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Fashion Files: The Goldworm Era

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As a collector of vintage Italian knitwear from the 1960s to 1970s, I can tell you that original Goldworm pieces are becoming more expensive and harder to find these days.

If you are unfamiliar with the label, it was founded in 1928 by Samuel and Gertrude Goldworm. The company partnered with clothing manufacturers in Italy during the knitwear boom in the 1960s and transformed itself into a purveyor of quality, wearable art. Identifiable by the iconic smiling gold worm on the label, original Goldworm pieces are highly collectible and would make a unique and timeless addition to your vintage wardrobe.

Below are some vintage Goldworm knits we found on eBay and etsy this week. Click on each image to see the listing.

The classic gold worm.

Vintage 1960s Goldworm wool knit mini dress/tunic from Hottmilk on etsy. $110.

 

Vintage 1960s Goldworm keyhole dress from Planetclairevintage on etsy. $115.

 

Vintage Goldworm virgin wool knit dress on eBay. Current bid $99.

 

Vintage 1960s Goldworm young Edwardian-style dress on eBay. Currently on sale for $140.

 

Hello Mad Men lovers. Vintage 1960s Goldworm merino wool wiggle dress from ZucchiniFlourVintage on etsy. $78.

 

Vintage 1960s Goldworm dress from cloudninevintage on etsy. $94.

 

Rare price! Vintage 1960s Goldworm Navajo print dress on eBay. Current bid $9.99.

 

Vintage 1960s Goldworm 3/4 sleeve knit dress from Vintage201 on etsy. $79.

 

Vintage 1960s to 1970s Goldworm knit dress from josieovtg on etsy. $30.

 

Vintage 1960s Goldworm wool knit shift dress from VINTANTHROMODERN on etsy. $96.

 

Vintage 1960s Goldworm psychedelic print knit dress from Vintage201 on etsy. $97.

 

Vintage 1960s Goldworm wool knit shift dress from VINTANTHROMODERN on etsy. $84.

 

Vintage 1960s Goldworm silk blend, knit dress from VINTANTHROMODERN on etsy. $108.

 

Vintage Goldworm Gustav Klimt print dress on eBay. Current bid $79.99.

 

Vintage 1970s Goldworm knit sweater dress from honeydip on etsy. $68.

 

If you love Missoni you will really adore this one. Vintage 1960s Goldworm full-length knit dress from staticwhite on etsy. $40.

 

Vintage Goldworm wool knit dress with matching scarf from MissMaggiesBureau on etsy. $129.

1940s Style: The Factory Girl to The New Look

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Los Angeles Confidential Magazine recently featured a spread on an updated 1940s look for Fall, which sparked today’s post. But before we get into all of the amazing vintage pieces we found on etsy and eBay this week, we have a mini fashion history lesson.

Women joined the workforce en masse in the early 1940s as all the men went off to fight in the War. From the kitchen to the factory, from making pies to welding ships, women did it all.

During the War years (1939 – 1945), women’s apparel emphasized broad, square shoulders and a trim, fitted waist. Above the waist, tops featured rounded necklines and shorter collars. Below the waist, high waisted trousers, flared shorts and knee-length skirts. Below the knees, oxfords and pumps. Sadly, nylon stockings were rationed for parachutes.

Pictured above: Miss Anna Bland, a burner at the Richmond Shipyards, works on the S.S. George Washington Carver. Circa 1943.

Pictured above: Woman drills on Liberator Bomber, Consolidated Aircraft Corp., Fort Worth, Texas. Photo by Howard R. Hollem. October 1942.

Post-War, factory girls retired their dungarees and took on a softer, more feminine look. Christian Dior’s debut haute couture collection, released in February 1947, signaled a triumphant return to glamour, with its sloping shoulders, cinched waist, accentuated bust and wide hips. Skirts were significantly longer and fuller than the War years. The stunning clothes, cut to emphasize the female form and made out of seemingly endless yards of luxurious fabric, were revolutionary. Dior’s collection was pronounced “The New Look” and made him a star.

Pictured above: A look from Christian Dior’s debut haute couture collection, 1947.

And now, here’s what we found on eBay and etsy this week. Click on each image below to see the full listing.

1940s style Ida trousers in red polyester from fortiesfrocks on etsy. $95.

Vintage 1940s hourglass skirt suit. $95 on eBay.

Vintage 1940s blue sheer nylon blouse. $82.99 on eBay.

Vintage 1940s rayon crepe beaded party dress on eBay. Buy it now for $329, or make an offer.

Vintage 1940s brown alligator pumps, size 8, from PsychicHeart on etsy. $62.

Vintage 1940s 3 piece cotton “Originals By Maison France” dress on eBay. $369.

1940s style hand-knitted hair tidy from thebritishhomefront on etsy. $8.

Vintage 1940s navy windowpane skirt suit from the New Look-era. Buy it now on eBay for $249.

Vintage 1940s cream ribbon knit dress on eBay. Buy it now for $249, or make an offer.

Vintage 1940s day dress on eBay. $150.

Vintage 1940s pumps, size 39. $90 on eBay.

Vintage 40s Betty Hartford suit on eBay. $75.

Vintage 1940s iridescent pink silk taffeta dress with fur trim from sazzvintage on etsy. $250.

Vintage 1940s Hattie Carnegie suit from Marshall Field Company. Buy it now on eBay for $284, or make an offer.

1940s repro playsuit made from vintage pattern and fabrics (you choose!) from nudeedudee on etsy. $185.

Vintage 1940s lace beaded gown. $112.50 on eBay.

Vintage 1940s purple blouse from wildfellhallvintage on etsy. $30.

Vintage 1940s WWII high waist flared shorts on eBay. $125.

Vintage 1940s chartreuse gabardine skirt suit on eBay. $349.

WWII era repro cotton day dress from timemachinevintage on etsy. Made from an orginal, vintage pattern. $115.

Marlene pants from VeconaVintage on etsy. $250.

1940s repro 3-piece playsuit from jacksdaughter on etsy. Made from a 1947 Simpicity pattern. $173.

New 1940s-inspired wool fedora, made to order by buygail on etsy. $75.

Vintage 1940s WWII wool plaid peplum dress on eBay. Current bid $9.99.

Vintage 1940s pinafore skirt with removeable straps from KookieKittie on etsy. $110.

Vintage 1940s wool fedora from wildfellhallvintage on etsy. $42.

Cashmere sweater ($1,235) and pencil skirt ($950) by Nina Ricci. Maxi leather shoes by Brian Atwood ($939). Photo courtesy of LA Confidential Magazine.

Vintage original “New Look” era 1940s Christian Dior dress on eBay. Buy it now for $795 or make an offer.

Vintage 1940s silk wiggle dress. Current bid $17.50.

Vintage 1940s bombshell dress with huge tortoise shell buttons on eBay. $108.75.

Vintage 1940s belted wool coat on eBay. $110.

Fashion Files: André Courrèges

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André Courrèges, self-proclaimed inventor of the mini-skirt, launched his ultra-modern ‘Space Age’ collection in 1964 and went on to become one of the most copied fashion designers of all time. A former civil engineer, Courrèges’ clothes were sharp, angular and mathematically designed. His clean-cut collection included trouser suits with immaculately cut straight legs and streamlined jackets. The look was created using heavyweight gabardines and other heavy fabrics to maintain a rigid structure. He also employed PVC, metal and plastic in many of his designs.  

Today, vintage Courrèges pieces from the 1960s are rare and can sell for hundreds of dollars. Below are some vintage Courrèges items found on eBay and etsy this week. Click on each image to see the full listing.

Courrèges red wool gabardine mini-dress, 1964. Photo credit: Victoria & Albert Museum. Dress donated by Stavros Niarchos.

Vintage Courrèges “Eskimo” sunglasses. Current bid $162.47 on eBay.

Vintage 1960s Courrèges Sunkist orange PVC jacket from TimelessVixenVintage on etsy. $550.

Vintage Courrèges cap toe patent gogo boots from pamcoco on etsy. $335.

Vintage Courrèges lavender a-line dress from vintagedresscloset on etsy. $395.

Vintage Courrèges purple PVC vest by pamcoco on etsy. $525.

Vintage Courrèges dress with mesh back from violentvintage on etsy. $390.

Vintage 1960s Courrèges structured jacket from EndlessAlley on etsy. $110.

Mod Courrèges orange vinyl wallet from snapitupvintage on etsy. $175.

Vintage Courrèges modernist earrings from popgoesmyvintage on etsy. $40.

Vintage Courrèges black vinyl purse from snapitupvintage on etsy. $285.

Vintage Courrèges “Futur Couture” dress. $690 on eBay.

Vintage 1970s Courrèges ivory wool and mohair dress from thriffany on etsy. Also available in black. $250.

Vintage 1960s Courrèges navy blue handbag from TheMysteryDrawer on etsy. $150.

Vintage Courrèges stamped enamel necklace. $95 on eBay.

Vintage Courrèges sheer sweater from violentvintage on etsy. $120.

Vintage Courrèges sweater with drawstring waist. $109.99 on eBay.

Vintage 1970s Courrèges silk scarf. $160 on eBay.

Vintage Courrèges “Sport Futur” dress. $213.34 on eBay.

Vintage Courrèges sunglasses frames on eBay. $85.

Vintage Courrèges Hyperbole wool jacket. $699.95 on eBay.

Vintage Courrèges sculptural sunglasses. $980 on eBay.

Vintage 1970s Courrèges cashmere blend turtleneck sweater. $70 on eBay.

Fashion Files: The Golden Age of the Secretary

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After several notorious decades of stenography and coffee fetching, the office secretary eventually became extinct after the 1980s, replaced by administrative assistants and executive assistants. The title of secretary has since been relegated to condo association boards and official cabinet positions like Defense Secretary. Yawn.

To honor our fallen foremothers, today we revisit the Golden Age of the Secretary, from the wiggle skirts of the 1950s to the puffy sleeves of the 1980s. Click on each image below to see the listing. And hold my calls.

50s-era embellished brocade satin dress on eBay. Starting bid $112.

50s-era emerald green wiggle dress in raw silk on eBay. Starting bid $19.99.

50s-era bronze and black plaid secretary dress on eBay. Buy it Now for $24.95.

50s to 60s double-breasted secretary dress in lime green on eBay. Starting bid $16.12.

50s to 60s atomic knit secretary top and skirt on eBay. Starting bid $19.99.

60s orange ruffled secretary dress on eBay. Starting bid $14.99.

60s secretary dress with scarf on eBay. Buy it Now $49.99.

60s silver floral brocade dress on eBay. Starting bid $14.99.

60s two piece secretary suit on eBay. Buy it Now $15.99.

60s to 70s secretary mini dress with ascot and pleats on eBay. Starting bid $9.99.

70s floral peaches and cream secretary dress with tuxedo trim on eBay. Starting bid $9.99.

70s striped secretary blouse on eBay. Starting bid $9.95.

70s stripey secretary dress with pussy bow on eBay. Starting bid $9.99. Buy it Now for $18.

70s accordion secretary dress with ascot tie on eBay. Starting bid $13.99.

70s to early 80s blue and white striped secretary dress on eBay. Current bid $8.05.

80s sheer navy blue secretary dress with Peter Pan collar and cuffs on eBay. Starting bid $19.99.

80s light pink tuxedo secretary dress with wide cuffs on eBay. Starting bid $9.99.

80s purple tiger print peplum secretary dress on eBay. Starting bid $14.99.

80s secretary polka dot blouse with ascot tie on eBay. Buy it Now for $32.50.

80s champagne secretary dress with ascot on eBay. Starting bid .99 cents.

Written by Verdell

July 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm