Holiday Edition of Frock Me! Vintage Show coming soon

London's cult vintage fair Frock Me! announced its holiday edition show for Sunday December 2nd in Southwest London at Chelsea Town Hall.  As the ad suggests, a selection of top-notch vendors from all over the UK will be selling apparel and accessories from the 1920s - 1960s with lots of holiday deals to be had for the thrifty vintage shopper. ...
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Vintage on Ice at London’s Somerset House

Wayne & Gerardine Hemingway are introducing a new vintage event just in time for the holidays: Vintage on Ice at London's Somerset House. Running from Wednesday November 28th through Friday November 30th, each evening will focus on a different musical genre, with DJ'ed evenings spinning tunes from 40s swing to 50s rock'n'roll and ending with a night of funk. ...
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Royal Family Couture shines in London exhibition

A new exhibition at London's Fashion and Textile Museum focuses on the rise of couturiers in mid-century Britain and their services to Her Majesty the Queen.  Hartnell to Amies: Couture by Royal Appointment "...explores how the queen's patronage of ground-breaking British designers helped put London on the international fashion map  after the Second World War."  Designs by the likes of Norman Hartnell, ...
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Vintage Couture up for auction at Christie’s London late November

Christie's London will begin a series of 20th century couture auctions late November, encompassing a wide range of iconic designers largely from the 1920s-1990s. The first auction is slated for 29 November, and the goods up for the block comprise a veritable fantasy wardrobe that would send any vintage lover or mere fashion fan swooning (heart palpitations and sweaty palms ...
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The London Vintage Fashion Fair

Sunday November 11th marks the next edition of the London Vintage Fashion Fair, held at Hammersmith Town Hall on King Street in London, W6.  A mecca for London's best vintage vendors selling garments, accessories, and textiles spanning from 1800 to 1980, the event is sure to be ripe with trésors for the taking. Among others, be sure to check out ...
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René Gruau’s “Portraits of Men” Coming Soon

Oft-celebrated for his glamorous depictions of women, 20th century Franco-Italian illustrator René Gruau's artistic treatment of the stronger sex is the subject of a new book out this month by Assouline. Né Renato Zavagli Ricciardelli delle Caminate- yes, that was his real name- Gruau's decades-standing collaboration with the House of Dior yielded some of the most iconic fashion illustrations of ...
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Chloé. Attitudes Exhibit Photos & Garment Archive

Accompanying the Chloé retrospective that opened at Paris' Palais de Tokyo during S/S 13 Fashion Week, a small archive debuted online examining the playful prints, patterns, surface embellishments and fabric treatments that have come to define the brand's legacy thus far.  An undoubtedly small slice of the archival pie started under current creative director Claire Waight Keller a year ago, ...
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Cecil Beaton: Theatre of War

Celebrated for his fashion portraits of iconic socialites, models, and celebrities, a lesser-known body of Cecil Beaton's work- an intimate and poignant series of photographs taken during World War II- is now on view at London's Imperial War Museum through 1 January 2013 in an exhibit entitled Cecil Beaton: Theatre of War. Commissioned by the Ministry of Information in July ...
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Paris as seen by Hollywood

A new exhibition at Paris' Hôtel de Ville, Paris Vu Par Hollywood, examines Hollywood's love affair with the City of Lights and the iconic American films that feature the city front and center. Up close, this cinematic obsession does more to reveal the glossy Parisian fantasies held by the average American rather than any revelatory or simply true reflection of the ...
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Paris in the 1920s with Kiki de Montparnasse, out by Assouline now

One of the 20th century's most iconic, original "It" girls, Kiki de Montparnasse, is the subject of a new tomé by Xavier Girard, published by Assouline.  Née Alice Ernestine Prin, the future Reine du Montparnasse was raised in her early years by an impoverished grandmother in a suburb of Paris,  only to later join her mother in the city of ...
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Luxury Vintage Site Byronesque launches today

A view of Byronesque's home page. "I can never get people to understand that poetry is the expression of excited passion, and that there is no such thing as a life of passion any more than a continuous earthquake, or an eternal fever, " Lord Byron wrote .  While he may have been right on the life front- most of us ...
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What Goes Around Comes Around opens at Astor Place

Behind these heavy, salvaged gymnasium doors is the latest venture of New York City-based archive and retailer What Goes Around Comes Around: a newly-christened vintage emporium at Astor Place on Lafayette Street, rendering WGACA the unofficial mecca for downtown vintage.  Vaulted ceilings and stark white columns contribute to a sense of airiness and space rarely found in a vintage store ...
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Madame Grès: Sculptural Fashion on view in Antwerp

Following its astonishing 2011 début at Paris' Musée Bourdelle, Galliera curator Olivier Saillard's beautifully executed exhibition on the esteemed reine de draping, Madame Grès, has moved to Antwerp's MoMu fashion museum through February 2, 2013.  Madame Grès: Sculptural Fashion attempts to re-create the wildly successful pairing of Grès' work with that of a sculptor; in this case, the living Belgian artist ...
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Vintage Street Scene: The Mod Suit -

From printed silks to shimmery jacquards, boldly-patterned Mod-era suits are returning to women's streets (hardly a surprise, given F/W 12 runway trends). Below, a selection of our favorite looks from New York and London.  More to come from Milan and Paris!
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Chloé. Attitudes exhibit to open at Paris’ Palais de Tokyo late September

Left, Karl Lagerfeld for Chloé dress on right, Editorial, Vogue Paris, June/July 1971; Right, Chloé print campaign, F/W 12. French favorite Chloé is set to celebrate its 60th anniversary this year (1952-2012) with a retrospective exhibit at Paris' Palais de Tokyo- Chloé. Attitudes- that will explore the brand's rich legacy in a non-chronological format, examining the contributions of each and every ...
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