Thursday, January 31, 2008

i'd like a time machine, so i can go back and live in the 60's

"This is a photo taken in the Summer of 1967 of me wearing one of my favourite Biba dresses. I still remember trying it on in Biba's communal changing room in Kensington Church Street, listening to Sergeant Pepper on the stereo. What an exciting time that was.

I particularly loved this dress because it was cut in such a way that it fitted my petite figure perfectly and the halter-neck style looked very flattering. I had never seen a dress like it before and I thought it was absolutely gorgeous!!!

I don't remember wearing this dress at any particular occasion, but I did go to a lot of parties with my friends that lovely summer and we often frequented the Café des Artistes in Chelsea and I would certainly have worn it there.

When I look at this photo now I think how lucky I was to have been 21 in the Summer of Love."

- karen keeble, as told to the v&a museum

Monday, January 28, 2008

01/28 - embroidery and birds and dancers and peace signs, oh my...

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ebay wishlist - 01/28/08

01. vintage 1960's faux fur toggle coat with a hood

looks so warm! i love the embroidered details and the hood.
02. 1950's black and white velvet satchel purse

this is sort of like what i want my luxurious velvet wallpaper to look like.
03. 1980's gold leaf sequined sweater

i am not normally a fan of 80's style but for some reason have recently been obsessed with sequins.
04. black and silver sequin flapper drop leaf dress

currently obsessed with sequins and always obsessed with leaf prints (see here). also i love the 30's inspired cut of the dress which might look questionably bad on my more than stick-shaped figure.
05. vintage black and white tuxedo dress

i love tuxedo dresses, and especially am fond of this particular one for its trompe l'oeil qualities. reminds me of the trenchcoat daryl hannah wore as elle driver in kill bill.

06. vintage black and white ruffle tuxedo dress

ANOTHER tuxedo dress? yes. i love the ruffled collar and pleating on the bodice, with the tulip cut skirt.
07. 1980's 9 west high button boots

cute cute cute 80's take on victorian boots. i would have bid on them but my feet are a cursed 1.5 sizes too small.
08. 1980's silver and gold bow sweater

well, i bought this gold bow belt off of ebay and am trying to find something to wear it with. but i am pretty sure wearing a gold bow belt with a gold bow sweater would probably be overkill, or stylish in an ironic way (see cory kennedy).
09. 1970's blue & red plaid dress

i think this dress is by gunne sax. i love the bright blue color, and am somewhat partial to plaid prints in colder months. maybe because it reminds me of flannel?
10. 1960's cream & pink carousel dress

so when i was young i used to collect these things called carousel ponies, were they were kind of like my little ponies but had giant poles sticking out through them like some kind of pony shish kebob. the more you collected, the larger your little horse carousel would be.

i don't collect carousel ponies anymore but am not beneath collecting clothes with carousel ponies on them.

11. 1960's navy fleur-de-lis skirt

i am reluctant to admit that i am somewhat of a francophile, but i guess that would be difficult to hide in this skirt. but i'm ok with that.
12. SWEET 1980's pink and gray polaroid cool cam

the best part is that it still takes 600 film. only downside is you might look like an ironic hipster carrying it around. but i'm ok with that.

Monday, January 14, 2008

hippie nouveau

i have always had a fasciantion with the whole art nouveau and arts and crafts movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a fascination with the style that was re-discovered and adopted in the whole peace and love movement of the 60's (see biba). certainly one of the most well known (and one of my favorite) artists from that period was aubrey beardsley - swirling, dramatic, romantic, dark... perfect inspiration for this gloomy january weather.

and a beautiful gustav klimt piece done in a similar style...

Friday, January 11, 2008

music is my boyfriend