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Friday, 1 August 2014

FOUND - Pinch Me, It's Another Belter

I found this ribbon belt at a charity shop while on holiday in Del Ray Beach, Florida. I love creatively integrating preppy touches into my look and I've a soft spot for lobsters. The crustacean was first made a fashion/pop icon by designer, innovator and artist Elsa Schiaparelli. A rival to Coco Chanel, Elsa's fashion risk taking and practical outlook on those who copied her designs - she was flattered - make her a personal hero. In 1937 Elsa asked her friend Salvador Dali to design a lobster graphic that she would then incorporate into fabric that she used to make a dress - not just any dress, but the dress Wallis Simpson wore in a famed Vogue photo shoot. Dress, designer, and lobsters all made more famous by the woman who brought the monarchy to its knees. For more on the fascinating life and designs of Schiap (as she called herself) read The Little Book of Schiaparelli by Emma Baxter-Wright or Schiap's autobio entitled Shocking Life. The belt was $3.   

Today is Oxfam's Vintage Friday. Tweet a photo of your vintage dress include #vintagefriday and text VINTAGE to 70066 to donate £3 to Oxfam.     

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