Monday, May 28, 2012

Wearable Art

Some vintage is like wearable art.  A friend of mine thought the design on the front panel of this 1930s dress looked very much like an Aubrey Beardsley illustration. True! For me, the sleeves are what make the garment pretty as a picture.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Crazy for Culottes

It's that time of year again, when my obsession with 30s sportswear and resort wear kicks in.  One of my favourite obsessions right now: 30s culotte dresses.  IF you can believe it, I have an original 30s culotte dress in my shop right now.  Tried it on for the first time today and it actually *just* fit, so get it while you can (i.e., before it hops into my closet!).  Hey, if it's not in your size or price point, you could always get a pattern and make something similar!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Great Gatsby

A more sustained glimpse at Baz Luhrmann's 3D version of The Great Gatsby, slated for release in December.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Dustbowl Daisy

What I wore out to aforementioned historical site today: 1930s cotton dress (which I call my dustbowl daisy frock).  Note to self: when you wear vintage to such places, you need to expect that you will be treated like part of the museum!

Sunday, May 20, 2012


During a visit to a local historic site, I noticed remnants of a gorgeous 20s/30s deco linoleum floor pattern under my feet. Apparently, linoleum "rugs" like this were the fashionable thing.  The colours! The patterns! Swoon!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Coming Attractions: Tiffany Blue Beauties

Coming to my Etsy shop: this beautiful 1930s aqua (or Tiffany's) blue & white linen dress and her elegant dupioni grand-daughter from the early 1960s :)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Elegant Allusions, Impossible Conversations

I'm more than a little behind the times here, but I just wanted to note that I thought Kirsten Dunst's 30s Schiaparelli inspired ensemble at the MET 2012 gala was so chic! What did you think?

Interesting clip from the MET's "Impossible Conversations: Schiaparelli and Prada" exhibit

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Hot and Cold

Things have been so busy, I've rarely had time to carry my usual camera with me, so here are some "on-the-go" outfit pics.  In the first, outside the amazing Formosa Cafe, I was wearing a 30s red floral dress (a current favourite of mine) that matched the red hot decor, along with my previously blogged Re-mix 'Emily' shoes.  In the second image, I took my very 20s/early 30s inspired silk Anthro. top for a spin at the Santa Monica Vintage Fair, skirt by nudeedudee, Re-mix Emily shoes again, and 30s crocheted purse (you may or may not spy designer Betsey Johnson in the background!!).  If the photos are appearing at angles, don't adjust your monitor; my photographer is a fan of camera play ;P

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Hold onto your Hats! It's a Grand Giveaway!

Well, my lovelies, as my number of blog followers inches towards 1000, I think it's time to show some appreciation, in the form of a GIVEAWAY!  The prize (hold onto your hats!) is a $50.00 USD credit that can be put towards anything in my etsy shop, Adeline's Attic Vintage*.  
Here's how to enter:
1) Have a peek in the shop
2) Leave a comment on this blog post indicating which shop item you love best and would likely put your credit towards if you won the giveaway (make sure you leave a blog link or email addy or other way of contacting you in case you win)
3) For an extra chance of winning, link to, or retweet this giveaway via your twitter or blog or Facebook account, making sure to leave another comment here tracking or linking back to your retweet or repost. The winner will be randomly chosen on Saturday, May 12th, 2012.  Good luck and thanks again for following!! 
*This prize does not expire but cannot be combined with other shop sales or offers. Thanks!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Ugo Mochi: Poet of Shadows

Recently, I had an up close and personal encounter with the most amazing 1930s enamel topped table I have ever seen. It had divine silhouette scenes done in black on a white background on it (see last image).  While inspecting this scene, the name MOCHI was spied.  After a bit of internet research, I discovered more of the works of this artist, whose full name was Ugo Mochi.  One writer called him the "poet of shadows."  I  have long been in love with 1930s framed silhouette art, and have a lovely pair of framed images displaying ladies with dogs, but Mochi's works are just so meticulous and down right amazing!!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Dreamy Deco: Union Station

Dreamy deco details were drooled over during the recent ADSLA Cocktails in Historic Places night at L.A.'s Union Station. A few iPhone snaps of some of the things I saw and what I wore.  

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Sweetest Summer Sandals

I was recently elated to notice that no fewer than three styles of Re-mix shoes resemble 1930s 'sandals' circa 1936.  My particular favourite (that came home with me) is the Emily, but I was tempted by the Bloomsbury as well (I thought the slingback made them just a touch less perfect for dancing, but they come with both ribbon and string laces!). The 'cloche' style is very 30s, too (looks akin to the pair second from bottom at right in the Sears Sandal ad), but the 3 1/2" heel was just a bit too high for me. Too bad these modern vintage repro's don't sell for vintage pricing, but in my humble opinion, my other two pairs of re-mix shoes (one of which I got for a great sale price on ebay) have been well worth the investment. Expect to see the Emily showcased in future outfit posts! I can already tell they'll be perfect with beach pyjamas :)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Vintage Time Travels

As you can probably tell from my other posts, much of my time has been taken up focusing on stocking Adeline's Attic with "new" vintage goodness for you!  Here's more photo fun highlighting vintage dresses from various decades for le shop. It's so interesting how garments from different eras make the wearer feel different, producing and reflecting the ideals of femininity of the time period whence they came.

1920s day/house dress (coming to the shop)