This month's vintage lover is Simara Delilah Rose.
Simara is a singer, poet, writer, set and clothes designer (designs only for self and own band)
- How long have you been collecting vintage clothing for?
Since my pre-teen years.
- What got you into vintage clothing?
I grew up watching classic films and musicals and some of my earliest memories are of drawing fashion sketches and not just pictures of clothes but couture items.
To me certain clothing is wearable and living poetry..the shapes and angles, the details, the cuts, the colors..as magnificent as a life changing film, a monumental song or a masterpiece of a painting-some clothes are this level of caliber in inspiration.
- What are your favorite eras of clothing?
I feel most at home in decadent 1930's high glamour, I sdore sharp and sleek empowering 1940's and I can not resist the seduction and sultry come hither of 1950's.
- What do you like about clothing from these eras?
The huge emphasis on puffy fluttery shoulders, the essence of exotic and great elegance in the dresses the perky, snazzy and smart little hats, the glittering rhinestone use and the asymetrical and poignant lines in the gloves all of the 1930's..in the 1940's I like the smoldering strong shoulders, the shimmering ornate and often ethnic flavored sequins, the sweetheart neck line, the flirty peplums, I posilutely adore the tilt and topper and doll hats..in the 1950's it's the bombshell and wiggle the ripe homage to the female figure..the dreamy chiffon trains on party dresses the sexy femme fatale shelf, petal and bullet busts, the flocked and lace illusion dresses...
- Who are some of your favorite vintage designers?
Howard Greer, Adrienne, Vintage Dior, Emma Domb, Bes-Ben, New York Creation..but really to me it's a style and the details not a name brand
- Who are some of your favorite modern designers?
I love John Galliano and Zac Posen
- What would be your ultimate vintage find?
Any of the above in great condition and also turning out to be animal free as I am a Vegan and it is challenging finding vintage that is not silk or wool
- Where do you do the majority of your vintage shopping- garage, estate and rummage sales, thrift stores, vintage stores, online vintage stores or eBay?
eBay, online vintage websites and then the occasional precious find at a local vintage store
- Is vintage clothing popular in the city that you live in?
Surprisingly..most people wear sweat pants, tee shirts whatever the latest Hollywood trend is..
- Who are some of your favorite style icons?
Ginger Rogers, Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Clara Bow, Joan Crawford, Claudette Colbert, Jean Harlow, Barbara Stanwyck, Hedy Lamar, Josephine Baker, more modern- Isabella Blow, Eddie Sedgwick, Nicole Kidman
- What are your favorite vintage movies, music and television programs?
All Busby Berkeley, Ginger and Fred, Gene Kelly, Clark Gable, Clara Bow, William Powell, Marilyn, Josephine Baker, Rita, Ava..but specifically I will name a FEW of many:
Now Voyager..The Devil is a Sissy, Sylvia Scarlett, The Big Knife, The Barkely's of Broadway, Singing in the Rain..
I love I Love Lucy
and also I am a huge X-Files fan as it reminds me of film noir...
- Do you collect any other types of collectibles or antiques?
I adore Art Deco and Art Nouveau as well as fantasyrniture like the scene in "The Women" where Joan Crawford is bathing in an incredible bath...
Thanks to Simara 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 October 5, 2008.