Sign Me Up for Karaoke

Some purists sniff, if not sneer, at the trend. Madeline Meyerowitz, owner of the vintage clothing Web site enokiworld.com, which sells labels like Courrèges and Claire McCardell, likened designers of reproduction clothing to singers at a karaoke bar. “I don’t want to hear you sing it, I want to hear the original artist sing it,” she said. [This Old Thing? Actually, It's New]

I got a bunch of links to the above-quoted article at the NYT about repro vintage clothing … and the quote above really stood out (even more than "Men treat me differently when I wear vintage or something that looks vintage"). 

To me the karaoke metaphor, far from being a big slam, really highlights one of the things I love about the repro fashion movement … audience participation! I love vintage, but as we get farther away from the time periods whose clothing we love, the laws of supply and demand kick in: too many people chasing too few original objects means higher prices. (Great for Enokiworld, not so good for buyers.) Repro vintage means that more people can enjoy the same things we love: full skirts, kicky collars, and pockets!

Repro (especially DIY repro!) is inclusive, and builds community. I don't see a community forming around owning a Celine leather tunic (maybe I'm just hanging out in the wrong places? And in the wrong clothes?) but people are still congregating around the Butterick Walk-Away Dress – and even the reissue pattern is four years old!

I see repro as supporting lots of things I love: independent fashion, vintage aesthetics, and a deeper, more thoughtful relationship with the clothes we wear. And traditional vintage should only be helped, not hurt, by the repro movement: once you make a Claire McCardell pattern, your taste will definitely be whetted for the real thing. (Trust me, I speak from experience.)

What's your take? Are you vintage-only, DIY-only, repro-only, or a mix? 

Today's Pattern Story (and Sale): Simplicity 7804

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Floral: Look. Look into my midriff mandala. Lose your "self" and become one with creation.

Yellow: I represent the Sun, and thus life itself.

Green: I represent all other living things, given life by the Sun. Or, possibly, avocados. It's hard to tell. I mean, my midriff triangle could represent the avocado seed, right?

Floral: Focus, ladies!

This pattern—and everything else at ZipZapKap—is 50% off (today only! Coupon code GL400YAY50 will get you 50% off everything in the store, from 1 a.m CST Friday to 1 a.m. CST Saturday. ) 

Hypothetical Upon Hypothetical

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If I were in the market for a wedding dress (which I'm not) and I were about a size 6 (which I'm not) and I had a budget of about $1500 for a wedding dress (which I didn't even when I was in the market for a wedding dress), I'd be looking real hard at this lovely gown from Shrimpton Couture

She's got all the details, so you should really check out her writeup. This is just one gorgeous dress, and I don't think it was originally intended as a bridal gown, which somehow makes it better. (Not sure why, it just does.)

The lovely champagne color makes this a nice gown for an evening wedding. Think candlelight … 

Dear Miss Magnin

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This dress has a Miss Magnin label in it, according to Holly at Lucitebox Vintage (where it is on sale). I think I like Miss Magnin. I think she has a sense of humor, smiles at babies on the street (I think that you should always smile at babies on the street) and would let you know if you had lipstick on your teeth. I think she would meet you for coffee and let you complain about your first-world problems and then make you laugh about them.

And if she did it wearing this dress, then so much the better! Midriff band, geometric print, pockets … oh yes, Miss Magnin and I would be great friends. Does anyone know if she’s on Facebook?

 

Send In The Clowns

I'm not sure how I came across this dress, but I'm glad I did:

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It's hard to see, but those are little clowns. In some kind of Escher castle. Why? I don't know. 

If you want to inspire a WTF? from everyone who stands close enough to you to see the clowns, you can find this dress at MissMucho's Etsy shop

(And yes, I know about this.)

Not Really Buttoned-Up

Commenter Lynne sent me the link to this dress from Posh Girl Vintage, which combines two of my favorite things: buttons and polka dots.

 
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It's pique, too, so I guess that makes it three of my favorite things. Oh, wait — piping — that's four. If only it had pockets … 

It's a little small (maybe a modern 6?) but it's so adorable. (Click the image above to visit the Posh Girl listing.)