Northstar Vintage Webstore: Vintage 1930’s Black Marabou Stole

February 28th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Marabou is so over the top that you usually only see it as the edging on lingerie, or covering the front of some boudoir mules.

An entire piece of marabou clothing can be a little insane.  But not with this gorgeous 1930’s stole.  It is just right.

Available at the NSV Webstore.  Click on the picture to go to the listing.


Northstar Vintage Webstore: 1970’s Rainbow Striped St. John Dress

February 27th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

I’m becoming increasingly smitten with St. John knits, specifically vintage St. John knits.  Their modern stuff is a bit too “career” for me, but the earlier stuff, from the 1960’s and 1970’s is quite sexy, as is the case with this dress.

Santana yarn is amazing stuff – a wool/rayon combination that doesn’t wrinkle, stretch or sag.  Marie Gray, the co-founder of St John,  developed the santana yarn. She was told that it would not hold colors.  But it did, beautifully, which is perhaps why color is always such an important feature of the earlier pieces.  So, why do a black dress when you can make it a black dress with a rainbow in the middle?

Love this!  Please click on the image to see the listing.


Northstar Vintage Webstore: Vintage 70’s White Courreges Skirt

February 25th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Betsey Johnson might have been ahead of her time, but Courreges was downright  futuristic – we’re still waiting to live in the space age world that he imagined in the 1968.


Ironically, as the space age look went out of fashion, Courreges went for a softer, more old-fashioned look, with peasant inspired looks, and collections in all-white (okay, maybe all-white is still a bit futuristic).

I believe this skirt is from the era when he was softening his look and designing in all-white.  There’s still a touch of space-age, with the Courreges logo embroidered on the front and the over sized pockets on the hips.

This is from the estate of a Massachusetts woman who LOVED her white clothes, and she lived hard in them.  This is one of the few white pieces from the estate that survived intact – the others were sent to a friend for study and appreciation.

Click on the image to go to the sale:


Northstar Vintage Webstore: Betsey Johnson for Alley Cat Dress

February 24th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Betsey Johnson has always been ahead of her time, not just with her fashions, but with her business sense, her trajectory, and even her own sense of style.

After winning Mademoiselle Magazine’s “Guest Editor Contest” (which sounds like the 60’s version of Project Runway) Johnson was hired on as a designer for Paraphernalia, a company known for bringing the British Boutique and Mod look to the U.S.

Influencing and being influenced by the Andy Warhol art scene, in 1968 Johnson married John Cale from the Velvet Underground, who were pretty much the soundtrack of the movement.

Again, Johnson was decades ahead, by going pantless (a la Lady Gaga to her own wedding). According to New York Magazine (2003), she married Cale at a civil ceremony wearing a crushed velvet tunic, and “Definitely showing crotch” after she was turned away for wearing pants.

Changes at Paraphernalia, meant Johnson was losing creative control, she left to form her own company, Alley Cat, in 1970. She designed high fashion/low cost clothing for stylish (and poor) young women, and preceded today’s DIY movement by putting out patterns, and even a series of cutout paper dolls in Mademoiselle magazine.

From this era of Betsey Johnson design, we are offering this amazing 1970’s embroidered peasant dress in a very forward shade of hot pink. This dress is from a woman who lived in Greenwich Village during the 1970’s, and wow, am I jealous of her! (Click on the dress to see more).


Dale Hawkins

February 15th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

He was a class act, according to Mr. NSV, who backed him up for several shows.

And as a Susan, I’ve always had a soft spot for this song.


Shorpy Higginbottom

February 14th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

I’m getting ready to list a 1920’s dress with a  Sadie Nemser label.  As I’ve been thrilled to discover, Sadie was a high end designer, even designing the dress for Mrs. Calvin Coolidge for the inaugural ball (actually a charity ball, but still!).

The search for a picture of this dress lead me to this image of the event:


Cool enough at 200 pixels wide,  but this is from the Shorpy blog, with tons of high resolution vintage pictures.  Click HERE to see the large version of this picture or HERE to go to the Shorpy website.  Be forewarned – there is SO MUCH cool stuff there – it may take you a few hours to emerge.

I’m flattered

February 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

that the Put This On Blog posted this shirt auction


I am a huge fan of The Sound of Young America Podcast. Thanks guys!

The Seductive Shoe

February 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Here’s a fantastic interview in Collector’s Weekly with Jonathan Walford.  Lots of dreamy shoe eye-candy (and information, of course).


My new hobby

February 10th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Since reading Go Fug Yourself, petting the cat, and watching trash reality TV shows don’t really count as hobbies, I’ve been thinking of taking on something more productive.

And I literally tripped over my new hobby in an antique store, when I found a Pfaff 360 industrial sewing machine.

PFAFF 360a

So now I’m thinking about pillows and upholstery and giant canvas sculptures for the back yard and all my friends’ yards!  Yay!

Granted, I inherited a Singer Featherweight from my mother about 6 years ago, and it has never seen the light of day.

0330s Singer Featherweight

So, maybe my new hobby is acquiring cool sewing machines?  Okay.  That’s fine too.

Battle of the vintage ties.

February 5th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

I would sell about 10 times as many vintage ties were I not married to a tie hoarder collector.  I’ve been known to hide ties from him until they are listed on eBay, and even then, he’ll complain. Apparently 200 vintage ties aren’t enough?  But, I suppose as the owner of approximately 15 pairs of black motorcycle boots, I shouldn’t complain.

Here are a few that managed to make it past the Mr. NSV gauntlet (whether by my stealth or by his choice, I will not say).  Click on the picture to go directly to the auction.






These are two of the ties that did not make to eBay, even though they were photographed and ready to go.  The MR shows no mercy when it comes to his tie collection.



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