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Some of the vintage clothing I have collected.
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Fortuny Black Delphos Dress
Italian, 1920s-1930s

Sleeveless, with tan Venetian glass beads on shoulders and down sides, silk stenciled belt, selvage and belt labeled: Fortuny/Made In Italy/Depose.

Mariano Fortuny is remembered as a Renaissance man, for his versatile mosaic of talents, but particularly for his mastery in his textiles and garments.  His first textile/garment, called the Knossos scarf, was made in 1906.  Foolowing in 1907 was the Delphos gown, a columnar dress of finely pleated thin silk satin hand-dyed in every imaginable shade.

The early Delphos gowns had short bat-wing sleeves, laced along their tops.  Because of the elastic quality of the pleating, Fortuny weighted his dresses by sewing cords strung with hand-blown Venetian glass beads down the sides.  To keep their pleats, the dresses were twisted like skeins of yarn and packed in a small cream-colored box.

The tiny pleats remain a subject of discussion even though ...

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Eisenberg plaid dress.

Wonderful Eisenberg Original long dress in plaid cotton with shawl collar and floral bouquet.

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Back of Eisenberg dress.

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Eisenberg Original blue wool dress with black Bakelite buttons.

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Back showing how buttons are on pockets.

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Schiaparelli Couture Navy Taffeta Two-Piece Evening Dress

French, circa 1950
Comprising skirt with asymmetrical side drape hem, strapless bodice with pleated stand away bustline and attached asymmetrical winged peplum overskirt, size 4, labeled: Schiaparelli/21place vendome/Paris.
Excellent condition.

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Norell Silk Pant Ensemble and Wool Jacket

American, 1960s
The first of navy and dove gray diamond patterned silk, comprising palazzo pants, long sleeved buttoned mandarin collar shirt tunic with tie belt and sleeveless floor length coat, size 6, tape label: Deborah 400; the second of box form with single button, ecru wool twill, with cuffs and three patch pockets trimmed in parallel rows of navy, size 6, labeled: Norman Norell/New York.

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Travilla Fan Pleated Gown

American, 1970s
The ivory silk fan pleated columnar gown gathered at cleavage, halter neck, size 6-8, labeled: Travilla.

Travilla was a Hollywood costume designer best known for designing Marilyn Monroe's outfits, including her most famous dress from the 1955 movie The Seven Year Itch, of which this dress is a longer version.

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Givenchy Black Velvet Evening Gown

French, 1980s
The narrow skirt with V-neck empire bodice, the long fitted sleeves appliqued with gold satin panels ruched at the shoulders, embroidered with black sequins and faceted beads and edged with black braid, size 4-6, labeled: Givenchy/Made in France.

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Moschino Black Sequined Motorcycle Style Jacket

Italian, 1980s
Embroidered overall with vertically overlapping sequins, trimmed with zipper pockets and side closure, size 6, labeled: Moschino Couture.

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Irene suit and jacket.

American, late 1940s
The first of black wool, the fitted hip length jacket with high molded neckline, asymmetrical front notched closure of three rectangular flaps buttoning on alternate sides, matching slender unlined knee length skirt, size 6, labeled: Irene, the second a jacket of black faille crepe with side panel seaming, asymmetrical collar, shawl on left side overlapping revere accented with bound curved slash, revere on right side, curved flap over both hips, curved turn back cuffs, size 8, labeled: Irene.

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Pauline Trigere black velvet late day dress.  

American, 1947
Sleeveless princess seam dress with low square neckline flaring dramatically at mid thigh, flounce hem lined with silk faille, size 8, labeled: Trigere/MU 1947.

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Trigere label

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Halston black and white polka dot dress.  

American, 1970s
Of creme chenille dotted black cotton voile, sleeveless bodice with graduated ruffle all around neckline, flared skirt with curved surplice closing with continuous graduated ruffle short at front long at back with attached self sash bow tied, size 6, labeled: Halston.

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Dolce and Gabbana leather motor racing jacket.

Italian, 1990s
Waisted with band neck, white leather yoke and sleeve sides, red body with yellow, white and black applique motor racing style motifs, zipper closure, leopard print silk lining, size 4/6, labeled: Dolce & Gabbana.

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Calvin Klein red evening gown.

American, 1990s
Of red and blue changeante taffeta, asymmetrical strapless bodice made over a foundation, only center back and left side seam, at front diagonal darts from left to center back waist, center back forming bias inverted pleats and handkerchief point hemline train, size 6, labeled: Calvin Klein Collection.

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French frou-frou dress.


Polished cotton overdress, asymetric skirt and pleated bodice, with flowers from the fabric scattered over the main dress (each with a faux pearl or bead center). Underdress of hot pink netting.

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Theirry Mugler black halter dress.

1980s or 1990s.

Black metallic mesh fabric over black liner with jade green lucite collar necklace.

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Side view of Mugler dress.

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Closeup of collar.  Necklace can be removed and worn separately.

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Giorgio di Sant'Angelo Velvet and Chiffon Evening Gown

American, 1980s
The hip length bodice of stretch black velvet, with wide gathered neckline, long sleeves, strips of the black velvet continuing into flowing skirt, alternating with double layered chiffon godets, the top blue, the underlayer green, size 6-8, labeled: Giorgio di Sant Angelo.

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Bill Blass Sequined One-Shoulder Evening Gown

The sheath sewn with overlapping shiny black sequins, the hemline diagonal, following lines of bodice, sewn with bead fringe, size 4, labeled: Bill Blass.

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Hattie Carnegie

Stunning example of the American "New Look" trend in fashion that followed WWII.  Ultra feminine, showing the definite romantic influence of the Victorian Revival in fashion of the late 1940's and early 1950's. Pure black SILk faille with a wonderful look and weight.  Wasp waist, nipped in nicely, soft rounded shoulders. FULL FULL SWING of 130" to the skirt. FANTASTIC treatment on the BIG side pockets, hand embroidery and trim of black silk braid and soutache ribbon, reminiscent of the Victorian coats and dresses with their passementerie trimmings. Lots of princess lined gores and seams for a curvy silhouette, collar can be worn up or down, and has attractive pointed ends, full length sleeves with full cut shoulders and slightly turned back small cuffs. Real abalone pearly shell buttons, fully lined in black silk sateen.

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Hattie Carnegie Black Silk Coat

Detail of front pocket.

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Hattie Carnegie Black Silk Coat -- back

CONDITION: Accepted vintage clothing standards as excellent condition.  Well stored in box, kept away from light, air and pests in a temperature controlled, smoke free home.  CLEAN and FRESH smelling and feeling, silk fabric is soft and supple, not dryed out, no splits or snags, no holes or rips in the fabric, no stains or spots.  DARK even black, underarms are perfect and clean with no damage at all, no fading, hem is excellent, no wear or damage. Really in amazingly well preserved condition.  No holes, rips, moth bites, or signs of wear, no stains or spots.

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Label from Hattie Carnegie black silk coat.

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Emilio Pucci

Short velvet jacket in shades of purple, amethyst, pink and turquoise.

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Back of Jacket.

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Schiaparelli "eyelash" hat

Surrealist hat of black wool with curled black feathers on the edge resembling eyelashes. Label: Schiaparelli Paris.  Created by Schiparelli licensee.

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Back of Schaiparelli hat.

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Side view of Schiaparelli hat.  There is a small black velvet bow below the feathers.

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Another side view.

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American 1970s or 1980s

This black evening dress by Travilla has long velvet bodice with back zip fastening. Bones in back, sides and front. Sateen corsage and layers make up the bottom half. Bodice has full lining.

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Travilla dress, side.

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Minnie Mouse fake fur coat.

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Liberty of London
c. 1942  

Black ribbed wool skirt & jacket, cuffs & mandarin collar in Persian lamb, double kick pleats in skirt, B 36", W 26", H 36", skirt L 27", size 8.

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Liberty label.

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c. 1950s

Fine black wool faille jacket & skirt, 4 amber colored plastic buttons, label: "Schiaparelli New York Paris", satin damask "S" lining, B 38", W 28", H 38", skirt L 28".

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Schiaparelli label.

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Three skirt sets
c. 1950s

All cotton prints w/ matching solid or printed blouses & coordinating belts: 1 watermelons, 1 cantelopes & limes, and 1 pianos & keys, excellent.

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Cantelopes and limes.

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Piano keys.

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Irene evening coat
c. 1950s

Warp printed silk faille, green pink & purple floral print on cream, raglan 3/4 sleeve, cream silk lining, coat L 46.5".

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Irene coat back.

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Irene label.

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Beaded bag and platform shoe set
c. 1940s

Blue carnival glass clutch label "Walborg, Belgium" w/ original tags, 4" x 11"; matching beaded navy blue suede platform & ankle-strap shoes, size 7, excellent.

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Beaded bag and platform shoes.

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Adrian suit
c. 1940s

Fine wool gabardine in a warm purplish brown, Sh-Sh 15.5", B 38", W 26", H 39", skirt L 26.5".

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Adrian suit front close-up.

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Adrian suit back.

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Adrian label.

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Chanel Blue Leather Quilted Bomber Jacket

French, 1980s

Straight yoke in back and Western in front, checkerboard quilting, bound slash pockets and midriff, drop shoulder, set in sleeve, shirt cuff and tab, zipper closure with Chanel name and address, black knit neck and waistband, gilt-metal logo buttons at cuff, quilted black charmeuse lining with handstitched chain, size 6, labeled: Chanel Boutique.
Excellent condition.

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Fred Bare Opulent Rose Hat


Of black straw densely covered overall with four inch wine red millinery roses forming a dome, iridescent silk bow at front, labeled: Fred Bare Head Wear and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Cranberry Chiffon Velvet Manteau
Possibly Schiaparelli

French, circa 1930

The controlled narrow full length cape slightly gathered front and back to an elaborate cut, padded and foliate embroidered applied yoke, each side of front an applied panel, no size, no label.

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Pumpkin and black rafia hat by Schiaparelli. Created by Schiparelli licensee.

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Side view of Schiaparelli hat.

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Schiap signature inside hat.

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Eisenberg Original

Silk velvet suit, dress and jacket from Eisenberg Original.  The dress is long, sleeveless and slim-fitting with zipper in the back with a bow at the neck. The jacket with fitted waist, button front and snaps at the cuffs. The jacket is fully lined with cream colored silk satin. Buttons are not original.

Measurements; Jacket, shoulder to shoulder 17". Bust 35". Waist 26". Length 22". Sleeve length 23". Dress, bust 35". Waist 26". Hips 36". Length 32".

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Eisenberg black velvet dress.

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Jacket from Eisenberg suit.

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Close-up of bow on Eisenberg dress.  Pin is not original.

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Callot Soeurs

Evening gown of heavy black satin.  Wonderful pleated sleeves and a white inset panel leading to a bow and train in the back.  Totally handsewn.  Label: Callot Soeurs, Paris Made in France Nouvelle Marque Depose.

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Another view, slightly lightened.

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Back of the dress.  There is an opening below the neck hook, then the entire back below the opening is hooks and snaps.

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After Five

Goddess gown in gray taffeta.  "Model" is shown wearing a Roger Jean-Pierre necklace.

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Side view showing the large fabric bow in the back.

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A cat comes to investigate the photo session.

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Close up of the top.

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Loris Azzaro

Azzaro one-shoulder black evening gown.  Top is draped and pleated crepe asymmetrically and the bottom is black sequins.  A large sequin bow is on the shoulder.  Label: Loris Azzaro Paris Made in France.

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Close-up of top of gown.

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Side view.

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Roberto Cavalli

Italian leather jeacket with handpainted designs  Main part of the jacket is black with blue sleeves and deep magenta piping.  Signed Roberto Cavalli Firenze Made in Italy.

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Back of jacket showing the design.

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Closeup of the design.  Photo is lighter than reality.

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Alfred Shaheen

Known for his superb prints, a Hawaiian gown in red cotton with white flowers.  Train has a white riboon and a hand-hold for carrying.  Signed Alfred Shaheen Honolulu.

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Another view of the Shaheen.

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Front of dress.  Neckline drapes.

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Valentino silk chiffon evening gown, c.1980-1990

The elegant evening designs of Garavani Valentino have been perennial favorites with women who appreciate his tastefully body-conscious silhouettes. Julia Roberts accepted her 2001 Oscar for her role in Erin Brockovich in a vintage Valentino black gown with white piping. Many of Roberts' fans discovered what savvy collectors had long known: high quality vintage fashion is never out of style.

Valentino has been in business since 1960 and is still going strong. His gowns are known for their elegance and opulence, combined with intricate detailing. His new creations remain popular with European royalty, American socialites, and celebrities. Now, his vintage dresses are widely collected.

This exquisite evening dress is fashioned from layers of polka dot silk chiffon over taffeta. I love the play of texture from the torso ruching and cascading ruffles. No other decoration is needed!

The inner construction il...

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French sequined lace evening dress, c.1930-1940

The fine black lace of the dress is embroidered all over with tiny polychrome sequins in shades of red, green, yellow, ivory, and bronze.

The shoulder straps and bodice trim are fashioned from black velvet. The dress is totally lined with black taffeta and closes in back with hooks and snaps.

The condition is excellent and wearable.

It measures: 36" bust, 28" waist, 40" hip, 16" from the shoulder to the waist, and 58" from the shoulder to the hem.

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Olympe French Brocade New Orleans Gown

DONATED TO FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles, CA)

2 piece black silk faile, colorfully brocaded with garden flowers, skirt en disposition with floral bouquets and gold swags, bodice with long sleeves, trimmed with multicolored and gold metallic fringe, domed enamel and glass buttons.

Label on white petersham "Olympe 154 Canal Street New Orleans"

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Olympe French Brocade New Orleans Gown

Back of gown.

Measurements: B 37" W 22.5" from skirt length 42", back length 55", hem circumference 196"

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Fringe on bodice top.

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Embroidery on skirt.

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Couture label.

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Black crepe evening gown studded with rhinestones, with front slit and bat-wing sleeves.

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Lilli Ann Navy Wool Crepe Suit
American, 1950s

The asymmetrical jacket horizontally pleated at left side of single-breasted left side closure, three diamante domed buttons, rounded collar, set in long sleeves, lined in silk crepe, slender skirt, size 8, labeled: Lilli Ann/Paris/San Francisco.
Excellent condition, waistband let out.

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Embroidered and beaded coat and dress

A navy georgette coat and dress heavily emboridered with seed bead accents in the Egyptian style.

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Dress has knife-pleated sleeves and ruffled skirt.  The lower-most embroidered panel is see through mesh lending a risque touch to an otherwise sober outfit.

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Side view of the coat and dress.  Coat has beautifully draped and tucked shoulders.

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Closeup of the see-through panel and embroidery.

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Maria Monaci Gallenga
Silk velvet hand-stencilled evening cape
C. 1923

The textile art of Maria Monaci Gallenga is often compared to that of Fortuny because they both produced hand-stenciled designs that drew inspiration from the distant past. The patterns of Gallenga are generally larger and less textured than those of Fortuny.

Gallenga's loyal followers, who frequented her shop in Florence, preferred the antique Gothic quality of her designs. She is best known for medieval and Oriental designs stenciled in shades of silver and gold.

This black silk velvet evening cape with an elaborate, pleated and rolled collar is lined with an orange silk velvet.  Both side are stencilled in metallic tones -- the outer in silver and the inner in gold.

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View of the cape showing the lining.

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Close-up of the superb Asian-styled floral pattern, stencilled in tones of silver.

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Inside of the cape showing the radiant  orange velvet lining, with a floral stencilled pattern in tones of gold paint.

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Made of silk velvet, both the outside and inside are stencilled with up to nine tones of gold and silver paint.  

Her husband, a professor at the University of Rome, helped devise the method by which the metallic paint seemed to float on the fabric, not tarnishing nor flaking off.

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Gallenga occasionally sewed a printed label into her garments, or would include, as in this cape, her signature stencilled somewhere in the pattern of the fabric.

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Steel mesh purse.

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Deco purse with marcasite and glass insets in green and onyx.

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Whiting and Davis Dresden mesh purse.

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Schiaparelli Embroidered Naturalist Silk Jacket
French, 1930s

Of Bianchini fabric designed by Raoul Dufy, black and aqua velvet striped silk satin, form fitting design embellished at front with pale blue seed bead and white silk thread twining ivy leaves suspending clusters of fuschia beads, the velvet shawl collar similarly embroidered and accented with large turquoise cabochons, single breasted, long fitted sleeves with gathered caps, size 4, no label.
Buttons in bad condition, one missing, two replaced, frayed and split at armscyes, some loss of color on stripes.
See Palmer White, Elsa Schiaparelli, p.31.

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Philip Hulitar Daffodil Yellow Cocktail Dress
American, 1950s

Silk taffeta spaghetti strap boned bodice with dipped waistline at front rising up at back to peak, silk satin controlled pleat tulip mid calf length skirt with weighted slit at center front faux harem hem, gathered at back hem in faux poof surmounted by a satin bow, size 6, label: Philip Hulitar.
Excellent condition.

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Two Deco compacts, enamel on brass.  The one on the left has a paper label calling it a "victory Model" compact and the powder puff is marked ClariceJane.  The other compact is unmarked except for Des Pat 95,430, granted for a Vanity Case to F.R. Johnson on April 30, 1935.

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Two chrome and enamel Deco compacts.  The one on the left has a broken chain, but gorgeous enamelwork and is dated to 1929.  The compact on the right is marked Made In USA.

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Jeweled cats eye sunglasses. c 1950s, in pearlized pale pink plastic (?) with carved doves inset with rhinestones.

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Side view.

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Schiaparelli Evening Jacket
Winter, 1939

[Sold]  Shocking pink silk satin evening jecket with pale lavender, black and green vertical stripes.  The front and sleeves are embroidered in silk and colored metallic thread in a trompe l'oeil morning glory design.  12 pink plastic and blue metal buttons, pink China silk lining.  Label: Schiaparelli 21 Place Vendome, Paris, Hiver 1939-1940, and an inked linen tape under label "F1100."

See Schocking! The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli by Dilys Blum pg 232 for a matching pair of high-buttoned boots and a house sketch of a matching gown.

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Front of jacket

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Side view showing embroidered sleeve

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Back of jacket

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Close-up of embroidery.

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Schiaparelli couture label.

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Bias Cut Summer Evening Gown
C. 1930s

White silk crepe printed with lavender and blue flower heads with matching belt and velvet bows.

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Close-up front

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Back of gown.

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Cats and Kittens Circle Skirt
C. 1950s

Black cotton printed with mama cat watching kittens playing on Maypoles.

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Close-up of skirt.

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Black Maribou feather cape
Attributed to YSL
C. 1950s-1960s

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Enamel plaque purse.

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French embroidered and seed-bead purse with "jeweled" frame.

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Whiting and Davis Dresden mesh purse with stripe pattern and enameled frame.

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Whiting and Davis enameled mesh purse with a mosaic enameled frame that matches the purse body.  Unusual.

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Nettie Rosenstein

Fabulous high-drama coat from a premier American designer at the peak of her career! Fitted, curvy, dress-style. High-end tailoring with lots of hand stitching. Very figure flattering, true designer fit. Rich, smooth black wool. Cape attached at the armpits up and around to the tops of the shoulders and across the back--sewn on, not removable.  Full length sleeves. Double breasted. The four topmost buttons are covered in the same fabric as the body of the coat. The lower eight buttons are covered in velveteen. Creates an interesting combination of lights, darks and textures against the highlights and shadows of the bodice area. Both coat and cape are fully lined in black silk. Side slit pockets.


Her clothing designs were produced in small quantities, so this most definitely a rare item.

Excellent used condition. Outside of the coat has no flaws. The silk lining is structurally sound with no rips or tears, but...

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Beaded French Evening Gown
c. 1929

Black silk georgette trained sleeveless gown, front and back embroidered with hundreds of rows of tiny white beads and with a center vertical row of square diamante, long draping panels of georgette from hip to floor, ending in handkerchief points.  Dress reputed to be fashioned in France from Erte pattern.

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Back of dress.

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Beading and rhinestones.

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Satin evening shoes with pearl and paste buckles
Circa 1920s

side view

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Satin evening shoes with pearl and paste buckles
Circa 1920s

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Eisenberg Original

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Paul Poiret Printed Silk Dress

Black China silk with white stylized lollipop print, 2-piece day dress.  Underskirt with attached silk undershirt, top with dolman sleeves, crochet bauble trim, turquoise grosgrain ribbons and celluloid tassels.  Large 'Paul Poiret a Paris' label.

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Back of Poiret.

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Closeup of pattern.

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Complete outfit.  Dress top was shredded so I have had a replacement made by an excellent conservator in Canada.

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Turquoise ribbons.

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Celluloid belt.

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Secondary label attached to the underside.  Reads:

No 41719   Mme Welsh    
     "R. Confetti.

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According to Karen Augusta:  

No 41719 is garment style number, MMe Welsh the client and possibly R.= Rue as in Street where she lived? or  R. = Robe Confetti which would be the dress's name.  Poiret often gave his creations names.

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Christian Dior Red Ball Gown

Cherry red silk taffeta, ruched bubble skirt with gathered skirt front, low cut front decollete with red cloth rose.  Multi-layered petticoats stiffened with horsehair and buckram.  Shop label 'Mignon, Paris, New York.'

No label.  See same dress in black page 264 and page 267 of Girooud and Van Dorsen's book DIOR, from Dior's last collection.

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Back of Dior.

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Decorative flower.

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Christian Dior Couture Coat

Black, slubbed Dupioni silk coat, with short raglan sleeves, open front, 2 rhinestone buttons and turned back collar.

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label from coat.

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Schiaparelli-designed, Made in USA, Dinner Suit

Elsa Schiaparelli visited the US in 1940 and went on a multi-city lecture tour.  She created fifteen ensembles to wear on the tour, and these were copied and sold throughout the country at Bonwit Teller stores.

Black wool crepe dress and jacket, with its pockets outlined by embroidered pansies.  Buttons have stars on them.

See Vogue, October 1, 1940, pages 66, 67, 137, 138.

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Dress without the jacket.

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Seed bead pansies backed with batting to add dimension.

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Adrian Navy wool suit
Circa 1948

Bought from a woman whose mother was a fashion model for Harvey Bendel.  This was one of her personal suits.

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Back of the Adrian suit.  These pictures have been lightened -- the suit is a true dark navy.

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Fabulous Adrian style and tailoring!

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Pierre Benoit
Circa 1950s

Yellow and gray wool checked swing coat with black velvet buttons and black piping on the cuffs.

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Pierre Benoit
10, Rue de Cstiglione

Made in France
Saison (no mark for the season)

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Whiting and Davis Dresden mesh purse

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"Rocket Red" wool coat
Designed by Schiaparelli for her American tour in 1940

This coat is the version worn by Schiaparelli at the start of her American lecture tour in November 1940 in front of a wildly enthusiastic crowd at Lord and Taylor in NYC.  Harper's Bazaar, December 1940, called this coat "the most revolutionary coat of the decade."

It doesn't have any padding, with sloping shoulders, a shirred front, pockets hidden in the side seams, and large faux tortoiseshell buttons with an "S" in the center.

Schiaparelli designed fifteen (Palmer White says twelve) ensembles which were made by the American garment industry and sold throughout the US on the tour.

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Front of the coat showing shirring.

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Unlike typical Schiaparelli, this coat had no padding and hung "like a sack." (Harpers Bazaar, December 1940).

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Button showing the  "S".

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Left:  Original Design Registered by a Member of Fashion Originators Guild

Right: Registered Design with Fashion Originators Guild Patent Applied For

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Label in coat:

Authorized Reproduction Schiaparelli 1940

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Ansonia green lizard skin purse and shoes.

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Ansonia gilt "glitter" purse and shoes.

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Moi wearing a Samuel Winston by Roxanne dress.  Circa 1950.  Sleeveless copper-colored satin bodice, pleated black chiffon waist dropped into a V at each side, black taffeta full skirt with black crinoline.

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Ceil Chapman evening gown
Circa 1950s

White cotton faile, fitted sleeveless bodice with wide neckline, full gathered skirt with 4 inverted tucks at front and back hips.

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Ceil Chapman evening gown
Circa 1950s

Back of gown.

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Ceil Chapman blue satin evening gown
Circa 1950s

Blue silk satin evening gown with spaghetti straps, cummerbund and draped skirt embellished with 3-D flowers of silver; dark blue and linen soutache braid, gold and dark blue embroidery, rhinestones and crystal beads.

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Ceil Chapman blue satin evening gown
Circa 1950s

Back view.

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Ceil Chapman blue satin evening gown
Circa 1950s

Embroidery detail.

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Christian Lacroix pink party dress
Circa 1980s

Party dress of puckered, bright pink silk, long fitted bodice, skirt panels with side paniers decorated with black faille ribbons, black ribbon faux bow tie at center front, rhinestone shoulder straps, black silk lining, boned bodice and double stiffened gauze under-skirts.

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Christian Lacroix pink party dress
Circa 1980s


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Maria Gallenga Velvet Gown and Purse
Circa 1920s

Persimmon orange silk velvet gown stenciled all over in metallic gold and silver gingko leaves, long sleeves with open seam trimmed with gold baubles, shoulder seam trimmed with coral glass beads, matching small draw-string purse.

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Maria Gallenga Velvet Gown and Purse
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Maria Gallenga Velvet Gown and Purse
Circa 1920s

Side view

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Maria Gallenga Velvet Gown and Purse
Circa 1920s

Drawstring purse

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Paraphernalia blue velvet mini dress

Sapphire blue silk velvet mini dress, spaghetti straps, large jewels on bodice, woven label "Designed by Michael Mott for Paraphernalia"

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Paraphernalia blue velvet mini dress

close-up of bodice

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Paraphernalia Stars and Stripes dress

Knit mini dress with stripes of cream, navy & silver metallic, long sleeves, silver star appliqu├ęs on shoulders, 10 silver star metal buttons, woven label "Designed by Michael Mott for Paraphernalia"

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Paraphernalia Stars and Stripes dress


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Paraphernalia Stars and Stripes dress

detail -- front

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Alfred Shaheen red, gold halter strap dress -- 1950s

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Adrian Original printed silk dress c 1940

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Striped wool jacket with large buttons
Fred A. Block
Circa 1940s

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Striped wool jacket with large buttons
Fred A. Block
Circa 1940s

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Striped wool jacket with large buttons
Fred A. Block
Circa 1940s

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Fred. A. Block Original label

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Jacques Fath Paris label

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Blue linen suit with cream crepe collar and bow
Jacques Fath
Circa 1950s

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Blue linen suit with cream crepe collar and bow
Jacques Fath
Circa 1950s

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Cocktail gown
Samuel Winston by Roxanne
Circa 1950

Sleeveless copper-colored satin bodice with pleated chiffon waist dropping to a "V" on each side, full black satin skirt.  Net petticoat.

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Cocktail gown
Samuel Winston by Roxanne
Circa 1950

Sleeveless copper-colored satin bodice with pleated chiffon waist dropping to a "V" on each side, full black satin skirt.  Net petticoat.

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Samuel Winston by Roxanne label

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Velvet jacket in hot orange, pink, lime green and cream
Emilio Pucci
Circa 1960s

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Velvet jacket in hot orange, pink, lime green and cream
Emilio Pucci
Circa 1960s

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Silver and gold leather platform shoes
c. 1940s

Peep toe, sling backs.  Marked Hatfield and Bloomingdales, NY

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Red satin shoes with red rhinestones
c. 1940s

Peep toes with ankle straps, small rhinestone buckles.  Marked Delmans New York and Neiman Marcas Dallas

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Pink and blue brocade pumps with pink ribbon bows.
c. 1960s

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Embroidered and sequined silk wallet possibly for carrying letters
Dated 1793

From 18th C expert, Edward Maeder

There is a 'similar' piece, although not at all as impressive, in the collection at LACMA and it is illustrated in the checklist of AN ELEGANT ART.

This is a particularly FINE piece of 'mourning work' and the fact that the silhouette and the tombstone' are protected by a layer of mica is truly remarkable. Personally I have never seen such a thing! The purple in the surround is usually reserved for 'half-mourning' but this piece is one of the best I have ever seen. It 'could be' French, but I have the feeling that it lacks a bit of the exuberance of the French, and given the date 1793 it is possible that it was made by a French royalist living in England (London),or even an English relative, at the time. There is something quite restrained about the execution of the piece, but it is SO tastefully done and appears to ...

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Hand embroidered with silver sequins.  Dated 1793

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Interior with a painted silhouette under a layer of mica.

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Handpainted mourning scene with an urn on a tomb and tree under mica
Nat: 10 Jan (?) 1728
Denat: 24: Mai: 1792

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Inside of wallet.  The two sides each open in the center.

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Outside of the wallet

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Initials -- can't decipher them....

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Ladies linen coat with Joseph Hoffmann Wiener Werkstatte buttons
Circa 1911

Lady's natural linen coat with narrow kimono cut sleeve, curved lapel, wide front placket angling toward side above pockets, decorated with satin stitch embroidery in a linear "W" repeat, four large domed hammered silver buttons hallmarked and with applied signature Hoffmann windowpane set with onyx cabochon, two front, one each cuff, buttons excellent. B-40, L-47, buttons 1 9/16.

At one point it had a label, as there are marks at the neckline: (dimensions 2 3/8" x 1" / 6 cm x 2.5 cm)

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Hammered silver button
Josef Hoffmann
Wiener Werkstatte
Circa prior to 1905

Hammered silver button with central windowpane set with an onyx cabochon.

Diameter: 1.493 in / 37.9 mm
Height (w/o shank):
- to top of cabochon: .793 in / 20.1 mm
-to top of button: .511 in / 12.9 mm

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Back of button with marks:

Wiener Werkstatte Rose Mark
Wiener Werkstatte WW mark in an oval
Josef Hoffmann mark
Austro-Hungarian mark: Diana (900 silver)

From Wiener Werkstatte-Registered Trademarks by Waltruad Neuwirth, pg. 138 and 142:

"The Rose Mark, the WW monogram in an oval, designers' and craftsmen's monograms, and sometimes also the official hallmark were often imprinted on metal objects produced by the Wiener Werkstatte  in the years prior to 1905.

We encounter the Rose Mark as a stamp on numerous designs and working drawings, particularly those dating from the early period of the Wiener Werkstatte.  Most of these are for metal objects.... Many of these drawings are dated 1903 or can be traced back to this year.... the Rose Mark stamp does not appear to have been used on designs and working drawings after 1905.

...the oval framed WW was not registered by the Wiener Werkstatte as a trade mark, but it was entered in t...

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Leather handbag
Deco period

Chestnut satin finish leather handbag folded in a tall trapezoid with cutout for short strap handle, flap front mounted with a ribbed triangle opening to three slit pockets, a zippered pocket and attached chain purse, silk faille lining in burnt orange. 8 1/2' x 10"

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Leather handbag
Deco period

Back of handbag

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Pink wool wool jacket with beaded velvet collar
Designed by Schiaparelli for her American tour in 1940

Schiaparelli Official Reproduction pink wool jacket with bead-embroidered velvet collar and velvet pockets. Vogue article calls it "Pyjamas for lounging after a lecture" -- it came with black wool pants or a black wool skirt.

Large pink enameled buttons with gilt edges and (perhaps) latitude/Longitude lines and rhinestone studded stars.

Schiaparelli designed fifteen (Palmer White says twelve) ensembles which were made by the American garment industry and sold throughout the US at Bonwit Teller stores.

See Vogue, October 1, 1940, pages 66, 67, 137, 138.

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Pink wool wool jacket with beaded velvet collar
Designed by Schiaparelli

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Pink wool wool jacket with beaded velvet collar
Designed by Schiaparelli

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Pink wool wool jacket with beaded velvet collar
Designed by Schiaparelli

Beaded velvet collar

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Pink wool wool jacket with beaded velvet collar
Designed by Schiaparelli

Pink enameled button

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Pink wool wool jacket with beaded velvet collar
Designed by Schiaparelli

Label: Authorized Reproduction From Schiaparelli 1940

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Wooden hat stands
Circa 1920s-1930s?

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Maria Gallenga Velvet Cape
circa 1930s

Stunning stenciled black velvet and orange velvet cape.

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