So I was watching Pretty Baby yesterday and it is a treasure trove of Edwardian Goodness. Before there was Boardwalk Empire there was Pretty Baby sans the gangsters. I have to say that I'm shocked that they got away with making this movie its pretty scandalous to say the least. The lace in this movie is 2 die. I wish someone would come to my house with a cart full of 20's lingerie!
The Chanel Boots are #1 on my must have shoe list. I'm trying to get them in lace. They are like the ones from the Bombay collection that I adored. I also love the very tiny petite rings over the gloves. All of these new collections have got me very excited about my own. I can't wait until May!
I'm a little excited about my birthday present from my fabulous husband. It's 1800's mirror. It's painted a golden color all original hard to see the detail in the phone image. 10 feet tall beveled mirror. Think The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe. I've been lusting after this piece from my favorite store in Austin Uncommon Objects for about 3 months. Now it's mine and its perfect to see how beautiful you look in Boudoir Queen in my studio. It looks like a haunted mirror I'm in love! I'll post better images when it arrives.
We're starting our collection and I'm getting pretty excited about it and Fashion Week this year. It's in May from here on out. Right around the corner. Also I've been chosen as one of the 5 to be on the advisory board this year so I'm looking forward to that. It's going to be a lot of fun. Each year gets easier.I'm totally prepared.
(click on the image to see it in full)Today starts the last year of my 40's The Horror! I have to say so far so good. Life has been good to me. I've post a few photos.......some not so great but they have a special meaning. The first one was my 21st birthday. Funny how that 80's style made one look so much older. I was wearing these awesome Peter Fox boots and dress my stepfather bought me in Carmel. The photo of me in the green was taken in my house in Los Feliz. I wore a dark bob forever. I think I was growing my hair out from being very short in that photo. I was about 25. The horse photo- I had two horses that I boarded in Hollywood Hills. This was a mustang I bought and rescued. Again the bob in this image. The image of me with the purses was the first year I moved to Austin from L.A. 2001. I'm wearing my metallic lace cuffs which were on the cover of Tribeza that year. Patty Griffin bought several of the doll purses in the photo.- Me as a redhead I believe this was taken for a fashion news interview. I went back to being a redhead which didn't last very long. A photo of me and my doll taken in Austin. The last image is a goofy photo of me but It's of me and my very stylish friend Barbara Groegor who I have mentioned several times on my blog. Her jewelry was sold at Neimans and she was in Italian Vogue. I met her thru Steven Arnold. She passed away a few years ago from brain cancer which came on suddenly and she was gone within a month. We also had horses together. She was with me in the photos of me and the horse. We rode a lot together in Hollywood Hills. She was the most stylish woman I ever knew. This photo was taken for a casual dinner at my house in Santa Clarita. So today my husband is taking me shopping and we're having a nice lunch. I'm keeping things low key as I'm still a bit under the weather. The good news is all of my tests came back negative so that was the best birthday present I could have. xo BQ
Definition of DEMIMONDE
a : a class of women on the fringes of respectable society supported by wealthy lovers; also : their world
b : the world of prostitution
: a distinct circle or world that is often an isolated part of a larger world ; especially : one having low reputation or prestige
Grab this before I change my mind! I purchased this dress to wear during fashion week and sadly it's to big for me. I need to have it altered but since my collection is over-flowing right now I'm going to part with it. Brocade Wiggle Dress it's sooooo of Ceil Chapman in style but not as spendy. Ask me about this fabulous dress.
Floral brocade fabric in pale peridot green. Has a tucked and draped open neckline that is sightly off shoulder...so sexy and flattering! Fitted and boned bodice is fully lined with back metal zipper. Skirt has faux sarong front with light pleating and fully lined. Bodice is decorated with looped beading, clear marquis, round & leaf shaped glass jewels... reminds me of Ceil Chapman in style.
underarm to hem total length 32.5"
(taken flat and doubled, please compare to your own similar well-fitting garment)
another museum quality piece straight out of the Belle Époque. What make this dress even better is its see thru. The image above is with a slip but the actual dress was worn with an /Under-Pinning very popular during that time period. Size medium ask me about it. Very Haute Couture looking
I've been stocking up on vintage clothing and this is one of the new pieces I've acquired. It's a stunningly gorgeous Edwardian gown. It's a total goddess dress in a larger size about a 38 bust. I have so many new pieces several that came from a museum in Virginia. I'll be posting more about the new pieces sometime next week. I have lot's and lots of black Edwardian and 20's. Some French with gobs of beading and some with 20's feathers and voided velvet. I counted today I have about 30 20's and 30's lingerie gowns and several lounging sets. I'm preparing to some Vintage Clothing shows. Ask me about things because it's a lot to photograph everything. P.S I also collect 20's bedcover sets and have about 10 right now in various colors.
We're of course doing our own "Queen of the Night" dress P.S Just to let everyone know I had my biopsy this morning and should have the results in a week. It was pretty brutal. On top of it I'm sicker than ever and the doctor said I have a severe sinus infection. So I'll be working from my bed this week. Hopefully with all the meds I'll be on the road to recovery. Thanks again for the nice emails it always makes me feel good! BTW being in bed has forced me to sketch my new collection and read up on several subjects I've been meaning to get around to. I'm super inspired right now. big virtual hugs xo BQ