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 sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns. I also sew for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!