Vintage 70's Denimites by St Chamond Denim Jacket

This is the cutest vintage cropped denim jacket! Label is Denimites by St Chamond - London Paris New York. Lovely soft brushed denim - 100% cotton. It is a vintage size 12 - suitable for modern sizes AU 6 8 10 and maybe 12 - universal sizes XS S M. Condition is excellent. I love the floral embroidery...colours are still vibrant. Applique basket on the back made from corduroy.

I will be selling this jacket on ebay soon...SOLD

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Blog Giveaway - Win This Vintage 40's Gold Butterfly Pendant!

Please Note: This Giveaway is Now Closed

In celebration of the beginning of Favourite Vintage Finds, I am giving away this vintage 40's gold butterfly pendant. This sweet pendant is silver-gilt (sterling silver coated with a fine layer of gold). It bears the 925 sterling silver stamp on the back and features a natural garnet gemstone. The garnet looks like a ruby. In excellent condition. Measures 1.2 cm across (half an inch).

I purchased a job lot of 16 of these pendants and they are one of my all time favourite vintage finds. Stored away for decades by their previous owner, they were sourced originally in England. Sometime before the end of the year, I will be giving away 1 more of these pendants. Other giveaways are planned for the future too, stay tuned...

To enter simply send me an email - just type "Giveaway" in the subject line (click the email link in sidebar under CONTACT ME heading). Worldwide entries welcome. I will ship the pendant in a little gift box anywhere in the world at no cost to the winner.

Email addresses will be kept confidential and will not be used for blog subscription or for any other purpose. Names and other personal information contained within emails will also be kept confidential.

Emails will be allocated a number in the order they are received. Entries must be received by 4.30 pm AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time), September 12, 2009. I will generate the winning number via on September 12, 2009 after 4.30 pm AEST. The winner will be notified via email on September 12, 2009 by 5.30 pm AEST.

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Victorian Revival Splendour


This is my much-loved Victorian Revival Florenza cross pendant brooch combo. It is vintage 50's and antiqued goldtone with purple rhinestones.

Florenza made stunning Victorian and Renaissance style costume jewellery from the 1940's - 1981. Keep a look out for vintage Florenza pieces as they are highly unique, superbly crafted and pass as the real thing ;).

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Sorelle Fontana Lace Illusion Dress

I thought I would feature something extra fabulous for my first post! I adore this gorgeous lace illusion bombshell dress by Sorelle Fontana! It is an amazing piece of fashion history! Such a rare find...coveted Italian label, in near mint condition (museum quality). Size is a vintage size 14 (modern size approx Australian 10-12 or universal medium-large). Please note the dress looks big on my AU size 8 model (I wouldn't dare pin it).

Three sisters formed Sorelle Fontana (sisters Fontana) in Rome in 1943. In the following years, the glamourous designs of Sorelle became much sort-after by European aristocracy and royalty. By the 1950's Sorelle Fontana was well-known in the United States. Their customers included Hollywood stars and famous women such as Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner, Elizabeth Taylor, Kim Novak, and Jacqueline Kennedy.

I will be selling this dress in my ebay shop before the end of the year...stay tuned...

Of course this dress is exquisitely tailored! It features beautiful black chantilly lace which floats over black satin acetate taffeta. Lace is scalloped on neckline, back and sleeves. There is a layer of black tulle underneath the lace for added strength. Classic wiggle cut which creates an hourglass appearance. Shelf bust is fitted and strapless. Metal zipper at back with hook and eye closure.

Looks 50's however the label says "export" and in 1960 Sorelle Fontana launched their ready-to-wear collection for the US market. The dress could possibly be from the first ready-to-wear collection.

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