresistible Charm of the Past” in Prato, Italy

An examination and exhibit on the rising importance of vintage and second-hand clothing opens this Friday, December 7th, at the Prato Textile Museum in this charming Tuscan town known for its textile and knitwear manufacturing industry.  Vintage: The Irresistible Charm of the Past  features over 120 garments, accessories, and fabric samples from renowned Florentine archive A.N.G.E.L.O. vintage and the Textile ...
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“Fashion Designers: A-Z” features seminal fashion from FIT’s museum archives

Above: the Prada-branded limited-edition of Fashion Designers: A-Z, by Valerie Steele and Suzy Menkes. Following the recent exhibits of the same name, Taschen's latest tomé, "Fashion Designers: A-Z," features photographs of over 500 garments from the collection archives at the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology.  Arranged as an alphabetical, rather than chronological, survey of influential 20th and early 21st ...
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