a New York fashion find

A few months ago I visited New York for the first time. I knew that I was going to love it there, having been told so by friends I know who had already been. But also, since there is so much cultural influence I rate highly, that comes from there – art, architecture, design, fashion., food, film and so on which I admire. Some of my favourite discoveries were the thrift shops, better known as charity or vintage shops in the UK.

I was very lucky to come across this original 1970s  Jonathan Logan dress at the wonderful Cure Thrift Shop. The dress was just right on and I counted my lucky stars that no-one else had snapped it up.

1970s dress from Cure Thrift Shop, New York

The dress is brown, of course, being from the 1970s and it’s made from velvet & lace.  The Logan company was founded in 1944 by one David Schwartz. I found some interesting information about the Logan label here and was happy to be able to authenticate my New York fashion find.

I wore the dress recently in London, for the private view opening of the wonderful exhibition Lloyd Johnson: The Modern Outfitter at CHELSEA space gallery. The dress felt fitting for the occasion, as the exhibition addresses the career of the designer Johnson, a figure of great note on the London fashion scene including during the 1970s.

the Curious Curator at Lloyd Johnson: The Modern Outfitter, private view, CHELSEA space


Costumes, Characters, Looks

some of my favourite costumes, characters and looks that I’ve created

1970s Ossie Clark dress

1970s Ossie Clark dress

1970s dress for Vintage Festival 2010

1970s dress for Vintage Festival at Goodwood 2010

1950s look

1950s look

1920 look

1920 look

my own hair do

my own hair do

fairy dress, 1970s original

fairy dress, 1970s original

traditional Ethiopian dress

traditional Ethiopian dress in Addis Ababa

White Lace look

White Lace look

Retro Swimwear

Retro Swimwear

Queen of Hearts

Queen of Hearts

Let Them Eat Cake!

Let Them Eat Cake!

Wilderness Festival peacock

Wilderness Festival peacock

Wilderness Festival peacock

Wilderness Festival peacock

Wilderness Festival peacock

dressed up as a peacock for arts spectacular Wilderness Festival at a beautful wooded site

Wilderness Festival peacock

dressed up as a peacock for arts spectacular Wilderness Festival at a beautful wooded site

Leighton House peacock look

in my peacock dress for a visit to stunning Leighton House, West London

Malice in Wonderland

Malice in Wonderland look I made for Halloween

Malice in Wonderland

Malice in Wonderland

mask making

mask making

Cleopatra

homage to the late Liz Taylor as Cleopatra soon after the news of her passing, for a Stars of the Silver Screen night

Istanbul theme

hosting an Istanbul themed dinner with objects collected from my trip there

Istanbul

in Istanbul, blue and white patterns all round

Kenwood House heritage look

a heritage look for a visit to Kenwood House, at the grounds by the lake

Vintage Festival 2011

1970s Hawaiian print dress for Vintage Festival 2011 at the Southbank, London

Enchanted Palace fairy

as a fairy for Enchanted Palace evening at Kensington Palace, London

Glyndebourne evening wear

in evening wear for Glyndebourne festival

Enchanted Palace fairy

as a fairy for Enchanted Palace evening at Kensington Palace, London

1980s but 10950s style

1980s but 1950s style dress for a day out at Osterley Park House grounds

at the ballet, Royal Opera House, London

'Absinthe Makes the Mind Go Wander' in my costume as the Green Fairy (Absinthe) for the Belle Epoque night at Shoreditch Studios, London