Beyond Retro’s “School of Frock: A Retrospective of the Dress” on view in Dalston

L to R: Beyond Retro femmes model dresses from the 1910s, 1920s, 1930s. London-based archive and retailer Beyond Retro  has launched a month-long retrospective of the dress, looking at iconic silhouettes emblematic of 20th century fashion from the 1910s - 1990s for it's "School of Frock" initiative, which will see a number of rare for a chance to win.  So get to ...
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Roger Vivier’s whimsical design oeuvre features in new Rizzoli tomé

L to R: L'Officiel de la Mode 1967 n.537;  L'Officiel de la Mode 1970 n.578; L'Officiel de la Mode 1967 n.539 For anyone who has spent time flipping through vintage fashion magazines of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, Roger Vivier's footwear is a familiar presence: the designer's whimsical use of color, material, and silhouette ensure that his creations pop off any ...
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Christian Lacroix debuts Schiaparelli Haute Couture collection for F/W 13

Photo by Gonzalo Fuentes / Reuters Christian Lacroix debuted the first Schiaparelli Haute Couture collection today in Paris for the F/W 13 season at Les Arts Décoratifs, following a 59+ year absence since the storied house's closing in 1954, and seven years after Diego della Valle purchased the Schiaparelli trademark and archive in the mid-2000s.  The first in a series of ...
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Lacroix for Schiaparelli, Couture, Fall Winter, 2013, Paris

Mid-Century Finnish Fashion Photography in London

Finnish photographer Claire Aho's prolific mid-century oeuvre is the subject of a current exhibit at London's The Photographer's Gallery, encompassing a range of fashion, advertising, editorial and reportage-style photography that is united by a strong sense of color and form. On display through 21 July 2013, the photos span 1950 - 1970 and "illustrate Aho's trademark vibrancy and humor, through ...
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Seamless from BIBA: A Life in Design

Left to Right: "Seamless From Biba: A Life in Design"; Barbara Hulanicki circa 1970s Published by Black Spring Press in November 2012, London's Beyond Retro recently hosted a book signing of "Seamless from Biba: A Life in Design" with none other than Miss BIBA herself, one Barbara Hulanicki, at their Dalston location, celebrating the iconic fashion and universe of this '70s-era ...
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Erwin Blumenfeld Exhibition opens at London’s Somerset House

In the canon of 20th century fashion photographers, Erwin Blumenfeld ranks at the top alongside contemporaries like Cecil Beaton.  The German-born photographer's work is the subject of a new exhibit at Somerset House, "Blumenfield Studio: New York, 1941-1960," tracing the latter part of his career after he fled occupied Paris in 1941 for the Big Apple- and flourished shooting editorial, ...
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Beyond Retro Weekly Edit: Happy 140th Birthday, Levi’s!

Following Levi's 140th Birthday on May 20th last week, we thought we'd share some denim delights from the archive for Beyond Retro's latest weekly edit. There are few areas of vintage clothing that inspire such levels of intense enthusiasm and obsessive passion as denim.  Add to this the legacy that supports Levi's as the original innovator of the riveted blue jean, ...
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Vintage Street Scene: Brimfield Antique Show

Recently disembarked from the May edition of the thrice-yearly vintage wonderland known as Brimfield Antique Show, the Vintage Vault is busy unpacking a trove of treasures and editing hundreds of photos for the upcoming report...and swooning over the street shots we snapped amongst the fields cluttered with clothing, textiles, furniture and ephemera. Three times a year designers, product developers, prop stylists, eccentric antique-lovers ...
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Beyond Retro Weekly Edit: Gatsby Style

Costumes from Baz luhrmann's The Great Gatsby by Miuccia Prada & Catherine Martin, currently on display at Prada's Soho store in New York City.  In this new weekly blog series, London-based Vintage Archive Beyond Retro guest-curates a post on the Vintage Vault.  For this inaugural post, Archive Manager Joseph O'Brien looks at The Great Gatsby influences sure to hit fashion in ...
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London Tweed Run 2013

London's 2013 Tweed Run took place last weekend, and the author/editor of this blog was on hand to participate both as a race marshal and a photographer- from the back of a tandem .  Described as "a metropolitan ride with a bit of style," the Tweed Run began in London in 2009 as a charitable event uniting cycling- and tweed- ...
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Rest in Peace, Lilly P.

Lilly Pulitzer Advertisement, 1971  Much has been written about the socialite-cum-designer Lilly Pulitzer in the week since her passing on Sunday, 7 April 2013.  About her unlikely foray into fashion that began with a juice stand in Palm Beach, Florida, circa 1959.  About all the glamorous women she dressed throughout the 1960s and 70s, including a Kennedy or two.  About her ...
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Fashion’s “Prince of Prints” features in Taschen’s latest tome

Emilio Pucci by Vanessa Friedman, Alessandra Arezzi Boza, and Armando Chitolina; Taschen 2013. The unlimited edition of Vanessa Friedman's chef-d'oeuvre on Emilio Pucci, 20th century  fashion's indisputable Prince of Prints, is coming soon from Taschen following the 2011 release of the limited Vintage art edition .  Anecdotes from the Italian royal's personal life feature throughout alongside his enduring design legacy, which began ...
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Face-Dos-Profil: Paris exhibit unearths rare archival fashion ephemera from 1931

Day dress by Madeleine Vionnet, 3 February 1931, Photo © Archives de Paris, DU12U10 642 For anyone who has studied 30s-era couture, the lookbook-esque photos that feature in the Musée Galliera's latest* hors-des-murs exhibition will seem familiar; the actual reasoning behind them, perhaps not.  1931: Face-Dos-Profil, hosted at the Crédit Municipal de Paris in the heart of the Marais, features a selection ...
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Stephen Burrows at the Museum of the City of New York

The Museum of the City of New York recently unveiled its latest exhibition, “When Fashion Danced,” an homage to designer Stephen Burrows and his colorful, exuberant fashions that perfectly captured the Studio 54 zeitgeist of 70s New York. Featuring original sketches, photographs, video and over 50 garments, the exhibit ranges from his first fashion line to the groundbreaking designs that defined ...
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Paris Haute Couture Exalts Masters Both Past and Present

Exhibition view of Paris Haute Couture at the city's Hôtel de Ville, curated by Olivier Saillard/Musée Galliera. Photo via Dazed Digital. The Musée Galliera's maverick director, Olivier Saillard, has spun yet another historical thread of fashion magic into a show-stopping exhibition with his latest and greatest: Paris Haute Couture, both a study in high craft and an exaltation of the masters ...
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