I think we all could use a break from my Halloween hysteria, don't you? So let me share what I found at the flea market this morning!
This auction catalog from last year is chock full of movie memorabilia, including a ton of Marilyn Monroe photographs, many taken by photographer Joseph Jasgur in 1946, when Marilyn -- then still Norma Jeane Baker -- was modeling for the Blue Book Modeling Agency. I generally avoid auction catalogs, but I do love Marilyn in a vintage bathing suit!
The photo I opened with up top is from Marilyn's famous photo shoot for Life by Richard Avedon. I think you know why I find it inspiring, and I didn't even notice it till I got the catalog home!
I also picked up two vintage dead stock aprons -- I couldn't resist their charm and they're in such perfect condition -- classic examples of the American mid-century home entertaining craze.
Black, white, and pink is so classic Fifties, plus the ball fringe and cutesy message -- fabulous.
This second apron has a more masculine feel -- rope ties, and don't you love the bar bottle motif? Not for sissies.
Finally, this Roxanne swimsuit/romper looks like it was never worn. I'm putting the date at 1967-68 based on that orange/pink gingham floral print and the fact that it's 100% cotton; it even has its union label! Pieces like this are great for studying construction techniques, and you know how much I love vintage swimsuits. This suit has some wonderful construction details I may blog about later on, but look how nicely put together it is.
And that's it!
Readers, I hope you're enjoying your weekend. The weather couldn't be lovelier here in NYC and I hope yours is equally splendid.
You can see more shots of my purchases -- with fun surprises for you Bewitched, Munsters, and Wizard of Oz fans -- here.
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught sewing fanatic! I've been sewing obsessively since 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!