On Messy Messy Chic: The Woman who staged a Private Revolution from her Photo Studio

The Woman who staged a Private Revolution from her Photo Studio

For decades after her death, Marie Høeg’s secrets remained hidden, until the 1980s, when a box of 440 glass plate negatives marked “private” was found inside a disused barn in Oslo, Norway.
The discovery revealed the near-forgotten rebellion of a group of women and friends experimenting with gender in an era of strict conventions surrounding sexuality and identity. In 1895, Marie and partner, Bolette Berg, both students of photography, opened a portrait studio in the naval base town of Horte. Customers came looking for fairly conservative scenic and portrait postcards, but when the last tourist souvenir had been snapped and the studio closed up shop, it became a different place entirely…

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Kumikyoku sleeveless wool pencil dress with roll collar

 

This is a stylish 1980’s sleeveless pencil dress by Kumikyoku, Japan. The fabric is a rich wool blend (88%) tweed with shades of beige, brown and grey, lined with polyester. The very elegant cut is further emphasized by the roll collar and the subtle slit on the left/front side of the dress. Opens with a long zipper at the back.

 

Estimated size:  S
Material:  88% wool / 12% nylon  –  polyester lining
Label:  Kumikyoku
Condition:  excellent

 

Shoulders:  14″1/4  –  36.5cm
Bust:  16″3/4  –  42.5cm
Waist:  15″1/4  –  39cm
Hips:  18″1/2  –  47cm
Hem:  19″  –  48cm
Length:  36″1/2  –  93cm

 

Available on Etsy.

 

Kumikyoku sleeveless wool pencil dress with roll collar

 

Kumikyoku sleeveless wool pencil dress with roll collar

 

Kumikyoku sleeveless wool pencil dress with roll collar

 

Kumikyoku sleeveless wool pencil dress with roll collar

 

Kumikyoku sleeveless wool pencil dress with roll collar

Jun Ashida Dark Olive Green Houndstooth Plaid Wool Jacket

 

This is a classy 1960’s wool jacket by Jun Ashida, Japan, with elegant fitted cut, rounded collar, and hidden shoulder pads. The fabric is a 100% wool dark olive green houndstooth plaid. It is entirely lined and opens with a row of four large buttons in the front. Sleeves are buttoned and can be worn open or closed, rolled up or down for sleeve length adjustment.

 

Size:  Japanese size 9 (estimated size S to XS)
Material:  100% wool (containing 15% cashmere wool) – cupro lining
Label:  Jun Ashida – Tokyo Paris
Condition:  excellent

 

Shoulders (seam to seam):  15″  –  38cm
Shoulders (including shoulder pads):  16″  –  40.5cm
Bust:  18″1/2  –  47cm
Waist:  16″  –  40.5cm
Hem:  19″1/2  –  49cm
Length:  20″1/2  –  52cm
Sleeves length when rolled up:  22″  –  55.5cm
Sleeves length when rolled down:  24″1/2  –  62.5cm
Sleeves width:  6″1/4  –  15.5cm

 

Available on Etsy.

 

Jun Ashida dark olive green houndstooth plaid jacket

 

 

 

 

Jun Ashida dark olive green houndstooth plaid jacket

 

Espeyrac royal purple floral dress with collaret collar

Espeyrac royal purple floral dress with colleret collar

 

This is a sumptuous 1980’s dress with collaret collar by Espeyrac. The fabric is a comfortable royal purple polyester / rayon blend with floral pattern. Bodice and skirt are lined. The dress opens with a long zipper at the back. The sleeves are buttoned and can also be worn open. A perfect dress for any festive occasion!

 

Size on the label:  taille unique (one size fits all) – would probably fit S best
Material:  55% polyester – 45% rayon  /  polyester lining
Label:  Espeyrac – créateurs en fête
Condition:  excellent

 

Shoulders:   15″1/2  –  39.5cm
Bust:   17″1/2  –  44.5cm
Waist:   17″  –  43cm
Hips:   18″1/2  –  47cm
Hem:   22″1/2  –  57cm
Length:   39″1/2  –  100cm
Sleeves length:   19″3/4  –  50cm
Sleeves width at armpit level:   6″1/2  –  16.5cm
Sleeves width at the cuffs when buttoned:   4″1/4  –  10.5cm

 

Available on Etsy.

 

Espeyrac royal purple floral dress with colleret collar

 

Espeyrac royal purple floral dress with colleret collar

 

Espeyrac royal purple floral dress with colleret collar

 

Espeyrac royal purple floral dress with colleret collar

 

Espeyrac royal purple floral dress with colleret collar

On Collectors Weekly: Nostalgia is Magic – Tavi Gevinson Remixes Teen Culture

Tavi Gevinson was just 11 when she appeared on the fashion scene in 2007, not via New York or Paris, but through her PC in Oak Park, Illinois. Through her insightful and whimsical blog, Style Rookie, Gevinson mused on topics ranging from couture collections to middle-school dress codes, building an online fan base of teenagers and adults who loved her then-signature gray hair and eccentric sense of style.
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Hanamura mint green and pink fitted long sleeve dress

Hanamura mint green and pink fitted long sleeve dress

 

This is a unique 1950’s dress by Hanamura Japan. The fabric is a mint green acrylic print with a warm and soft hand, perfect from fall to spring. The bust is fitted, and the dress opens with a row of six square buttons down the front and a hidden push button. The skirt is lined. The sleeves can be worn buttoned or open. Two belt loops on the side can accommodate a 1″ – 3cm belt.
The contrasting blue piping of the collar makes this dress even more special.The fabric used for this blue trim is of a more leathery texture and shows some pilling due to its vintage condition.

 

Size:  Japanese size 9 (estimated size XS)
Material:  acrylic  –  cupro lining
Label:  あなたのワードローブ ハナムラ (Your Wardrobe Hanamura)
Condition:  good vintage condition (some piling on the collar piping, otherwise fine)

 

Shoulders:  15″  –  38cm
Bust:  17″  –  43cm
Waist (slightly elevated):  13″1/4  –  33.5cm
Hips:  24″  –  61cm
Hem:  29″1/2  –  75cm
Length:  41″  –  104.5cm
Sleeves length:  22″  –  56cm
Sleeves width:  6″  –  15cm
Sleeves width at the cuffs when buttoned:  3″  –  8cm

 

Available on Etsy.

 

Hanamura mint green and pink fitted long sleeve dress

 

Hanamura mint green and pink fitted long sleeve dress

 

Hanamura mint green and pink fitted long sleeve dress

 

Hanamura mint green and pink fitted long sleeve dress

 

Hanamura mint green and pink fitted long sleeve dress

Om Messy Messy Chic: Forgotten romantic rituals of Halloween’s past

Hello chouchous! I’m happy to be back in Japan after a good vacation / family visit in beautiful Alsace. I have a lot to catch up with, so let’s start! I missed you!

Halloween is commonly known as the holiday where people dress in costume, go trick or treating, and seek out a good fright. These staples have been the focus of the holiday for quite some time, but what some might not know is Halloween’s more amorous roots and fortune-telling matchmaking rituals.
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Nasic Blouse Tokyo pastel pink embroidered long sleeve blouse

Nasic Blouse Tokyu pastel pink embroidered long sleeve blouse

 

This is a classy 1980’s blouse by Nasic Blouse Tokyo. The fabric is a soft and comfortable pastel pink polyester, with floral embroidered bust and a straight cut. The blouse opens with a row of beautiful vintage pink round buttons with golden flowers. Shoulders are padded and sleeves show a beautiful movement and silhouette.

 

Estimated size:  S to M
Material:  polyester
Label:  Nasic Blouse Tokyo, with item serial number 53410
Condition:  excellent

 

Shoulders from seam to seam (not including the pads):  15″  –  38cm
Bust:  18″  –  46cm
Waist:  18″  –  46cm
Hem:  19″  –  48cm
Length:  24″1/2  –  62cm
Sleeves length (starting from the seam):  22″1/2  –  57cm
Sleeves width at armpit level:  7″3/4  –  19.5cm
Sleeves width at the cuff when closed:  3″3/4  –  9.5cm

 

Available on Etsy.

 

Nasic Blouse Tokyu pastel pink embroidered long sleeve blouse

 

Nasic Blouse Tokyu pastel pink embroidered long sleeve blouse

 

Nasic Blouse Tokyu pastel pink embroidered long sleeve blouse

 

Nasic Blouse Tokyu pastel pink embroidered long sleeve blouse

 

 

Cordier rusty red, white and blue long sleeve dress with scarf

Cordier rusty red, blue and white striped long sleeve dress with scarf

 

This is a very unique 1970’s dress by Cordier, Japan. The fabric is a comfortable tricolore polyester print, with cupro lined skirt. The waist is elasticated, with ample space for the bust and the hips. The sleeves are elegantly tapered and close with three round buttons. The dress opens with a zipper on the back and comes with its own scarf. Vintage at its best!

 

Size:  Japanese size 9 (estimated size S)
Material:   100% polyester  –  100% cupro lining
Label:   Cordier
Condition:   excellent

 

Neck:  7″1/4  –  18.5cm
Shoulders:  no seam
Bust:  about 22″  –  56cm
Waist (elasticated):  from 12″  –  30cm  to about  15″  –  38cm
Hips:  more than 30″  –  78cm
Hem:  more than 40″  –  100cm
Length:  43″  –  110cm
Sleeves length starting from the neck:  24″  –  61cm
Sleeves width at armpit level:  10″  –  26cm
Sleeves width at the cuffs when buttoned:  3″  –  8cm
Belt loops:  1″1/2  –  4cm
Scarf length:  62″  –  154cm

 

Available on Etsy.

 

Cordier rusty red, blue and white striped long sleeve dress with scarf

 

Cordier rusty red, blue and white striped long sleeve dress with scarf

 

Cordier rusty red, blue and white striped long sleeve dress with scarf

 

Cordier rusty red, blue and white striped long sleeve dress with scarf

 

Cordier rusty red, blue and white striped long sleeve dress with scarf

 

Cordier rusty red, blue and white striped long sleeve dress with scarf