Thursday, April 20, 2017

A walk down memory lane

While talking to my friend about the first 60s-style boutique in Brisbane called Splendiferous recently I remembered another friend who bought her gorgeous wedding dress there. As I was the bridesmaid I remember well the day in 1971 when I went with her to buy it. The dress (pictured above) was long, white crepe with a shirred bodice and short sleeves ... so of the era and still looks fabulous especially with her gorgeous Marianne Faithfull style hat. Thank you for letting me use this photo.

We all loved Splendiferous in Albert Street, Brisbane opened in the late 60s by Kirsten Stewart and Bodil Bossey. It was so popular and new for Brisbane with their funky styles, groovy sales assistants and music playing the owners opened another boutique called Brazillia nearby in Queen Street.

If anyone has any memories of either of these boutiques or old photos wearing something they bought there would love to hear from you.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

New Arrival: divine Ceil Chapman vintage 1950s dress

Ceil Chapman fitting Marilyn Monroe

I have recently added this magnificent vintage 1950s pink silk organza dress by Ceil Chapman for sale on my website It was such an exciting find.

Ceil Chapman was an American fashion designer based in New York from the 1940s to the 1960s. With no formal training she rose to become one of the top fashion designers in the US. She was not only a designer for the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor she also made her label available to the public. Renown for her construction and draping techniques the new owner of this rare dress will not be disappointed. Just wished it fitted me.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Costumes from the Golden Age of Hollywood on display in Brisbane

                                  Image credits: Museum of Brisbane

A most remarkable exhibition, Costumes from the Golden Age of Hollywood, featuring costumes worn by many of Hollywood's most famous stars including Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland, Grace Kelly and Fred Astair  is on exclusively at the Museum of Brisbane until May 24, 2015. This wonderful exhibition is drawn from a private collection owned by Brisbane man Nicholas Inglis.

The exhibition of around 60 outfits is beautifully displayed with the movies they were worn in playing in the background.

Talented textile restorer, Tess Evans, now based in Sydney was responsible for the incredible restoration of most of these gowns. Hundreds of hours were spent on the collection with a wonderful outcome.
The story of the restoration, From Creation to Restoration, which I attended was utterly fascinating.

This is one not to be missed and admission is free.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A must see for lovers of fashion

Have just been to see Dior and I for the second time. Such a wonderful glimpse into the world of couture fashion. It is Raf Simon's first show as the new designer for iconic Parisian brand Christian Dior and he only has eight weeks to put it together. The talented women and men who work behind the scenes are a dedicated team who I found to be the main interest in this insightful film/doco. Great footage of Mr Christian Dior and some of his early creations too.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

On the subject of vintage Little Black Dresses

Inspired by the beautiful gowns worn by Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Garner to the 2013 Governors Awards in Hollywood recently (shown in my last post) I decided to show all the beautiful vintage 1950s LBDs I have for sale on
They never cease to delight me and the styles are timeless ... and of course at a fraction of the cost you would pay today for the same dress.
I hope you enjoy them.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Just arrived. Perfect dress for Spring Racing

Vintage 50s at its best. Original black and silver halter-neck, backless wiggle dress. The quality striped fabric is textured and has a slight sheen. Just add a fabulous black hat or fascinator. I am a bit partial to the bigger brimmed hats for that knockout look. You will be ready for Derby Day.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Vintage style on AACTA red carpet 2013

Actress Bojana Novakovic stood out on the red carpet in a fabulous red and gold brocade vintage dress from the 1950s.
Photo: Dallas Kilponen