Monday, March 26, 2012

1960's black and white cocktail dress with bead trimmed bow, waist 27". 198.

1960's Electric Blue Persuasion by R&K, waist 25".198.

1950s silk faille "New Look" era party dress with full skirt and matching bolero jacket. Lined in pink satin. From Bullocks Wilshire. Waist 25", 298.

The one that got away...I finally got a chance to photograph it and then it sold! 1950's petal hemmed prom dress,  going to the prom for the second time in over 50 years:)
Xtabay Bridal Salon, call us at 503 234 7568 to schedule an appointment.
Prom season has been in full swing the last couple of weeks.  I am so excited to see so many high school students going vintage this year. It's been so much fun watching these young ladies transform into glamorous looking movie stars...

Here is a fabulous photograph taken of Kaylon in Alabama wearing her Xtabay prom dress this year. Doesn't she look beautiful? Seriously, she is the cutest thing ever! Thanks Kaylon for sharing this with me:)

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Morning Light

1950's ivory tiered lace tea-length wedding dress with mini-train, waist 26".

Exquisite 1950's New-Look couture party dress, waist 26". 

An Xtabay exclusive: 1930's reproduction silk bias cut wedding gown, size 8-10.
 New arrivals in the Bridal Salon and in the main store. I am so excited to see so many high school girls coming in buying vintage prom dresses!
When I was a senior in high school my best friend Maggie and I wore vintage. The two of us headed downtown to Avalon ( a Portland vintage store that's been around forever but doesn't have a website I can link to) and picked out a couple of sexy little black dresses. They weren't so much prom dresses as Femme Fatale man-eater dresses. We both wore blood red lipstick and big black cat-eye sunglasses.  I remember my dress was from the late 40's and featured a sexy plunging illusion lace neckline...It was gorgeous and the kind of dress I would still wear today.
 We ended up appearing on the cover of the school newspaper posing in front of her late 70's Volvo under the headline "STAG and in STYLE".Makes me laugh today...We didn't have dates senior year, but we had a lot of fun.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Rare Finds....

Gorgeous 1920's silk charmeuse flapper dress, size 4. 298.

Stunning 1930's periwinkle chiffon evening gown with deco details, size 13-14. Rare larger size! 298.

Exquisite 1930's silk bias cut evening gown with silk tulle accents and jacket, 398. Size 7-8

1930's Crown Royale satin T-Straps, size 9 N, 198.

1930's gilded leather t-strap heels, size 7 N, 150.

1930's Palter De Liso metallic lame shoes, size 8 N, sold.

Like new 1940's gold fishnet peep-toes, size 8 aa, 165.

Fun way to store your bangle collection! Thanks to the blog Vintage Vixen for the inspiration to re-organize my shelves and dresser!

well, at least it's semi organized... Do you think I need to sell some of my bakelite collection?!

Gorgeous 1960's ombre sequined cardigan, 98. Size med.

Joanne is truly a rare find, here she is modeling the green goddess dress by Mollie Parnes. 
Anyone in the vintage clothing business knows how hard it is these days to find good quality clothing from the 20's and 30's.  The stuff is simply drying up.
 Oh how I miss the days when I could go to Value Village and come home with a few bag loads of vintage treasures. The things I used to find were astonishing. Honestly, that's how I got hooked.
 Finding fabulous vintage clothing is a lot more complicated these days. Lucky for me, having a shop means people can bring the stuff to you.
 I am thrilled to be consigning a collection of items from a local Portland woman that has been collecting vintage clothing since the 70's.  She has shared with me her lovely collection of vintage shoes and gowns from the 20's and 30's. I will be posting more items later this week.

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