Here are a few vintage cuties will be in our Ebay closet this week @    Everything has a start price of 9.99 so go ahead…put a little voodoo on ’em!

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(1883?–1971) Chanel is known as one of the great influential couturiers of the 20th century. Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel got her start as a milliner c.1908. By the end of WWI she had set up a dressmaking establishment, making jersey knit dresses and skirt and sweater combinations. This was seen as new usage of jersey, which was considered to be a fabric for making man’s underwear. Her early designs set the stage for how she would approach fashion throughout her life – simplicity of design combined with function and comfort.Her first true collection was presented in 1922. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s her clothes were simply cut and easy to wear. Early on she became known for her love of certain colors and color combinations, which today we consider to be “classics” – beige and black, navy blue, deep red and white. She was an early designer of the black dress; some say she was the creator of the little black dress.

During this period, Chanel also introduced some of the elements that can be found over and over in her designs. These include her use of faux pearls and stones, simple decorations such as bows and camellias, and the extention of the interior of a garment to the outside of it.

Chanel closed during WWII, but in 1954 she staged a fashion comeback. Her signature garment was a simple cardigan suit, which contined to make until her death in 1971.

After her death, her design house floundered until the design job was given to Karl Lagerfeld in 1983. He has been very successful in incorporating the iconic elements of Chanel’s work into his own. Lagerfeld continues to design the Chanel collections, reinterpreting the look for which she was so well known – the Chanel suit.

Label note:  Adaptation labels were used not by the designer, but by US firms that were making fashions that were adapted from the designer’s work.  Many firms did adaptations, and an adaptation might be a faithful reproduction of the original, or it might be very loosely based on the designer’s work.

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Fashion show shenanigans

Well last saturday’s fashion show for Pins & Needles III was amazing.  This year I stayed back and dressed the girls and let me tell you it is quite an experience! Clothes, shoes flying everywhere, people shouting names of who is next.  I gained a new appreciation for those who have done it in the past as well as the other ladies and men who helped this year.  It amazed me how the gals look so calm on the runway.  You would never guess they just ripped off their last outfit and had three people dressing them, buckling shoes, zipping them up and buttoning buttons! So Fun!!  This year was an all vintage show and  we had fabulous people.  Atta Boy Vintage, Love Fox Vintage, Vintage Swag, Cheetah Girl Vintage, Clever Vintage, Sassy Sally’s, as well as us Voodoo Couture Vintage.

I have a few back stage photos and will try and get some of the actual show soon. Have a great Monday everyone!!!

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I. Magnin was a legendary San Francisco department store, founded in 1876 by Mary Ann Magnin, and named for her husband Isaac.  Originally, the couple sold baby clothing, which Mary Ann made, and Issac sold as a peddler.  The following year, they opened a store which sold the clothes, along with ladies toiletries. They soon expanded their offerings, with a selection of bridal fashions, lingerie, and trousseau items, all made from beautiful but expensive European fabrics and laces.  I. Magnin developed a reputation for selling only the highest quality goods.

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In 1906, their store was leveled by the Great San Francisco Earthquake, but that did not stop the Magnins.  They continued to sell from their home until a new store could be rebuilt. In the next ten years the family began opening branch stores all over California.  The Magnin’s four sons were also involved in the stores, with son Joseph eventually opening his own store, Joseph Magnin.

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The family sold their interest in the stores to Bullock’s, a Los Angeles department store, in 1944.  In 1964 Bullock’s became a part of Federated Department Stores.  Then in 1988, Macy’s gained control of Federated.  By 1994, the last I. Magnin stores were either closed, or changed to the Macy’s name.  Today, Macy’s has a house line called I. Magnin.

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Finishing up

So today and tomorrow we will be finishing up for the pins and needles fashion show on saturday.  Getting last minute fittings and putting jewelry and shoes together.  It is kind of a dreary morning with overcast skies which always makes me feel a little slow.  Here is hoping the afternoon is sunny as it has been this week, and I can do a little gardening.

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