Count Ferdinando Sarmi hailed from an aristocratic Italian family and studied to become a lawyer, as his family had wished. Much to his fathers disappointment however, he abandoned the profession soon after to pursue his passion for fashion design. And thank goodness he did.
After costuming a few Italian films, Sarmi headed for New York; and from 1951-59 he was Elizabeth Arden’s head designer. His elegant evening attire wowed clients such as celebrities, socialites, and first ladies (Pat Nixon was a loyal customer). “Every woman with $600.00 to spend wants to own a Sarmi.” he famously once said.
In 1959 Sarmi opened his own fashion house, which specialized in ladies evening attire. Just one year later he received a Coty award. Renown for it’s haute couture and high end ready to wear; Sarmi gowns costed as much as $4,500, and were known for floral prints and lavish trims such as Ostrich down and cellophane lace.
Despite the decadent detailing, Sarmi stuck to classic silhouettes which are as appropriate for today as they were back then. Goldmine Trash is pleased to offer this Sarmi in pristine condition for a mere $374.99, a fraction of what it would’ve originally cost (usually it’s the other way around with vintage).
Made of silk, it features a an impressionist style ‘watercolor’ floral print in rich jewel tones, which flatter any skin tone. It has a sexy v neckline w/ tie accent, princess lined + darted bust, nipped in waist, semi full skirting, metal back zipper, and the designer Sarmi label. It’s fully lined with silk as well.
What better way to dress up this winter!
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Hooray, this column has finally returned! With a lil’ revision you’ll note. Rather than restrict my focus to Etsy, this column will now be known as Sweet Shop Sundays, as I’ll feature sites from all over the internet hereafter : ). Etsy sellers will remain a strong focus though. There’s just so many amazing ones, such as this weeks feature Bijoux Odalisque.
When this world traveler isn’t busy antiquing in London, reading the classics, and painting masterpieces in the tradition of the Italian Renaissance, she’s making exquisite one of a kind jewelry.
With a heavily saturated jewelry market, it’s easy for Etsy sellers to get lost in the shuffle. This shop has stood out and thrived however, thanks to being a cut above average. Genuine gemstones of high quality, upcycled vintage Czech glass, sterling silver, gold, and pearls are all used in these pieces. What better way to accessorize that vintage Chanel?
If you’re still shopping for that gal who has almost everything, look no further. This shop caters to stylish, high class femme fatales who appreciate the unique.
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Tagged bijoux d'odalisque, bijoux odalisque, blog, class, etsy, gemstone, gold, GOLDMINE TRASH, goldminetrash, handmade, high end, Jewelry, pearls, shop, sweet shop sundays, upscale, vintage