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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Vogue Paris covers exposition on Champs Elysees, Paris

‘Vogue Covers’ Exposition, at Avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris, France, October 1 – November 1, 2009.  Eightly covers blown up to poster-size can be found along Avenue des Champs-Élysées, spanning almost 90 years.

In addition to the exposition, Editions Ramsay will be publishing the book ‘Vogue Covers‘, which will include reproductions of over 122 covers, plus illustrations, anecdotes, and interviews, unveiling a century of fashion à la française.

You can pre-order a copy of the book at

Steven Meisel, Covers For Vogue Italia, 1988 – 2009

Steven Meisel, Three Hundred And Seventeen & Counting is a new book published by Mallard / Janvier that features all of Steven Meisel’s covers for Vogue Italia.

Spanning Meisel's work from July 1988 - to today, the book is a "once in a lifetime archive" that underlines the unique relationship between the photographer and Italian Vogue.

 The book  is published by Mallard/Janvier can be bought now for € 49.00.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Vogue - Paris and Italian Coming Soon!

We are expecting a shipment of about 45+ Paris and Italian Vogues in the new year.  This issues are mainly from the the late 1970s and early 1980s including the May 1976 issue with Jacqueline Bisset on the cover. For Gia fans, there will also be issues with Gia Carangi advertisements and editorials inside some of them.

Check Paper Pursuits Fashion & Design Print Collectibles in the new year.

Gia Carangi Alert

We posted up new editorials and advertisments of Gia Carangi at the sister blogspot,

We are also expecting some Paris Vogues and one Italian Vogue with Gia Carangi inside into inventory at Paper Pursuits Fashion & Design Print Collectibles in the new year. Check the site if you are a Gia fan.

Van Cleef Floral Brooch

Van Cleef & Arpels advertisement from 1974.  American Vogue cover, December 1973.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

ColorOn Tatto Eye Shadow

Applied like a temporary tattoo, these press-on shadows by the US beatuy company ColorOn provide some seriously eye-popping effects. The Nature's Glory collection mimics the intricate paterns of feathers and winds. Just perfect for those party animals too busy to make-up.

How-To: 1960s Dymanic Eye Make-up

Back in the '60s, eye makeup was nothing short of dramatic and bold. From applying eyeliner to mascara to false eyelashes, all efforts were made to make the eyes alluring. The eyes were supposed to be the main attraction. Lipstick was either pale or non-existent so that the eyes would get all the attention. Lashes were big. Some were even painted on. If you’d like to know how to apply '60s eye make up, follow these simple steps in the video.
Vogue Italian Covers from: Feb 1967, Dec 1967 and April 1968.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Niki de Saint-Phalle

Sprawling, cavorting over these pages: the happiest beach arrivals of 1968 - Nanas that float. Niki de Saint-Phalle's fantasy sculptures of huge, exuberant, popover-shaped women, the famous Nanas, now in inflatable vinyl, silk-screened in wildly vivid Day-Glo colours, and in three different size-teddy-to titanic. All are light as air, portable, floatable, takable-to-the-beach, strewable-about-the-place, hugely enjoyable in a hundred ways. Which suits the beautiful Niki de Saint-Phalle - posed serenely among them here - just fine: she sees the Nanas as messengers of joy, wants the message spread.....

Vogue, April 15, 1968

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Vintage Clothing and Shoes

If you love vintage clothing and you love shoes.

You must vist Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes.

Above: Jane wearing a Comme des Garcons Chiffon skirt, a vintage satin blouse, and a vintage Dolce and Gabanna belt and Miu Miu shoes from fall 2007.

Below: To die for Dolce and Gabanna surreal wedges.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Clear, Cheery Colour for Lips and Nails

38 Years Ago....
From Vogue British November 1971

Bright red lips and's reds are fresher, clearer, sheerer, and to get the best of them, Charles Revson has created two great new reds in Ultima II Lipstick and nail enamel Soiree red, cool and clear; tres red, zingy with a torchy note. Lively, dramatic sure-fire on lips and nails. Wrap coat in red fox paw with red fox collar, Bill Blass for Revillon; Adolfo hat. Saks Fifth Avenue, New York.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Customer Appreciation Event - Now thru Dec 13, 2009

Here kitty, kitty, kitty

Just saw this fab pantera ring at,

I'm so in love with it.

Available at

Because, I'm all about bling, bling!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A conversation with myself: She is the Goddess. She is the Sheba

She is the Goddess. She is the huntress of the forest. She is (the) Sheba. But, look she is the animal. She is the earth and forest among us. Born Vera von Lehndorff, she is known as Veruschka. She was the world’s first supermodel, a playmate of Hollywood stars and a pioneer in the art of body painting. Whose far out features dominated fashion magazines in the late ‘60s. With her bold statement. And thus she became what she is. Leaving a lasting impression in the fashion world.

"I dressed all in black and went to see all the top photographers, like Irving Penn, and said, 'I am Veruschka who comes from the border between Russia, Germany and Poland. I'd like to see what you can do with my face.'" "I was always being different types of women. I copied Ursula Andress, Brigitte Bardot, Greta Garbo. Then I got bored so I painted myself as an animal,"

This statement really makes me smile. Asked if she misses the glamour of modeling, she looks down her wide, flat nose unselfconsciously:
" No. I have my own drama and glamour anyhow. As long as I am here, it is not gone."

But what really states of whom she is this quote on her website

"...the desire to hide, to be camouflaged, to escape human appearance, to be an animal, an object, not a person, the desire to punish the self, to dissolve the self into the world, to be striped naked, to pertify the body, to become only matter.”

susan sontag (Fragment of an Aesthetic of Melanchalie)

Video of Veruschka in Africa with Peter Beard

Harper's Bazaar April 1965

This cover of Harpers Bazaar is a photograph of model Jean Shrimpton by photographer Richard Avedon. Art directors Ruth Ansel and Beatriz Feitler was responsible for this iconic Harper's Bazaar April 1965 cover. Jean Shrimpton is peering from behind a bright pink Day-Glo space helmet with the logo vibrating against it in acid green. It won the New York Art Director's Club medal and has been often reproduced as an emblem of the sixties.

The issue were produced with and without the lenticular blinking eye.
On October 17, 2005, the 40 greatest magazine covers of the last 40 years were unveiled at the 2005 American Magazine Conference (AMC) in Puerto Rico, by Mark Whitaker, Editor of Newsweek and President of American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME), and AMC Chairman Evan Smith, Editor of Texas Monthly. This issue placed #15 on the list.

In a 2005 Q&A with Bonnie Siegler, Ruth Ansel mentions the experience working on this issue:

"The outstanding experience for me working with Avedon was when he guest edited Bazaar’s April 1965 issue. It was an issue devoted to youth culture—Pop, Rock, and the Sexual Revolution. This issue was our attempt to create a magazine on the highest level. It was our way of conceptualizing a magazine from cover to cover with Dick [Avedon] acting as both the editor and
sole photographer. It flowed like a piece of music. It was
to tell everything that was current and future in art, fashion, science, and music.

We got permission from NASA to put model Jean Shrimpton in a space suit and photograph her on our cover and inside our issue as the first woman astronaut. It caused a sensation. That was well before its time, nobody believed a woman would become an astronaut, and of course we know differently now. We felt the magazine should reflect the sense of the contemporary scene at the time, so we asked rising talents like the sculptor George Segal, the painters Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Robert Rauschenberg to work with us. The issue was filled with the newest and most advanced young writers—Renata Adler, Bruce Jay Friedman, and so on. But the issue scared a lot of people at the top at Bazaar. They had started to become concerned with the economics of the market and turned their back on anything original or artistic. This signaled that the ship was beginning to sink. Shortly thereafter, Dick left for Vogue to follow Vreeland, and a creative door had clearly been shut forever."

Sunday, August 16, 2009

1962 Dolphin by Schlumberger of Tiffany

Diamond dolphin creation by Schlumberger of Tiffany. Photo by Hiro. From Harper's Bazaar December 1962 issue; p. 78.

Harper's Bazaar Ex-Library Bound Issues

Just in, about 30 Harper's Bazaar magazines bound together in 6 month copies. These are ex-library copies and overall are in pretty good condition.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Acne Paper & Rouge Baiser

Great cover photo of Missy Rayder on Acne Paper Summer 2009 magazine in the same pose as a 1949 Rouge Baiser illustration by Rene Gruau.

Link to Acne Paper:

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The World of Balenciaga March 23 - June 30, 1973

Just arrived in is a rare 1973 exhibition book, 'The World of Balenciaga'. The exhibition was curated by former Vogue editor Diana Vreeland. An Exhibition Presented by The Metropolitan Museum of Art Under the Auspices of The Government of Spain. March 23 - June 30, 1973.

Balenciaga was born in Guetaria, Spain, and many of his couture designs were inspired by a distinctly Spanish style, from his bullfighter "bolero" jackets to his use of madros, an ornamental trim of tassels, to his Goyaesque shapes and colors. The master couturier was responsible for the creation of the sack dress, the cocoon coat and the balloon skirt.

The book is available here:

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Hommage A Elsa Schiaparelli 20 juin-30 aout 1984

Just in is a super rare French exhibition catalogue, "Hommage A Elsa Schiaparelli 20 juin-30 aout 1984." The catalogue was published in 1984 by the Musee de la Mode et du Costume.

Cover illustration by Christian Berard. Drawings by Cocteau, Rene Bouet-Willaumez; photographs by Horst, Beaton, Francois Kollar, Henry Clarke, and more.
This rare exhibition catalogue is available at Paper Pursuits:

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Valentino: The Last Emperor

Produced and directed by Matt Tyrnauer, Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair magazine, Valentino: The Last Emperor provides a first-time glimpse into Valentino’s world of bygone glamour. Filmed from June 2005 to July 2007, the crew shot over 250 hours of footage with exclusive, unprecedented access to Valentino and his entourage. The resulting non-fiction film is a portrait of an extraordinary partnership, the longest running in fashion, and a dramatic story about a master confronting the final act of his celebrated career.

Playing at select theatres.

Accompanying publications:
This publication renders homage to Valentino s illustrious career via a copious selection of images from his archives, including drawings, magazine shoots, advertisements, portraits of Valentino, and documentary photographs; presented chronologically, the visual material is accompanied by a vast array of newspaper and magazine articles about Valentino throughout the years. Text also includes Vanity Fair writer Matt Tyrnauer s interviews with twenty of Valentino s closest collaborators and friends as well as an appreciation of Valentino by International Herald Tribune s fashion writer Suzy Menkes. All of these elements add up to an in-depth look at the man, his lifestyle, and his genius a book more comprehensive and stunning than one could hardly dare to dream of.

This unlimited popular edition is for readers on a budget or who were unable to get their hands on the original limited Collector's and Art Edition.

Collector’s Edition(No. 101–2,100). Limited to 2,000 numbered copies, each numbered and signed by Valentino Garavani. Finished in setalux book cloth with six-color silkscreen printing. Comes in a clamshell box finished in silk cloth, especially tinted in Valentino red.

The Art Edition is limited to 100 individually numbered copies, each signed by Valentino. Each book is accompanied by four prints of original drawings from the 1950s and 1960s, all signed by Valentino and authenticated with a stamp on the back. It is finished in an elegant book cloth with six-color silk-screen printing and comes in a clamshell box finished in silk cloth. Many famous friends of Valentino and celebrated fashion experts contributed to this book with very personal texts: Graydon Carter from Vanity Fair; Vicomtesse Jacqueline de Ribes, French Socialite; Farah Diba, widow of the late Shah of Iran; Rupert Everett, English actor; John Fairchild from Women's Wear Daily; Patrick McCarthy from Women's Wear Daily and W; Ingrid Sischy from Interview; Franca Sozzani from Vogue Italia; Anna Wintour from Vogue USA.

1966 Lanvin Mod Evening Dress

From Femme Chic Spring/Summer 1966, the Lanvin couture collection contained this color blocked evening dress and unusual headpiece:

40 Years Ago...Chanel Tweed Suit

From French magazine, L'art et la Mode September 1969 issue, here is the Chanel tweed look 40 years ago...

Monday, April 6, 2009

Leslie Caron's Vogue Dior Dress & Boa

This 1968 dress with boa was owned & worn by Leslie Caron and photographed for a British Vogue fashion shoot. One of the original images from the shoot is shown below.

The dress is available at Eternity Couture :

More dresses from other couturiers:

Friday, April 3, 2009

Elsa Schiaparelli: Empress of Fashion by Palmer White

Just in, is an out of print 1986 Elsa Schiaparelli book published by Rizzoli. The book is by Palmer White. Palmer White is a long-standing friend of Elsa Schiaparelli's only daughter, Gogo, la Marquise Cacciapuoti and so has had access to all the private family material. Foreward by Yves Saint Laurent.

The book is available at Paper Pursuits:

Starting with knitwear, Schiaparelli's designs were heavily influenced by Surrealists like her collaborators Salvador Dalí and Alberto Giacometti. Below are some of her well known work.

Artist collaborations
Schiaparelli's relationship with the Dada and Surrealist movements continued in collaboration with Salvador Dalí, Leonor Fini, Jean Cocteau, and Alberto Giacometti. Chanel referred to her as 'that Italian artist who makes clothes'. Her collaborations with various artists contributed to the vast range and variety of her work.

In 1937 Schiaparelli collaborated with the artist Jean Cocteau to design a jacket and an evening coat for that year's Autumn collection.. The jacket was embroidered with a female figure with one hand caressing the waist of the wearer, and long blonde hair cascading down one sleeve. The coat featured two profiles facing each other, creating the optical illusion of a vase of roses. The embroidering of both garments was executed by the couture embroidery house of Lesage.

The designs Schiaparelli produced in collaboration with Dali are among her best known. While Schiaparelli did not name her designs, the four iconic Dali collaborations are popularly known as follows:

Lobster Dress
The 1937 Lobster Dress was a simple white silk evening dress with a crimson waistband featuring a large lobster painted (by Dali) onto the skirt. From 1934, Dali had started incorporating lobsters into his work, including New York Dream-Man Finds Lobster in Place of Phone shown in the magazine American Weekly in 1935, and the mixed-media Lobster Telephone (1936). His design for Schiaparelli was interpreted into a fabric print by the leading silk designer Sache. It was famously worn by Wallis Simpson in a series of photographs by Cecil Beaton taken at the Château de Candé shortly before her marriage to Edward VIII. The illustration here, from Vogue July 1937, shows the ready-to-wear version: a crisp white linen beach dress with a big hat ‘that is no more than a lobster-basket.’

Tears Dress
The Tears Dress was part of the February 1938 Circus Collection. It was a slender white evening gown printed with a Dali design of trompe l'oeil rips and tears, worn with a thigh-length veil with "real" tears, carefully cut out and lined in pink and magenta. Figures in ripped, skin-tight clothing suggesting flayed flesh appeared in some of Dali's paintings, including one owned by Schiaparelli.

Skeleton Dress
Dali also helped Schiaparelli design the Skeleton Dress for the Circus Collection.It was a stark black crepe dress which used trapunto quilting to create padded ribs, spine, and leg bones.

Shoe Hat
Schiaparelli's Fall-Winter 1937-38 collection featured a hat shaped like a woman's high heeled shoe, with the heel standing straight up and the toe tilted over the wearer's forehead.This was worn by Gala Dali, Schiaparelli herself, and by the Franco-American editor of the French Harper's Bazaar, heiress Daisy Fellowes, who was one of Schiaparelli's best clients.