Blouses by Lisa Casper

If you are one of the lucky ones, you are down here in New Orleans for The Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown this weekend. The good news is there’s going to be some killer live music, awesome dancing, AND clothing made with love by the lovely Lisa Casper! Here is a preview of the clothing she will be selling this weekend. You can find her clothing, along with other local vendors available at The French Market.


Super cute, right?! Not only that, but she also makes skirts (mine in coming soon), hair flowers (which I have also been selling), and t-shirt prints! Uh…..she’s fabulous!!

Gowns of 1934

Pictures and content reblogged from Couture Allure Vintage Fashion

Maggy Rouff purple and gold silk gown worn with a large purple velvet scarf.

Chanel gold lamé evening gown. The bodice is embroidered with gold metallic threads.

Callot Soeurs silk faille gown in dove gray with pink pleated frills at the back.

Jacques Heim black silk satin mermaid hem gown worn with a white fox fur stole.

Marcel Rochas black silk stripe gown with ruffles down the sides. The gown is adorned with a bird made of black feathers that has a diamante beak.

I found these dresses on Couture Allure Vintage Fashion, which is “a blog for lovers of vintage clothing and fashion, where you can learn about vintage styles, designers, and design concepts through photos from the past. [It] also feature vintage garments available for sale [on her]  website.” You should subscribe to this site like I do and enjoy all of her fabulous posts! Speaking of which, here are some of her popular posts:
The Issue of Dry Cleaning

How to Find a Good Dry Cleaner for Your Vintage Garments

The Proliferation of Unrealistic Digitally Enhanced Images in Advertising

How to Find the Vintage Wedding Dress of Your Dreams

What to Wear for a 1959 Party

Friday Charm School Series:

How to Walk Like a Lady

How to Stand Like a Lady

How to Sit Like a Lady, Part 1

How to Sit Like a Lady, Part 2

Handling Stairs and Cars Like a Lady

How to Enter and Leave a Room Like a Lady

How to Carry a Purse and Wear Gloves Like a Lady

Modern Foundation Garments to Make your Vintage Dresses Fit Correctly

Why Should You Wear a Slip?

Vintage Clothing for Kids

Oh ma-goodness. Why weren’t there clothes like this when I was a kid?!!! Good on you Teeny Bunny for making these darling clothes! Thank goodness I know someone who is an appropriate size and age for these clothes…..I wonder what Anjali is going to get for Christmas this year?

Send this to all the people you know that have darling kids that are in dire need of some vintage gear!

yellow dress blue cloche mustache dress light blue navy dress flapper set

Game plan: What to Wear

Packing is such an ordeal now that I am trying to match my clothes and look presentable on a regular basis. I am sure at some point it will get easier, but as of right now, I still have to try on clothes, put together outfits, and see what I can combine with what. Guh….more work than necessary, and I am slow because I get easily side tracked (like now….I am blogging instead of packing).

I am heading to Europe tomorrow and I’ll be visiting Cologne, Germany; Barcelona, Spain; Dublin, Ireland; and Gothenborg, Sweden. Luckily I’ve previously taught in all of these cities at all of these camps so I have general idea of what to expect. It’s going to be a good bit colder than it’s been the past few weeks and there are beaucoup performances I have to prepare for which translates to “beaucoup de luggage.” I decided I wanted to write out what I was bringing in hopes that it would detour me from over packing (I’ll keep you posted on that). So here’s what I think I am bringing, what days I think I will wear it, performance info, and weather:

Monday
jeans + blue silk shirt (+ long sleeve shirt) + belt
knee socks + boots

Tuesday
high waisted jeans + BCBG shirt (+ long sleeve shirt)
Tuxedo jacket
heels

Wednesday
gray dress + 2 pairs tights
knee socks + boots

Thursday
leggings + white sweater + tank top
(OR blue shirt with jewels + long sleeve shirt)
knee socks + boots
-night: gray skirt + white top
tights + scarf
black shoes

Friday
jeans + blue/white striped shirt + tank top
Tuxedo jacket
night: red twirly dress (+ long sleeve shirt)
VS tights + white shoes

Saturday
brown skirt + red/purple/long sleeve white shirt
scarf + belt
black shoes
-night: dress (white check & black) + scarf + tights

Sunday
blue dress + black shirts
footless tights + black shoes
night: purple dress + tights

additional items:
work out pants + 4 shirts + running shoes
pjs + shirt + flip flops

COSTUMES
Stratosphere: dress, knickers, hat, goggles, boots
Puttin’ on the Ritz: red lingerie
Group number: black & red dress / gold skirt

PERFORMING:
Barcelona:    weather: 45-61 degrees
Stratosphere
Fan Dance
Hawaiian

Dublin:        weather: 39-53 degrees
Intro #
Stratosphere
Fan Dance/PotR
Hawaiian
Finale

Gothenborg:       weather: 36-50 degrees
Stratosphere
Fan Dance

EEEEEk!! lots of stuff.

More to come!

Does anyone else do this or is it just me? Hahha, it might be.

Dressing the Part at Southwest Lindyfest 2010

I just took my first trip to Texas and had an absolute blast at Southwest Lindyfest 2010. The instructor lineup was amazing, the energy was great, and as an instructor, the event was really, really well run. What a pleasure it is to work with professional organizers!

Before I came to the event, I wasn’t sure how much dancing I would be able to do. I had recently finished taking antibiotics for bronchitis and brought steroid and an inhaler with me to the event (to keep my lungs open). Needless to say, I hadn’t danced for the past week and wasn’t even sure I could dance, but I still wanted to show well. I figured I would need to find a different way, other than dancing, to set myself apart from the other teacher so I did the only thing I could think of and raided my wardrobe! I probably spent 4 hours trying on clothes before I left. I figured if I wasn’t going to dance well, I should at least look good!

Recently I posted a Bonnie & Clyde editorial on Swing Fashionista and realized that I could replicate this look with little effort. Two pencil skirts, a bunch of V-neck shirts, a beret, and three scarves later, I had an entire weekend’s worth of cute outfits. Here are the two main pictures I took inspiration from:


Friday night Jam dancing with Peter Strom to Jonathan Stout and his rockin’ band!

Saturday night jam dancing with Kevin, getting ready to do an aerial.

Photos from Facebook – by David Holmes

Stay tuned for more to come!!

Vintage Fashion Expo in Los Angeles

Click the banner to go to their website for more details than what I have here.

Vintage Fashion Expo
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
October 17th and 18th, 2009
Expo Hours Saturday 10:30am-6:00pm, Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm
Students free on Sun. with student ID. Tickets are $10.00, follow this link
to go to their COUPON page and save $5

They have an average of 90 vendors at the expo selling clothes, shoes, jewelry, patterns, purses…you name it! Here is a short list from the website.

Vintage Blue Moon
Luxe
Rare Finds
Sentiments By Katherine
Atelier Suzanne
Decades of Fashion
Papillon Antiques
Snappy Gabs
Mr. Toads
Lapin Vintage
Scout LA
Foxy Couture
Flaun’s Vintage Clothing
Barbara & Kent Grigg
Gail Gum Antiques
Hot Couture
A La Mode Vintage
Jean Langford
The Mad Hatters Tea Party
Re-Vamp Vintage
Vintage@1860-1960.com
Little Treasures
Vintage Apparel by Ardis
King Vintage
Connie Parente Accessories
Donnaland
Feather Vintage
Chris Enebo Antiques
Now ‘N’ Then
Marche aux Puces
BuyVintageClothing.com
Discover Yesterday
Bobbie Boutique
Two Sisters
Ellen’s Elegants
Vu
Vintage Vanities
Allyn Scura Eyewear
Meow
Cherry, Inc.
Edith’s Daughter
The Nostalgic Lady
The Bakelite Lady
Trappings of Time
Mercer International
Unforgettable
Time Slot Antiques
The Cat’s Meow
Woodland Farms Vintage
Frock You Vintage
The Paper Bag Princess
Timeless Vixen
The Other Shop
Raw Vintage
Retro Diva
Faultline Collectables
Honeymoon Antiques
TaTa Lane
Pamela Heiman Vintage
Eclectibles
Daddyo’s
Avenue Antiques
Charles Nero Art & Antiques
Paris Vintage
Bertz Antiques
Mermaid’s Haven
Licia Kuhn Antiques
G.S. Antiques LLC
Cathy Githens Antiques
Anna Newman Vintage
Dress
The Butlers Cottage
Red Headed Rachel
The Tie Merchant
Mary’s Exchange
Aubergine
Unbuttons
Soiree Vintage
Erzsebet Bathory
Bloomers
Ms. Matcher’s Matchless Jewelry
Kathy Judkins
Eva Linowski
Dena McCarthy
Octavia’s Scrapbook
Gail Pierson
LA Vintage Boudoir
Offerings
Cheetah Girl
Clever Vintage Clothing
Somewhere In Time
Juliana Goitein
Linda Goldberg
Kerry Holden
Mary Scates Antiques

Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show

manhattan vintage fashion showIt’s back! One of the must attend events for anyone who loves vintage clothing and accessories – the Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show. Boo! I wish I was in NY this weekend, but I am in Vienna (I know, I know :-> ). Nonetheless…can you imagine the caliber of vintage you could find?

If you are near Manhattan, get yourself to the event and enjoy the gorgeous clothes, beautiful fabrics, and classic silhouettes.

Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show

Friday, October 10th, 1-8pm

Saturday, Oct. 11th, 11am-6pm

Admission is $20

The Metropolitan Pavilion is located at 125 W. 18th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in Manhattan. For more information call 518-434-4312 or visit www.manhattanvintage.com.