We offer a large selection of designers and manufacturers that span the 20th and early 21st century. Sizing varies greatly, so we have outlined our measuring and size estimating process.
The best way to know if a vintage item will fit you is to take a garment that fits you well, similar to the one you are interested in purchasing, and measure it the way we measure ours.
We lay all garments flat and measure as follows*:
BUST - under arm to under arm across the front and then double that measurement.
Measure the WAISTBAND, widest part of the HIPS, widest part of the THIGH on one leg and width of the CUFF, then double those measurements
WAIST - find the smallest part of the garment if there isn't an obvious seam for the waist and measure across and then double that measurement.
LENGTH - Measure from the top of the waistband to the bottom of the cuff along the side seam.
HIPS - Find the largest part of the hip area and measure flat, then double that measurement.
RISE - Measure from the crotch to the top of the waistband.
LENGTH - from the nape of the neck or the top of the shoulders, depending on the style of garment. We will measure to the waist when applicable, so that you can determine if it will fit your torso, and then a waist down measurement.
INSEAM - Measure from the crotch to the bottom of the cuff along the inside seam.
SLEEVES - measure from the top of the shoulder seam to the end of the sleeve. When we think that the arm opening is particularly small, we will provide that measurement as well.**
*Fabrics with stretch will have some give, we will try to mention the range of measurements that will fit comfortably.
**With dolman sleeves, the size is an estimation based on the waist as the body seamlessly joins the sleeve.
Feel free to email us with specific questions about specific measurements that we may not have included that you need to know in order to feel confident about your purchase. If you have a particularly long torso, short legs, long arms, etc.. we can help you determine whether or not a garment will work for your body.SaveSaveSave
This rare Alexander McQueen Spring Summer 2004 two piece patchwork skirt and jacket suit is a great example of Lee McQueen's impeccable attention to detail and fine tailoring. This unique ensemble is from McQueen's "Deliverance" runway show, which was based on iconic dance marathon scenes from the 1969 Sydney Pollack film "They Shoot Horses Don't They." The movie takes place in the 1930's during the Great Depression. Contestants participate in a dance marathon in hopes of winning a $1,500 cash prize. The competition drags on from days to weeks and people go from being full of energy and pep to dragging on the floor until they eventually drop out or expire. As only he could, Mcqueen redefined these historic movie scenes with modern fashion brilliantly.
This fitted suit is intricately made with hand stitched patchwork pieces that include men's shirting and a mix of polished and matte cottons. This was done just as it would have been during the depression, when people were forced to use only the materials available to them. It's very rare to find both pieces of the suit together, so we were thrilled to find this complete outfit.
We love the outstanding details including the design of the patches, intentional loose threads, small front slash pockets, unfinished button holes with buttons, and the raw hems on both pieces. The skirt has a mermaid style flared hem, closes with side zipper and has a built in slip. The jacket is fully lined and has a gathered back and elbow patches. The mixed fabric patches include checks, and stripes in shades of cream, taupe burgundy and Grey and the background fabric is a tonal cream.
Made in Italy of 100% cotton and labeled a size 40. This is an outfit that we keep discovering more and more details the more we look at it. If you are a fan of vintage Alexander Mcqueen pieces, this would be a fabulous edition to your collection.
We estimate this to fit a modern day US size 2/4. Please refer to the measurements as a guide.