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.
Betsey would hit nightclubs with Andy Warhol and then-boyfriend John Cale of the Velvet Underground. She starting outfitting the members of the band, and started wearing her designs herself regularly. In fact, when she went to City Hall with John Cale for their nuptials, she wore a crushed-velvet pantsuit, and the officials at City Hall turned her away for wearing pants! That did not deter Ms. Johnson from her plan to wed, as she returned to City Hall wearing the shortest mini-skirt she could find – this served as an “F you” to the officials there. Regardless of negative criticism, she never compromised her wild style. Betsey says, about designing for the Velvet Underground: “I always made John his black canvas suits with big hunks of ruffles and bows coming out, which were gorgeous. And Lou [Reed] wanted his crotch to be big, so I would always cut him a crotch.” (WWD, 2008).
Text from MISS by gabriella
Photographs by Billy Name from All Tomorrow's Parties
Another photo shoot in the quaint Williamsburg studio of photographer Zandy Mangold for our upcoming shows exhibition featuring vintage Betsey Johnson. Model is Thais Oliveira from Ford Models, and the hair and makeup was done by Michiko Boorberg. Here are a few quick shots of the scene but the real photographs will be coming soon so stay tuned...