Lulu's Vintage

The Style Council! Mischaela

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This month's vintage clothing lover is Mischaela of Indiana.
    The picture above was taken at her senior prom (don't you think her friend looks like Perry Farrell !?!)
    Here is what she had to say about her and her date's outfits:
    "My theme was 1930s glamour and I spent only 30 minutes fixing my hair. The dress was purchased second-hand from a vintage store for only 8 dollars.It was floor length and had a thigh-high slit. My style inspiration was Jean Harlow mixed with Cleopatra. I am pictured with a friend, my date wore a zoot suit and had a pocket chain to match the one on the back of my dress."

- How long have you been collecting vintage clothing for?

I have been collecting vintage clothing for about 6 years. I have gotten very seriously into it over the past 3 years. More than 75% of my wardrobe is 20-55 years older than myself.

- What got you into vintage clothing?

I find the women's fashion in the 40s-early 60s was much classier and well put together.
I'd prefer to wear a figure hugging cocktail dress and wedge heels than modern pieces by The Gap any day.

- What are your favorite eras of clothing?

The 20s, 50s, 80s. I like the hairstyles of the 40s but I don't particularly admire stock clothing made from war parachutes and the like.

- What do you like about clothing from these eras?

The 20s were dark and brooding and women rolled their stockings and smoked in public. Coco Chanel set up shop and Theda Bara burnt up the big screen. The entire women's movement of the 20s make the era so appealing. Women in the 20s all looked like they were always having a good time. The 50s was when I feel men's fashion was at it's most attractive; as I admire the Marlon Brando, young Elvis, and James Dean "rebel" look. I also find women's style (as long as it wasn't too prim and square) to be most admirable. Pencil skirts, tight sweaters, and cincher belts make for the best silhouette a girl can ask for. The 80s was also a re-hash of the 50s style i.e. The Stray Cats. I also admire how so many fashion risks were taken in the 1980s, it is probably the singularly most identifiable era in terms of fashion.

- Who are some of your favorite vintage designers?

Coco Chanel, Betsey Johnson, Emilio Pucci, Oleg Cassini, Vivienne Westwood, LANVIN, BVLGARI, Cartier, Hermes

- Who are some of your favorite modern designers?

Karl Lagerfeld, Tom Ford, Heatherette

- What would be your ultimate vintage find?

I've already found them! Carved heeled lucite springolators!

I'd also like to find:
-Mock croc. Kelly bag
-vintage 1920s waving iron!
-italian leather motorcycle boots (over-the-knee please!)
-anything Pucci!

- Where do you do the majority of your vintage shopping- garage, estate and rummage sales, thrift stores, vintage stores, online vintage stores or eBay?

All of the above and MORE, antique malls are the most!

- Is vintage clothing popular in the city that you live in?

Oh goodness, no! I get all sorts of questions...mainly remarks about being born in the wrong era and compliments on how big my hair is that day or people telling me I need to line up my stocking seams. Kind-of comical, often well received.

- Who are some of your favorite style icons?

Tura Satana (B-movie actress) Barbara Steele (horror/cult movie actress) Kim Novak, especially her wardrobe in Bell, Book and Candle. She wears black, red, purple and lots of leopard print. Marilyn Monroe (she could make a plain black suit look scandalous) Theda Bara (she was the original vamp; I love her exotic style and how she incorporated and romanticized if not eroticized truly macabre items such as vipers, skulls, and cobwebs)...oh and Elvira, but of course, she and I exchange recipes and have the same hair stylist...obviously!

- What are your favorite vintage movies, music and television programs?

I am ENAMORED with vintage horror/sci-fi films. I love anything with  Barbara Steele in it or anything by H.G. Lewis! In terms of music I listen to anything from 30s Jazz and Big Band and Swing i.e. Billie Holiday, Count Basie to 1960s motown i.e. The Shangri-Las,The Ronettes,The Crystals,The Supremes, The Chiffons. I also love early Rockabilly and Surf Rock...especially if the two genres are closely inter-twined. I like 1960s sitcoms and of course The Addams Family,The Munsters, and I Love Lucy.

- Do you collect any other types of collectible or antiques?

retro episodes of Astroboy,pandas,1950s Romance Comics,1960s Horror movie posters,recipes for fake blood and Chanel.

*Thanks to Mischaela for answering our Style Council interview questions!

You too could be featured on Lulu's Vintage Style Council!

Just email me- lulusvintage (at) yahoo.com a photo of yourself wearing vintage (it can be a modern outfit accented with vintage accessories or a complete vintage ensemble) and answer my interview questions

This post was originally published on August 5, 2007.