On Friday, I headed out to the Manhattan Vintage Show. I've attended the show two times in the past and it's always worthwhile to go. Here is what I wore:
This skirt is a joy to wear and is made from the border print of John Wolf fabrics. I'm also a fan of the pleated full skirt look vs. the gathered. The fabric has a soft floaty feel to it. I acquired this skirt in a trade for fabric and so very happy with it. The blouse is from Ann Taylor and does tell you that there are retro-inspired tops out there.
It was a bit of a chilly day so I also wore a coat. This coat is masterfully made and is from the late 1940s.
I didn't take too many photographs at the show. Some dealers allow you to take photographs and others are not too keen. It is always best to ask first.
How amazing is this suit? The lady at the booth was kind enough to let me photograph this beauty.
Before the crowds rushed in. It was actually quite busy on Friday.
I know from past shows that you do have to dig around to find deal priced vintage. But, it is there!
I did come home with less than I expected two hats, a skirt, and a pattern. But, I was happy with the event. I look at it as a fun experience to see all this vintage in one spot. I could see a lot of shoppers leaving with bags of vintage so I speculate that it was a successful show for vendors. Also, I think fur is becoming more socially acceptable. I saw quite a few ladies trying on fur trimmed coats and hats.
The show was more geared towards winter apparel (of course) so some of the things I was looking for were scarce like 50s novelty skirts and 40s/50s sunglasses. I also kept my eyes open for shoes. I tried to look for things I have difficulty buying on the internet. There were tons of purses and hats. This is a great thing to try on hats. I thought many of the purses were also decently priced. I tried on one hat that was so amazing with this large feather accent. It was a beauty and so difficult to describe but it was out of my price range for what I wanted to spend on a hat. But, you know for certain vintage pieces you pay a premium for the art effect. There were not many rayon novelty print dresses from the 1940s and the ones I saw were $200-$300. I guess it goes to show what items have gone up in value. I think even in just the last few years novelty prints have gone up a lot!
I managed to pick up a Vogue Paris Original Fath pattern for $35.
I thought a bit about this skirt because it wasn't cheap (relatively speaking) but still a deal. The dealer I bought it from was very friendly and nice. I like the theme of it and have not seen one for sale and it didn't help that I had seen the vintage ad for this skirt before I set eyes on this one at the MVS. I tried it on and it fit like a charm. It's an interesting print because it has kind of a spookiness about it with the color combination of greens and yellows but this is fun. It's almost like a ghost dog show. The dogs are very detailed and the people behind them are shadow like. A very interesting composition. There is no label and the skirt looks barely worn. It wouldn't surprise me if this is indeed store made.
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I was hoping I'd find the love letters skirt but I knew this would be unlikely:) I'm looking for it in yellow. Yes, a needle in a haystack. Also, I wouldn't mind the lovely flamingo dancer skirt like shown above. There are so many great novelty prints out there.
My last go around I found two hats from the 1930s that were used on Boardwalk Empire. They were priced reasonably so I scooped them up. Would I have bought them if they hadn't been used in Boardwalk Empire? No, probably not. I admit I'm a fan. When I first started watching the show I thought it was extreme but then it kind of grows on you.
I saw another lady at the booth scooping up dresses and some hats from the show and she indicated she didn't really care that they had been used on the show. But, I admit I bought my hats for the novelty:). There were some beautiful 20s dresses and hats from Boardwalk Empire that I didn't really think about because I gravitate more to the 30s and forward. I like the bias cut in a dress and a great tilt hat.
All in all, a great show to attend and I'd highly recommend it to anyone in the area when it is around.