This summer I was commissioned to design and make a custom retro two-piece with a western flavour, by local vintage-lover Olivia (aka Veronica Kay). She had in-mind a pair of 1970’s bootie shorts, a matching top, and ALL the fringing. I gathered up some 1970’s inspiration, worked through a handful of designs for her, and the cropped western shirt option was the winner of the day!
This October I had the designer-desire to create a novelty skirt specifically for our spooky sisters. Gals who grew up reading R.L.Stine, watching The Craft, and collecting Living Dead Dolls. Gals who love Tiger Army, Cradle of Filth and Manson. Designed exclusively for the dark dames amongst us, let me introduce The Black Widow Skirt.
A friend had posted a photo of herself online, all rugged up in a very plush and glamorous vintage velvet robe, which had reminded me that for yeeeears I’d been wanting to make a glam 1950’s housecoat for my own winter swanning about the home. I’d bought a vintage 1950’s housecoat pattern in preparation, but had never decided on what style or colourway I was most keen on. I was surprise-gifted a free weekend of time soon after mentioning to said-friend that I was going to maybe make a housecoat this winter, and so with little excuses to be seen, I dove right in.
There’s a lot to love about vintage clothes; the style, the shape, the fabric, the history. But not every vintage piece is a winner, or merely wearable. Some pieces have seen a lot of wear, many parties, one too many accidents, and Von Vonsky’s vintage fur coat was one of these. She brought it to me with the hopes we could salvage the beautiful fur pile and turn it into something that could be functional for her little family and cherished through further generations. Could this old fur coat, with such a beautiful soft and thick pile, but also with holes and no innards, be transformed into a snuggly, luxurious comforter? Yes, yes it could.
Suddenly I had a modern-retro, Devel take on an Air New Zealand hostess uniform dancing in my mind, which I became very excited about and shared the concept with my husband straight away. I knew if I was going to do it right, I would also need to commission a custom hat, and with my big exciting design collaboration with Shag already under way, and the Very Vintage Day Out looming on the horizon, I pushed the idea back into my brain’s archives for later.