Hello, L.A.

If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook, it's no big secret that we've made some HUGE changes. This summer we took some time off work, packed up the studio + our house and moved from the Buckeye state to sunny southern California. Why you ask? Besides escaping the seemingly inescapable humidity and weather extremes that plague Ohio, we wanted to fulfill our life long dream of opening a vintage boutique! So, without further ado:

Coming soon -- Bustown Modern, 8166 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, California 90046

Moving out here was no easy feat. With our animals and a few friends along to help, we hit the road with our 2000sq ft former studio worth of beautiful vintage in tow. 12-14 hour days of driving were grueling but luckily America the Beautiful is aptly named and we were provided with breathtaking scenery throughout most of the drive (sorry Kansas).

After a month of trying to do business out of boxes and bins, we finally got the keys to our new studio and were able to start unpacking!

We got the studio keys just in time to pull pieces for the legendary Current Affair vintage show on October 5th. The show was amazing! We got to meet so many wonderful clients and other vintage sellers that we've "known" for years. The excitement + support we received for the upcoming store opening was incredible. We should be at the Current Affair Holiday show this December as well so look for us there!

We're so excited for the store opening and hope you are too. It's been a long time coming. We can't wait to meet you in person and finally give you the opportunity to shop our beautiful goods in real life. Subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Instagram or Facebook for the latest updates and developments.

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Cardin In The 70's

When the name of Pierre Cardin comes up the mind immediately goes to his work in the late 60's. His space age designs are some of the most iconic pieces in fashion history. His work before and after that brief period are just as important and just as daring. While designers like Halston, Blass + de la Renta get most of the spotlight in the 70's, Cardin's work at the time is mind-blowingly amazing and somehow seems rarer to find than many of his 60's designs. We currently have two incredible pieces for sale -- the first from 1972 + the later from 1978.

Stunning 1970s marigold colored Pierre Cardin haute couture tulip gown. Ridiculously rare find. Heavy weight rayon crepe with tulip shaped sleeves + hem. HUGE slits in each side. Also includes the matching belt with original silk flower. We loved this piece so much it's the central image in our summer lookbook!

Available at http://www.bustownmodern.com

Spectacular c. 1978 Pierre Cardin evening gown. Heavy weight black silk crepe tapered sheath with massive front slit + attached cape. Heavy weight rhinestone studded zipper with large teardrop zipper pull + circular zipper-stop. Fully lined in silk. Absolutely awesome!

Available at http://www.bustownmodern.com


1959 -- Couture at the Kremlin

In yesterday's post, we briefly mentioned a fashion exhibition in Moscow that included our S/S 1959 Yves Saint Laurent for Christian Dior haute couture coat. Today, we look at that exhibition and the wonderful photos it generated.

In 1959 the esteemed fashion house of Christian Dior was invited by the Soviet government to present its latest collection in Moscow. The event took place June 12-16, 1959 and was widely publicized throughout Moscow with large street posters + signage. Twelve models, along with accompanying Dior representatives, presented the house's spring/summer lines in numerous shows in the 800-seat 'Les Ailes Du Soviet.' The latest Paris fashions, with their daring lines, bright colors + "short" skirts, were in stark contrast to the traditional, conservative Soviet garb.

The official poster for the exhibition featuring Dior star model, Ghislaine Arsac

Models arriving in Moscow. First off the plane is the famed model Kouka, wearing the aforementioned coat

Parade of Dior at 'Les Ailes Du Soviet,' 1959

During that exciting week, several of the models were sent to parade the fashions around the people + sites of Moscow. Along for the informal tour was acclaimed Life Magazine photographer, Howard Sochurek, snapping pictures the whole way. The faces + reactions of the "common" people en route is evidence of the cultural divide between Russia + the rest of Europe.


Yves Saint Laurent for Christian Dior, 1959

In October of 1957, at just 21 years old, Yves Saint Laurent found himself at the reigns of the prestigious House of Dior. Many feared with the death of it's namesake and chief designer, the house would surely fall. Saint Laurent proved them wrong. His first collection in Spring 1958, including his iconic "trapeze" dress, was released to great fanfare and critical acclaim and cemented his status as one of the world's top designers. His exquisite tailoring + fabrics harkened to Dior, but his youthful exuberance and early success led him to push the envelope, perhaps a little too quickly. Saint Laurent was replaced by Marc Bohan in 1960 after only 6 collections for the house.

Pieces from Yves Saint Laurent's three year stint as head designer at Dior are extremely sought after + increasingly rare to find. That is why we take great pleasure to be able to offer this beautiful example of haute couture from the Spring/Summer 1959 collection.

This lovely spring jacket features all of the haute couture details that make collectors' mouths water! The body of the coat has a oversized notched collar, 3/4 sleeves + pleated front. The ultra wide attached sash is backed in thin cream colored leather while the faux besom "pockets" are actually just slits that lead straight through. We imagine that the intended under dress may have had pockets that would have matched up underneath. The sash also fits perfectly into the pockets so that if you're wearing it open, it's not left just hanging. Comprised of a beautiful, slightly shimmery bone colored wool/silk blend with hidden hook + eye closures. All silk lining. Truly a museum worthy piece.

Available at http://www.bustownmodern.com.

This particular coat is a well documented part of the collection. It appears in numerous publications and was even part of the historic exhibition of Dior in Moscow in June, 1959.

Photo from L'Officiel, 1959

Illustration from L'art et la Mode, 1959

Photo from French Vogue, 1959

Model Kouka arriving in Moscow, June, 1959. Photo by Howard Sochurek for Life Magazine

For questions or inquiries regarding purchase, please visit http://www.bustownmodern.com.


Gibb It To Me Baby

If you ever set foot in my closet, you'll instantly realize that I'm a knitwear junkie. Dresses, skirts, jackets -- I'll take them all. So when I first discovered the work of Bill Gibb it was love at first sight. Although not as well known in the US as his British contemporaries (Ossie Clark, Zandra Rhodes, Thea Porter, Jean Muir, etc), Gibb's work was ground breaking. His work was permeated with influences in both silhouette + pattern from Medieval, Renaissance, Byzantine + Pre-Raphaelite fashion + tapestries.

Image from "Bill Gibb -- Fashion and Fantasy" by Iain Webb

Spectacular vintage Bill Gibb knit cape jacket from his Spring/Summer 1976 collection. Truly a rare + coveted find! Pale pink acrylic knit with tying front + amazing folkloric inspired pattern. Massive kimono sleeves that give the look of a cape. Plunging-v in back with a fun tying closure. Has the look of a cape with the ease and wearability of a jacket.

Available at http://www.bustownmodern.com