Behind the scenes action of DANNIJO sisters styling and profiling their capsule collection for Shop Manhattan Vintage. Photographer Zandy Mangold.
Everywhere today, from the runway to the street, this technique of exposing skin through fabric that started over 100 years ago, is having a resurgance. Starting in the Victorian era as handmade art that was meant to be sexy as well as sophisticated; lace, crochet, and macrame is one of fashions most enduring styles. Our intent with 'Exposed' is to show how the technique has remained through decade after decade of new trends. And who better to help show off the collection than Laura McLaws Helms, a fashion historian and avid vintage collector, who has an amazing way of making classic styles look current. The collection will be available to view and purchase online starting April 3rd, and exhibited along with Laura's self-portaits at the show April 19th & 20th.
The amazingly fast and stylish Natalie Joos swooped through the latest Manhattan Vintage Show, with rolling rack in hand, to curate the first collection of our newest series of online sales called "Shopping the Manhattan Vintage Show with..." Her picks are not only eclectic and cool but also completely of the moment. An amazing and affordable way to add timeless vintage pieces to your own collection. Also check out her blog, Tales of Endearment, to see how she has styled these items together in perfectly unpredictable ways.
Photos by Elina Simonen.
After working as an assistant in the art department at Mademoiselle Betsey Johnson was hired as one of the designers for the popular Paraphernalia boutique in 1965. In the following years her designs were worn by style setters such as actresses Julie Christie and Brigitte Bardot, model Twiggy, and Edie Sedgwick.
Betsey spent 5 years at Paraphernalia, and she recalls that during that phase of her life, she had free reign to design whatever it was that she liked.
From 1970-1974 Betsey Johnson designed for Alley Cat, a junior sportswear company. She had full creative control, designing everything from the textiles used in her designs to the accompanying shoes. Like her clientele, Johnson was aware that strict fashion rules had fallen by the wayside in favor of a more eclectic approach to fashion.
In 1978, revived by the punk movement, Betsey Johnson partnered with ex-model Chantal Bacon, whom she met while designing children’s clothes in 1975, to start their own company, the Betsey Johnson label.