Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Homage to Harper's Bazaar in dogtooth
I have a little bit of an obsession with vintage magazines, as they provide so much inspiration and are just generally wonderful reads. My idea of a perfect relaxed day would consist of perusing Vogues, Harper's Bazaars and other magazines dating from the twenties to sixties, while drinking lots of just-ground coffee.
So for a birthday present last year, my mum bought me a set of sixties American Harper's Bazaar covers. I currently have ten of them displayed on three canvases on my wall... (Good for inspiring chic dreams!) A while ago, my mum commented on the fact that I had a dogtooth dress that I could use to recreate one of the covers (shown above). So this is my version!
Okay, so the dog has been replaced with my brother's toy polar bear and I don't have any necklaces as extravagant as the one pictured, but I tried to represent everything in the photo!
This dress is thrifted, and the buttons sewn on are vintage ones that we found at a market stall. The hemline was also taken up - thanks mum! The black vintage belt is family inherited, and so are the leather gloves. The faux fur hat in the first shot was thrifted, and so are the men's brogues which pop up constantly on this blog! Yes, I am obsessed with brogues..
The faux pearl necklace was rescued from a 'treasure box' of odd pieces of jewellery that my brother and I used to play with - we would pretend that we were pirates, then barter and exchange pieces with each other to create our perfect hoard of 'treasure'. Nothing like discussing the merits of swapping a broken brooch inscribed with the words 'Ladies Tennis Club Tournament 1953' with a single, delightfully tacky faux-diamond earring to bring out the entrepeneur in oneself!
I love the light in these photos. The sun was just about to set, meaning there was that wonderful orange glow brushing every surface.
Talking about amazing magazines, I watched 'The September Issue' yesterday, and decided that Grace Coddington is my new icon! Her sumptuously planned and styled shoots (especially that twenties inspired one!) were extraordinary. For anyone who has seen this documentary, what did you think of it? I'm sure there are some very interesting views on this film.
Thank you for a number of blog awards I recieved recently, they are very much appreciated and will be properly attributed in a later post.