Category Archives: Fashion

Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: North Hollywood Department Stores Appeal to Common Man

  Rathbuns enlarges its Baby Shop for new generation of Baby Boomers, Van Nuys News, March 8 1951. As a city or community grows more prosperous, so does its retail establishments. Simple businesses with few choices of product give way … Continue reading

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LACMA Acquires Authentic 1940s Zoot Suit

LACMA has announced the acquisition of an authentic zoot suit (from New Jersey). Which is a good reason to repost the links to our “ ‘Zoot Suit’ and History” items. “Zoot Suit” and History, Part 1| Part 2 | Part … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: The Priscilla Dean Tam – Fashion Statement and Marketing Ploy

Priscilla Dean and her tam, Photoplay, January 1921   The entertainment industry mastered the use of publicity and cross promotion from its very beginnings, creating elaborate ballyhoo campaigns to build word of mouth and huge box office receipts. It quickly … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Halloween Costumes to Die For

Halloween is coming next month and somewhere, someone is already planning a Black Dahlia costume and working out the makeup. Just stop yourself. Really, folks, dressing up like the victim of a brutal, gruesome murder is not a good idea. … Continue reading

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Why Don’t Asians Wear Vintage?

We went through a vintage clothing phase in 1974 while at the University of Arizona and working on the Invisible Theatre play “Mad Dog Coll,” which was set in New York in the 1930s. Our vintage suits went back to … Continue reading

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World War II Militaria — Who Can Spot the Mistake?

  This Army uniform has been listed by an EBay vendor as being from the 1st Infantry Division. Have you spotted the mistake yet?

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On the Frontiers of Costume Design — ‘Twentieth Century’

I watched “Twentieth Century” for the first time the other night and was more than a bit surprised to see Carole Lombard clearly braless in this scene. It’s not as apparent in a frame grab as it is in the … Continue reading

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Found on EBay — Oviatt’s Overcoat

This overcoat, size 46, from Oviatt’s has been listed on EBay with bids starting at $4.99. There appears to be some moth damage and some less than expert repairs. Oviatt’s was among the leading men’s stores in Los Angeles its … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, Aug. 28, 1944

At a fashion show of fall college styles held about a fortnight ago at B. Altman & Co., New York, most startling among the novelties shown were the “pedal pushers,” in which Anne Scott appears on Life’s cover. These are … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, July 17, 1944

The pretty girl in peasant clothes on this week’s cover is Anne Scott from Columbus, Ohio. Anne has been modeling ever since her graduation from Ohio State University nearly five years ago. Although she has posed for several cover sketches, … Continue reading

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Dazzling Neckwear from Oviatt’s

This rather dazzling tie from Oviatt’s has been listed on EBay. Bidding starts at $35.

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Irene Lentz From the Archives

This was supposed to be a quick item linking to The Times piece by Vincent Boucher on Irene Lentz and brief blog posts I did about her years ago. But as I dug into The Times clips about her 1962 … Continue reading

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The Oviatt Tie

Leave it to Marc Chevalier to come up with this. Marc took the image of one of the glass panels from the Oviatt Building and turned it into a custom necktie, via Zazzle. The tie is $29.95. You can even … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — “ ‘Nice People’ Wear Mallory Hats”

Mallory hats, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Not many companies in the United States can claim over 100 years in business, especially clothing manufacturers, who must deal with so many unique variables, and in particular, constantly changing styles. Two purveyors of … Continue reading

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‘Bonnie and Clyde’ — Oh Dear

I don’t expect much from period productions these days. But my goodness, get a load of these two.

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Lyndon Johnson’s 1955 Shopping Spree at Oviatt’s

I’m always looking for Oviatt items and here’s a jacket that has been listed on EBay, with bids starting at $149.99. And not just any jacket. This one was tailored for future President Lyndon Johnson. For the record: As Wayne … Continue reading

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The ‘Masked Marvel Murder’ – Part 9

Note: This post has been corrected. See details below. In case you just tuned in, we have been going through the case of actor David G.G. Bacon, who was stabbed to death Sept. 12, 1943, in a case that remains … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo — Newsboy Cap Edition XIII (Updated + + +)

I know, I know. I just did newsboy caps. But I couldn’t resist. Look: It’s an actual newsboy wearing a newsboy cap. I’ll bet you can guess the studio just from this crowd scene. How to Wear a Hat — … Continue reading

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A Bit of Old Hawaii From Bullock’s Wilshire

This Hawaiian shirt made by Kahala and sold by Bullock’s Wilshire has been listed on EBay. In the years I have been following vintage clothing from Bullock’s (later Bullocks), I have never seen a Hawaiian shirt. Even so, the price … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo – Newsboy Cap Edition XII (Updated + + +)

This week’s movie was going to be a Western especially for Don Danard, but the DVD got vapor lock. Perhaps it will return another week if it learns to behave itself. In the meantime we have a movie with, yes, … Continue reading

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