20th Century Glamour – A Walk Down the Runway in Vintage Couture

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Thursday night, I had the great pleasure of attending the Louis Verdad Louver collection preview. As if that weren’t enough fashion pleasure, Cameron Silver of Decades Inc. also showed a collection of twenty-four incredible gowns representing some of the best wearable vintage couture. I was so excited about this event that it wasn’t until I sat down to edit the video footage I took that I realized I was sitting behind Louis Verdad and Cameron Silver! The only stars in my eyes were the vintage kind.

The crowd was an interesting mix of fashionistas, celebrities such
as Rose McGowan dressed by Cameron Silver in a vintage Loris Azzaro,
Nicole Richie in vintage Zandra Rhodes and her new line, House of
Harlow, Nicky Hilton, Dana Delaney in a green vintage wiggle dress, and
Marisa Tomei in a 1958 vintage Christian Dior, with a few drag queens
for good measure. The entire night was a museum worthy installation of
beautiful fashion in every possible medium: 18-foot photos by August
Bradleya, a fashion film by Robertino Fonseca that captured Bradley’s
photo shoot, Louis Verdad’s collection displayed on mannequins, and the
piece de resistance, the Decades fashion show.


The show started with a very somber operetta by two vinyl, corseted
evening gown clad singers. Even the cello player was tightly bound in
black vinyl. Perhaps this was a way to bridge the gothic themed
collection by Louis Verdad and the vintage runway show.  Overall, it
was an interesting performance. Then, a parade of vibrant vintage gowns
marched down the runway.

The show included stunning gowns from the 1930s to the 1980s. Some
of my favorites included a pink 1950s Pierre Cardin ombre ball gown and
a 1930s blue paillette mermaid gown that I never would’ve guessed was
that old. The crowd went wild over a red sequined 1960s Norman Norell
cocktail dress. The colors ranged from fuschia to sea foam – I imagine
Cameron Silver is getting the store ready for spring.

The event was a much needed injection of glamour and high fashion in
a town that is best known for it’s Hollywood starlets and very casual
dress. I was thrilled to see so many attendees in vintage too.  I was
no longer self conscious of my bright pink and red dress amongst the
sea of black – vintage should stand out and be noticed. Isn’t this part
of why we wear it?

I am pleased to show you the latest of what I
hope will be a series of vintage themed videos produced by
DebutanteClothing.com. I hope my little Flip camera does the show
justice. Enjoy!

Decades Downtown LA Fashion Week Show from Sandra Mendoza-Daly on Vimeo.

Photos: LookBookLA.com / Felix Salzman
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1 Jen Orsini { 03.23.09 at 10:56 pm }

ooooo, I’m so envious that you got to see the show. But at least you were there to hold up the vintagista end of things!

2 Suzanne aka Punk Glam Queen { 03.27.09 at 9:37 am }

Wowza! How fab that you got to go and see all these gorgeous clothes. Ooh the Mugler “Forest” dress, j’adore! Even though I’m not into the “Boho” look, I really like that Zandra Rhodes dress Nicole Ritchie wore, great colours and silhouette.

3 violetville { 04.01.09 at 5:53 am }

Sandra, this is fabulous! Marisa Tomei is such a vision! I’m loving the 70’s YSL gowns…(my video won’t load past 7:00)… would love to hear more about whom you talked to!

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