Dressing Vintage has seen a lot of wonderful new things happen this past year - we opened our first appointment only studio in NW Portland, We hosted some fun private fashion parties including one honoring the life and career of Yves Saint Laurent, and one showcasing the timeless style of the little black dress. We participated in great fashion shows & photo shoots, and sold pieces to famous fashion designers & celebrities. We also continued to enjoy seeing some of our pieces on stage and screen.
The view from Dressing Vintage Studio Dressing Room
Dressing Vintage Studio
Our YSL Party at Dressing Vintage Studio
Our YSL Party - with a quote from his favorite author and a shirt hand painted by Katie Acheson Wolford.
The Dressing Vintage "Little Black Dress" Holiday Party with a gorgeous Thierry Mugler exposed shoulder dress.
Dressing Vintage at the Multnomah Athletic Club Fashion Show
Vintage Gold Jumpsuit at the Multnomah Athletic Club Fashion Show
We also said goodbye to some pieces we have treasured - always a bittersweet experience for us! Here are just a few that we were particularly sad to see leave us!
Gilbert Adrian Custom evening gown with dramatic fringe from the 1940's.
Gilbert Adrian Vintage Pink and Black Ruffled Cotton Dress
We had to let go of our last two dresses designed by the famous Hollywood costume designer, Gilbert Adrian. Adrian was known for creating the Hollywood glamour look of the 1930's and 1940's. His screen credits always read "Gowns by Adrian" and he designed costumes for over 250 films. He was well known for his dramatic bias-cut evening gowns, his beautifully tailored skirt suits and for those large shoulder pads. His clients included Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford. He also created the ruby slippers for Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Fortunately, these, as well as two of our other Adrian dresses, were sold to a writer who is putting together a book on Adrian, so they will hopefully be immortalized in its pages soon!
Michael Novarese ballgown owned by Audrey Hepburn
Versace stretch velvet vintage 1990's dress
We were obsessed with this dress! One of our favorites designed by Gianni himself. This Versace dress was purchased by a darling young woman who wears it so well that it makes us feel a little better about having to say good-bye!
Claude Montana Vintage 1980's Leather Gloves
Vintage Alaia high waisted denim jeans
Vintage Alaia Goldenrod dress
We sold two of our Alaia pieces, which were particularly hard to see go in light of the sad death of Azzedine this year. We still have a few more, including a fabulous Alaia leather jacket, and we are always on the hunt for vintage Alaia!
2018 is already starting off well as we are traveling across the country to participate in the Vintage Intermezzo show in New York City. Vintage Intermezzo is a curated selection of vintage dealers showcasing one-of-a-kind apparel and accessories collections. If you are in the New York area and want to meet us, Katie and I would love it if you stopped by the Javits Center to say hello! We will be at booth # 215 and we will even refund your ticket price to get in with your Dressing Vintage purchase!
We hope that 2018 is a year of exciting adventures, new experiences, unconditional love and total acceptance for all of you! And remember - everything is more exciting when you wear vintage!
Happy New Year,
Lisa and Katie