Tag Archives: Victorian

GINGERBREAD

Photos I took a ‘gingerbread’ home in Waxahachie, TX pre-restoration. A couple summers ago. I look forward to photographing more old/abandoned buildings in America soon. Warm weather couldn’t come sooner. These past few days have given me hope.

SWEET SHOP SUNDAYS: BOUDOIR QUEEN

I’m constantly in awe of Boudoir Queen, this Sunday’s Sweet Shop.

Ever held on to a vintage garment because it was too pretty to toss, but too fragile (or damaged) to wear? Ever wished there were a way around that?

Former model and makeup artist Dawn Younger-Smith did, and with a little resourcefulness and innovation she bore a solution. Scissors, a sewing machine,  and an army of ‘as is’ clothing, fabrics, and jewels from the 1800s-1920s in tow, she did what most vintage collectors considered unthinkable. She ripped ‘em up to start again.

Stained panels of silk were tossed, while their pristine counterparts were salvaged. Trims of Czech glass, rhinestones, and lace were scrapped from moth eaten dresses. Similar approaches were taken to head wear and accessories. And from these ashes came a rebirth. Dawn’s Boudoir Queen label was born.

This menagerie of antique wearables refashioned to create new wearables is Boudoir Queen’s signature aesthetic. Coats made from hand embroidered piano shawls, slip dresses with 20s silk flower appliques, cuff bracelets with Victorian lace, and flapper style headache bands with lavish ostrich plumes are among the handmade, one of a kind pieces you’ll find in this shop.

With a style so unique, it’s no surprise Boudoir Queen has been featured in several music videos, and counts Imogen Heap, the Veronicas, Emmy Lou Harris and Karen Elson as loyal clients. Boudoir Queen continues to influence many other designers, while always remaining at the forefront of upcycled fashion.

Based in Austin, TX, infamous on Etsy, and armed with an adorable website which plays Marlene Dietrich songs, Boudoir Queen’s sphere of influence continues to grow. In addition to the Boudoir Queen label,  the site now stocks vintage clothes in their original unaltered states, home decor, and antique textiles. I can’t wait to see what Dawn comes up with next.

SWEET SHOP SUNDAYS: SHOP BARDO

What this hidden gem on Etsy lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality. Ladies and gents, make yourselves familiar with ShopBardo, this weeks Sweet Shop.

Vintage designer labels. Antique bird feather earrings. Masonic belt buckles and fine leather jackets. These ladies like their vintage rare and exquisite, just as they are.

Here’s a brief interview I did with Summer Harrison, one half of this dynamic duo:

ShopBardo are: Summer Harrison (an accessories designer who studied at Otis) and Sophia Casanova (a professional model).

We started our Etsy shop because: We want to make the world more dreamy.

My favorite of our items is: The Vintage 1970s Alex & Lee fantasy surrealism necklace. A Rare, one-of-a-kind ‘passementerie’ (French or Italian for ‘passing of the cord’) necklace by California artists Alex & Lee, signed “Alex & Lee, Love and Peace.”

I love vintage clothes because: They’re fun! Clothing had soul then….the fabrics, construction, everything was better quality. So much of what is out there today as far as new clothing goes is made in China. Now wearing a piece of vintage clothing is a luxury, and it’s rare that someone else would be out in the same thing as you.

We don’t care about designer labels so much, but we are deeply knowledgeable about them as they can be a great reference for finding what you like. The fashion industry is fast paced, and vintage clothing is art meant to be worn, not hoarded by collectors. It’s important to mix old & new clothing.

My best vintage scores have been: An Ossie Clark snakeskin jacket, the vintage 70s Fiorucci snakeskin & metallic platform heels someone just purchased from our Etsy page for their Shoe Museum in Moscow (we still have a similar pair left!), and all of the beautiful Masonic hardware we have in shop from the late 1800’s; they’d be great for a jewelry or hardware designers reference of gorgeous new finishes.

My dream is to one day own: Everything ALAIA.

My fashion muses are: The spirits that we talk to, Strawberry Switchblade, and Kate Moss. She likes a lot of good vintage British boutique clothing.

When I’m not working or shopping, I’m: looking for the magick.

A true connoisseur, I tell ya. Haute hippies and disco dollies take note; ShopBardo won’t stay undiscovered long.

WILD VICTORIAN BAT COSTUME!

Eva Dress  just stocked copies of this authentic antique sewing pattern, circa Victorian France. Isn’t it amazing? 

Reminds me of Musidora’s costume in Les Vampires, which is a great thing.