Monday, May 2, 2011

Vintage a Go Go

One of my favorite hats from the show, shaped like a painter's palette adorned with flowers, from Denyse's Closet

Twice a year, vintage clothing dealers from around the country descend on Metropolitan Pavilion for the Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show. While we have plenty of high-end vintage boutiques in New York, this show is particularly noteworthy as most of the dealers bring out their oldest and most valuable pieces, which are usually kept out of customers' reach. The show organizers were kind enough to give me a press pass to view the show, but unfortunately most vendors don't allow you to take pictures of their clothes. Many of the exhibitors offer rentals for designers, who borrow vintage pieces as "inspiration" for their own collections, and obviously they do not want their pieces to be copied for free. In fact, some of the booths exclusively contained pieces that were too fragile to wear anymore, and meant to be used for design only.

The show is massive, and it helps if you have something in mind that you're looking for beforehand. I was personally on the lookout for vintage hats, which I collect, as well as another 70's era cotton Gunne Sax dress, since I get good wear out of the one I already have. The hat selection was superb, and I ended up leaving with a wide-brimmed wool felt fedora hat, while passing on a top hat, even though I've wanted one for a while. The Gunne Sax dresses however weren't as conspicuous, even though they're incredibly common. Most of the vendors focused on authentic antique and Victorian dresses rather than their less valuable, uber-scratchy "prairie revival" reincarnations.

Anyway, the next show isn't until October, but here's a selection of some of my favorite pieces. A big thank you to the vendors who allowed me to take photographs of their precious collections!

Vintage beaded necklaces at Denyse's Closet

I loved the drama of this hat from Denyse's Closet

An antique lace shawl from Denyse's closet

A gown embroidered with tiny dancers from Lisa Victoria Vintage, which is known for having an extensive collection of vintage wedding gowns

A close up of the embroidery, featuring hundreds of dancers swirling around

A mint condition Edwardian era hand-crochet lace vest from Lisa Victoria Vintage

I loved the trim on this jacket from Ritual Vintage

Some of the selection from the Ritual Vintage booth

A Pucci wrap dress from Ritual Vintage


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Caddy said...

I enjoyed this post. Vintage clothing is so interesting and the show sounds like eye candy! Thanks for sharing!

Insomnia said...

I'd die to have that black lace shawl!

Megan Hattie said...

Wow, this seems like such an epic event! I hope I can make it there one day. And that's interesting about some only being used to design inspiration, I never knew that!

--Megan//The Martian Tide

t h e l i n e s h e e t said...

I wish that I would have gone to this! I didn't realize it was so nifty. It looks like there are some amazing finds here!

watermoolen said...

I enjoyed this post, too. They have it in Santa Monica once or twice a year, too. Supposedly the biggest or so they claim, I wasn't able to go even though I got free tix! Enjoyed your blog, will be an avid reader.

Don't stop doing what you love to do!


Annie Spandex said...

Those blazers look very, very vintage! Museum-worthy. I want to go through the racks.

NYC, Style and a little Cannoli said...

I attended this as well in April. Loved that first hat also as was so different. It was a great show for those into vintage with all different price ranges. nice post!!