Gems From Retronaut and Reblogging

Some, well, interesting photos reblogged from my all-time FAV! Retronaut. These 1950’s and 60’s specimens where um err… not only uncomfortable looking poses are modeled but they are compounded by the presence of odd props…take a lookie lookie…

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Note the…I can’t even caption this! Ahhh this brush is so soft I’ll take a picture in my nightgown…um…ok?

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Or this …Let’s use pretty much everything in the studio and be sure to crank your neck so you look like you may fall off the ladder and remember, smile 🙂

You know I saw this stellar blog post and I really wanted to share it with you but then I had this pang of guilt, is it ok to reblog? Do people do this regularly…I think so, but I don’t want to be hated by those I dearly love, follow, admire . So you know what I did? I googled it, yep , I entered “Is it kosher to reblog?” right in that little white box and of course google didn’t answer my question, it got all caught up on the word “kosher”! Like nobody uses kosher except in the context of Jewish culture ! Then rabbit trail of of gold paved trails! I found this blog post, it answered the question of all questions, it was the quintessential google search outcome of all outcomes “Are Unicorns Kosher?” well here is the answer…

Unicorns are kosher. There was an actual talmudic debate and the current consensus is that unicorns are kosher. There is no conclusion to this paragraph, I just wanted to announce that I belong to a religion whose clergy members thought it was important to decide whether or not we could eat unicorns and then concluded that yes, yes we could, as long as the meat is drained of blood and not eaten with dairy.

reblogged you’re welcome.

Vintage Terror: East Germany 1950 – 1989

Photos by Daniel and Geo Fuchs show the East German Secret Police compound or Stasi Facility. It’s like looking into a nightmare. The yellow vinyl chairs and sterile atmosphere, I can just imagine the florescent light flickering as a man with a bloodied nose and ragged clothing sits in a corner of a concrete cell.

I once read a series of memoirs published about living under the iron curtain in East Germany the book was called Stasiland (http://www.amazon.com/Stasiland-Stories-Behind-Berlin-Wall/dp/0062077325 ) These photos bring all that to life.

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From Wired : http://www.wired.com/2014/09/eerie-architecture-east-germanys-secret-police/#slide-id-1566153

Krupa and Rich

Krupa and Rich

Unabashedly the most amazing album I ever invested $4 in. Look at those two, side by side, play’n drums in their amazing waist high pants socks show’n they’re a 50’s dream. Collared shirts obviously hyper color due to the fact this photo was probs in black and white and colored over. I like it that way the “vintage” feel (imagine that) .

One of them is even smiling while he plays, why wouldn’t he be!!! Watching someone talk about or perform their passion, well it’s flat out intoxicating. Apparently this album was a 1956 acoustic jazz classic, Dizzy Gillespie even makes a cameo! It looks the part, I found it wedged against martini glasses on a mid-century modern bar display at Father and Son in Downtown Raleigh. I had no idea what greatness, yes greatness I was about to hear.

I’m listening now bobbing my head. Each time a solo ends and the horns come in I imagine myself in another place. Some time and location I’ve only heard about or something alluded to in movies. A smokey bar with velvet curtain backdrop and a low stage with yellow lights all else fades into blue smoke. A semi put together band consisting of the best of the best from all around rightly friends. Each dressed to the 9’s in their suites playing away. This was a live recording though, in a studio, someone randomly shouts out”yay!” like it’s almost a club where the woman have bouffant hair and long cigarettes stained with red red lipstick.  what really awesome things were happening in Kansas City, Detroit, and New Orleans? You know how in the holodeck on TNG they get the opportunity to go back in time? 1890’s England for Data or the 1940’s Noir Mystery for Jean Luc …you now know where I’m going with this…and I’ve now lost all credibility by referencing Star Trek Next Generation (not even the original Star Trek where fashion was semi 1960’s…oh man the outfits they put on Diana Troy shriek!) Returning to the Jazz Drummers of 56′, it’s amazing, full of energy and style, I would love to have been there witnessing this masterpiece and unadulterated fun. But now, alas the record player clicks it’s sorrowful finale and all is slowing down…I must finish my glass of wine and retire for bed, brass and beats still swig’n away up there somewhere.

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From The Selvedge Yard (one of my favorite reads)

http://selvedgeyard.com/2014/06/24/busty-betty-brosmer-pinup-phenom-1950s-covergirl-queen/

Some photos of the lady

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The coloring in the photo below is classic. Such a feminine display of pastel and delicate sheer fabric. Note the night shawl, aqua is hawt, among other things in this photo .

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That Waist! measurements 38″-18″-36″…actually the more I think about it’s alien to me…she looks like she’ll just break in half…amaze! Love the strong brow!

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I bet she had to have her clothes tailored…but then again I think everyone in the 1950’s had their clothes made specifically for them..like the dress shop in West Side Story, seriously that would be awesome.betty-brosmer-kitchen

This was her husband Joe Weider

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Ahahah! Just Kidding! Here he is..Joe was a body builder…go figure.

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Qipao! That’s a Hot Asian Dress!

The Qipao or Cheongsam dominates today’s study


From chinatoday.com, I don’t’ think I could have written it better (smirk)

Qipao

As a traditional Chinese dress. Qipao is like a wonderful blossom in China’s bright-colored fashion scene. Because of its unique charm, many women wear it to show their special grace.

The history of Qipao
In the early 17th century in North China, Nurhachi, set up the Eight
Banner System. Later he led his troops into Beijing and overthrew the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). After years, a collarless tube-shaped gown was well developed, which was worn by both genders. This is the early version of the Qipao. It became kind of popular among the royal palace of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) to show the Manchu nobility.

Most of them were made of silk, and embroidered, with thick laces trimmed at the collar, sleeves and edges. The dress empresses of past dynasties wore them. Their style of dress was noted as the highest of standards for Chinese women
for several thousand years.

Qipao characterize Chinese women’s modesty, softness and beauty. Like Chinese women’s personality.

Like many fashions, the beauty of Qipao stands away from others.
Stunning is one of its features from the collar, loop, chest, waist
and hips to the lower hem. Qipao completely shows off a woman’s figure. Not only does it lay stress on the natural beauty of a female figure, but also makes women’s legs appear more slender.


I don’t know where the inspiration came from to purchase a Qipao or before I knew the real name I called it a Chinese style dress. I was looking through etsy and came across this one. So highly stylized but I liked it the moment I saw it. It would be mine..oh yes, it would be mine.

I felt a little strange like I did when I bought the nautical one, will I be in costume?  I don’t normally go with “themes” just what looks good on me. Maybe I was seeing them in the vintage shops and thought, wow that would really hug my curves…I like it . Bodycon and mini skirts usually look good on me because of the curves so I stick with that, ladies we got to work with what we’re given.

And I’m not going to lie, I was kinda interested in this guy awhile back who dug Asia and the cultures. I thought, what the hey? He’ll probably think it’s hot… and he did. Alright

Totally irrelevant story time! yay!

The night  he saw me wearing this dress he blurting out “That Dress!”, by which I laughed and said, “Oh you like it?”. Somewhat reminiscent of It’s A Wonderful Life where Violet responds to George’s compliment, “What?, this old thing!, I only wear it when I don’t care how I look.” It never came to anything except a fabulous dress so for that I’m grateful. Qipao you have done no wrong you sexy beast 😉

Back to the topic! I think I was also drawn to the use of color. Vibrant flowers with the shocking black background! Yess!! And how classic the look is. I guess from reading some things on the Qipao that it’s peak was the 1940’s and was worn internationally, it’s had some revivals in the 60’s and 70’s some in the early 1990’s and early 2000’s. I modernized my 70’s piece by turning it into a mini (note the part above about working one’s assets) it was maxi length with a thigh high slit on the left side. This one also has the traditional toggle closures and high neck with capped sleeves.

The Qipao reminds me of soft airbrushed photos from the 1940’s where ladies dress in embroidered silk to the neck, bright beguiling lip shades and  glossy black  perfectly rollered hair frames porcelain faces.

I love these photos of actress Li Lhua and Clark Gable circa 1954…note the Qipao! And her glasses! I want!

Clark and Li Lhua

Clark and Li Lhua

 

 

And some other celebs from the late 90’s to early 2000’s that defiantly pulled it off better than me…

Nicole Kidman from the film Australia

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Liv Tyler post Crazy music video

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Katy Perry circa 2011

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And who could forget Paris Hilton ahaha!

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More to satisfy your curiosity:

http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/asia-pacific/chinas-qipao-in-fashion-revival-as-women-cling-to-traditions

http://traditions.cultural-china.com/en/215Traditions11532.html

Props to Mehreen for the photo, you’re so fancy!

Time After Time: 80’s Does the 50’s

The 50’s were snappy and who wouldn’t dig the far out 60’s ? But where totally awesome meets way cool would have to be 80’s does the 50’s. Yes, I’m a product of the 80’s which could possibly incline me towards a personal bias and perhaps a tad bit of nostalgia. But don’t worry reader, I wont start boring you with  Teddy Ruxpin stories or  how much better things were under Ronald Reagan ahahaha !

No no, here I will digest what I find to be the very best of that radical fusion!

THE FASHION:

The fashion of the 50’s is mainly in solid colors pastels and Crinoline dresses along with the slim tie and greased hair for the gents. I have a selected a few fellas and dolls that really hold it all together 😀

The Duckman!

I name The:  80’s fashion icon!

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(Note the greased hair and blazer reminiscent of the sleek suited mad men, however 80’s spin, cotton tee underneath button up shirt with popped color, though you cant see it, he has on black high water slacks and white socks and Creepers.

Let’s take a moment to talk about Creepers, they are loafer inspired almost Dr. Marten’s thickness of sole 80’s to the max. Duckie does them a service in his dancing…The Creepers!

and AND he’s wearing a brooch! a brooch (lil’ gender bend) I LOVE IT!!!!!

Duckie sings Otis Redding!!! (This post is a total indulgence! on my part, is it ok to be completely obsessed with your own post, like I just can’t get enough…thank you Depeche Mode, I could just go on and on!)

Here’s the video:

BOWIE

The slick pastel suit, the undone polka dot tie and I’m sure he’s wearing a pair of sleek saddle shoes or shiny patented loafers. 80’s Bowie you will always be my first love!

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Bowie’s Modern Love from the 1983 album Let’s Dance is the 80’s does the 50’s  anthem, understated, pop fun and super cheesy this song has it all. (side note: adolescent Cara would blast this snap her fingers to the side and “skillfully” recreate Bowie glory , I am a lip sync master 😉  ♪♫ I know when to go out…and when to stay in ♫ I get things done ♪ ♫

 

Let’s move on to the Ladies:

This genre saw a mix of  high wasted skirts shoulder sloping v-necklines and strapless bodices amid the wide midi puffy skirts. Bold pastels and busy light colored prints against dark backgrounds were on the palate. the 80’s awoke the animal inside! Leopard, cheetah and zebra prints reign supreme. Did I mention lace, yes? lots of lace. Madonna ran with the idea especially picking up on the delicate and functional finger-less gloves.

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Hair was big! BIG! but the bob was more important than the beehive, unless you were a part of the B 52’s 😉 Accessories were bold and numerous, continuously layered, it was kind of ridiculous, but I do enjoy the large plastic button earrings and bangle bracelets. You can find them everywhere and they are a must have! So many colors and sooo super cute!

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Classic use of 1980’s go 50’s, is the dress Kathleen Turner wears to her high school reunion in the 1986 Peggy Sue Got Married. A metallic ruffled party dress, complete with metal belt. First of all Metallic Fabrics yikes! But the way the designers modernized the 50’s look is interesting.

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They drop the waist but keep the figure of the 50’s silhouette by maintaining a form fitting bodice and adding a belt. Also the ruffles blend in the country square dance thing that went around in the late 50’s . This is  a really fun fantasy film as well as being directed by Francis Ford Coppola it had to be a gem.

Since I continue to list movies lets look at a few other favorites.

THE MOVIES:

Little Shop of Horrors! Audrey is AMAZE, how small is Ellen Greene’s waist!

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Love love love the cheetah print wiggle dress and heels! Adorbs!!

The Outsiders…a little bit of jean, a whole lot of hunk 😉

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Nothing says summer and the 80’s like Dirty Dancing!

Pastel pinked, jorts, white ked’s Yay!

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And por final, a bit of kitsch…

Nicole I think this was hanging in your room in middle school/high school ha ha!

Enjoy!

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Making new friends with vintage fashion

Today, I was delightfully befriended by a young man  hanging out in my nail salon. Jesse, a slight of figure, full of flavor twenty something sat beside me and our conversation went something like this.

Jesse:  When I saw you walk in I thought, wow she has great style

Me: Why thank you I was thinking the same

(Note Jesse was wearing a handsome ensemble of black spade and hearts pattern sweater and crop dress slacks, his hair greased and edged into the perfect bouffant )

Jesse: Where did you get your dress, did you make it?

Me: No, I wish but I know my measurements so it makes it easy to find vintage on esty.com and in the  shops. I can hold a dress up and know that it will fit me by eyeing it.

Jesse: well it looks like it was made for you.

Me: Are you in school?

Jesse: Yes, I study women’s fashion design in San Francisco and you don’t see alot of people walking around here with your level of fashion.

Me: (blush) Wow! Thanks,  you’re a cool dude too.

We talked more about what he likes to read (industry standard) and he showed me some of the dresses he’s working on, inspired by marine life, all organic and flowing, dresses made with lots of wool fiber wrapping at the neck and draping over the female form like jelly fish tentacles.

Thank you polyblend pepto pink  60’s mini, you are the dress that keeps on giving!

(Props to Shiv Nelson for the photo!)