Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
A 1940's Hattie Carnegie hat has the brim covered in shiny black Paillettes or Spangles. A Spangle or Paillette is a plate, sequin or bead of shining metal or plastic used for ornamentation.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Passementerie trim replaced buttons on the jacket of an early 60's Balenciaga Adaptation suit by Dan Millstein. Passementerie is defined as heavy embroideries, braid, beads, lace, and gimp trims used as edging.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tiny colored pearl beads are sewn in a floral pattern to match the floral lace of a 1950's dress. Along with the waist tucks, this helps to draw the eye to the midsection of the dress.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Self fabric pleather laces are woven in a large criss cross fashion on both sides of a purse creating a unique windowpane pattern. Pleather is a plastic fabric made to look like leather.
Monday, September 22, 2008
A big navy bow is appliqued to the yoke of a 1940's suit jacket. The applique is edged with narrow loop braid and adorned with tiny navy seed beads. Note how the fabric covered halo buttons use both colors of the wool gabardine.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Elastic shirring creates the fit on the bodice of a 1950's black lace swimsuit. Elasticized stitching gives stretch to fabric panel that has no inherent give.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
A Nehru jacket is a hip-length tailored coat for men or women, with a stand-up or "mandarin" collar. The jacket originated in India in the 1940's, but became popularized in the 1960's when the Beatles wore them for their Shea Stadium concert in 1965.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
The floral design on the brocade bodice is carefully cut along the edge and appliqued over the silk satin waistband on a 1950's evening gown. More brocade appliques are applied by hand to the draped swag.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Alfred Shaheen was a master printer and was one of Hawaii's most successful entrepreneurs. He built his own machinery to print, dye and finish his own fabrics for his fashions which helped to distinguish his designs and vastly increase his manufacturing.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Tuxedo styling with pinstripe and ruffled trim on a 70s wool maxi dress. Matching ruffled trim on the stand up collar, bodice and sleeve endings add visual interest.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Elaborate tooling on leather handbags from Mexico was very popular in the 1950s. Tooling is done by dampening the leather and using various carving and burnishing tools, along with stamps and a rubber mallet. The leather is then dyed and made into the finished product.