Friday, May 27, 2011

It is Memorial Day Weekend!
You have a long, relaxing weekend to shop online.
Here's some offerings from the Reflections of Vintage Group. Please follow the links to our individual stores for more vintage fashions.

Wishing you a great holiday weekend...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fred Perlberg - My Kind of Guy

Well known Fashion Designer Fred Perlberg started his own design business in 1920 at 525 7th Avenue which now houses designers such as Ralph Lauren, Nicole Miller and Jones New York. Not much is seen of his earlier work up until about 1935 when he presented the first of his heavy high sheen satin gowns better known as liquid satin. He was known for simple affordable formal wear for women, simple on style and heavy on glamour. His earlier gowns from the late 30s and early 40s were used for bridesmaid and rumor has it wedding gowns. I have never been so lucky to find or even see one of his wedding gowns. Bridesmaid gowns were paired with matching satin gauntlets and picture hats. Once worn for the bridal party, budget savy American Women would reuse the gowns for formal affairs.


Colors that I have seen are celery green, pink, champagne and gold/yellow. This heavy satin fabric is easily damaged. Corsages were worn pinned to the waist or shoulder area leaving rubs in the fabric which is un-repairable.

My love affair with Fred Perlberg began many years ago when I discovered one of his gowns at a little antique shop. Captivated by this 1940's beauty I have always been on watch for more of his classic styles.. The sight of a Fred Perlberg label sends chills up my spine.

Today you can still find earlier Perlberg satin gowns but be careful. Many have been altered and have fabric damage due to improper storage. Unfortunately satin is not an enduring fabric. I suppose no different than other vintage clothing but then to lose a Perlberg........

He designed until 1968 and sold the label to Roger Milot in approximately 1970. Sadly he passed away at the age of 90 in 1991. He was named Man of the Year by the fashion industry in 1968.

Sorry girls but this beauty has been sold by Vintage Baubles


Friday, May 20, 2011


Memorial Day, the first big Summer holiday, is right around the corner and the members of the Reflections of Vintage seller's network have the perfect dresses, hats, Bermuda shorts, and a fabulous Pali hand print rayon men's Hawaiian shirt for your consideration. Please visit our shops for more beautiful vintage clothes and accessories!

Vintage 70s Purple Hibiscus on Semi Sheer White Wrap Shirt Dress -- Size M to L from CATSEYE VINTAGE


Vintage 1940s Navy and White Dotted Swiss Summer Full Skirt Dress B36 from ALLEY CATS VINTAGE


Vintage 50s Designer High Waist Checked Bermuda Shorts, Rockabilly, XS Sm from MY VINTAGE COCKTAIL


Vintage 50s Mens Pali Hawaiian Style Hand Print Cold Rayon Tropical Floral Print Aloha Blue Hawaii Shirt - Made in Japan - Looped Collar - Size XL to XXL from CATSEYE VINTAGE


Vintage Navy Blue Straw Bucket Style Hat with White Roses from ALLEY CATS VINTAGE


Vintage Wicker Picnic Fruit Basket Box Purse Handbag from MY VINTAGE COCKTAIL


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Lucille Ball - Actress, Model, Businesswoman and Style Icon

Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an American comedian, film, television, stage and radio actress, model, film and television executive, and star of the sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy and Life With Lucy. One of the most popular and influential stars in America during her lifetime, with one of Hollywood's longest careers, especially on television, Ball began acting in the 1930s, becoming both a radio actress and B-movie star in the 1940s, and then a television star during the 1950s. She was still making films in the 1960s and 1970s.

Ball received thirteen Emmy Award nominations and four wins. In 1977 Ball was among the first recipients of the Women in Film Crystal Award. She was the recipient of the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1979, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center Honors in 1986 and the Governors Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 1989.


In 1929, Ball landed work as a model and later began her performing career on Broadway using the stage name Dianne Belmont. She appeared in many small movie roles in the 1930s as a contract player for RKO Radio Pictures. Ball was labeled as the "Queen of the Bs" (referring to her many roles in B-films). In 1951, Ball was pivotal in the creation of the television series I Love Lucy. The show co-starred her then husband, Desi Arnaz as Ricky Ricardo and Vivian Vance and William Frawley as Ethel and Fred Mertz, the Ricardos' landlords and friends. The show ended in 1957 after 180 episodes. They then changed the format a little - lengthening the time of the show from 30 minutes to 60 minutes (the first one went 75 mins), adding some characters, altering the storyline somewhat, and renaming the show from "I Love Lucy" to "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour", which ran for three seasons (1957–1960) and 13 episodes. Ball went on to star in two more successful television series: The Lucy Show, which ran on CBS from 1962 to 1968 (156 Episodes), and Here's Lucy from 1968 to 1974 (144 episodes).


Ball met and eloped with Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz in 1940. On July 17, 1951, almost 40 years old, Ball gave birth to their first child, Lucie Désirée Arnaz. A year and a half later, Ball gave birth to their second child, Desiderio Alberto Arnaz IV, known as Desi Arnaz, Jr. Ball and Arnaz divorced on May 4, 1960.


On April 26, 1989, Ball died of a dissecting aortic aneurysm at age 77. At the time of her death she had been married to her second husband, standup comedian and business partner Gary Morton, for twenty-eight years.

The sellers of the Reflections of Vintage network are pleased offer the following Lucy inspired fashions.

Vintage 50s Floral Print Full Skirted Polished Cotton VLV Party Dress Embellished with Bows from CATSEYE VINTAGE


Vintage 1950s Sundress Celery Green with Rhinestones from AFTER DARK VINTAGE


Vintage 1950s Lucy Hat with Floppy Bow, Fun and Quirky from MY VINTAGE COCKTAIL


Vintage 50s Peach Silk Jacquard Roses Full Skirted Cocktail Party Shirt Dress from CATSEYE VINTAGE


Vintage 1950s Full Circle Rockabilly Shades of Pink Skirt from AFTER DARK VINTAGE


Vintage 40s Whimsical Straw Tilt Hat Perch Hat w/ Bow, So Lucy from MY VINTAGE COCKTAIL


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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Hats Galore by Jeanne Tete

Little is know about the personal life of Jeanne Tete except she was born in Indianapolis and adopted the name Tete to give her design line a French flair.

By 1939 she was already known in New York and was designing for Bonwit-Teller. Later in 1940 it was noted in an ad for the San Antonio store Wolff & Marx that she designed expressly for that store. This information was provided by the Vintage Fashion Guild.

Her designs are always something special. Over the top embellishments for ladies who want to be noticed.

Below is two examples of her creations, available for sale at After Dark Vintage on ArtFire.

Here's some more exciting fashions from our group.....

Vintage Baubles Too on ArtFire hosts these 3 ....

And Catseye Vintage on Etsy is loaded with glamour girl styles such as what you see below......