The other day I found this amazing little antique store which had, among other things, lots and lots of old photographs. I really love the romantic-nostalgic feeling these old pictures give. And, seriously, everyone look so great! Isn’t it strange how the world is more beautiful in black and white? Anyway, in honor of these old memories, this Wednesday is all about old wedding photos.
I’ve always associated the term art deco with jewelry, but it can be much more than that. The style was, according to Wikipedia, our trusted source of doubtful wisdom, an eclectic artistic and design style that began in Paris in the 1920s and flourished internationally throughout the 1930s and into the World War II era.
At its best, art deco represented elegance, glamour, functionality and modernity, and the style influenced areas such as architecture, interial design, industrial design, visual arts, and our personal favorite: jewelry and fashion.
Art deco is different from its predecessor, art nouveau, in its linear symmetry, and the fact that the style included influences from many sources, such as the neoclassical, cubism and modernism styles of the early 20th century.
The style also became a profound influence on many later styles, such as Memphis and pop art. So I do thank you, Art Deco.
Today’s post is mostly for those of you who are in the Budapest-area or planning a visit to Budapest (which you totally should because it is a beautiful city). And if you are, then this is the place to shop: Jajcica (which is Hungarian for “cat”).
The shop is located in Dohány Utca 94, in the seventh district, which is a bit outside of the typical tourist areas and therefore it can be slightly difficult to find. However, it is well worth looking for. A winding staircase takes you down to a basement filled with everything your vintage-loving heart can desire. Three narrow rooms are stacked from floor to ceiling with swing skirts, Levis 501’s, wedding dresses, biker’s clothes, Doc Martin boots, Adidas sneaker’s, military clothes, top hats, bowler hats, gasmasks, jewelry, buttons, Marvel t-shirts, vests, ties, roller skates, bags, gloves, scarves and everything in between. Seriously, they have everything! And the people working there are very nice too.
Jajcica is open 10 – 19 on weekdays and 10 – 14 on Saturdays, and you can visit their webpage here: www.jajcica.hu. Go check it out!
Let’s have a look at the gloriousity of vaudeville in its heyday, shall we?
Vaudeville was a theatrical genre of variety entertainment very much in vogue from the 1880s to the 1930s. The name, vaudeville, is thought to be derived from the expression voix de ville which means voice of the city.
A vaudeville performance is made up with several unrelated acts grouped together on a common bill. These acts tend to include musicians, dancers, comedians, trained animals, impersonators, acrobats, illustrated songs, jugglers, scenes from plays, athletes (yuck), lecturing celebrities, minstrels and movies. Something for everyone, then, except for the athletes thing which sounds like a major fail, cause who likes sports, really? Anyway…
Vaudeville developed from many sources, such as the concert salon, minstrelsy, freak shows, dime museums and burlesque. Well, you can’t go wrong with those ingredients!
Quite a few cool costumes to be inspired from, don’t you think?
Hey guys, remember this?
This wonderful little device that totally revolutionized the way we listened to music, allowing us to bring our mixed tapes with us without any hassle.
So where did this work of genius come from? Let’s ask Wikipedia: “A portable personal stereo audio cassette player, called Stereobelt, was first invented by the German-Brazilian Andreas Pavel in 1972. Pavel filed a patent for his Stereobelt in Italy in 1977, followed by patent applications in the U.S., Germany, the United Kingdom and Japan by the end of 1978.
Walkman is a Sony brand tradename originally used for portable audio cassette, and now used to market Sony’s portable audio and video players as well as a line of Sony Ericsson mobile phones.(…) The device was built in 1978 by audio-division engineer Nobutoshi Kihara for Sony co-chairman Akio Morita, who wanted to be able to listen to operas during his frequent trans-Pacific plane trips.
In 1979, Sony began selling the popular Walkman, and in 1980 started legal talks with Pavel regarding a royalty fee. In 1986 Sony finally agreed to pay royalties to Pavel, but only for sales in Germany, and only for a few models, and refused to acknowledge him as the inventor of the device. In 2001, Pavel threatened Sony with legal suits in every country in which he had patented his invention. The corporation agreed to resume talks with Pavel and a settlement was finally reached in 2003. The settlement grants Pavel the recognition from Sony that he was the original inventor of the personal stereo.”
Have a look at some more and feel nostalgic:
Steampunk fashion is admittedly not really a vintage style, but its roots in Victorian style clothing qualifies it as at least slightly vintage.
Like all good things, steampunk has its origins in literature. The term was coined in the ’80s, but works of steampunk fiction were written as early as the ’50s. According to wikipedia, “steampunk was influenced by, and often adopts the style of, the 19th century scientific romances of Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, Mark Twain, and Mary Shelley.” In short, it often describes a parallel universe where most machinery run on steam (hence the name), and where clothes and language are very Victorian, yet with modern influences. Again, in the words of wikipedia: “while most of the original steampunk works had a historical setting, later works would often place steampunk elements in a fantasy world with little relation to any specific historical era. Historical steampunk tends to be more “science fictional:” presenting an alternate history; real locales and persons from history with different technology. Fantasy-world steampunk […], on the other hand, presents steampunk in a completely imaginary fantasy realm, often populated by legendary creatures coexisting with steam-era or anachronistic technologies.”
Accessories are important, and they should contain some kind of clockwork mechanism, be self-designed and home made, but esthetically pleasing. As steampunks are always looking for adventure, goggles, gas masks, carrier bags and compasses are crucial, and one should always have some mode of transportation available.
And of course, no lady leaves her house without a hat….
Too dependent on modern technology to fully commit to the steampunk lifestyle, you say? No problem! Steampunks are nothing if not inventive, and modern gadgets can be ingeniously adapted.
Steampunk is also well represented in films and television. Famous examples include The City of Lost Children (1995), Wild Wild West (1999), Metropolis (2001), Vidocq (2001), A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) The Prestige (2006), The Golden Compass (2007), and Sherlock Holmes (2009). There are also clear steampunk elements to Doctor Who (1963-), particularly with some of the doctors (the most recent TARDIS is very steampunk indeed). And let’s not forget the steampunk Dalek…
Now, let’s check out some lovely steampunk clothes and outfits, shall we?
So sports aren’t necessarily what we do most of here at Vili Flik, but despite that this is going to be a post about bicycles. Vintage bicycles, mind you, we have no tolerance for the new hip tightswearing bicycle crowd who just happen to combine their workout with a trip to the mall. Fail. But, a lot of fashionable people ride bicycles too, and in impeccable outfits no less, so let’s have a looksie on how a bike can be, no, not transportation, darling, but an accessory to accentuate your style.
Let steal some history from wikipedia: “The dandy horse was the first human means of transport to use only two wheels in tandem and was invented by the German Baron Karl von Drais. It is regarded as the forerunner of the modern bicycle and was introduced by Drais to the public in Mannheim in summer 1817 and in Paris in 1818.”
“Further innovations increased comfort and ushered in a second bicycle craze, the 1890s’ Golden Age of Bicycles.”
Yes, that is Katharine and Audrey you see above, both busy proving my point.
The subculture of Teddy Boys began in London in the 1950s and rapidly spread across the UK. The style is typified by clothes inspired by dandies of the Edwardian period, and includes drape jackets, sometimes with a velvet trim collar and pocket flaps, high waist “drainpipe” trousers, often exposing the socks, high-necked loose-collared white shirts, narrow ties and brocade waistcoats. For the feet, one preferres highly polished Oxfords, chunky brogues or suede crepe-soled shoes, and the hair is worn greased up with a quiff at the front and the sides combed back to form a “duck’s arse” at the rear.
For the Teddy Girls (or Judies) there are drape jackets, pencil skirts, hobble skirts, long plaits, rolled up jeans, flat shoes, tailored jackets with velvet collars, straw boater hats, cameo brooches, espadrilles, coolie hats and long elegant clutch bags.
The Teddy Boy has had several revivals since the 50s, not least with regard to the popularity of Rockabilly music. In 2007 The Edwardian Teddy Boy Association was formed and it continues to work for a revival of the original Teddy Boy style and ethos.
One thing that fascinates me about trends is that they seem to incorporate every aspect of our (esthetic) existence. Not only are our clothes, hairstyles or curtains dictated by trends, but everything from toothbrushes to cars are made to appeal to current esthetic tastes. This goes for book covers too, so today we shall have a look at some lovely vintage books. Enjoy!
Gingham is a kind of vintage pattern – and I think it has a summery feel, so it’s perfect for a mid-July Wednesday Vintage.
The name gingham comes from Malay and actually means striped, because in the beginning of its use (17th century) it was striped. From the mid 18th century it became more and more common for gingham to be checked rather than striped.
Have a wonderful Wednesday, people!
Ah, the seventies. A time of bell-bottoms, one-pieces, hot pants and twiggy-dresses. A time when pimps really looked like pimps. Basically: a time when people seemed to have wore whatever the hell they felt like, regardless of cut, pattern or common decency and modesty. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves, because sometimes a picture really can say more than a thousand words…
So what is my conclusion? The seventies were fun, with something for everyone. But let’s never ever bring back that male-fashion! Do you agree?
In my grandmother’s attic there are many hats. Or, there used to be, until I went on a raid… Unfortunately, I am unsure of when and where most of them are from, so this Wednesday Vintage will be me asking you to help me date the amazing collection I found. As I am convinced that all of you are brilliant, intelligent people with supreme knowledge of fashion history (why else would you hang out at our blog?), I am sure you’ll be able to help. To that end, this will be a picture-heavy post, with multiple pictures of each item (partly also because they are fabulous and well deserving of a post in their own right). I sincerely hope that some of you may be able to help me out – if you have any idea which decade any of these are from, please give some feedback in the comments section. And now for the lovelies!
Hat 9 (this is possibly an old scout uniform hat):
To reiterate, if anyone has an idea about the decade any these hats are (probably) from, it would be very much appreciated if you would leave a comment for us.
Love, Mari (with thanks to Elin for modelling her share of the beauties).
To be honest with you, our dear readers, I have to admit that I have yet to understand the difference between a Twiggy Dress and a Scooter Dress. All I know is that they are both fabulous, and look kind of alike. So, even though I’ve titled this Wednesday Vintage post “The Twiggy Dress,” some of the pictures may be of a Scooter dress. I beg that you forgive my ignorance, and should you, o Wise Reader, happen to know what separates these two equally magnificent kinds of dresses, then please, do not hesistate to share your knowledge with us.
The name Twiggy dress comes from the clothes line the English supermodel Twiggy Hornby (1949 – ) launched in 1966. The dresses are short and often with some sort of awesome pattern.
Whatever the proper name for these dresses – Twiggy, scooter, or simply mini – at least we can all agree that they are awesomely cool and fabulous.
Today’s vintage is all about the pin-ups. The name stems from the fact that these pictures were originally cut from magazines, post cards and newspapers, and where as such meant for “informal display”; that is, to be pinned up on the wall. The term was first attested to English in 1941, put the practice dates back to at least the 1890s.
Pin-ups are photographs or drawings of sexy models and celebrities, showing swimwear or underwear. They often incorporate humor, and most of the pictures seem to be telling a story (albeit not necessarily a very deep one). There is a sense of playful innocence to the pictures, at least in this day and age where nothing is secret anymore, which is why I like them. Also, there’s some good clothing to be seen.
Here are a few more pin-ups for you to enjoy:
Yesterday’s celebrations and lovely outfits served as the inspiration for today’s vintage: the waistcoat – also known as the vest.
As far as I’m concerned, no suit is complete without one of these. And they’ve been fashionable for a very long time. In fact, it was introduced in Britain in the 1600s by king Charles II, although they were inspired by Persian clothes. For once, a member of a royal family was not only innovative, but also very stylish. (Sadly, this no longer seems to be the case in any monarchy…)
Since then, the waistcoat has managed to stay in fashion, and they come in all different colours and patterns. Most of them are singlebreasted and without lapels, but there are exceptions to this. Let’s take a look!
Staying true to the Vili Flik philosophy: always end on tartan and polkadots!
Let’s talk patterns. Favorite patterns. My favorite, the simple yet stylish and awesome polka dots, is not exactly the best kept secret ever. I tend to shout it from the rooftops whenever I can, and it’s actually reached the point where I have to restrain myself not to buy more polka dottie stuff. (which isn’t working at all, btw.) Anyway, I think this fabulous pattern deserves its very own vintage post.
Did you know that the term polka dots was first used (that we know of) in 1871? Talk about vintage. The pattern became fashionable around the same time as polka became very popular (the dance we all know and love to make fun of), and that’s why it got it’s name.
The wonderful Carolina Herrera gave the polka dot pattern a comeback in the late 1980s, and it had another one around 2006. It’s just lovely, and so versatile!
See? Everything gets better if you just add some dots!
“It’s a life, it’s a style, it’s a need, it’s Burlesque”
Thus goes the song, and we here at Vili Flik can’t help but agree. Burlesque is stylish, and we certainly feel a need for it (although we must admit we haven’t quite adopted the life..).
Now, I feel the need to specify that we are dealing with the so-called neo-burlesque here: this is derived from the American burlesque popular from around the 1860s, and features song, dance and striptease – though not always taken to extremes.
Most burlesque-acts today are based on the relatively simple concept of women in sexy clothes (and I use the word “clothes” in the loosest sense) who dance and sing – usually jazz-inspired numbers.
Corsets, feathers, diamonds, pearls, high heals, long gloves and tassles are common ingredients, and the women look smashing indeed!
One of the most famous burlesque-dancers of all times was the wonderful Lili St. Cyr (1918-99) who, during the 1940s and ’50s did such acts as “The Wolf Woman”, “Afternoon of a Faun”, “The Ballet Dancer”, “In a Persian Harem”, “The Chinese Virgin” and “Suicide”.
Famous contemporary acts include the Pussycat Dolls. Yes, they started as a burlesque group before they decided to go all pop on us, which almost makes them OK. But just almost… Now, if only they’d do some good music…
Their burlesque roots are still evident in their style.
The most famous contemporary burlesque performer must still be the very stylish and sensual Dita von Teese.
Not only does she have fabulous costumes onstage, her off-stage style is also inspired by burlesque. Do a google images-search and you’ll see what I mean.
Now, I will leave you with a last photo of the wonderful Ms Teese and some strategically placed feathers. Enjoy!
Today’s vintage is going to be about the practical little thingys we use to move about: Cars.
Now, to be honest, I don’t really know too much about cars – I don’t even have a driver’s licence. But I think of cars as an accessorie (in a perfect world where I’m a billionaire), you should have one to go with basically every outfit. Let’s take a look at some goodies, shall we?
Have you seen Funny Face? You should. Anyway, in this movie, Mrs. Prescott and what’s his name, the guy played by Fred Astaire, has a car something like this one when they’re pretending to be all interested in empathicalism. It’s wonderful.
And of course we’re gonna need a little bit of pattern, too
I am of course heartbroken not to have found a vintage polka dotty car, but, I will leave you with this little colorful goodie, to cheer us all up.
Today’s topic is strictly speaking not proper vintage, however, it is very much vintage-inspired, lovely and I-need-that-able.
I speak of course of the fabulous web store Gentleman’s Emporium, found here: http://www.gentlemansemporium.com/gentlemans.php
Have no worries, ladies, they do sell women’s clothes as well! Wonderful, wonderful Victorian clothes! They have hoop skirts and corsets and beachwear and accessories and everything your heart can desire.
Unfortunately they do not approve of others spreading there pictures, so I recommend that you pop by there right now!
…Do you want? Me too!
My plan for this Wednesday Vintage was basically to introduce you to one of the great dressers of yore, American novelist Edith Wharton (1862-1937). However, as I scoured the internet for pictures of her, not many was to be found. So, I had to broaden my concept, and decided that this Vintage day should be about the 1910s – a period often overlooked, I feel, but with great stuff for both inspiration and emulation.
And that’s sadly all I could find of Edith, except for portraits and stuff. But who cares about portraits? Clothes, people. That’s what we want. I would like to take this opportunity to tell you, though, that there are some cool pictures in Edith’s memoir, A Backward Glance, which are a good reason in themselves to check out the book at your nearest library. And, of course, once you’ve already borrowed it, you might as well read it too.
I degress. Back to the clothes of the 1910s. Ready?
Kind of makes you long for some glamour, doesn’t it?
For this Wednesday Vintage I would like to draw your attention to one of the internet’s most wonderful vintage webstore’s: Posh Girl Vintage. This is a family owned store run by people with a passion for quality vintage clothing.
To quote their webpage: “After shopping on-line myself for vintage clothing I realized what I wanted was not on the web. I found either dirty thrift store quality clothes with really poorly designed websites, or really expensive museum quality clothing. So I set out to build Posh Girl Vintage clothing store. My goal was to build an on-line store that was modern & easy to use with clear pretty photos &, of course, to sell great unique wearable quality vintage clothing, designer clothing, & accessories at a fair price… neither too cheap, nor too expensive. I have a bit of an obsession with really pretty vintage dresses, especially informal vintage wedding dresses so my site reflects that. We sell vintage clothing from the 1920’s to the 1970’s, and a few pieces from the 80’s that are really cute. The 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s are our favorite decades! Formal & cocktail gowns, and vintage prom dresses are also our specialty.”
Sounds pretty good, non?
You can find the store here: www.poshgirlvintage.com
And here is a collection of what they have to offer:
Here at Vili Flik, we are eagerly awaiting spring and the chance to wear the shoes and dresses we love – something that can be hard to do when it’s cold and windy, and the streets are covered with ice. High heels and ice are a combination only to be attempted by the exceedingly brave. Or impossibly stupid. Spring also has the added benefit of allowing us to wear wonderful thin tights without freezing our lovely behinds off. And tights can be an amazing accessory to any scrumptious outfit.
Tights have been around for centuries, but they were originally a garment for the male population.
We’re kind of glad that trend has passed…
Tights for women only became popular in the 20th century when women could finally show some leg – and the invention of nylon in 1939 meant that prices fell and tights, or usually stockings, became a must for every woman.The lovely and sexy stockings with seams down the back probably stem from this time, as each stocking had to be sown together – they were not made seamlessly the way they are now. This became such a staple look that, as I’m sure we’ve all heard, during the war, when nylon was used for more practical, war-like things than women’s fashion (as if something could ever be more important than that!), women often drew a stripe down their leg to imitate tights.
The seamless look came later, when the technique with which to make it had been perfected.
In the 1960s, lycra was added to the fabric, which made it stretchy and more comfortable to wear. It was also about this time that tights took over much of the market from stockings. And from then on, tights have come in all shapes and patterns. Let’s take a look at some lovely ones, shall we!
Hello dearies! Today’s Wednesday Vintage is going to be all nice and fine and good pictures. Of vintage record covers that is. I find that some of these supercool old covers can inspire great style, both in clothing, hair styles, decorating, accessorising, and just plain (and by plain I mean scrumptous) living. (Of course some of them are simply fun). Enjoy the photos and get some ideas!
Yes, we have finally reached March, the first official month of spring, and what better way to celebrate than to start planning this year’s beach outfits?
Now, as you may have noticed, we here at Vili Flik tend to prefer the aesthetics of the good old days. Things seemed to have a bit more class and elegance back then, while still being sexy/glamorous/alluring or however you wish to be perceived. This is true also for swimwear, which is the topic of today’s vintage.
Way back when, or at least up until the mid-1600s people usually swam in the nude, then they realized how indecent this was and opted for the complete opposite: full body coverage.
As time went by, the garments shrunk and became more figure-hugging, (something that opened up for glamour-photography. Isn’t it lovely how everything is connected?) and resulted in the itsy bitsy teeny weenie bikinis we see by the poolside today. By the way, did you know that the bikini is named after Bikini Atoll, a site for several nuclear weapon tests, because of their alleged explosive effect on the viewer?
But enough talk! Let’s look at the goodies:
The number one accessory to the swimsuit is of course the swim cap. Here are some classics:
Looking forward to summer? Well, then let me draw your attention to the walk of shame that is men’s swimwear:
If this didn’t make you long for summer, I don’t know what will.