I came across 1stdibs thanks to my mother, who window shops there for art and furniture in her scarce free time. When I checked out this massive, online marketplace for furniture, jewelry, fashion and art, I, of course, immediately clicked on fashion. I've always been a fan of vintage fashion; I get, and wear, what I find from Goodwill. But this isn't a collection of your average thrift store haul, this is the stuff of the greatest haul of your dreams! As I browsed the vintage couture section, iconic-looking pieces from iconic names popped out at me from all directions. I saved a few (okay, a bit more than a few) to my profile - mostly vintage YSL's, Balmain's, and Dior.
I, undeniably, enjoyed looking at the design and aesthetic features of the clothes, but I think the history aspect was even more interesting. Browsing this was especially thought provoking for a fashion youngster like me who's never experienced the old, iconic fashion collections. It's fascinating to see a fashion house's evolution throughout both different eras and designers.
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Dior - c. 1960
Lanvin - c. 1962
Yves Saint Laurent (not sure if it's a design for Dior or his own house) - c. 1969
Givenchy - c. 1980-2000
This one is a little bit more modern (maybe too modern to be considered vintage), but I still love the craftsmanship and character.
Christian Dior - c. 1965
Pierre Balmain - c. 1960
Carven - c. 1967
Valentino - c. 1970
This is a Valentino piece from 1970, but it reminds me a lot of what Heidi Slimane is doing at Saint Laurent these days.
Yves Saint Laurent - c. 1980
Chanel - c. 20th Century
Nina Ricci - c. 1960
This reminds me of Riccardo Tisci's past collection for Givenchy - an aura of earthy regality.
Schiaparelli - c. 1940
It's really fun to compare this look to Schiaparelli's past couture collection!
Pierre Balmain - c. 1968
Valentino - c. 1963
Pierre Cardin - c. 1965
As I was window shopping online, I felt rather like Hamish Bowles, who has a notable collection of vintage haute couture to his name. I suppose this is the modern-Hamish way of building a vintage collection. An old fashioned Hamish would shop around markets and consignment shops, but this is 2015 and modern Hamish shops online! (It's a goal of mine to be a modern Hamish, if you didn't know.)