Glad Rags & Curios: Unique Fashions from the Past

Curio Vintage is located on 379 Moody Street in Waltham, Massachusetts, and online at Rubylane.

Here's a selection of some of our favorite items and stories.

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    1950s Velvet Dressing Gown with Lace Collar [x]

    — 8 months ago with 4 notes
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    c1974 Diane Von Furstenberg Wrap Dress [x]

    This green jersey print dress combines its fluid, flattering silhouette with one of the designer’s bold signature prints: Trompe l’oeil bundles of white twine, “gathered in” at regular intervals by kelly green and crimson spacers.

    — 8 months ago with 2 notes
    #vintage fashion  #vintage couture  #vintage designer  #vintage dresses  #diane von furstenberg  #vintage style  #1970s 

    c1890 Victorian Embroidered Silk Smoking Cap [x]

    This sweetheart gift, made by a wife for her husband (and acquired from her 90-year-old granddaughter), is embroidered with a garland of pansies, as well as the initial “G” on the inside, for the family’s surname. Pansies were an appropriate motif, as they represented loving thoughts in Victorian floriography.

    — 8 months ago with 3 notes
    #victorian fashion  #victorian era  #victorian style  #smoking cap  #vintage menswear 
    1960s Mod Bubble Toque Hat with Pheasant Feathers [x]

    1960s Mod Bubble Toque Hat with Pheasant Feathers [x]

    — 9 months ago
    #vintage fashion  #vintage style  #vintage hats  #mod fashion  #1960s  #mod style  #feather hat  #toque hat 
    Late Victorian Brass and Hairwork Cufflinks [x]
These gilt brass cuff buttons/studs feature a glass-topped compartment each displaying a smooth lock of dark blonde hair. Hair jewelry was popular throughout the Victorian era, especially given as a token of love/friendship, or worn as memorial/mourning jewelry.

    Late Victorian Brass and Hairwork Cufflinks [x]

    These gilt brass cuff buttons/studs feature a glass-topped compartment each displaying a smooth lock of dark blonde hair. Hair jewelry was popular throughout the Victorian era, especially given as a token of love/friendship, or worn as memorial/mourning jewelry.

    — 9 months ago with 2 notes
    #victorian era  #victorian jewelry  #victorian fashion  #hairwork  #hair jewelry  #cuff links  #men's jewelry 
    c1880 Victorian Rolled Gold Brooch [x]
As symbols of eternal love, both the serpent and the eternity or “love” knot were popular motifs in Victorian jewelry; the way the connected coils in this piece evoke both a double serpent and that eternity knot is pure Victorian sentiment.
Also playing into this theme is the detailing along the coils and frame that suggests fern leaves, perhaps maidenhair fern, which in Victorian floriography symbolized a secret bond of love.

    c1880 Victorian Rolled Gold Brooch [x]

    As symbols of eternal love, both the serpent and the eternity or “love” knot were popular motifs in Victorian jewelry; the way the connected coils in this piece evoke both a double serpent and that eternity knot is pure Victorian sentiment.

    Also playing into this theme is the detailing along the coils and frame that suggests fern leaves, perhaps maidenhair fern, which in Victorian floriography symbolized a secret bond of love.

    — 9 months ago with 2 notes
    #victorian jewelry  #victorian fashion  #victorian style  #victorian era  #1880  #brooches 

    Fall 1989 Scaasi Couture Dress Suit with Lace Blouse [x]

    Scaasi was the Canadian-born son of a furrier who reversed his surname (“Isaacs”) when he struck out on his own in the mid-50s, going on to dress famous women from Mamie Eisenhower, Barbara Bush and Joan Rivers to Elizabeth Taylor, Aretha Franklin and Barbra Streisand. Caroline Reynolds Milbank (author of “New York Fashion”) describes Scaasi’s designs as “constructed, sculptural clothes made on the grand scale”, and Joan Rivers has quipped: “With a Scaasi, you have to dress and want to make an entrance. You don’t relax in his gowns. If you want to relax, get a Barcalounger.”

    — 9 months ago with 1 note
    #vintage fashion  #scaasi  #vintage dresses  #vintage designer  #vintage style  #vintage couture 

    1920s/30s Deadstock Art Deco Leather Brogues [x]

    Never-before-worn brogue-style pumps from the late twenties/early thirties, in supple brown leather with a geometric Deco pattern around the toe and heels.

    — 10 months ago with 7 notes
    #vintage shoes  #brogues  #art deco fashion  #vintage fashion  #vintage style  #1920s  #1930s  #deadstock 

    1960s “Bendel’s Fancy” Beaded Velvet Empire Waist Gown [x]

    — 10 months ago with 2 notes
    #vintage fashion  #vintage style  #vintage gowns  #henri bendel  #1960s  #vintage 

    1970s Jean Varon Map Print Caftan Gown [x]

    From the fall/winter 1973 collection of designer John Bates for his Jean Varon label, this satin caftan or hostess gown features a print inspired by an aerial map of British towns Luton and Braintree.

    A version of this gown (in two pieces, with a matching jacket and hat; see top photo) appears in Richard Lester’s “John Bates: Fashion Designer” as well as on the cover and back endpaper of Jane Dorner’s “Fashion”; the identical gown is part of the holdings of the Fashion Museum of Bath.

    — 10 months ago with 2 notes
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    1970s Givenchy Silk Floral Psychedelic Print Dress [x]

    A sunburst of tucks frames the wide scoopneck, extending into the shoulders just enough to puff the long sleeves a bit, and a band of matching tucks encircles the waist. There is also a self-fabric sash, fringed at the ends, to tie around the waist.

    — 11 months ago with 6 notes
    #vintage designer  #vintage dresses  #psychedelic fashion  #givenchy  #1970s  #dresses 

    1950s Albion Italian Suede Winkle-picker Stiletto Pumps [x]

    Italian-made suede shoes from 1958, with a four inch stiletto heel and the sharply pointed ‘winkle-picker’ toe. ‘Winkle-picker’ was a tongue-in-cheek name for this style of toe, alluding to the mechanism for eating periwinkle snails, or ‘winkles’, in England, with a pin or other pointed object. The silhouette of this shoe, with its sky high heels and the pointed toe in question, was very popular in the late fifties and early sixties.

    — 11 months ago with 5 notes
    #vintage shoes  #vintage fashion  #vintage style  #winklepickers  #stilettos  #1950s  #shoes  #women's shoes 

    1960s Mod Hat with Guinea & Pheasant Feathers and Velvet Band [x]

    — 11 months ago with 3 notes
    #vintage fashion  #vintage hats  #mod fashion  #vintage style  #hats  #feather hat  #1960s