Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Vintage Fashion Sketches


I found these over a year ago at an antique store and immediately fell in love. I bought them one at a time with the intent of getting a set of four. I was told to check back for more silhouettes, styles and colors.

Unfortunately after purchasing the second one I witnessed the owner being judgmental and rude to a person in the store. I vowed not to step foot in there again...and I haven't...but I still wish I could get more of these prints!


This lovely lady was my first purchase. I loved the color of the dress and sketch of the back view.

These prints hang on the wall above my dresser. Sometimes as I head out the door after pulling my hair into a pony tail and de-smudging last nights make-up, I think about how life/fashion/expectations have changed over the years. These women would never have left the house with a belly band holding up their unzipped pants, whilst sporting the world's ugliest uggs.


I can just imagine this dress in striped taffeta with velvet trim.

I'm not familiar with the year these were done or International Studios itself. A few google searches and I found several NY based International Studios (of Art, of Music, etc). A search of the address and I found that there is currently a textile designer at the same address shown.


The 2nd time around I was looking for a completely different garment silhouette and model pose but I couldn't help becoming attached to this one.


It's something about the color in her hair, the expression on her face and her red lipstick. I'm a sucker for red lipstick.

I think we should name them. As I'm currently preoccupied with the daunting task of naming my first born child, I would prefer you name these two leading ladies. Could you?

What names do you think fit Lady #1 and Lady #2?


  1. I'm all for Madge and Millie!! :) Gotta get the alliteration thing happening.

  2. June and Pearl, such classy ladies. Though I see nothing wrong with going around wearing your pants unzipped. With my first I was in maternity by 14 weeks, so I understand, this time I'm just being stubborn. I need one of those bella bands, because the pony tail holder I'm using is NOT classy.

  3. Millicent (but she answers to Millie) for #1 and Arabella (Belle?) for #2.

  4. Sophia and Frances:) Love that old classy style. Can you imagine looking that way today?? Definitely wouldn't have the time to blog:)

  5. These are so much fun, I love that classy very lady like style, if I had the time and money I would wear a vintage dress every day and do my hair, but I live in the real world and de-smudging my makeup is more like it while I throw on flipy flops and a pony! that!

  6. #1 - Frances
    #2 - Lorraine, because she looks like HHBL's great aunt who was a model in NYC in the 1930's. She was GORGEOUS.

  7. Oh I could come up with a bunch of old lady names having been a geriatric rehab therapist. I will throw out 4 picks: Eve, June, Adelle, and Sally!

  8. I'm thinking Gloria and Stella.

    I have no idea why.

    Of course, knowing the women of that generation (my grandmother) they all had names like Irene, or Mabel, or Thelma. And a lot of them went by their middle names. My grandmother is Myrtle Irene, and goes by Irene. Nice, eh?

  9. I would have to say, Abigale for lady # 1 and Audrey for lady number 2!

    Love all this vintage stuff. I will have to send you some pictures my brother is doing of 1940's WW2 and old style classic Hollywood stuff. You'd love it.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  10. Delilah & Elouise. Delilah seems a little flirty, she likes to have a good time. Elouise however, is very sharp, and doesn't put up with a lot of crap.

  11. #1 reminds me of Rosemary Clooney. #2 should be June.

  12. I like Mabel for #1 and Maxine for #2.

  13. I know this is a really old post, but I thought you might find it interesting that I also bought some sketches from the same batch! Check them out on my blog: Did you ever find out anything more about International Studios? :) Kate


Your comments make my day- thanks for visiting!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Blogging tips