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My Vintage Covers

You might know I love what I call a Vintage Convergence, finding an advertisement, pattern, or photo that depicts a vintage item that I have. You can see some found by myself and others on my Pinterest board devoted to the subject

As sort of a variation on a theme, I'm participating in #myvintagecover, a challenge in the blogosphere and the Instagramosphere, conceived and hosted by Tanith ( and Nicole ( For this challenge, you recreate a vintage fashion magazine cover, or another vintage fashion photo. This isn't a competition, it's a community event. I love trying to do this myself, and seeing what other people come up with. 

This was my entry last year. I used a hat I had for sale (and a ton of black eyeliner) to try to get the vibe of the June 1962 cover featuring Jean Shrimpton. 


This year I've been focusing on 1940s and 50s Harper's Bazaar covers. This first one was a lucky coincidence for me. I had already photographed (and sold) the dress, labeled Karen Starck for Harvey Berin, when I discovered the cover designed by the great Alexey Brodovitch in 1952. Even though the dress was no longer in my possession, I had photographed it from almost the same vantage point.

1952 Harper's Bazaar

This second is a Herbert Bayer-designed cover from (gasp!) August of 1940. Can you believe how timeless this looks? 

1940 Harper's Bazaar

Finally I chose this cover from November of 1942, just because I love the positive look it portrays. Isn't fashion about taking on the world as it is, and making it more beautiful, more livable, and more hopeful? That's how this cover, dating from WWII, feels to me.




Two recent Vintage Convergences

I'm working on the next post in my series on caring for vintage—working very hard to fill the gaps in my stain-removal knowledge. But while we wait for that to be completed, here are two recent Vintage Convergences. 

I call it a Vintage Convergence when I find a vintage ad, photo, or pattern with the same garment as one of my vintage finds. In the past year, none of these have surfaced—but in the past two days, I've found two.


The first came up as I researched a dress by the designer Chester Weinberg for listing in my Etsy shop. The dress is of outstanding quality, so I had to know as much as I could about it, and there it was, available in pattern form from the Etsy seller GransTreasures:


The second convergence appeared while I was reading the great Glamourdaze blog this morning, including a post featuring photos of 1950s fashions in Kodachrome. Here, in a photo of a group of ladies dressed for a formal occasion, is a gorgeous magenta and black strapless gown that I have in my Etsy shop. I love this 50s woman's black tulle wrap as an ethereal finishing touch! 


If you'd like to see more convergences, I share a Vintage Convergences Pinterest board with other vintage mavens.



Vintage convergence time again

I love when I stumble across a vintage photo, sewing pattern or artwork showing an item of clothing I have found...I call these vintage convergences. Here are two recent VCs:

1950s Koret jousting knight print separates. I have had the skirt and the blouse at different times.

Hand knit Mary Maxim totem pole sweater in my Etsy shop, and one similar, worn by Bob Hope in 1953.
Like these? There are lots more on the Pinterest board I share with a group of other Vintage Convergence aficionados—have a look!



LOTS of vintage convergences!

I love when I stumble across a vintage photo or artwork showing an item of clothing I have found...I call these vintage convergences. Recently I have noticed others posting similar finds and I’ve asked them to join me pinning these on my Vintage Convergences Pinterest board.

Others who I saw making these connections are Joanna van of Dividing Vintage Moments, Jenny of TravelingCarousel and Carla of CarlaAndCarla. Many thanks to Joanna, Jenny and Carla for posting their amazing convergences!

Since I last showed a Vintage Convergence on my blog ten weeks ago, all of these have shown up! First from Joanna, a Lilli Ann Ad and Otto Grun brooch:

Here she is side-by-side with a vintage Moordale Urban Suburban image:

...and (gasp!) a 1955 Jacques Fath suit:

Kays-Newport Toni Drake shoes ad from 1946, and the same gorgeous pair now:

From Jenny, a late 1940s Lilli Ann gold Worsted silk ‘Swashbuckler’ suit and the original press photo modeled by Dorian Leigh:

Jenny found this early 70s leather fringe sleeved mini by Zig-Zag, and the very similar dress on the right, photographed by Alexis Waldeck in 1970:

1969 Oleg Cassini ‘Aztec’ design Peter Pan swimsuit, and the same super fun suit on her clothes rack:

Carla scored these fabulous Anne Klein satin opera gloves, and show them with an editorial from 1988:

Gold Lurex Donald Brooks gown side by side with a Virginia Slims ad from 1973. You've come a long way baby!

 Meanwhile, Jenny found the original of this sundress I had for sale. “Lending an oriental flavor to the American scene, this authentic Javanese batik print is used for a light-hearted play dress by Marjae. Clever drapery of the fabric with a band of contrasting color rayon adds bodice interest.” 4/23/54:

Black straw hat with rose I sold recently, and one that is either the same or very similar, photo dated 1958:

And how fun is this? I Dream of Jeannie’s Barbara Eden seems to have worn a dress similar to the one I sold labeled Joseph Magnin:

If you are of like mind and always notice these convergences, let me know and I’ll add you as a pinner to the board!



Vintage convergence time again: 1956 Jantzen Tahitian Temptation

Ah, the mad delight of finding some vintage ephemera—an ad, a pattern, a magazine photo—that matches a vintage item you have in your possession! I call this a vintage convergence. 

This ad was particularly great to find, because the photos and copy are pure vintage breathless inspiration. But you know normcore was not a thing then. This ad uses adjectives like ‘dreamy romance-provoking’ and ‘dangerously lovely.’ The slogan is ‘Jantzen Makes All Girls Gorgeous’. 

The 1956 Jantzen ad is available from VintageAdGallery and the swimsuit is in my Etsy shop
Judging by this great cotton suit, Jantzen had a right to such a boast. Remarkably comfortable and figure flattering (you don’t have to look perfect to wear this!), the suit has made it since 1956 with its elastic perfectly intact.

Do you find vintage convergences too? I have a Pinterest board dedicated to these and I’ve recently had the treat of being joined in pinning by Joanna of the Dividing Vintage Moments blog. This woman is the convergence queen! Oh, and do check out her charming blog.



Vintage semi-convergences with Bonnie Cashin and Princess Leia

This is the all-star version of vintage convergences, although both are mere semi-convergences. First, the great designer Bonnie Cashin shown in her studio in 1964, wearing her own cashmere separates produced by Ballantyne of Peebles. The similar outfit from my online store is by Bonnie Cashin as well, probably from the same year:  

Image of Bonnie Cashin courtesy Estate of Bonnie Cashin, from Victoria, 4/01 

Sorry, but I can’t look at this 1940s hat by New York Creations (recently sold) and not see Princess Leia’s iconic hairstyle.

I told you these were semi-convergences! 

Many more vintage convergences here.



Vera vintage convergence

I love it when I see an ad, pattern, or magazine article that shows something vintage I have on hand. I call this a Vintage Convergence, and you can see more by clicking on the label at the bottom of this post, or visit my Pinterest page on the subject.

The latest? This 1955-vintage Vera ad found on The Vintage Traveler blog (this is truly one of my must-read blogs) matching a Vera scarf in my own collection. I love this scarf, with its cool mid-century drawings of instruments. I love the colors too. Now I also love the ad!


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Reverse vintage convergence: Red polka dots

I love seeing vintage ads, patterns or magazine features showing vintage items I have on hand...I call these rare happenings vintage convergences. You can see what I’ve found so far by searching vintage convergence on my blog or by visiting my Pinterest board on the subject.

When I received the February issue of Vogue, I got the urge to share what might be called a reverse semi-convergence. No, that sounds a little close to a daring figure skating move. Anyway, I own a 1970s blouse with big red polka dots, so when I saw Lena Dunham in big red polka dots...

I don’t feel like wading into the kerfuffle about Lena’s photos being photoshopped. I use my simplistic photoshop skills to edit my photos. Would someone like to pay me $10K for the originals? Please??

I just think the cover shows a lot of character and is really fun. The only thing is, why get a new polka dotted shirt when you can wear vintage? 

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Latest vintage convergence, 1963 and Jean Shrimpton

I am always excited to find a vintage image to match one of my vintage finds, and this one surprised me. I sold this outfit, with tags attached, four years ago. The set had no maker’s label, but it sold originally (for the rather high price of $99.90) at Seattle’s Frederick and Nelson. I liked the outfit, especially its quality, but found it slightly oppressively matching and the colors were not obviously beckoning to me.

Then I found this image of Jean Shrimpton in front of the Statue of Liberty, dated 1963:

And suddenly it was hard not to love the outfit!

Have a look at my other vintage convergences if you like. 

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Vintage convergence time again

I love it when this happens: I find a vintage ad, magazine spread, or pattern that appears to exactly match a vintage item I have or once had. I call this a vintage convergence, and you can see all my previous here.

I always love to see how someone once styled the same item, and have been surprised that I have sometimes managed something at least slightly similar.

The most recent find was a hang tag, and the dress was first sold in 1967, and later (by me) in 2008. It was a lovely pink linen dress with appliquéd flowers. I wish I'd let the A-line shape be more apparent in my photo—but see? I turned my toes out like the model in the ad!