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!!!

Prom 2012- Ideas for a Fabulously Unique Outfit

When I was a teenager a movie like Pretty in Pink by director John Hughes epitomized what to wear to a 1980s Prom.

Pretty in Pink andy’s designed dress

There were candy colored dresses with loads of ruffles and layered skirts. It was the bigger the better including how you styled your hair. The dresses were expensive by my standards. I made my prom dress. The fabric was a Raspberry satin moiré. It had ruffled straps and a big gathered skirt with a plain fitted bodice. It was quite “Pretty in Pink” but it was a nice dress.

That night in 1986 we listened to Madonna, George Michael, Boy George and Karma Kameleon, Michael Jackson, ect. I cannot remember if the night ended with the Classic Stairway to Heaven, which was played at every high school dance for the four years I attended. But it was probably something slow for a guy to grab a girl and get close for the last chance of the night.

Now that I am out of there and it’s been a long time, in reflection I think I would have gone for something more unique to wear. I always wore vintage clothing throughout my high school years, but chose to wear something I made because I was enrolled in fashion design school.

 How to dress up these dresses to get ready for Prom:

I like to mix colors, metals, in a very non-kitchy way. I think it makes the outfit original and personal. I used to be very conservative and everything had to co-ordinate but I changed my mind ( I am a woman and I am allowed to do that). I have given a few options on dresses I carry in my store. Any items that are not listed in my store are available by contacting me for a reserved listing. ( I do not carry any of the items on the right of the image, these are just suggestions…Thank you)

Sunny Choi Red Silk Skirt Sleeveless Dress

  • Sunny Choi Red Flirty Skirt Dress-Gold Necklace, Thin Gold Leather or chain belt, Fuchsia clutch, Nude stockings with Nude Platform heels or a Red Patent leather Shoes.

    Sunny Choi Black Blue Tank Dress

  • Sunny Choi Black Blue Tank Dress-Blue Stockings with Blue Platform shoes, Silver Clutch and silver jewelry, a beautiful abstract print silk wrap.
  • Wayne Clark Black Shift Dress

    -Silver will raise this dress to the stratosphere, A great pair of strapy high heels, A chunky necklace and studded earrings.

  • Vogue Gold Paisley Lame Shift

    -This dress is so much on it own that it will go well with more subdued accessories, a great sandal in cream tones, and a similar tones clutch. Keep the jewelry either simple or over the top but mediocre just won’t do!!!

  • Mary Korolnek Black Silver Lace Dress

    -This is a spectacular dress, it is old Hollywood glam, it needs to be dresses to the nines. In other words go big or go home. For example big bauble bling earrings, and huge silver heels.

Albert Nipon Silk Organza Plaid Dress

  • Albert Nipon Silk Organza Plaid Dress-This dress is very pretty and has bold color. A thin sparkling gold belt would lift the color of this dress. Fuchsia accessories such as earrings and clutch with dark shoes maybe in a Navy Blue.

( I do not carry any of the items on the right of the image, these are just suggestions…Thank you). Please visit Shuushuu by lulu on Etsy for more!!!!

Till Next Time!!!!

Elsa Schiaparelli

When I was in design school in the mid to late 80s, I knew very little about Elsa Schiaparelli. I knew more about Chanel and even gravitated towards her aesthetic, also because I have a French background. And we share the same birth stone and zodiac sign.

In the early 70s Chanel had passed on and Karl Lagerfeld had taken over the house. Chanel and Elsa were rivals throughout Schiaparelli’s professional life. Maybe this rivalry even, pushed them into the history books: the two most well known women European fashion designers of the 20th century.

Chanel surpassed Schiaparelli because Elsa had to close her house down in 1954, whereas Chanel kept working and growing her business. Who knows what would have happened if Elsa’s business had kept going.

This year from May 10 to August 19 2012, The Costume Institute and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City will exhibit a retrospective of Elsa Schiaparelli juxtaposed with Miuccia Prada. On the evening of May 7,  The Costume Institute will host its Gala Benefit, which I’m sure will be visited by many Super Stars both famous and infamous.

I have found some beautiful Men’s neckties from the 1950’s, which will be featured in the store Shuushuu by Lulu during the month of May as the retrospective at the Met in NYC fast approaches. These ties have the signature fuchsia logo lining and the label with Her Signature and the poodle attached.

A Short Bio:

Elsa Schiaparelli was a French- Italian Fashion Designer, born at the Palazzo Corsini in Rome in 1890. Schiaparelli went on to marry one of her lecturers, Count William de Wendt de Kerlor, a Franco-Swiss Theosophist.  In 1921 they moved to New York, where Schiaparelli immediately responded to the modernity of the city. Schiaparelli did not adapt to the changes in fashion following World War II and her business closed in 1954. She died in Rome, Italy Nov. 1973.

Elsa collaborated with Jean Cocteau, Salvidore Dali, Francis Picabia and Alberto Giacometti. The Surrealists and the Dadaists had a huge influence on her designs. They were highly conceptual and creative. And she designed the first of many prototypes, such as brightly colored zippers, appearing first on her sportswear in 1930 and again five years later on her evening dresses. Not only was she the first to use brightly colored zippers, but she was also the first to have them dyed to match the material used in her garments. She was the first to create and use fanciful buttons that looked more like brooches. They came in the shapes of peanuts, bees, and even ram’s heads. In Parisian fashion, she invented culottes, introduced Arab breeches, embroidered shirts, wrapped turbans, pompom-rimmed hats, barbaric belts, the “wedge,” a soled shoe that would trend through the 20th century and into the next, and mix-and-match sportswear, the concept of which would not be fully recognized for another forty to fifty years.

Elsa Schiaparelli pronounced “Skiaparelli”.

Till Next Time!!!!!!!