Monday, November 30, 2009

Etsy: Donovan Galvani Blouse

History: Donovan Galvani of Dallas

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"Born in Chicago, Mr. Galvani graduated fifth in his high school class and received a scholarship to the University of Chicago, where he graduated with honors in 1933.

He had a 20-year career in the garment industry in Chicago – rising from assistant comptroller to vice president of Reliance Manufacturing Co. – before moving to Dallas in 1953.

Mr. Galvani was recruited to be executive vice president of Justin McCarty Inc. in Dallas. Two years later, he purchased Donovan Manufacturing Co., which he renamed Donovan-Galvani of Dallas.

Mr. Galvani's son said his father liked the potential of the Dallas garment company, whose owner had lost the fire to succeed in the competitive business. Mr. Galvani used all his assets except his home and his life insurance policy to buy the company.

He started marketing the firm's garments to small-town dress shops, a change that helped make the business profitable the first year under his leadership. He also shared his success with his employees by introducing profit-sharing and a pension plan. He promoted his garments as

" 'Champagne styling at working-girl prices.' "

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

1940s Dress. Kathy's Mom.

Another Lovely dress my friend Kathy allowed me to showcase here. This dress was worn and possibly handmade by her mother in the 1940s. I hope soon to post a little more about her- she was a real beauty who was often called on to model back in the day; I'll ask Kathy to share a little about her.

Meanwhile, here is a dress she wore, and if I am not mistaken, for some sort of beauty pageant.

Note The Sleeves: I love how they were sewn and pleated to maintain their fullness.


PREVIEW: 1950s/60s Chiffon Formal by Mardi Gras.


Rhinestone Spaghetti Straps;
Sequined and Beaded Bodice;
Chiffon Overlay Skirt;
Golden Yellow!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

PREVIEW: Harvey Berin Formal

I have a beautiful Harvey Berin Formal that I am working on and hope to have listed in my Etsy Store next week. The trim on the skirt is gorgeous-Black crushed velvet ruffle appliques with black beading. Skirt hem has wide crystal pleats.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

SOLD: 1950s 1960s NOS Lewella Brand Corset Cone Bra. Label and Box. "Figuratively Yours."

A local antique dealer bought a huge lot of old stock lingerie that had been in storage since the early 1960s, when a local department store closed it's doors. I was fortunate to acquire several corset bras, all cone-shaped, and many with the circle stitch cups. Most of them were still in their original box! This is one by Lewella called "Refresh;" I love the half-bra with illusion lace covering rest of the bust area. Lovely!

SOLD: Vintage Bridal Bandeau/Head Piece. Trellis Design.

I love the bandeau. I admired this beauty with the Trellis Design topped with tiny blossoms.

1940s Fashion: Sheer Maxi with Ruffled Bust. Designer: Perry Brown of Vanity Dress.

This beauty belongs to my dear friend Kathy who generously allowed me to photograph/ share this for the sheer benefit of fashion appreciation.

She is fortunate to have both the dress and a photograph of her mother wearing it. I hope to share the photo with you soon; meanwhile, you can appreciate it on my mannequin.

Label: Perry Brown of Vanity Dress.

Sheer Maxi Dress with matching cropped bolero jacket. Delicate ruffle lace trim.

Monday, July 20, 2009

BELTS: Mesh by Whiting and Davis

I love mesh. I have seen a variety of gold and silver metal mesh belts but this one caught my eye because it is White! Something a little different. I bought these in an auction Lot that included 6, all with store tags still attached. They are old store stock.