See you later, alligator!

Te sun has set too many times from my last article here…I’m back and I’m hoping to write more often. I was asleep too long…but, my vintage stories woke me up. It is more than a year since I adopted a new personal style…the 50’s one. Beautiful!

What is 50’s style? Well, in my opinion, it was a revolution in all: music, fashion, and way of life. It is the decade of rebels like the icon-actor James Dean or sex-symbols like Marilyn Monroe and rock-and-roll. The fashion changed, especially for women. A diversity of colures was available. The dresses were fit for dance, letting women the ability to move easily. But women were also “free” to wear pants, especially the Capri (actually they were called simply- Capri) and Cigarettes, shorts (the Bermuda), and leggings. Very popular in women’s fashion were the jeans. Actually, it was for the first time, when women were not constrained by barriers of prejudice. Also, the hair was different from other periods of time. The bangs, the short, curly poodle cut, bouffant and beehive, the ponytails were all over. It is not a beautiful image? Imagine all this free, fashionable new women, in the streets or in a 50’s American diner drinking a milkshake or, listen at the jukebox the classic song ofBill Haley and the comets- See you later, alligator! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0bidd0Uhvk

50’s fashion and style:

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Me in the 50’s 😉

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I’m wearing skinny jeans from H&M, vintage dress from my mom ;), white t-shirt (no name), vintage blouses (no-name), no name skirt and bandanas.

À  bientôt!

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Fatima and the Victorian secrets

In my grandmother’s photo album, alongside her images, I found also pictures with some relatives.

The “star” of this article is an aunt of her (sister of my great-grandmother) and the fashion of her time. She has an exotic name…Fatima Russo (close relative with Alecu Russo- Moldavian poet, writer, literary critic and publicist, born in 1819).She was a beautiful woman. I have only 2 or 3 pictures of her. She was very close to my grandmother and also was her only son, Vladimir Russo, a nice young man.  My favorite picture is when Fatima was young, somewhere in 1890-1900. She was very beautiful and elegant in her dress of late Victorian inspiration.

What was Victorian fashion? Queen Victoria of the Uniteted Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland imposed a certain style during her long reign. The strict costume of the Queen was of mourning after 1861 because of her husband’s death, Prince Albert. But the style for this era began before that in the last years of 1830 and “suffered” multiple changes. For most women, dresses were colored and ornamented with lace, ribbons, frilly. Brooches, rich ornamented necklaces, earrings were present in the Victorian outfit and hats or hair accessories.

Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia offers us a short but well done presentation of Victorian clothes for women for every decade:

“In the 1840s and 1850s, women’s gowns developed wide puffed sleeves. Dresses were simple and pale. Realistic flower trimming was used on dresses. Petticoats, corsets, chemises were worn under gowns. By the 1850s the number of petticoats was reduced and the crinoline was worn; as such the size of the skirts expanded. Day dresses had a solid bodice and evening gowns had a very low neckline and were worn off the shoulder with shawls.

In the 1860s, the skirts became flatter at the front and projected out more behind the woman. Day dresses had wide pagoda sleeves and high necklines with lace or tatted collars. Evening dresses had low necklines and short sleeves, and were worn with short gloves or fingerless lace or crocheted mitts.

In the 1870s, uncorseted tea gowns were introduced for informal entertaining at home and steadily grew in popularity. Bustles were used to replace the crinoline to hold the skirts up behind the woman, even for „seaside dresses”.

In the 1880s, riding habits had a matching jacket and skirt (without a bustle), a high-collared shirt or chemisette, and a top hat with a veil. Hunting costumes had draped ankle-length skirts worn with boots or gaiters. Clothing worn when out walking had a long jacket and skirt, worn with the bustle, and a small hat or bonnet. Travelers wore long coats like dusters.

In the 1890s, Women’s wear in the last decade of the Victorian Era was characterized by high collars, held in place by collar stays, and stiff steel boning in long line bodices. By this time, there were neither crinolines nor bustles. Women opted for the tiny wasp waist instead.”

The amazing fact of this fashion style is that it spread in all Europe and America.

In Victorian age were very popular fashion magazines like Harper’s Bazaar; The Englishwoman’s Domestic; La Mode Illustree; Journal des Demoiselles; Petit Courrier des Dames.

Fatima de Russo represents my bound with Victorian era, an age of certain romanticism, an age of elegance but also full of secrets…Victorian secrets.

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Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, and children by Franz Xaver Winterhalter

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Me in Victorian age

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manusiIn these photos I am wearing: vintage velvet with lace blouse; corset from Nissa (www.nissa.ro);long skirt from natural silk (no name); jewels no name; gloves from my grandmother.

À bientôt !

So 20’s

The 20’s in fashion are marked as a period of major changes. The “revolution” of women was amazing. Their mentality changed a lot and that was reflected in women’s behavior and look. Women cut their tresses. That was a sign of “rebellion” in the good sense, using as haircut an invention of a certain Antoine- the bob.  This is a definition of this haircut: “A bob cut or bob is a short haircut for women (and occasionally men) in which the hair is typically cut straight around the head at about jaw-level, often with a fringe  at the front” (Wikipedia).

A next step was to renounce at long dresses and corsets as in Victorian and Edwardian age. The clothes became comfortable, short with new forms. These outfits are in the Art Deco style, a technique used not only in fashion but also in art, architecture, furniture, movies. The design of clothes is different; geometrical; luxurious. For the head appeared pretty cloche hats ornamented with lace, beads, and ribbons or all kind of accessories.

These “new” ladies received the name of flappers. Imagine beautiful girls dancing Charleston in their sparkling clothes, looking at you with their sleepy big eyes and whispering your name with their red lips…

This is my version of 20’s fashion in (almost) actual clothes.

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I am wearing in these photos a Margittes dress; shoes Moda Prosper; vintage gloves from my grandmother; white hat, black roses and pearls all no name.

 

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I am wearing in these photos a vintage negligee from my mother.

 

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I am wearing in these photos a Vila blouse (http://vila.com), Agnes Toma roses (http://www.agnestoma.ro); Pearls and crystals tiara and necklace from Blagoy Art (http://blagoy-art.ru)

 

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Xenia Sokolova

Maybe you wonder who Xenia Sokolova was. Well, she was not some actress, singer or dancer from the past century. She was a very important person…my grandmother. Why here on my blog? She was a beautiful lady, born in 1910 in Bessarabia. She came in Romania during the deportations of Romanians from Bessarabia with her husband (my grandfather) and the two sons, my father and my uncle. Xenia Sokolova had noble origins because of her father. Her family was originally from Sankt Petersburg and, from what I have heard, my great-grandfather, Dmitri Alexeevici Sokolov, had been a hussar in Tsar Nicolai II imperial guard. Well, unfortunately I do not know so much about his life story. Returning to my grandmother…

Xenia Soklova was very elegant and, lucky me, I have some photos with her and that era outfits, photos that are so dear to me.  I hope you will enjoy these beautiful memories.

Xenia and her brother, Vania

Xenia and Dusia  ( her sister)

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Xenia and Teofan Mocanu (my grandfather)

À bientôt !

V for Vintage

Bonjour , I am Andreea.

I always felt different . I am not a woman of my era. I love classical painters, the old poetry, fabulous historical and fictional characters,  black and white movies and vintage outfits. This will be my blog . I will tell you stories  and  I will try to bring to life  all this beautiful „images” of the past. You are welcome if you share the same passion for vintage and, if you don’t, I hope that you will fell 

...and this is me :)in love with it.

             À bientôt…