Fashion Illustrator- Antonio Lopez

There are not too many Fashion Industry companies seemingly interested in using Fashion illustrators these days. When one looks through a current magazine, it is all about the photo. And what that photo captures, which goes way beyond the clothes. I have seen Nordstom’s adverts in Vogue magazines where Ruben Toledo, the husband of Fashion Designer Isabel Toledo is featured in multi-page spreads. I have also seen only his talent being used as backdrops with models featured in the foreground.

Fashion illustrator’s such as Stavrinos, Cellars, ect. Seem to be long gone from the pages of high style. The industry lost Antonio Lopez a number of years ago to Karposi Sarcoma due to AIDS on March 17 1987. But he was very well known and was featured in magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and Interview (Andy Warhol). He was 44 years of age when he died.

I found an article about Mr. Lopez in an American Vogue magaine from March 1982. Five years before his death. These are some of the highlights:

“Illustrators- as vital to the fashion industry as the designers themsevles. Antonio Lopez is part of this international fashion circle…”

nspiration from a Ralph Lauren Native American Collection-Vogue March 1982

“ From the moment his drawings were published…in the early 60s Antonio has been in demand.”

Antonio Lopez seen in Vogue Sept 1983 in an advertisement for Missoni

“He has designed advertising campaign’s in the Untied States, France, japan and Australia.”

Antonio Lopez seen in Vogue Sept 1983 in an advertisement for Oscar de la Renta

“…has done illustrations for French designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Chloe…”

A woman’s portrait and an illustration for Gianfranco Ferre Vogue march 1982

“Antonio loves girls, loves night-life, has discovered some of the most beautiful models of our time-including Jerry hall.”

At the time this article was released Antonio Lopez has a book coming out called Antonio’s Girls. Published by Thames and Hudson in 1982.

Antonio’s Girls Book Cover 1982

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Who’s been spotted in Vintage?

Well if you haven’t heard of Florence Welch from the Florence and the Machine and her song the Dog Days are Over, then you will be glad to hear she adores wearing vintage.

I knew from the moment I heard her; I liked her. Then I found out she wears vintage as a major part of her wardrobe. She is heavily criticized for her choices and combinations in the media as well. I think as a person, she is free to express herself any way she wants. There are far too many critics out there anyway.

She certainly has given a boost to Vintage clothing over the past few years. I found this image of her in a forties style, loose flowing dress in a pretty pastel pink.

 

Florence Welch in a Vintage 1940s Style Dress

She has been spotted on the beach when on vacation in her variety of 2 piece vintage bathing suits (you can find these photos elsewhere on the internet).

I hope to bring more photos like this found in various sources in the future and feature a similar item from a fellow Etsy Seller!!!!

This dress is from Gay Retro located in the UK:

 

Vintage 1940s Dress from Gay Retro on Etsy

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MONET Vintage Jewelry Collecting

My first pair of Monet earrings I collected were a petite pair of silver tone clip ons with black round glass stones surrounded by little marquisettes. They had the signature earring clasp on the back that looked like someone stuck their thumb down and attached it to a hinge. They were also signed on the back in a script. I thought they were the cutest pair of earrings. Alas they are now in someone else’s care and safekeeping.

Monet Gold tone Choker Black and Clear Glass Square Cut Rhinestones. Click on Photo to BUY!!!!

I have since these first pair been collecting earrings, brooches and necklaces from the MONET brand. I have been impressed with the quality and how well these costume pieces have aged over time. But that is the trademark of Monet since it’s inception in 1937. The jewelry produced is very durable with lasting quality. Monet was also responsible for several technological advancements in jewelry such as the friction ear clip and the barrel clutch for pierced earrings.

Monet Navy Blue and White Cabochons set in Textured Gold Tone Nautical Design Clip On Earrings. Click on Photo to Buy!!!

Before 1955, Monet Jewelry was characterized by their use of precious metals and their unique designs. However, in 1955, it became easier for people who wanted genuine, vintage jewelry from this manufacturer to differentiate them from imitators of their designs. In that year, genuine jewelry carried the Monet Trademark.

Monet Textured Gold Tone Settings with Black Enamel Pentagon Design Centers in Clip On Earrings. Click on Photo to Buy!!!!

Collector’s who want genuine Monet pieces should know the various companies who have had the rights to create these trademark designs. From 1969 to 1989, General Mills acquired Monocraft Products Company, the company that held rights to Monet the longest. From 1989 to 1994, the jewelry was sold through Crystal Brands Jewelry Group, and from 1994 to 2000, Chase Capital Partners, Lattice Holding. Presently, Liz Claiborne, Inc. produces Monet Jewelry, a right they’ve held since 2000. As of July 26, 2000, Monet Group Inc. was acquired by Liz Claiborne Inc. Monet Group, formerly called Crystal Brands Jewelry group, is a manufacturer costume jewelry. It markets under the Monet, Monet Pearl, Monet Signature, Monet2, Trifari and Marvella brands.

The Monet jewelry made today still maintains its high quality and quantity of production. It is still able to change styles and designs capable of meeting the competitive market of today in costume jewelry.

Since I also collect vintage Vogue magazines, I found some advertisements for Monet jewelry and have posted them from three different decades, here:

Monet Vogue September 1968

Monet Vogue May 1976

Monet Pearls- Vogue November 1984. I believe the model is Paulina Porzikova.

Resources:

http://www.ehow.com/about_5052474_monet-jewelry.html

http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=31692

http://www.jacksonjewels.com/Reference/Jewelry_Companies_M-O.htm

http://www.collectiblejewels.com/monet.html

I hope you enjoyed this post, Till Next Time!!!!

GAF View-Master Projector and Reels

I am a collector! You may know this if you have read my About Me page in my shop Shuushuu by Lulu or if you have read some of my other blog postings. I am sharing another wonderful imaginative item from my collection of vintage things!!!!

I own a Gaf View-master projector.

It is not a particularly appealing looking item but what it does is magical. It is a drab khaki color. It was made by Sawyer’s INC in Portland, Oregon in the USA. It contains a 30W bulb and feet that adjust up and down.

It makes a white wall come alive with light and color. There is a photo below:

              GAF View-Master Projector and reels

Well a View-master is nothing special without its reels of fantasy. These reels are made with KODACHROME film. And when the light shines through the film and projects the images on the wall and old familiar way of story telling begins. It is both visual and mental stimulation. The words go with the pictures. The reels I prefer to collect are the ones where artists have painstakingly created dioramas of plastercine sets and figures and animated them in still photography. The reels contain about 6 shots of different scenes.

I have a number of these reels, especially the Fairy tales.

The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland: there is no date specified on the package. My dog chewed one corner and I nearly had a conniption fit. I also have Little Red Riding Hood, which came in a three set package and included Hansel and Gretel and jack and the Beanstalk. They were issued in 1950.

Goldilocks and the three bears was issued in 1963 and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (this is the ways it is spelled on the package) was issued in 1955.

I have included some stills from the Alice in Wonderland Reels:

After the Elixir – Alice in Wonderland View Master Reel (date unknown)

Tea Party-Alice in Wonderland View Master Reel (date unknown)

The magic of these vintage collectibles is the ideas you can imagine. One example is have an outdoor tea party, setup a screen made of a white sheet stretched across a clothesline and read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with the whole family and even a few friends. You have twinkling lights and cold ginger peach tea on a hot summer evening…definitely magica

Till Next time!!!