Vintage Vantage

Schiaparelli’s Past is Present

February 5, 2017: By Stuart Mesires

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Fleur Cowles and her Flair

December 4, 2016: By Stuart Mesires

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Emilio Pucci for Formfit Rogers

October 2, 2016: By Stuart Mesires

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The Vested Gentress

May 1, 2016:   May 01, 2016 BY STUART MESIRES       As warmer weather approaches, my mind turns to summer dress and to my collection of vintage Vested Gentress. The Vested Gentress was started in 1961 in Valley Forge, PA by Fritz “Bud” Jackson Jr and his wife, Naomi. It was […]

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Joseff of Hollywood

April 3, 2016:   April 03, 2016 BY STUART MESIRES   One of the most famous American Hollywood costume jewelry designers, Eugene Joseff, was from Chicago. Known as the “Jeweler to the Stars,” Joseff made most of the jewelry that was used in Hollywood movies in the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s. Born in […]

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Pierre Cardin

January 3, 2016:   January 03, 2016 BY STUART MESIRES       On my recent trip to Paris, I visited the Musée Pierre Cardin located in the Marais neighborhood. It showcases an amazing collection of Pierre Cardin’s clothing, jewelry, accessories and furniture, ranging from his earliest pieces to contemporary ones. It is […]

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Debutante Cotillions

November 30, 2015:   November 30, 2015 BY STUART MESIRES   In addition to signaling the “holiday season,” December also signals “debutante season” in many cities throughout the United States. Debutante balls or cotillions are held this time of year from New York to San Francisco, and many places in between. In the […]

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Schiap Shop

November 20, 2015:   November 20, 2015 BY STUART MESIRES     I recently returned from a trip to Paris where I had the opportunity to visit Maison Schiaparelli at 21 Place Vendôme — the Elsa Schiaparelli boutique. It was opened in 1935 and closed in 1954, but it was reopened in 2012, […]

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