Whilst holidaying in the Isle of Wight last year, I purchased some sparkly crimplene fabric from a vintage shop in Ventnor. At first I wasn't quite sure what to do with it, but then inspiration struck and this 1960s party dress with mandarin collar was the result. I even made matching covered buttons!
Salvatore Ferragamo was born into a modest family in Bonito, Italy in 1898. The youngest of fourteen children, Ferragamo served as an apprentice under shoemaker Luigi Festa at a very young age before emigrating to the United States when he was 14. In the early 1920s he set up his own business making and repairing shoes in California and began working in the film industry during this time. In 1923 he opened the Hollywood Boot Shop in Los Angeles, where he made shoes for some of the most famous film stars of the time such as Douglas Fairbanks, Joan Crawford, Gloria Swanson and Pola Negri.
I happened to be browsing the internet the other day when I came across this article in the Independent about Johnny Cash's love letter to June. However that wasn't what caught my eye, what did was the rather fabulous coat June was wearing in the picture above. The reason it caught my eye is that I have the very same coat, it's by Lilli-Ann, a much coveted brand who made superb clothes throughout the 1940s and 1950s. I picked up my coat from a vintage shop on Brick Lane a couple of years ago, I don't wear it that much but it is one of my favourite vintage pieces and to see a photo of it being worn by someone back then is just wonderful. A seller on ebay once sent me a picture of the original owner wearing a beach set that I had bought and it was lovely to see.