Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Black Sheep-Les Arts Decoratifs Fashion Expo 1990-2000

When I was first starting my business I had the pleasure and honor of meeting Valerie Steele Chief Curator of the Museum at FIT in NYC
She encouraged me to go against the grain of what most vintage dealers were buying and selling and stick with my interest in later designers. 
So with Valerie's blessing I decided to ignore some of the fellow vintage dealers who rolled their eyes or turned up their noses when I told them I was a "vintage dealer" that focused on and loved the 1980s-2000 pieces. I was the black sheep of the vintage world buying and selling pieces that many people didn't consider vintage. I didn't have a crystal ball or the years of experience other dealers had I just bought and sold what I considered to be interesting.
This year in particular I've been very successful focusing on later pieces. More and more museums are incorporating the later pieces into their expos and in the auction world more recent designs have realized some phenominal prices.
So if you are like me you might want to visit the History of Fashion Expo dedicated to fashions of 1990-2000
  at Les Arts Decoratifs in Paris.
Nov. 25-May 8, 2011
For more information please visit
The above photo is from Les Arts Decoritifs 
Lanvin by Claude Montana 
Haute Couture Spring/Summer 1997
photo by Guy Marineau

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Follow Me!

I'm starting my resolutions early this year so the first is to get more organized. 
I'll be using my blog more to keep in touch with vintage lovers and those of you who share my passion for auctions and collectable clothing,
  downsizing my facebook page soon and just keeping it for close friends and family.
If you are not following my blog please sign up for my updates or follow me via twitter jsvintage.
P.S. These great tights do exist. You can find them on etsy

Friday, December 3, 2010


 Jimi Hendrix guitar
(I'll never learn how to play but I'm lucky that I have some super talented musicians in my life)

My pick's from Julien's Auctions Beverly Hills, CA. 
I'm taking a break from clothing today in my picks but you will find fashion sketches, costumes and even rock and roll wear at the  Icons and Idols Auction today and tomorrow.
For a full catalog of the Icons and Idols Auction including on line bidding visit

A Wonder Woman Belt Buckle(Yes I would wear this just in case you are wondering...)
Albert Einstein Head X-rays(better than a coffee table book and who doesn't need a bit more smarts?)

Friday, November 19, 2010


In my spare time I've been reading art books. Call me a nerd but if I'm not looking at clothing I'm looking at art antiques and rare books.
Since I'm just starting the chapter on Matisse this wonderful piece caught my eye.
Lot 1016  
Vivienne Westwood `Nostalgia of Mud' (Buffalo) collection printed cotton jersey toga dress,
Autumn-Winter, 1982-3, World's End labelled,
  cut shorter at the front and with long train-like panel printed in dark brown with Matisse inspired motifs
Much less expensive that a Matisse of course and just think of how great you'll look.

Kerry Taylor Auctions
London, UK
Tuesday Nov. 23
for a full catalog and information on bidding visit

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Perfect Man-TOM FORD

Every woman wants to find the perfect man- gorgeous, rich, a nice smile and of course who loves fashion. 
In my book Tom is one of the few perfect men out there and I was so excited to learn that he will be back on the fashion scene very soon.
Yesterday broke the news that Tom Ford will be returning to womens wear. You can read more about it in the December issue of US Vogue. 
And of course because this blog is about vintage I just had to share a blast from the not so distant past of one of my favorite Tom Ford pieces. I sold this navy blue velvet suit by  Tom Ford for Gucci last year. 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York owns the men's version of this in a gorgeous cherry red.
Fall Winter 1996-1997
Tom we missed you! Welcome back!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

And the Answer is...Oscar De La Renta

Oscar de la Renta 1989

The previous dress is part of the arhcives at The Museum at FIT, New York

Circa 1984

She's Like a Rainbow: Fashion & Textile History Gallery (Third Rotation)
November 11, 2006 – May 12, 2007

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


This designer has dressed some of the most influential women in the world. He briefly worked for Elizabeth Arden and Balmain.  
Don't be green with envy is someone else knows the answer...
I'll post the answer in just a few days.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

WHO OWNED THIS?-Provenance Counts

This beautiful piece caught my eye as I was looking through the archives of one of my favorite shows
This 19th centure cluster necklace without a provenance was valued at $800 but because it was given to the owners family by Mary Todd Lincoln the value jumps to $2,500-3,500. For a full transcript of the valuation go to the link above.

Monday, November 1, 2010

MUSEE CARNAVALET PARIS-Louis Vuitton Vintage Trunks Expo

For all of the Louis Vuitton fans out there the Musee Carnavelet, Paris has a great expo
on Louis Vuitton trunks.  
Oct. 13-Feb. 27
If you can't make it to Paris there is a short video and more information on the expo at 
I've found a great selection of Vuitton steamer trunks at which range from $6,000-$36,000.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

And the Answer is...Stephen Sprouse/Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show

 Deborah Harry 

Agness Deyn at the Sprouse tribute, NYC
Agyness Deyn at Stephen Sprouse Tribute Hosted by Louis Vuitton at the Bowery Ballroom in New York on January 8, 2009
Event: Stephen Sprouse Tribute Hosted by Louis Vuitton at the Bowery Ballroom in New York on January 8, 2009
Venue & Location: Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street / New York City, NY, USA
Event Date: 1/8/2009
Photographer: Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos

and the answer is Stephen Sprouse!

If you are in NYC this weekend I'm sure that you'll see a piece or two of Stephen Sprouse at the
Manhattan Vintage Show, NYC

Let me know what you find!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


This designer incorporated grafitti into many of his collections and mixed uptown chic with downtown punk.
Tell me who designed the great jacket that Agyness Deyn is wearing. 
Check out my itunes on my blog for a hint!
I'll post the answer in a few days...

Monday, October 4, 2010


 Dior Turban with Tassels 1st Dibs SOLD
 Claude Montana Jacket
available on
YSL Palais Mohawk pumps available on

My birthday is this month so I thought that it might be time for a facelift and to update my wardrobe. 
I started my giving my blog a mini facelift and thought that I would share my new fall winter wardrobe picks with you.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Something Borrowed Something Blue...LONDON VINTAGE BRIDAL FAIR

I can't help find your Prince Charming or plan you special day but I'm sure that you'll find the perfect dress at 
The London Vintage Bridal Show on October 3.
Olympia Hilton hotel
380 Kensington High Street, London W14 8NL
£5.00 from 10.30am to 5pm | Early entry £10.00 from 9am

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

And the Answer is...VERSACE

Last post was from the Atelier Versace collection!
Here is some more eye candy from his past collections including a great dress that I sold last year!
Have a fashionable weekend!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


 Black and Yellow Evening Gown Lot 223

 Jacqueline de Ribes Lot 184

 Oscar de la Renta Lot 76

Here are my picks for the auction tomorrow now I'll just have to find my Prince Charming...

Leslie Hindman Auctions
Thursday Sept. 16
Chicago, IL
An online catalogue is available at

Thursday, September 9, 2010


Jean Paul Gaultier Maille demon dress with matching shawl

Alexander McQueen wool jacket with raw edge seam detail

Guy Laroche Haute Couture label python skirt

Please join my facebook page
BeChicParisLondon and you'll find out what else is on sale this month!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


I was just in NYC this summer visiting my friends at Frock and I felt just like a kid in a candy store!
I've posted my dream outfit from their boutique. I passed on the Bill Blass nude dress above I was afraid of getting into too much trouble if I wore that ;)
The Chanel necklace is fab and a great timeless piece and Alaia now who doesn't love an Alaia black leather jacket?
Please join them for this great event!

Fashion’s Night Out is upon us once again. On Friday evening, September 10th, FROCK cordially invites you to The Garden at Four Seasons Hotel New York from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. to witness a unique shopping event. The Garden in the soaring I.M. Pei-designed lobby of Four Seasons Hotel, located at 57 East 57th Street, will be transformed into New York’s most dynamic “pop-up shop”, featuring 3 distinct participants: FROCK, featuring a curated selection of 60s to 90s vintage designer clothing, Jane Pincus of Yestadt Millinery showcasing custom made hats, and Llorraine Neithardt offering her one of a kind footwear. Champagne and hors d’oeuvres will be served while shoppers browse the amazing collections. 10% of the sales will go to Friends of Fashion, a unique social enterprise designed to honor and support the fashion industry. For more information on Friends of Fashion including how to become a member, please visit

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

And the Answer is...CLAUDE MONTANA

Associated Press photo

and the answer is...
Claude Montana
Check out my facebook post today for a great video of one of his fashion shows!

Sunday, September 5, 2010


Gothic Lolita FIT 2008-2009

Gothic Lolita Style

Japan Fashion Now Japan Fashion Now
Special Exhibitions Gallery
September 17, 2010 through January 8, 2011

is the first exhibition to explore contemporary Japanese fashion in all its radical creativity, from designer fashion to street style, including menswear. An introductory gallery devoted to the Japanese "fashion revolution" of the 1980s includes asymmetrical, "deconstructed" garments by Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons, as well as avant-garde styles by Issey Miyake, "Orientalist" fashions by Kenzo and Hanae Mori, and pop-culture jumpsuits by Kansai Yamamoto.

Apologies... the links below are lot working via my blog. They'll be fixed in the next day or so I hope!

Another fasinating site which covers Japanese fashion including the eccentric styles of Japanese street fashion including Harajuku fashion

And last but not least yet another book including essays by the the brilliant Valerie Steele, Chief Curator of the Museum at FIT

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


I'm back to posting my monthly quizzes just to keep all of you fashionistas on your toes.
For a quick refresher course just scroll through some of my past posts titled "You Think That you Know So Much Prove It"
Can you guess the designer?
A hint for you...He has been referred to as the "King of Shoulder Pads".
I'll post the answer in a few days.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Somerset House London -MARGIELA EXPO

Maison Martin Margiela ‘20’ The Exhibition, a major exhibition celebrating 20 years of one of contemporary fashion’s most influential and enigmatic designers. This ambitious, multi-layered exhibition captures Margiela’s unique aesthetic and vision, incorporating garments, installations, photography and film.
In one word...incredible
Somerset House London
until September 5

Please check back I'll be adding pieces for sale on my blog in the near future.