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19

Oct

I want to make this set of popular Missouri model Linzy Anna last as long as possible! Here are the pics that I shot about a year ago at my Vintage Car and Retro Model Workshop.

I did her hair and makeup, and dressed her in an old ripped up vintage 1940s blue cotton dress. You can’t see the rips in these pictures, though! We were going for a “Rosie the riveter” look.

Linzy posed with tools and a welding blow torch, and no additional lighting, just natural light from the open garage door and the shop.

These pictures are a little spooky… and they get more spooky (in the next set).

Vintage Styled Car Mechanic Pics I want to make this set of popular Missouri model Linzy Anna last as long as possible!

09

Oct

It was a perfect day! Dixie changed into another retro styled dress, I brought out the old 1950s camera as a prop, and off to the park we went to shoot even more pinup and retro! Dixie wore hot pink heels, a hot pink slip underneath her retro styled blue dress, and a hat with a matching hot pink flower in it. Ofcourse, her lipstick was also hot pink :-)

I love these natural looking pictures. They’re almost modern, and really do blur the lines between vintage styled photography and modern fashion…. except her hair and make up totally bring together the retro look!

Pinup Photography at the Park It was a perfect day! Dixie changed into another retro styled dress, I brought out the old 1950s camera as a prop, and off to the park we went to shoot even more pinup and retro!

06

Oct

I just can’t stay away from vintage photography

I just can’t stay away from vintage photography

For TOO LONG I did my retro photography as ReverieRevel, and sold vintage as VintageReveries, which was not the best idea as far as branding and marketing goes. There were lots of things wrong with doing retro photography as ReverieRevel: Mainly it was stupid to split it from my vintage clothing and fashions, considering that retro styling and photography so obviously compliments vintage fashion.…

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05

Oct

This was such a cute pinup photo set to shoot of Dixie! I filled her arms with old Famous Barr hat boxes, she put on a big navy blue straw hat, and we strolled down South Broadway and pretended to shop. We stopped in doorways and wherever inspiration took us. Needless to say, we got lots of attention from passersby! Dixie is such a fun pinup model to shoot and it was hard to choose my favorite few pics of her.

Pinup Shopping This was such a cute pinup photo set to shoot of Dixie! I filled her arms with old Famous Barr hat boxes, she put on a big navy blue straw hat, and we strolled down South Broadway and pretended to shop.

27

Aug

Vintage Garage Sale This Saturday Aug 30 - lots of vintage clothes (7401 S. Broadway - Carondelet)

Vintage Garage Sale This Saturday Aug 30 – lots of vintage clothes (7401 S. Broadway – Carondelet)

I’ve marked down my slightly damaged dresses to between $2-$20, with LOTS of $5 and $10 dresses! Looking to get rid of the bulk of my gently used vintage. Discounts on bulk purchases! 

I’m selling these vintage dresses, coats, skirts, and shirts for pretty much what I paid for them several years ago. If you can’t tell, I am not as interested in the retail side of vintage clothing as I was several…

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21

Aug

Here’s ZiZi modeling an Edwardian Lace Dress. I’ve posted a few untouched close ups of the dress so you can see the intricate details in the lace. It was an amazing piece and required minimal styling to bring a turn of the century mood. I especially loved her poses with the violin.

This was one of my favorite shoots. I was just learning photography and about vintage, and there is something sweetly innocent about my style in 2011. Or maybe I am just immersed in a wave of nostalgia going through these photos, re-edting them, and writing this :-)

 

Modeling an Edwardian Lace Dress Here’s ZiZi modeling an Edwardian Lace Dress. I’ve posted a few untouched close ups of the dress so you can see the intricate details in the lace.

02

Aug

What a lovely cape! I am sure the woman who originally wore this in the 1930s must have loved it. It was wool and extra large. I posed the retro model outdoors in a variety of settings, because it was so pretty!  I especially love the pictures of the green cape against the green brick. I think these photos make for a timeless fashion editorial spread.

You can find a fashion dictionary scan about the types of capes, here.

Green 1930s cape What a lovely cape! I am sure the woman who originally wore this in the 1930s must have loved it.

31

Jul

The model and I decided to make a quick drive to Carondelet Park. I love these photos of the black French Lace dress even more than the studio photos! It was so easy to get caught up in taking pictures, with the perfect weather and perfect fashion. We shot in the Carondelet Boathouse, on the fishing dock, and under the columned spaces in front. I especially like the portraits with the Carondelet Boat House behind the model. Even with minimal editing, they look totally turn of the century.

Outdoors Photos of the World’s Fair Dress The model and I decided to make a quick drive to Carondelet Park. I love these photos of the black French Lace dress even more than the studio photos!

25

Jul

These hats belonged to the Carondelet Historical Society. The pink dress was from the 1980s and we got it for $2 at the thrift shop next door. The green cloak she’s wearing is from the 1920s.This mixed wardrobe was perfect inspiration for some very emotive, classic, portraits.

Old Hollywood Style Portraits with Anita These hats belonged to the Carondelet Historical Society. The pink dress was from the 1980s and we got it for $2 at the thrift shop next door.

22

Jul

This smart wool skirt suit is from the 1940s and fit Anita perfectly. It was labeled only as “1942 street suit”. We shot these retro styled photos out in front of the studio, because the natural light was just so perfect!

Not everyone can wear golden yellow, but Anita pulled it off. I posed her in vintage nylon stockings, gloves, real pearls, and a 1940s hat that I found at the thrift shop next door.

1940s street suit on Anita This smart wool skirt suit is from the 1940s and fit Anita perfectly. It was labeled only as “1942 street suit”.

19

Jul

I didn’t bother to re-edit these 1910s style photos. Anita was tiny enough to model this Edwardian lace dress without a corset! I wish we’d had one, just for the look. The details on this lace dress were pretty amazing. I posed her with an interior design book from 1912, which I should scan before I sell.

Edwardian Lace Dress on Anita I didn’t bother to re-edit these 1910s style photos. Anita was tiny enough to model this Edwardian lace dress without a corset!

13

Jul

It’s interesting to see how many ways the  WWII WAC Uniform was modeled by the models I shot in 2011! Besides the WAC uniform, I also photographed Jaslene wearing a feathered hat from the 1960s, and in a traditional costume that she’d brought along to our shoot. It was fun and good times. I really like the 1960s hat best, her expressions totally made it sparkle.

Jaslene’s vintage shoot It’s interesting to see how many ways the  WWII WAC Uniform was modeled by the models I shot in 2011!

07

Jul

It was fascinating and fun to discover my first vintage clothing shoot from 2011! Here’s anita posed in a 1920s wedding dress and veil. I was just starting to learn about 1920s period styling, but her simple and elegant hair and makeup are timeless and really bring out the vintage 1920s wedding dress.

My 2014 edits above my 2011 edits :-) I really like my newer, minimalistic, editing with maybe a bit of a Kodachrome color effect for my vintage photos.

2014 edits:

2011 edits:

1920s Wedding Dress It was fascinating and fun to discover my first vintage clothing shoot from 2011! Here’s anita posed in a 1920s wedding dress and veil.

04

Jul

Back in 2011, I got to borrow this World War II Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC and later WAC) uniform with matching garrison cap from a local historical society.

This was my first shoot for the Carondelet Historical Society, and the first picture from this first shoot is my favorite. Anita had never modeled before, and was introduced to me via an online guy friend in Arkansas. How awesome is that?

Some of these pictures I edited with a Kodachrome effect. Others are as they came out of my camera and totally untouched. I could retouch her skin and remove blemishes, but I believe these add to the artistic quality of this series.

A little bit of history about this version of the WAC uniform that I found online:

Due to harsh criticism of unsatisfactory fitting and material of the first WAAC uniforms many revisions had to be made. 
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A new jacket was developed, with a better-fitting prolonged upper collar. The bulky breast pockets that caused unwanted fullness of the bust were replaced by simulated pockets with buttoned flaps. 
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Because of the prolonged collar other parts of the jacket automatically were set lower: the breast pockets, the button closure and the slit pockets. The whole jacket was a little bit longer now as well. Unfortunately, the bottom button was set too low so that one had to unbutton the jacket for comfortable sitting.
Another problem was that the new jackets were tailored by men’s garment contractors and therefore became too stiff and appeared awkward. 
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The skirt pattern was also revised. The previous straightcut of the gores caused wrinkling and rolling of the skirt. Therefore the new skrirt was rounded at the hips to fit better to the actual female figure.

This WAC uniform was almost in new condition and still had ironing seams! The army dress shirt may or may not have gone with it, because it was disproportionately huge.

Below are some of my original edits. It’s interesting to see what I thought was awesome back in 2011 and what I think is awesome now, and my changes in editing vision:

WWII WAC Uniform Back in 2011, I got to borrow this World War II Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC and later WAC) uniform with matching garrison cap from a local historical society.

30

Jun

Last night I went to see if one of my favorite scanned book sites from the early 2000s was up, and I was so please to find it updated but still offering high resolution downloads of illustrations from old books. The site is, appropriately, FromOldBooks.org. From there, I surfed on to OldBookIllustrations.com, and their incredibly useful resources page… which only led me down a terribly meandering path of looking at illustrations from the 1700s-late 1900s… I ultimately remembered that I have a flickr account, and clicked over to an old favorite vintage advertisement poster’s photostream: Paul Malon

Enjoy the random images below, from other illustration sites :)

Vintage Illustration Sites Last night I went to see if one of my favorite scanned book sites from the early 2000s was up, and I was so please to find it updated but still offering high resolution downloads of illustrations from old books.