Last night I ran across not ONE, but THREE ads for pink gloves in a 1947 UK Vogue magazine that are now listed in the shop. I guess PINK was the "in" color for gloves that year! How could you ever be in a bad mood wearing any one of these beautiful pink beauties?
Looking at these gloves reminds me of being five or six years old, and rummaging through the chest of drawers where my mom kept her myriad pairs of gloves. All the different colors and lengths. What a treat!
I found these gorgeous 1940s French peep toe heels a couple of years ago and have been holding onto them. I've decided I've just got to let them go and I'm hoping someone will see them in my Etsy shop and decide they can't live without them!
I can still remember how my heart started racing when I found them. They were French and in exactly my size--it seemed as though fate had made it happen! But, I rarely ever wear high heels anymore and I'd love to find them a new home. Have a look in my Paper Doll Girls shop if they're "calling your name". Free postage to anywhere in the world!
Here's all the important details about these beautiful shoes:
This gorgeous pair of 1940s WWII peep toe heels is in excellent vintage condition. The brown suede and leather are still very soft. These shoes must have been very special to the owner because they were obviously well taken care all these years since the war.
The label inside the shoe reads: Pinot, Bottier, London and Anvers, with two seals, one of which is stamped "Brussels" and the other is marked "London". The inside of the shoes is tan leather. The sole is leather, and of course, has wear, but is still in very good condition. The tip of the toe and the bottom of the heel still have the original metal taps to protect them. The leather in the sole is embossed with "Roberts 744", which I assume is the style name and number.
Each shoe features a small leather bow at the peep toe and small arrows of leather interwoven in the suede along to top of the shoe from the bow to the back heel.
There is a small scuff on the suede of the outside of the left shoe near the top of the heel and a small scuff on the outside of the right shoe, plus a tiny nick in the leather of the sole at the point of the right toe. Aside from these small imperfections, these shoes are absolutely fantastic. I have never personally seen another pair of vintage 1940 shoes in as good condition as these shoes are.
I wear an Australian size 7 shoe and these shoes fit me perfectly. I would suggest that they might be more suitable for someone with a slimmer foot. Please check the measurements below to assure fit:
Insole length 9-1/4 inches (measured inside shoe)
Width at widest part under shoe 3 inches
Heel height 3 inches
I like to imagine that a very stylish gal back in the 1940s spent time swing dancing with these beautiful shoes on her feet!
Today I thought I would blog about my other etsy shop, Vogue Vintage Knits, which focuses on vintage 1930s-1950s knitting and crochet patterns. I'm afraid I'm really a woeful knitter and crocheter, but that doesn't stop me from coveting some of the items in the shop!
Of all the patterns available in my shop, this one is my absolute favorite. I think this woman looks spectacular with her poodle sweater and long black gloves. The net tied on her head really adds some pizazz!
Daniel Swarovski (October 24, 1862 – January 23, 1956), formerly Daniel Swartz, was born in northern Bohemia (now the Czech Republic). His father was a glass cutter who owned a small glass factory. It was there that a young Swarovski served an apprenticeship, becoming skilled in the art of glass-cutting. In 1892 he patented an electric cutting machine that facilitated the production of crystal glass.
In 1895, Swarovski financier Armand Kosman and Franz Weis founded the Swarovski company, originally known as A. Kosmann, Daniel Swartz & Co, which was later shortened to K.S. & Co. Wattens, Tyrol (Austria), to take advantage of local hydroelectricity for the energy-intensive grinding processes Daniel Swarovski patented. The company established a crystal cutting factory in Wattens, Tyrol (Austria), to take advantage of local hydroelectricity for the energy-intensive grinding processes Daniel Swarovski patented.
To create crystal glass that lets light refract in a rainbow spectrum, Swarovski coats some of its products with special metallic chemical coatings. Aurora Borealis, or "AB", is one of the most popular coatings, and gives the surface a rainbow appearance. Other coatings are named by the company, Crystal Transmission, Volcano, Aurum, and Dorado. Coatings may be applied to only part of an object; others are coated twice, and thus are designated AB 2X, Dorado 2X etc.
Whatever they're called, the result is absolutely amazing!
Have a look at one of the ads I've just listed in the shop. These gorgeous shoes were designed in Paris by Roger Vivier for Christian Dior. Aren't they absolutely to die for?? I would so wear them today if I had a pair!
Roger Vivier (1907–1998) was a French fashion designer who specialized in shoes. His best known creation was the Stilettoheel.
Vivier has been called the "Fragonard of the shoe" and his shoes "the Fabergé of Footwear" by numbers of critics. He designed extravagant richly-decorated shoes that he described as sculptures. He is credited with the design of the first stiletto heel in 1954. Stiletto heels, the very thin high heel, were certainly around in the late 19th century as numerous fetish drawings attest, but Vivier is known for reviving and developing this opulent style by using a thin rod of steel.
Ava Gardner, Gloria Guinness and The Beatles were all Vivier customers, and he designed the shoes for Queen Elizabeth II for her coronation in 1953.
Vivier designed shoes for Christian Dior from 1953 to 1963. In addition to the stiletto heel, he also experimented with other shapes including the comma. He used silk, pearls, beads, lace, appliqué and jewels to create unique decorations for his shoes.
In the 1960s Vivier also designed silk-satin knee boots outlined in jewels, and thigh-high evening boots in a black elastic knit with beads. His most iconic design, the Pilgrim pumps with silver buckles (worn by Catherine Deneuve in the film Belle de Jour) received international publicity and many imitations.
Vivier's shoes are on display at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Musée du Costume et de la Mode at the Louvre.
This will be a short little post today as I am up to my ears in a couple hundred French Vogue ads from the early 1960s. Lots of scanning and getting ready for TOMORROW when I actually get to start listing them in the shop. Here's one of my favorites from the group to give you a little tease of what's coming in the next few days.
If you'd like to know more about Rose Marie Reid, there's a great biography and company history by April Ainsworth at Vintage Vixen.
I seem to be continuing my "happiness" theme from the past couple of days because this yellow swimsuit and multicolored striped beach jacket really makes me smile! We're just starting into winter now here in Australia so it's an especially bright spot in my day.
I love the way this dress is labelled -- "a dinner at home dress". I can't imagine what life would have been like if this was what you were expected to wear for dinner at home! That's just a wee bit more formal than it is at OUR house.
In the 1920s American fashion business, imported fashions by named French couturiers were considered the best to be had. At this time Nettie Rosenstein's designs were sold by stores under their own labels, though purchasers were told that the dresses were in fact by her. Through word of mouth, Rosenstein earned name recognition and her own-name label became a valuable commodity. Her clothes were retailed around America, but only one store in each city was permitted to carry fashions bearing Rosenstein's label.
In 1937, Rosenstein was described by Life Magazine as one of the most highly regarded American designers. She was one of the first recipients of the Neiman Marcus Fashion Award on its launch in 1938. In 1940, Rosenstein clothing was sold out of 92 shops and department stores across the USA, at prices ranging from $98 to $500. Whilst these prices were beyond the range of most consumers, Rosenstein's designs were so widely copied that she still influenced the average American woman's wardrobe.One such design was the "little black dress" designed to go from day to evening with low-cut evening necklines combined with daywear silhouettes and materials. Her designs also included printed dresses with gloves to match, and she was also known for her accessories and striking costume jewellery.She was also the designer responsible for First Lady Mamie Eisenhower's dress for the 1953 Inauguration Ball.
Since I've been reading about World War II fashions in the Forties Fashion book I mentioned in the previous post, I took another look at a couple of the patriotic fashion illustrations in my collection that I'd like to share with you. Both of these were in a 1940s edition of Vogue USA.
Patriotic Fashion Illustration by Rene Bouet-Willaumez RBW
Etsy Listing #70376724
I just wanted to share with you a fabulous book I have recently added to my reference library. I feel really lucky that the university where I work has a College of Fine Arts and, therefore, our bookstore has a very good selection of books about fashion.
This 208-page softcover book is entitled, Forties Fashion From Siren Suits to the New Look, and it's published by Thames & Hudson. (ISBN number is 978-0-500-28897-9). It has 250 illustrations, 196 of which are in glorious color. It's just chock full of the history of clothing during and after the war years, some of which I had never read anywhere before.
So, if you're a Forties kind of gal, treat yourself to this one! It's an excellent source of images and information.
The front cover shows a group of French women in 1945 who were sporting dyed hair for the first time since the War began.