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The Style Council! Natalie A. Rebuck of Exquisitus

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This month's vintage lover is Natalie A. Rebuck of New York, New York. Natalie blogs about vintage, fashion and style on her blog Exquisitus

-How long have you been collecting vintage clothing for?

I owned several vintage pieces before moving to NYC from Indiana after architecture school about five years ago. Practically every where I went: Event, parties, bars and dinners, I found people with such amazing clothing but it was far out of my monetary reach. I immediately sought out vintage clothing, where I could create pieces that were striking, unique and fun, but also within my means.

-What got you into vintage clothing?

My mother and father have always been into antique furniture, housewares, cars, vintage purses, hats and so on. Whenever we would travel they would scout out antique stores so I would have to say much of my childhood was spent in antique stores. I really began at an early age to marvel at how beautiful the clothes and accessories were.

-What are your favorite eras of clothing?

I tend to be drawn to clothes from the 50's, 60's and 70's.....oh ok and the 80's!

-What do you like about clothing from these eras?

Clothes from the 50's and 60's tend to be a bit more elegant than other era's. There is something very glamorous about clothes from those era's. I also have a very curvy figure as did women of that time so the clothes are more flattering. As for the 70's I adore the patterns and use of color. I was born in the 80's so if I buy something from the 80's it either reminds me of something I wore as a kid or my mother owned.

-Who are some of your favorite vintage designers?

Missoni, Oleg Cassini, Pucci, Bill Blass, Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Valentino

-Who are some of your favorite modern designers?

Marc Jacobs, Prabal Gurung, Karl Lagerfeld, Diane Von Furstenberg and many more but their stuff is about as accessible to women with a budget as owning your own airplane. That is the purpose of my blog is to wear interesting clothes, have fun doing it, and looking fabulous. One of the easiest way to do that is with really beautiful vintage clothing. Where do you think a lot of designers today find their inspiration. They go to vintage stores and browse.

-What would be your ultimate vintage find?

A beautiful Pucci or Missoni find! I recently scooped up an Oleg find!

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

NYC has some amazing vintage clothing stores and I absolutely frequent them. I will however have to say that most of my amazing finds are in the Goodwill in Indiana. I think I drive my parents nuts when I am home bugging them to take me to the Goodwill. The value of vintage in the Midwest is not valued so you can find some really great pieces for $5-10.

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

Vintage is absolutely valued in NYC. That is part of the reason it is so pricey!

-Who are some of your favorite style icons?

Jackie O, Princess Diana, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe

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

Oh my, where do I start! Again my parents had a great deal to do with loving vintage movies, TV, and music. They really taught me to respect and love the classics. I adore anything Audrey Hepburn including Breakfast at Tiffany's! I have always had a super-crush on Cary Grant (North by Northwest)! I recently re-watch Bonnie and Clyde and found some inspiration for clothing. My parents have 3 girls so whenever a boyfriend was brought home it was a test as to if he could last in the family or not if he could make it through Gone With the Wind and love it like the rest of us. As for music I was raised on the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, and Bruce Springsteen and still love them today!

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

I would love to collect more antiques but unfortunately in my tiny NY apartment (where many of the photos are taken) doesn't allow for many other collections. I do have some great pieces such as a beautiful tin panel mirror, tea set, and several Saint Claire lamps. Someday I will hopefully be a grown up and have a larger apartment where I can fit lots of collections!!

Thanks to Natalie 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 quality photo of yourself wearing vintage (it can be a modern outfit accented with vintage accessories or a complete vintage ensemble) and answer my questions:

    - How long have you been collecting vintage clothing for?
    - What got you into vintage clothing?
    - What are your favorite eras of clothing?
    - What do you like about clothing from these eras?
    - Who are some of your favorite vintage designers?
    - Who are some of your favorite modern designers?
    - What would be your ultimate vintage find?
    - Where do you do the majority of your vintage shopping- garage, estate and rummage sales, thrift stores, vintage stores, online vintage stores or eBay?
    - Is vintage clothing popular in the city that you live in?
    - Who are some of your favorite style icons?
    - What are your favorite vintage movies, music and television programs?
    - Do you collect any other types of collectibles or antiques?

    Please also include your name, city and state or country of residence.

This post was originally published on June 27, 2010.