Recently cleared out an entire estate in SW Portland. The residence was built in 1947, had the original (now faded) mint green asbestos tile siding and dusty coral trim. The house was single family owned and had been inhabited until about 4 years ago by a woman who I think might have been a Commercial / Advertising artist in the 1960s. Unfortunately the past decades hadn’t been kind to parts of the house, and the mountains of paper/books everywhere suffered accordingly. I couldn’t resist however rescuing a few really great pieces that I am in the process of restoring for sale (mainly airing and using some old time tricks to remove musty odors as well as lightly cleaning the paper itself).
I can’t resist sharing a couple of my favorite pieces! In addition to some great 1950s Fashion Magazines – Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Mademoiselle & the like, there were just a couple fantastic editions of the Parisian Periodical Idees. I can’t find too much info online, but it looks like it was published as early as the 1920s as a showcase of the latest in French Fashion each season.
Issue No 1 for the year 1945 was an overview of ‘casual wear for women. Think flowing wrap dresses & everyday wear. The book is spiral bound and contains sketch prints with fantastic color and lots of details (in French). Those of you that know me well know that I admire fashion/style, but seem to lack anything more than a total working casual aesthetic. Regardless, I really enjoyed pouring thorough each page admiring the details of each design.
The second Idees issue is entitled ‘Ornement de Couture’ and is filled with different styles of embellishment used in ladies fashion – from highly stylistic embroidery to tulle overlay! It’s so lovely, I can’t even explain properly! I believe that issue dates to roughly the same time, if not the 1930s.
In addition to these lovely French Couture gems, I did get a small selection of 1950s & 60s Vogue magazines, including several September Fashion issues highlighting the best of Paris & NY Fall Fashions for each respective year. One of my favorite things about these vintage fashion magazines is the advertising! There are several really great Jantzen clothing ads as well as more specialized high fashion ads for some of the great names in Fashion such as Hattie Carnegie, Schiaparelli, Balegencia, Dior & many more! These bits of the fashion past are a great window into some of the loveliest designs in clothing at a time when High Fashion was really developing its stride in the States, and it’s amazing to flip through these periodicals for a time! Many will be available for sale as I air them out and ready them for sale. Stop by soon and have a peek soon!