Here’s a first! A 6 Questions With in video format!
I’m an avid podcast listener/watcher while I’m busy working away in my workroom. I’d never really considered conducting my 6 Questions With series in any other format other than written, but as I couldn’t meet with Doris Raymond in-person while I was in LA, a Skype interview became the next best thing. And now, after seeing/hearing the end result of our chat, I’m considering a more audio version of 6 Questions With going forwards! There isn’t a Devel Vs Project that follows this 6 Questions With, but I have VIDEO!! (Albeit a bit rough, but I’m learning. Tips/advice encouraged!)
If you’re not familiar with Doris Raymond by name, perhaps you’re familiar with her marvellous vintage fashion store in LA called The Way We Wore? It pops up on ‘must-visit’ vintage shopping lists OFTEN. It’s big, pretty, and holds an impressive selection of stunning vintage pieces, from the 1910’s through to the 1990’s. I’m in love and I make sure to visit them every time I’m in LA.
If you’re not familiar with the store name, perhaps you’re familiar with the shop’s own TV series, LA Frock Stars?? Where designers and stars alike come to peruse Doris’ incredible collections, and learn more about vintage fashion in a fun interactive way. Surely you’ve seen part of the Dita episode from Season One at least??
I spent a little time in what Doris has named the ‘Inspiration Room’ on my last trip to LA, and was blown away by the sheer amount of vintage fashion EVERYTHING she has collected. I wanted to see it all, but you’d have to block out dayyyss for that! My helper Victoria was lovely enough to allow me the hours that I did spend there, pawing over the samples of mid-century fabrics and embroidery techniques.
Has that whet your appetite enough? You are now suitably primed for our chat with Doris! Enjoy!
Title Image of Doris by Susan Anderson
Extras for Experts
“Daphne has worked across many mediums including music, photography, art and literature. Her support of new and undiscovered talent in fashion has been widely documented. She’s been a fixture in the contemporary art world, an Oscar nominated film producer and a muse to so many creative people. There was always the music. The poetry that filled her notebooks throughout the years and the melodies she heard from within. Now, after working for many long hours with famed record producer Tony Visconti, Daphne has completed her first collection of songs, Optimist In Black.”
– Daphne Guiness website
“Maison Margiela is a French fashion house founded in Paris in 1988 by Belgian designer Martin Margiela.
Both masculine and feminine, oftentimes fusing the two genders, the brand’s universe can be described as conceptual and enigmatic, mysterious and iconoclast. Today, the House is recognized internationally for its unique approach to modern elegance.”
– Maison Margiela website
“James looked upon his dresses as works of art, as did many of his customers. Year after year, he reworked original designs, ignoring the sacrosanct schedule of seasons. The components of the precisely constructed designs were interchangeable, so that James had a never-ending fund of ideas on which to draw. He is most famous for his sculpted ball gowns made of lavish fabrics and to exacting tailoring standards, but is also remembered for his capes and coats, often trimmed with fur and embroidery, and his spiral zipped dresses.”
“The inventor of the bias cut, “coup en bias” – which she protected from imitations with a copyright and documents of authenticity test – and the celebrated queen of draping, which she tested using long cuts of crêpe, crêpe de chine, gabardine and satin on mannequins measuring 80 centimetres – half the size of an average body – Madeleine Vionnet was a star player in that revolution which, starting from the nineteen tens, modernized women’s clothing.”
– Vionnet website
” “A woman has no need to be perfect or even beautiful to wear my dresses,” Cristóbal Balenciaga once said. “The dress will do all that for her.” Balenciaga, who was born in Spain 120 years ago today, was the consummate couturier, renowned for the simplicity of his creations, the intense sculptural quality of his work. He was the author of the iconic trapeze frock, a proponent of the sophisticated baby doll, a genius of proportion, effortlessly pairing abbreviated jackets with high-waisted skirts. He cut necklines to stand away from the body—the better to show off your jewelry—and chopped sleeves above the wrists, ushering in the bracelet length.”
“Dietrich was nominated for her first and only Oscar for her role as the cabaret singer Amy Jolly von Sternberg’s in 1930’s somewhat scandalous film Morocco, in which she dresses in drag and kisses a woman… Her style toyed with expectations: At times she would appear in public wearing tuxedos, men’s suits, or driving outfits, other moments she’d choose Lanvin gowns, mink stoles, or Dior.”
– NY Mag
And as promised, the Dita Von Teese clip from LA Frock Stars, where she slips into an authentic Gypsy Rose Lee gown. Get ready to swoon!
Thank you Doris! We love you!