Miss Peggy Lee and I recently took a trip to the Maryhill Museum of Art to see the new wing, the Rodins and of course the permanent Théâtre de la Mode exhibit.
We stopped of in Hood River, Oregon for a bathroom break and a quick promenade. Hood River is the windsurfing capital of the world, so you will need to hold onto your hat when you visit!
This store caught my eye despite being tucked in an alley. Just look at that sign! It's as big as the door!
Aaaand we have a successful impulse buy!
This store's stock room is a vault. And I thought padlocking my sheuz was excessive!
Oh right, we were going to the museum!
We are on the Washington side looking towards Oregon. You can't tell from our vantage point, but the mighty Columbia river is in between the mansion and the desert background.
To the exhibits!
Théâtre de la Mode pulled together the talents
of theater set designers, haute couture designers, accessory designers, milliners, and designer shoemakers.
Contributors include iconic designers like Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, and Cartier.
The war had a severe impact on the apparel industry. Couturiers and their customers fled
occupied France in droves. Clothing businesses that
struggled to remain open had to deal with extreme shortages of cloth,
thread, and other sewing supplies.
As designers forged Théâtre de la Mode after
French and American troops drove the Nazis out, rationing still ran deep. The houses couldn't quite shed their competitive past and they strove to out-design one another despite their limited resources.
The exhibit opened at the Louvre in 1945 and toured New
York and San Fransisco in 1946. It was created to raise funds for war
survivors and to help
revive the French fashion industry in the aftermath of World War II.
Maryhill rotates the scenes with regularity. It is incredibly difficult to take decent pictures of the scenes due to the dimly lit exhibit. We can't have these clothes fading now! You must go and see it with your own eyes!
Off to the winery we go!The Maryhill Winery is a spectacular place to rest your bones after walking around all day. The view of the Columbia River Gorge is breathtaking!
A lovely Portland evening in late July was again the setting of the Alley 33 Fashion Show. The show offers an opportunity for emerging designers to get their looks seen and is also unique because it features designers that are producing their lines right here in Portland, Oregon.
These new Jitterbuggin designs were inspired by 40's cruise wear and vacation ensembles. I had some very special guest models join me. Let's have a look and see what Jitterbuggin will be offering in the coming year!
The incomparable Twila Jean modeling a whitenautical look including a sailor blouse and high-waist, wide-leg pants.
Suzannah Hamlin-Stanley (you know her from her inspiring DIY blog Adventures in Dressmaking) wore a beautiful green-hued bamboo print Hawaiian halter sarong dress.
An asymmetrical design lends itself perfectly to this rayon landscape print all the way from Hawaii! This dreamy fabric moves so nicely! I love how the detachable drape floats in the wind!
Summer Stone in a summery white day dress with a gathered sweetheart bust, contrasting Navy trim, and adorable shoulder ties. Look at that beautiful smile!!!
Solanah Cornell of Vixen Vintage wows the crowd with a 40's inspired lobster print bathing suit. I simply can't wait to get these made up for you!
What a cast I tell ya! An amazing job was done by all! Thank you Alley 33!