Early 1940 Crepe Day Dress


An early 1940 crepe day dress in lilac and royal blue. The dress has the effect of a peplum without having to use extra fabric - simply by extending the bodice fabric into the top part of the skirt - clever and ingenious with out using extra fabric. 

Clever detailing at the neck which creates a gentle stand up collar makes for a smart day dress. 

1980 Zip Around Jeans

Shock horror, I'm afraid to say nothing is new - fashion is a revolving wheel. 

Yes Vetements Spring / Summer 2017 are leading the way in collaborations. There is no denying that they are storming ahead and literally they are chopping, changing, taking design into extremes be it by using a lighter as a heel, extending lengths or adding zips - but everything is to an extreme which is what makes it awesome design and fresh. 

Take these 1970 jeans by Teddy McGee, designed to be literally cut in two. you can literally unzip them from the centre front waistband right though to the centre back waistband at which point if you were lucky enough to have two pairs - you could swop legs and re zip them. The point of which was to have a blue pair of jeans and a white pair and swop the legs so that you would have two alternate colour legs.

Jacquard Knitwear

Jacquard knit is a process where the pattern is incorporated into the weave rather than  printed or dyed on.

Jacquard refers to the loom used which allows the shuttle to run between the threads like a ship passing through a tunnel to leave what look like a seamless and integrated effect. 

The Jacquard machine is a device fitted to a power loom that simplifies the process of manufacturing textiles with such complex patterns as brocade, damask and matelassé. It was invented by Joseph Marie Jacquard in 1804.

Through the process of using a Jacquard loom you can produce anything from the sweetest of pretty florals to the craziest of Christmas jumpers!

1970 Folk Art Cardigan


Folk art, novelty, wholesome, fairy tale... these are just a few of the words to sum up this yummy cardigan.

Circa 1970 it's based the deign hankers back to the 1930's (or way back to when it was first seen in the 1820's) with a leg of mutton sleeve or as the French call it gigot sleeve - neither of which sum of the beauty of this sleeve. Beautifully knitted and finished with a knitted lace edge. 

Hand knitted and then embroidered with colourful caricatures that blissfully remind me of a love story - two young people soon to be sent of into the world with the love, care and knitwear of a grandparent... A romantic notion perhaps but with such a romantic cardigan base its not hard to imagine.

Metallic Leather Star Jacket

Leather applique is a difficult one - symonus with the late 1970's (ok) and then into the 1980's (a definitive look and one that isn't always flattering).

So when I saw this jacket on eBay - it wasn't exactly what i was looking for. My search words had been Band Jacket Cheer Leader - I was thinking more The Beatles 1960's... but who doesn't love a star. Add fringing, silver leather and a neat slim fitting jacket and I couldn't resist. 

Yes this is a late 1980's / early 1990's leather jacket. Incorporating leather appliqué, studs, metallic leather and fringing - and with more than a nod to the Dallas Cowboys -  its a winner.