Sunday, January 31, 2016

Lunch with Luciano

Wearing a sophisticated suit ensemble, American film diva Madra Lord arrived at the elegant St. George Hotel in Rome for lunch with famed Italian film director Luciano Emmer.  "Bellissima, my darling!"  Luciano exclaimed.

Miss Madra Lord
"Lunch with Luciano" features a beautifully detailed mustard and black checked, double-breasted jacket with tuxedo "tails"; slim black skirt, black gloves, and drop earrings. The original cream scarf is replaced with the lace blouse from Ashton Drake's "Hello Hollywood Hello" costume. A dramatic black feathered hat, "charm" bracelet (both from The Couture Touch), and black fur muff from Ashton Drake complete the stylish ensemble. And of course, every star needs a glamorous pair of sunglasses. (From Horsman's Vita Collection).

Photo courtesy Sandra Stillwell Presents....
Inspired by this circa 1950's suit ensemble from the House of Fontana, Sandra Stillwell created "Lunch with Luciano" exclusively for her 2015 Bellissima Italian Style!! event.

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This versatile jacket style can go from daytime chic to evening elegance as illustrated on this circa 1940's Vogue Couturier Pattern envelope.

So after a successful lunch with Luciano....what better way to spend the remainder of the day?  Why shopping, of course!  


Black Widow Madra Lord (enhanced with an Integrity body) is from Ashton Drake.
Photography backdrops are from

Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Sophisticated Shirtwaist

Impeccably Cut....Magnificently Accessorized.....

Madra Lord knows a thing or two about accessorizing! She pairs the phenomenal "Reading for Rossellini", a dotted shirtwaist-style dress from Sandra Stillwell's Bellissima, Italian Style! event, with the delightful hat and purse from Ashton Drake's "Lucky Stripe" costume. Gloves are from Integrity. "Spotted in Manhattan" Madra Lord is from Mel Odom and JamieShow.

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The iconic shirtwaist was one of the most popular and successful dress styles in the 1950's. Originally called the "shirtmaker" dress, it was introduced and advertised by Best & Company in New York City in 1926. The shirtwaist is a two-piece dress, stitched together at the waistline. The traditional shirtwaist borrows details from a man's shirt, however there were many variations. Shirtwaist dresses were often made up in crisp fabrics such as cotton or silk, much like a men's shirt would be. The 50's version featured a full, billowy skirt with a wasp-like waist. Women found the style easy-to-wear and flattering to most figures. It easily went from the market at eight, to lunch with the girls at noon, to a bridge party at four with just a change of accessories.

A knitted shirtwaist from a pattern courtesy

Photo courtesy The Nifty Fifties.

Dovima on the cover of Harper's Bazaar, February 1952.
Photo courtesy D.Tarantula.

An early Fashion Royalty wears a classic yellow shirtwaist from Bogue's Vogues. 
Hat and purse are from Mattel. 

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Color and Design in Apparel by Bernice Chambers. Prentice-Hall, Inc.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!

Sari Maritza, circa 1930's.
Photo courtesy Sheris-Musings.

Monday, December 28, 2015

What Will the Stars Wear...

to those New Year's Eve festivities? Whether celebrating at home or out on the town, you can be sure our favorite stars will be attired in glamorous style!

Claudette Colbert, circa 1939.
Photo courtesy Vintage Everyday

Madra Lord, circa 1940's. The jacket & halter from Ashton Drake's "Song of Spain" ensemble
is layered over the under-dress from Integrity's "Dream Sequence" costume.
 Jewels are from Ashton Drake.

Irene Dunne, circa 1940's. Photo courtesy

Eva Peron, circa 1940's. Photo courtesy

Rita Hayworth, circa 1940's. 

Susan Hayward, circa 1940's. Photo courtesy

Jane Wyman, circa 1940's. Photo courtesy

Let the New Year's Festivities begin!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Pincushion Dolls

Hertwig Art Deco half-doll pincushion.
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China half-dolls, also referred to as pincushion dolls, are not really dolls at all. These delightfully coquettish figures often adorned dressing tables as merely decorative objects of desire as early as the 1900's through the 1930's.  The best quality came from Germany and were intended to top utilitarian objects such as powder boxes, perfume bottles, and of course pincushions. Glazed china legs with painted gold slippers were sold separately to be sewn onto a pincushion underneath the dolls skirt.

Spectacular Art Deco half-doll with attached legs courtesy

A wonderful German 1920's flapper pincushion doll..
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A Dressel & Kister porcelain half-doll based on a portrait of Mme. Mole Raymond
by Vigee-Lebrun, which hangs in the Louvre, Paris. Photo courtesy

An Art Deco half-doll from my personal collection. Her original skirt was replaced
utilizing a satin dress from Integrity.

A German porcelain "Pierrot" half-doll.
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A fabulous Marie Antoinette German half-doll.
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Phoenix Gene Marshall looks perfectly divine as a half-doll.
Don't worry, her legs are still attached, hidden beneath the vintage fur muff.
Top and hat were borrowed from Madra's "So Evil My Love" ensemble.

Bibliography: China Half-Figures called Pincushion Dolls by Frieda Marion, J. Palmer Publishers.

Phoenix Gene Marshall doll is from Mel Odom and JamieShow.

1920's Japanese porcelain pincushion doll.
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Thursday, December 3, 2015

An Inspired Holiday: Vintage Window Displays

From a mannequins perspective. 1940's Life photo of a NYC Fifth Avenue
fashion store window display. Courtesy Greg Beam/inuwindows &

A fabulous Christmas window from Wertheim Department Store, Berlin, circa 1925.
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A delightfully cozy Holiday window from Sibley Department Store in Rochester, NY, circa 1940.
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Simple yet elegant window from Daytons in Minneapolis, circa 1959.
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A festive idea for decorating your mannequin for the Holidays.
Oscar de la Renta window photo courtesy

A marvelous millinery shop window in Newcastle, England, circa 1947.
Hollywood Fashion Limited Milliners photo courtesy