Friday, August 29, 2014

Oh, Those Summer Nights!

Summer's nearly over (boo!), and though I'm not ready to give the season up yet, I will admit I'm ready to slow things down and refocus.  As you might've seen from my fewer-and-farther-between posts, the last couple months have been bananas.  Thankfully, the last couple weeks, Kate and I were able to get away and spend some time at the beach.  It's been relaxing, and has given us time to breathe and regroup.  For me, it's finally time for me to move in a new, non-theatrical direction-- I've been hanging on too long, as my idol Duffy croons, and moving into autumn, I'm actually getting excited about trying to find something new.  But before we slide on out of summer, I wanted to share a shoot I did a while back: Grease!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Decades: Finds from the Mid- to Late 1940s

The mid- to late-1940s saw the end of World War II and the beginning of a new world.  For the United States, at least, the late 1940s created a boom in prosperity and, in the fashion world, a sigh of relief as it wriggled its way out of wartime austerity measures.  Skirts got longer, lines got softer, and Dior used fabric as though it was water.  As part of the "New Look," he transformed the shirtdress from wartime utilitarianism to relaxed domesticity, and the trend took hold and didn't let go throughout the 1950s.  The dresses I found for this foray into the mid- to late-'40s (again, as best I can tell!) span the war through the post-war transformation.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Decades: Finds from the Pre-War 1940s

Everyone loves the 1940s, but not everyone agrees on which half. There's the 1940s before World War II, and there's the 1940s after, and as the astounding trauma of the wars changed the world, fashion changed along with it.

Pre-WWII fashion made its way out of the figure-hugging 1930s with stronger shoulders and slim A-line skirts. The war required even stronger shoulders to bear its weight, so utilitarian suits with shorter, fabric-preserving skirts became de rigeur.  But once the war was over, and austerity measures a thing of the past, Christian Dior reinvigorated fashion with his ├╝ber-feminine, fabric-rich New Look of 1947.

The pieces I got to pull for this post span the huge spectrum of the 1940s, one of the most varied decades in fashion history.  Given my love for the 1930s, I really do prefer the early 1940s, but I'm happy to say I found some great dresses from the second half of the decade I'll be showing you next week.  So, how about we jump into the first half of the fab Forties?

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Decades: Finds from the 1930s

Hey there!  I'm just about bursting with excitement to show you the beautiful 1930s dresses I've gathered together for this post.  This decade is one of my absolute favorites in fashion: long, slim lines combined with dramatic details?  Yes, please.  Beginning with longer, more feminine silhouettes after the androgynous 1920s, the 1930s remains, in my opinion, one of the most flattering and elegant periods in fashion history.  It introduced simple, smart outfits to reflect the somber tone of the Great Depression, and yet encompasses the glamour of the Golden Age of Hollywood, Vionnet's groundbreaking use of the bias cut, and runs the design gamut from easy-to-wear dresses to outlandish gowns.

So without further ado, the seven (count 'em, seven!) flowing, beaded, print-ed, and/or clinging pieces I've chosen to reflect the variety of the 1930s.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Decades: Finds from the 1920s

After my last round of wardrobe finds from the 1910s-1920s, I'd fully intended to move on to the 1930s-- and then I found these ladies.  I hope you don't mind the extended stay in the Roaring Twenties, but these dresses were just too good to pass up!  Not to worry-- I've already photographed some great '30s pieces for an upcoming post.  

It's funny, I'd thought I'd have a little more time to photograph and model the things I've been coming across this summer, but as they're wont to do, things've turned out a little unexpectedly.  From last-minute design changes to surprises in scheduling, I've been working pretty much non-stop in the wardrobe department of the theater, and a little less in the costume shop.  That just means I've been working on running shows and costume upkeep rather than construction.  Basically, I'm now pretty boss with a steamer and adept at quick changes, but a little fuzzier on the nitty-gritty of costume work.  Which isn't to say I'm not enjoying my time in summer stock-- it's just a way of explaining why I haven't been able to find the time to keep the kind of blogging schedule I'd prefer (and why all my photos lately are set in a dressing room!). 

So, to make it up to you, here are five amazing dresses from the costume shop, coming straight to you from the Jazz Age!

(Note: No dresses were harmed in the taking of these photos.)

Check 'em out by clicking "read more" below!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Decades: Finds from the 1910s-1920s

Yikes, but I am tired.  Working wardrobe in summer stock is no joke-- it's extremely long hours, six days a week, and I'm lucky if I can blindly grab something other than running crew blacks to wear every day.  Don't get me wrong-- I'm liking it a lot and learning a ton-- but this summer's definitely brought to you by the letter F, for fatigue.

That said, one of the things that's made this gig awesome is its collection of vintage garments, and I am way overdue for sharing more of them with you.  I'll be taking you all with me through a chronological tour of my theater's closet, so in we go with my finds from the 1910s-1920s!

Please forgive the slightly hurried air of my photos this time around-- I scraped together a few minutes to snap away in one of the theater's dressing rooms.  I promise, had I found more time, I wouldn't make you look at picture after picture of a paper towel dispenser. Ugh.

This cream-colored dress dates from the 1910s.  I love the drop waist and long length, and man, for a 100-year-old dame, she looks good.  It's in terrific condition, thanks to the cool temperature and sunlight-free storage area.  The lace details on the bodice and sleeve add elegance, and I can tell you, after a month solid of jeans and t-shirts, it felt awesome to wear something so beautiful.

(Keep 'em coming by clicking "read more" below!)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Greenwich Thrillage

One of the last photo shoots I got to do while in New York was at La Lanterna Caffe, a gorgeous Italian restaurant located at 129 MacDougal Street, the same spot as one of the most well-known lesbian bars of the 1920s: Eve's Hangout.

Check out the shoot after the jump--