April 20, 2014

17 Ways To Wear a Vintage Dress Clip

Even a seasoned jewelry collector may ignore the vintage dress clip.  They seem like an anomaly.  How do you wear a dress clip, anyway?  Seems like only my grandmother would know.  After all, we don't see dress clips in modern design, so there's a mental block when it comes to using them.

1950s seashells dress clip and matching earrings.

But a dress clip is versatile, kind of like an earring that clips to a garment.  Usually women wore them (and still wear them!) at the V point of a neckline, or in the corners of a square neckline.  And here's a bigger variety of ways to use the "old-fashioned" dress clip:
  • Added to a chain as a pendant for a necklace
  • Worn on a hat
  • Closing a scarf
  • Tipping the point lapels of a collar
  • Clipped onto a pocket
  • Edging the hem of a pair of gloves
  • Made into a sweater clip by joining a chain between them
  • Instead of cufflinks for French cuffs
  • Holding a rolled-up sleeve in a loose cuff
  • Dressing up shoes instead of shoe clips
  • Clipped onto the flap of an envelope purse
  • Slipped onto a simple ring for a cocktail ring look
  • Altered into earrings by a jeweler
  • Converted into a pin by adding a safety pin inside a garment, with the pin's bar exposed to hold the clip
  • Flanking either side of a belt buckle
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There's always a unique array of vintage dress clips on our website.  Now that you have a unique list of ways to wear them, include a dress clip in your next vintage-inspired outfit!

Opal lustre dress clip and matching earrings.

April 16, 2014

Google Glass Is Futurist Fashion

Fashion's latest technological embrace is Google Glass, the optical computer that looks like a fallen-forward headband and functions like a mobile device. It transmits the computer's "screen" into the vision of one eye and vibrates audio into the inner ear, so no need for speakers.

While Google Glass is more technology than fashion, its product design is as sleek and futurist as you'd expect a $1500 wearable mini-computer to be.  It's potentially practical as it's hands-free, but it's also potentially a big distraction to your normal field of vision.  I feel like Google Glass would be difficult to imagine utilizing, but I may be old-fashioned.  Considering my line of work (as a vintage clothing dealer), I probably am.

Yet I look back at vintage fashion with a chuckle when I research comparable fads that've come and gone...  Spy cameras embedded in 1930s walking sticks, telephones built into 1950s handbags, transparent plastic space helmets as de rigueur 1960s headgear.  Maybe some of these ideas were heralded as techie wonders in their day, as exciting as the Google Glass debut... and maybe as expensive too.  Here's one from the year 1999 looking into the 21st century:

When designers make good decisions and predictions about wearable technology, iconic fashion can be a result.  Such iconic images designate that our collective future has arrived, and imagery that Google Glass offers looks tantalizingly futuristic... and available today in laser-sharp focus through a state-of-the-art lens.  That's irresistible to many.

But only fifteen years ago, the prospects for future fashion were much hazier, and in many cases, totally off the mark.  The 1999 image above depicts a skin-baring one-piece dress with sun protection and temperature regulation, so you can bare your boobs during a blizzard.  I'm afraid we're nowhere near this kind of technology... or comfort with nudism.

Interestingly, it also displays a "global link" built into this vixen's headset, along with a voice activated phone, watch, memo and binoculars.  That aspect's a pretty good Glass-like vision by Barry Kieselstein-Cord, a lesser known designer compared to the following Randolph Duke creation.


Here Randolph Duke has illustrated the ubiquitous futurist jumpsuit with a built-in calculator on the chest, along with a hands-free headset.  Okay, the headset has some use, but who's keying in anything on that calculator?  And I have to wonder if it's somehow embedded, programming her into a Stepford Wife while simultaneously determining the tip due at the Soylent Green Cafe.

And one more year 2000 prediction... I saved the best for last.  Betsey Johnson chronicled no new fashions for the 2000, but instead a flashback to 60s, 70s and 80s clothes, all with a personal twist.  Sounds good to me.  And it sounds spot-on, too, at least compared to chest calculators and buxom sport dresses with "no use for coat".

Betsey did mention that in the 1960s, her vision of the year 2000 involved computerized space suits that would melt onto the body at the push of a button.  We'll watch for Google to debut that one next.

Millennium Mode: Fashion Forecasts From 40 Top Designers by Roberta Wolf and Trudy Schlachter.

April 12, 2014

What's Old In Ottawa: Annual Vintage Clothing Show

The Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show is a one-day event held Sunday, April 13, 2014 and we Vixens are there in spirit... the photos on their site are splendid, and the variety looks oh-so-tempting.  And they're in a bigger venue this year (the Ottawa Convention Centre), which is sure to please customers and vendors alike.

On-site dressing rooms are available, but you don't necessarily need to waste time getting into one.  Our usual get-dressed-in-public ensemble is:

  • thin opaque camisole
  • opaque tights
  • simple elastic-waist skirt
  • open front jacket
 You can peel off the jacket and skirt for impromptu try-ons at the booth.  And with 50 vendors gathered in one spot, you'll be doing a lot of fabulous fittings!

Canadian Vixens, we want to see photos of you in your favorite finds, so please post 'em.  :)