out for this symbol ...many
items in the Attic have been in storage for over 25 years and
have never been worn, some still have tickets attached!
phone Sara 0798.0497.326
EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS 2005 - 2006
& SPLENDOUR : The wardrobe of Queen Maud of Norway
February 2005 - 8 January 2006
Princess Maud Charlotte Mary Victoria
was born 26 November 1869, fifth child of the Prince and Princess
of Wales and granddaughter of Queen Victoria. The youngest of
two boys and three girls, Maud had a frugal but relaxed upbringing
at her father's estate at Sandringham in Norfolk. Her mother,
Princess Alexandra was a great sportswoman and encouraged all
her children to ride, skate and bicycle.
Princess Maud married her cousin, Prince Carl
of Denmark on 22 July 1896. Following the honeymoon, they lived
in Copenhagen, while Carl pursued his naval career. Their son,
Alexander, was born in 1903.
This quiet life changed completely in 1905, when
the political union linking Norway and Sweden was dissolved. The
newly independent Norway voted to be a monarchy rather than a
republic and Prince Carl was elected King. He changed his name
to become King Haakon and his son became Crown Prince Olav. The
coronation was held 22 June 1906 in Trondhjem. Princess Maud was
now Queen Consort of Norway.
reflects this sudden change in lifestyle. Not only did Queen Maud
need a coronation dress and additional clothes for the events
surrounding this important occasion, but for her new role as Queen
and Fancy Dress: The Messel Family Dress Collection 1865-2005
22 October 2005 to 5 March 2006
exhibition chronicles and interprets the clothes worn by six generations
of women from one remarkable family. Drawn from a unique collection
of garments, never before exhibited, it explores how treasured
items of clothing, collected and preserved over time, represent
family memory and heritage. A singular artistic and creative eye
runs through the six generations encompassing English, Irish,
French and Chinese style, and a love of fancy dress. From the
1870s onwards the women of this extended family - Mary Anne, Marion,
Maud, Anne, Susan, Alison and today Anna - have fulfilled their
social obligations to dress correctly, while demonstrating strong
individual style and a gentle aesthetic eccentricity
Fri 7 October 2005 to Sun 12 March 2006
Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh,
Scotland - Level
such as tartan are internationally recognised symbols of Scottish
identity. They are, however, not just a relic of the past but
a vibrant and dynamic part of twenty-first century Scottish culture.
In the new special exhibitions gallery in the Museum of Scotland,
explore the creativity and success of Scottish textile firms,
the popularity of tartan, tweed and knitwear, and their impact
on international fashion.
how designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen
draw on Scottish textiles to create cutting-edge designs and see
gorgeous pieces from companies such as Johnstons, Ballantyne Cashmere
and Queene and Belle. Other highlights include a suit by Jean
Paul Gaultier, a dress by Elizabeth Emanuel in the official Diana,
Princess of Wales Memorial Tartan, and a pink cashmere top designed
by Scott Henshall. Admission
new exhibition at the British Library
11 November 2005 – 7 February 2006
British Library 96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB
is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the
sky, in the street; fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live,
what is happening." Coco Chanel
the first time at the British Library, Fashion Lives, a new exhibition,
has brought together a collection of post-war fashion leaders
who have defined their profession and played a unique role in
shaping the fashion industry as we know it today. The exhibition,
curated by Alistair O'Neill from London College of Fashion (LCF),
features exhibition design by St Martin’s graduate William
Hall. It includes a specially commissioned repeatable design by
fashion duo Eley Kishimoto that will form the backdrop to the
exhibition and a series of commissioned portraits by the photographer
Bates Fashion Designer
14 July 2006 - 28 August 2006
major fashion retrospective of the work of John Bates, who designed
under the name Jean Varon from the 1960s to the 1980s, takes place
in July and August 2006 at the Museum of Costume.
Bates was acknowledged as one of the big four names of British
fashion in the 1970s along with Jean Muir, Bill Gibb and Zandra
Rhodes. Nowadays, however, his name is less well known amongst
the fashion conscious, although ‘Jean Varon’ is a
name with which women of a certain age will be familiar. John
Bates has not, so far, been acknowledged and celebrated in fashion
history. This exhibition will redress this inbalance.
- THE ART OF ELSA SHAIPARELLI
WARHOL :Time capsule 21
Jo-Anne Lauzer - Savvy Media - www.secondhandsavvy.com
following articles are reprinted from with
the kind permission of Jo-Anne, its creator. This
very distinctive and imaginative website, for our Canadian
bargain hunter counterparts, has a vintage twist. The
site boasts a quarterly enzine (free subscription) and
we shall be reproducing interesting and relevant articles.
I am an interior designer
who works in NYC in the design district. This table was
originally acquired prior to my being hired. My company
keeps inventory of antique and vintage furniture and this
piece was found by my boss, abandoned outside our office.
Being the collector that he is, my boss brought it up
and kept it. When he heard of my appreciation of Marcel
Breuer he gave it to me.
an overall picture, a close up of one side, and a photo
of the tag on the underside which says: "Original
Design", "STENDIG", "Made in Finland"
I am curious
of the value of this poor abandoned table. Please see
the attached photographs for your study.
New York, NY
From my research I am guessing
that your table is from the 1960's and was imported to
the United States by the New York firm "Stendig."
They played a key role in raising awareness of modern
Scandinavian design by importing furniture from designers
(both well-known and some just starting out) from Finland,
Denmark, Sweden, and some even from Italy. Stendig is
also known for bringing the European look to the mass
market in the United States, which was quite different
from the "American Modernism." They used to
be located at 487 Park Avenue in New York. It is difficult
to tell which designer created your piece, as it could
have been created by any of the young designers of that
generation. But it is a good piece of furniture and is
a terrific representation modern Scandinavian design.
I would estimate the value to be about $300 to $400 Canadian
or $200-$300 U.S. (£150-180) However, the
value could easily increase over the next few years, as
there seems to be a growing enthusiasm for Scandinavian
furniture and its nice clean sleek lines--making your
table quite the wonderful find. You can also find out
more information by checking out a recent publication
called: The Sixties, A Decade of Design Revolution
by Lesley Jackson.
Mary Watson, Metropolitan
Home, 450 West Hastings St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 1L1
I am helping to clean out
my dad's closet and he has a bunch of old ties that look
like they are vintage from the 40s and 50s. Can you tell
me what ties from that era are worth and if they are considered
Lisa, New Westminster
As a general rule with all vintage items, in relation
to their value, they must be graded. Obvious big hints
are words like mint, superb, excellent, pristine, and
super fantastic. O.K. so the ties are of super fantastic
status, what's next? Most 1940's ties seem to all fall
within the same size; whereas other
years (1950's, 1960's and 1970's) can be all over the
place. Most 40's babes are between 4" and up to 5",
mid-fifties got way down to sometimes smaller than 2"
and 60's basically stayed "skinny" or "rockabilly"
until the god-awful polyester- loud, proud and measured
next to the shroud showed up.
Famous 40's were satin prints,
hand-painted silk or satin, nylon/gabardine and even acetate.
The colours and designs were very indicative of the times
with abstract, nature, naked anything, Atomic, Dali and
the kitchen sink. Impressive still were those pale palettes
in burgundy, brown's, ochre's and oranges, pale yellow
and of course those beautiful hues in green and blue.
A particular detail were the JACQUARD'S.
Jacquard is the sublime design
on the fabric itself that kind of fell by the wayside
with the 50's stitching details. Try to remember the times;
even music was a key, 1940's swing to 1950's rockabilly.
Don't forget to turn them over; some of the best surprises
were in the "behind" so to speak. The "behind" I mentioned
is in reference to Peek-a-Boo ties; which often had pin-ups,
naked girlie pictures and my latest greatest find, the
Japanese version Joy of Sex images that made me swallow
before the knot was tied. So look out (and up and around)
'cause you never know just what you may find and depending
on the buyer some of these beauties bully quite a bounty,
sometimes even a thousand clams, but like I mentioned
earlier, I'd have to see them first just to be sure.
Thanks, Suzanne at Pin-Up
If you are looking to
learn more about ties or other vintage clothing finds,
you can reach Suzanne at:
Pin Up Vintage Sales
4406 Main Street (@28th) Vancouver, British Columbia
I was recently asked to help
sell a friend's vintage clothing and was thrilled with
all the wonderful pieces that she had collected over the
years. Most of the clothing was from the 30s and 40s and
included some beautiful dresses and a few unique hats.
In particular, there was one hat that stood out. It was
crocheted and I could not figure out its purpose. I
decided to do some research on it and this is what I found
It is called a "boudoir cap"
and was popular during the early 1900s to the 1930s. These
caps were worn by women to cover "undressed hair"
and were often made with delicate materials and exquisitely
detailed with every type of trim imaginable. Some women
would also wear them to bed as a way to keep their hair
in place while they slept. These caps were seen as a way
to add "old fashioned femininity to the wardrobe."
Although they are highly collectible, there are still
many around in excellent condition as not all women chose
to wear them. The price varies depending on the detailing,
but in general they seem to go from $20 - $65 (£15-£50).
Vintage, Retro or Antique...which
am often asked how I define items as Retro, Vintage or Antique...and
in general my yardstick is...that Retro is round
about the last 25 years 1975-2000, Vintage is between
1920-1975 and anything before that I classify as Antique!'
won an award !!
are pleased to announce that we have won the 'GROOVY
has been awarded by Tenika Morrison, founder and owner of
Catching the Butterfly.com Vintage Clothing. The award is
given to web sites which are considered to be:
'..informative, fresh and innovative. Cool content
and design.....a groovy site!' Thanks Tenika!
send us a photo
of yourselves all dressed up in your glad rags and handbags, doesn't
matter if its an original photo from way back when or a recently
taken photo!! We will post them up on this page.......
this is me...
Sara in 1976!
and Julie in some Attic gear
togged out for a 1970's party!!
is a photo of Claire and her friends... Vicki, Tracy, Kim
love the 1960s and here they are all dressed up ready to
go to a mod club!
the Road at Antiques & Collectors Fairs
Sara's Attic is taking to the road again to exhibit and sell vintage
clothing and collectables. Here are the venues for your diaries...
Mostly at Caygill Antiques and Collectors
Fair, Sands Centre, Carlisle, Cumbria 9am-4pm check your local
press for details...
AND THE SURVEY SAID
A recent survey revealed
that some women pack as many as 44 items into their handbags! The
average bag contains 14 items! Liz Hurley is regularly
seen with one of the worlds most expensive handbags; an £8,000
rhinestone encrusted clutch bag by Judith Leiber! While
50% of the women surveyed believe that headache and indigestion
tablets are essential items, only 5% carry contraceptives in their
handbags, 2% carry a personal alarm and 2% carry an emergency
teabag! source: Daily Express Newspaper.
have been a book buyer, a book seller and I am an avid reader,
so l will try and provide you with news and reviews of some
great book titles...please send me details of others you feel
should be included here!
The Art of Dressing Up by Tracy Tolkien
the decades of the 40s to the 90s this is the best source
book for fashion and its key moments that I've come across,
it's full of photo's, information and written with a wry
a vintage enthusiast, who also happens to run a successful
shop! She is generous in sharing her expertise which can
benefit all those who share the vintage habit and to others
who share an interest in fashion and design. Highly recommended
the 1950s by Madeleine Marsh £15.99
household objects and many other collectibles are thoroughly
covered in this essential book for all vintage enthusiasts.
Hints on values and where to find these incredible items
which can still be bought at bargain prices.
the 1960s by Madeleine Marsh £15.99
fashion, home-style and leisure collectibles such as rock
& pop records and memorabilia, books and toys.
This book is required reading for all budding collectors
of this decade Bargains can be found from well under £10!.
the 1970s by Katharine Higgins £15.99
the 1970s has recently joined the rank of 'vintage' collectibles
it is essential to have a book as comprehensive as this
one to guide would be collectors on the values of the fashion,
household and leisure collectibles from this decade. Many
items still found in many homes and attics are practically
discussed and displayed to help the enthusiasts source items
quickly and easily.