I am thrilled to present to you a 1950's silk cocktail dress by legendary designer Arnold Scaasi. I went to the Vintage Fashion Guild website for a little info on him.
Arnold Scaasi (b.1931) was born Arnold Isaacs in Montreal, Canada. He left school at fourteen in order to travel to Australia to visit an aunt, and upon his return to Montreal he attended the Cotnoir-Capponi Design School. For his last year of school he went to Paris and studied at the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. In 1953 he left Paris for New York. Upon arrival in the city he called Charles James, who ended up offering him a job.
He worked with James for a while, absorbing James’ approach of designing in the round. Isaacs also freelanced and made clothing for private clients. He also did made to order work for companies to use in advertising, and it was for one of these ads, Body by Fisher, that he reversed his last name and became Scaasi for the first time.
In 1956 Scaasi did his first ready-to-wear collection, which was an success. In the next few years he did menswear and costume jewelry, but in 1964 he scaled back on these operations to concentrate on his new made-to-order salon. He made extravagant clothing for many of the country’s most famous women, including First Ladies, actresses and socialites.
“I am not a minimalist designer! Clothes with some adornment are more interesting to look at and more fun to wear.” Scaasi
Written by Lizzie Bramlett, fuzzylizzie.com, coutureallurevintage.com
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2515 SE Clinton St. Portland, Oregon, United States
Welcome to Xtabay, Portland's premier location for glamorous vintage clothing. Since 2001, fashion savvy customers have perused Xtabay's extensive collection of sexy, modern-looking vintage clothing and accoutrements. From rare 20s dresses to fabulous 50s frocks to chic 60s mini dresses, Xtabay features pieces handpicked by Liz Gross, Xtabay's proprietress.
Our collection of vintage dresses, shoes, and handbags makes Xtabay a destination for stylists, celebrities, designers, and fashionistas around the world. Xtabay also offers an assortment of women's vintage daywear. Our lush and glamorous setting as well as our affordable prices make us a must visit in Portland for collectors and shoppers alike.
We are open 7 days a week from 11am-6pm
Call us at 503.230.2899 with any questions. We are happy to ship items.
We have recently added a Vintage Bridal Salon upstairs from the clothing boutique, featuring wedding gowns from the 1920s through the 1970s.
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