GlitzQueen Antique and Vintage Jewelry
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Apparel : Pre 2000 item #1321434
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By Fenn Wright & Manson, one of England's leaders in special occasion fashions since the 1970s, this dreamy see-through jacket of coral organza combines a look of pure romance with all the proper details. Notice the shapely seaming, graceful lapels and double cuffs with shimmering faux-moonstone buttons in a slightly lighter shade of melon.

Sheer jackets of this type, tied on with enormous bows, were style essentials in Europe during the late 1980s and very early 1990s. (I'm not sure if they were also worn in the U.S., since I was in Britain then.) They're fabulous over slip dresses and a wonderful way of fluffing up just about any outfit for an evening event or a daytime gala like a wedding. In the latter case, they can give you decent cover for the ceremony, allowing you to wear something that might otherwise be a little too bare until the reception.

Size is marked small, but obviously the shape is highly adaptable. I'd say it could be worn by anyone up to about a size 10. Condition of the wrap is fabulous -- it can't have been worn much. New party tops and wraps by FW&M sell in the $150 - $200 range, by the way, so this is a great bargain for that label.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Apparel : Pre 1960 item #1321431
GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
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Worthy of the gals in "Grease," this outfit is just what you need for any fifties-style event -- or just for the fun of wearing Retro. The skirt's a full circle of metallic patterned fabric so crisp it can stand up by itself and the jacket is a classic zip-on windbreaker, also very crisp. I doubt these treasures have been worn more than a couple of times, if that.

The skirt is ballerina-length (30 inches) on a 26-inch buttoned waistband with zipper below. No tags are on that, but the jacket is marked Barbara Rogers for Power Chute. Size small and hand-washable, the jac may be of a somewhat later date, but its style is pure 50s and the color and texture match to the skirt is excellent. Just add a top with a turtleneck or a Peter Pan collar, bobby socks and loafers or Oxfords to complete the 50s look. The jacket will be very useful as a separate piece, too.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Apparel : Pre 2000 item #1321375
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Most of us avoid new furs now -- I haven't bought any for more than 30 years -- but I can't justify leaving vintage pieces to rot, unworn. They're warm, for one thing, and we still find them beautiful or faux-fur wouldn't be so popular.

It would be a great pity to waste a hat as glamorous as this towering pile of fluff. The look is positively Zhivago! And it covers your entire head, all the way down to the nape of your neck, so nothing could be cozier. Fit shouldn't be a problem -- it's fine on a standard-sized head with lots of hair (mine) -- and its condition is superb.

The hat reached us with just one tag, declaring Italian origin, so its maker is unknown, as is its age. We'd be safe to say late 20th century. Provenance is a Pennsylvania estate.

Elsewhere online, these big, showy red ones seem to be going for $300-325, but we got a great deal on this beauty and we like sharing.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Apparel : Pre 1970 item #1321371
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Although many of us wouldn't buy new furs now, to avoid encouraging the trade, making good use of vintage pieces strikes me as both ethical and sensible.

If you agree that their warmth shouldn't be wasted, this fluffy mid-century chapeau may appeal to you. It dates from the 1950s or early 1960s, but is in pristine condition. Even its lining is beautiful, made of luxurious black fabric that's ridged like grosgrain ribbon.

Size is on the small side. I can get it on, but not down as far as it really should go. My forehead is 22.5 inches around and the maximum this hat would fit properly is about 21.5 inches. Assuming it's big enough for your purposes, this is a marvelous bargain.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Apparel : Pre 2000 item #1321367
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Like many people, I've had second thoughts about furs. I wouldn't personally buy, sell or wear new ones (despite defending the rights of those who do). Where I part company with the anti-fur purists is when it comes to vintage pieces. Making good use of them strikes me as both ethical and sensible.

If you agree that their warmth shouldn't go to waste, this vintage headband may appeal to you. The fur is soft and supple, with luster and without tears. The fleecy white lining is unlabeled for maker or size, so we measured and found the band is 23 inches in circumference, just right for an average head. Width is 5 inches, age is unknown and provenance is a collection in Ontario.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Apparel : Pre 1990 item #1274469
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If you crave that bold, sexy '80s look, why not wear the real thing, rather than a new-yesterday knockoff? Vividly scarlet, this "Dynasty" era dazzler has an elegantly draped peplum overskirt and a ruched front bodice ornamented with a transparent Art Nouveau butterfly that's loaded with white pearls, red sequins and bugle beads. Ruffles supported by an underlay of red petticoat net appear both fore and after and the skirt is slit, so you can walk and dance easily. The low-cut back closes with a short zipper. Length is just below the knee.

The label of this gorgeous gown identifies it as a California-made creation "For David Howard" from the "Climax" line by Karen Okada. The fabric is acetate that feels like satin taffeta: rich and slightly crispy. No size label is present, but the dress looks like it would fit most small women (sizes 2, 4 and probably 6). Its only point of close fit is the waistline, which measures 26 inches. Condition is so good that it can't have been worn much.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Apparel : Pre 1990 item #1227575
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The Hachi name, as you may remember, is closely associated with the late Princess Diana. A beaded evening gown created for her by the Japanese designer took top price (more than $70,000) at the personal apparel auction she was organizing at the time of her death. She wore that dress often between 1983 and 1989. This said, any beaded dress by Hachi is of more than idle interest -- and ours happens to have the very same beaded sunburst pattern that features on Diana's gown at shoulder and hip. (Run a search for "The Hachi Dress" to see what I mean; there's even a Princess Di doll in that fabulous dress.)

Our elegant example of Hachi's artistry surely dates from the same period as Diana's. It's a sleek 48-inch column of silk crepe with a diagonally cut dropped waist. Within the center of the neck, there's a fabric-covered weight to ensure that it drapes properly -- lovely detail, but the loveliest is of course the giant beaded sunburst that extends for more than a foot over the right shoulder.

There's no size tag, which leads me to believe the dress was custom-made. Its bust measures 34 inches, narrowing to a waist-skimming 28 inches and flaring to more than 40 at the hip, because of the gathers. Outer sleeve length is 22. Sizing should work for most small women (US 2, 4 and possibly 6), but do please check your measurements to be certain. There's no lining, since this is a fabric you want to flow very smoothly. The spicy color sizzles somewhere between cinnamon and clove.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Apparel : Pre 1990 item #663485
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Looking like it's never been worn even once, this exotic vintage purple tunic would be a fabulous beach coverup -- or a top to wear with jeans and shorts, if you're a bit daring. It's lavished with fish in golden glitter, finished with gold and green beads tied into points at the knees and patterned with loads of sexy peek-a-boo slashes.

The "deconstructed" look makes me date this treasure to the late 1980s or early 1990s. Along with the two huge fish, a graceful undersea plant and the word "Bahamas" also appear in glitter. The tag (so crisp it's like new) reads: ARAWAK T Neely's of Nassau in the Bahamas 100% Cotton XLong. Total length is about 31 inches. Sleeves are raglan-style, finished in points with knots. The cotton knit is good and thick, with a rich, high-quality feel. This must have been expensive originally. Provenance is a New Mexico estate.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Apparel : Pre 1990 item #585641
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These pretty Chorus Line character shoes by Leo's were purchased for a play in 1985 and worn for only a few weeks of rehearsal and performance. How do I know so much about them? They've been languishing in my own closet for more than 20 years!

Leo's dance shoes are of excellent quality, so lots of life is left in these beauties. The screw-on Capezio "Tele Tone" taps are in great shape, too. With graceful 2 1/8-inch heels and Mary Jane straps, these shoes are a nice bargain for anyone who wears this size -- a rather generous 4.5 that should fit up to a 5. They retail for more than $65 now ($52.50 for the shoes plus at least $15 to add taps) and they're still in their original box, mildly scuffed from world travels but intact.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Apparel : Pre 2000 item #558586
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By London designer Ritva Kariniemi for the Extravert line, this sizzlingly sexy skirt was purchased around 1990 in an upscale European shop. It's like new, because the prior owner never wore it. Of 91% cotton and 9% lycra, it holds every curve and has a powerful slimming effect from the draped crossover front and ruched sides. It finishes just above the knees and you can roll the top down if you want more exposure. Do be aware that the waist and hemline are the only loose points on this garment. Everywhere in between, it fits like a glove. The tag says "small" and it could be worn by anyone from size 0 to 4 -- maybe also 6.

This would look fantastic for clubbing, but just as great over a bikini on the beach. We've priced it at less than a third of its original cost.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Apparel : Pre 1980 item #558438
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From the legendary Neiman-Marcus (back in the days when it was independent and truly deluxe), this vintage two-piece suit is a timeless classic, because of its nautical spirit. The graceful gored skirt in dark navy blue is matched to a blouson jacket with sailor-style detailing in creamy winter white. I particularly love the enormous collar and pretty brass buttons.

The outfit would look very classy at work and can be worn by anyone between about a size 2 and 6, because the fabric is a wool knit and elastic is at the waist of each piece. Skirt length is slightly below the knee. Condition is lovely, showing on close inspection only some restitching by hand at a few skirt seams, nothing to detract. The Neiman-Marcus Maisonette label is inside the neck and a label inside the skirt credits designer Joanna Nelson. Provenance is a Dallas area estate and dating would be late 1960s or early 1970s.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Apparel : Pre 2000 item #558427
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Here's a very fine vintage French skirt by Theoreme, that's never been worn -- and the color couldn't be more perfect for this spring. The plastic hangtag is still on one of the front belt loops. Acquired by the former owner at a high-end shop in Europe during the mid-1990s, it's a "trumpet" skirt - gored to flare widely at the bottom, where it segments into sexy panels that float apart in motion to show flashes of shapely leg.

This is marked French size 36, about a US 2-4, but it's very small at the waist for that size. The crucial measurement is the waistband, which is 2 inches wide and only 25 inches long. A lot of us are that small at the natural waistline, but not at the point 2 inches above it, where the rib cage begins to be involved (which is why I'm not keeping this, myself). The button could be moved a bit, but not much. By the time it reaches the hip, the skirt has flared to about 40 inches wide and at the hem it's enormous, with slits about 9 1/2" tall. Length is ballerina (34 inches long).

The label reads THEOREME PARIS MADE IN FRANCE and a tag below that reads FABRIQUE IN FRANCE 60% LIN 40% VISCOSE. It's without lining, since the weight of extra fabric would spoil the drape.

If you're tiny enough through the middle to wear this, it will be a major fashion find: a classic you can enjoy forever. The price is less than a third of what it cost originally.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Apparel : Pre 2000 item #557718
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This classic designer coat from Paul Costelloe's Dressage line was my final shopping mistake before moving back from England. I adore it, but finally accepted that I'll never wear it, because brown makes me look like I died three weeks ago. My goof can be your great good fortune, if brown tones suit your coloring and you enjoy a fabulous bargain. I'm offering this for less than a third of what I paid in 1995 at Jane (a fashion shop across from the clock tower in Newmarket.)

Sizing is technically US 6 (Brit 10), but really this would fit US sizes 2-8, with a little adjustment of sleeve length -- or roll the sleeves to show off their pretty lining. Overall length from neck to hem is 34 inches, so it's 3/4 to 7/8 length, depending on your height. The fabric is luscious: a nubby tweed that's mostly lightweight wool and feels rather linen-like. It's the perfect weight for autumn, spring and winter's warmer days. Details include bone buttons, four patch pockets (chest and hip level) and scrumptious linings (solid inside the coat and striped inside the sleeves). If you've worn Costelloe, I don't have to tell you how comfortable his cut always is.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Apparel : Pre 1990 item #557629
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Cachet fashions still sell in upscale stores like Nordstrom, but this fabulous dress dates from the 1980s, when Bari Protas was designer. It's sheer romance, from the ruffled organdy collar and puffed sleeves lined with tulle to the ballerina-length circle skirt with its shimmery black petticoat that matches the wide sash. Nothing could be more perfect for a wedding or garden party.

Tagged size 3/4, it would also fit someone a bit bigger. The deep V neck allows more room than the 35-inch bust would indicate; the skirt's so full that hip size doesn't matter; and the elasticized waist stretches to 28 inches. Total length from back of neck to hem is about 48 inches.

This is another treat we acquired from a vintage clothing hound who's downsizing. Condition is so lovely it can't have been worn much. You'd honestly mistake it for new, although it's at least 20 years old.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Apparel : Pre 1940 item #557603
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This dress is, without a doubt, the most difficult-to-photograph item I've ever run across. I'll keep trying for better but, in the meantime, please follow the description closely. The dress is gorgeously detailed, but so dark that very little reveals itself to the camera.

Starting from the top, there's a V neck framed by artful pleats. Below this, a central seam is shirred to below waist level. Somehow this manages to end in an inverted pleat at the front of the skirt -- and yet the rest of the skirt is seamed onto the bodice in a lovely curving shape that reaches up to the base of the shirring like twin petals. Even better, this dropped waist is traced out with tiny, tiny dressmaker cording. For further detail, even the 3/4 length sleeves finish with fine tucks that angle them slightly inward. More tucks -- good long ones -- shape the back bodice, where the dropped waist lies straight across with its fine cording. All of this is very easy to see in person. You also can't miss the grace of this dress in motion. I'm no specialist in fabrics, but it feels and behaves like crepe. Evidently the dress was never quite completed, since there's a spot for a short zipper on the right side, but no zipper, and the bottom of the skirt has binding but no hem. Held to the light, it shows none of the teensy holes that would indicate prior hemming. At the moment, it reaches almost to my ankles, so it should be no prob to achieve the length right for you.

With the right jewelry (and perhaps I can help), this would be easily the most elegant dress in the room, day or night. Its floaty shape allows it to fit many sizes and the fabric's weight will subtly bring out your curves. The bust will fit up to 38 inches, waist 30 inches and hip well past 40 inches, since the skirt is full.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Apparel : Pre 1990 item #557532
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By Billy Jack for Her, a New York firm designing in the 1970s and 1980s, this glamorous semi-formal dress takes its inspiration from the World War II era. The big-shouldered look was in then, too -- and, like so many gowns worn by film stars of the 1940s, this one has a gracefully shirred bodice that crosses at the midriff and finishes with a jaunty peplum over its ballerina-length skirt. The shape is extremely flattering to any figure, adding curves to those who need them or concealing any excess. An elastic waist and tie-belt ensure perfect comfort through evenings of dining and dancing.

Gathered leg-o-mutton sleeves add further interest, as does that sensational beaded fan at the waist. Billy Jack formal and semi-formal wear is known for its dramatic jeweled accents.

The periwinkle blue fabric drapes and moves like crepe, but has a bit of stretch and is probably a synthetic. The size and care tag is no longer present, but the prior owner believes it's a 3/4 or 5/6. Lying flat, the bust measures 36", waist 22" (stretching to 30") and hip 46". The skirt isn't as narrow as it appears on a hanger; it's meant to be loose and flares slightly. Outer sleeve length is 23.5" and overall length from neck back to hem is about 45".

This is another treasure from the vintage clothing enthusiast who's sizing down, and she kept all her things in lovely condition. I see no flaws here. Even the original shoulder pads are in place (not monster ones, since fabric fullness at the shoulders does most of the job). Most likely dating would be around 1980.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Apparel : Pre 1990 item #557289
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From the collection of a vintage clothing enthusiast who's downsizing, this adorable dress is of seasonless heavy cotton in a sophisticated blue-gray color. It's loaded with interesting seam detail and sparkling hardware.

Starting from the top, there are buttoned-down epaulets on the shoulders, a tab and ring closure for creating a high neck if desired, billowing gored raglan sleeves that narrow to tab and ring closures at the wrists, a long blouson bodice with seamed shaping and three buttons and a little straight skirt to adjust above the hips with more tabs and rings. The shiny silver buttons are about an inch round and the rings range from 1 inch to more than 2 inches tall.

This dress is meant to be very roomy, so most measurements aren't crucial. Obviously there's no waist at all. Bust is 46 inches, hips are about 40 and the one real point of fit -- the inset belt at hipbone level -- is 35 inches (with tabs to make it more snug if you like). Outer length of sleeves is 21.5 inches and total length from back collar to hem is about 41 inches. The label has been removed, so we can't determine maker or size. The former owner believes it's a 5 or 7.

The dress can be laundered -- no need to dry-clean -- and it's in very nice vintage condition. High magnification is required to notice slight surface wear to the metal. I believe there were once shoulder pads that got away; the ones with it now are a lighter blue. (Dress was photographed without pads.)

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Fashion : Apparel : Pre 1960 item #403604
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This elegant vintage evening ensemble in superb condition features a wrap-around circle skirt and butterfly-sleeved blouse with elastic at the waist. It can be worn by anyone from about a size 2 to 6, because the fit is adjustable. The shimmering fabric drapes beautifully and is so skillfully woven that the red on black floral pattern reverses in such detail you could practically wear the skirt either way. A "dry clean only" tag is present, but I've found no marks to identify manufacturer, country of origin, specific size or fabrication. Probable dating would be 1950s. It was already vintage when I acquired it while living in London during the early 1980s. I'm regretfully letting it go because there are so few dress-up occasions in New Mexico. *sigh*

If you choose this wonderful outfit, be sure to check out our vintage and antique evening bags; we have several Retro black purses that would be stunning with it and special pricing can be worked out, whenever you want more than one item.

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