Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year !

Another year went by. . . I wish all my friends, followers and everybody else, who just pops by: love, happiness, prosperity, recognition and succes for the coming year. May all your dreams come true. Hope to see you again in 2012.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

De La Belle Époque au Pret-Á-Porter

Is an intersting Exposition at The Grande Bibliothéque in Montreal that I saw today. As the title is indicating it´s about the evolution in fashion from individual made clothes to the beginning of production of clothes from around 1871-1940.

To illustrated the different epoches, they made all the displayed models up in paper. Unfortunately all the explanations were in french. Luckily I knew about this period in fashionhistory.

Monday, December 19, 2011


Just a follow up on recent posts. I am always amazed to see how many ad- verts fashion magazines like American Vogue manage to put into their maga- zine.
Though it´s not always obvious, because some of the adverts blend in and look fashionable, they are also in a way showing what is going on in fashion, Vogue has some nice fashion-editorials about trends and news, features, in- terviews, designer-portraits in between.

Even if the Adds dominate and keeps the Magazine running, the celebrity and sociality stuff is also taking a lot of room. I don´t mind that. . .

But it could be quite nice with more content, like background stories on the Industry, designers past and present to put some perspective on fashion ? Maybe it´s just because I am a proffessional that I miss that. . . What do you think about it? Is it to much ?

Sunday, December 18, 2011


Just wanted to share some fabulous windowdisplays from San Francisco Departmentstores, for inspiration. Enjoy!

Saturday, December 17, 2011


-Was another thing I noticed in Elle. Because they are all over in Fashion Magazines these days. Bag adds, perfume- and jewellery adds, sometimes with a model in a suiting outfit or just to give a certain appealing feeling,
to tempt you.

Nowadays every known artist or celebrity like Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aquilera, Avril Lavigne, Britney Spears and the Beckhams have their own perfume. . .

-That is where the money is. Because it´s affordable for most people. It is also the main reason why all the big designer brands and fashion-houses like Dior, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent are surviving.

Friday, December 16, 2011


When you travel, you always get new impulses and inspiration. . .
Like magazines you usually don´t buy. I wanted to share this fashion-editorial that I came across in the december issue of Elle and found quite inspiring.

Thursday, December 15, 2011


Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011) was a fa- mous British-American actress. From her early years as a child star at MGM-Studios, she became one of the great screen actresses of Hollywood´s Gol- den Age. As one of the world's most Iconic film stars, Elisabeth Taylor was recognized for her acting ability and for her glamorous lifestyle, beauty and distinctive violet eyes.

Through her career that spanned six decades, Elizabeth Taylor won two Oscars and made more than 50 films. Read my previous post to her tribute here.

Elizabeth Taylor was also a pioneer in marketing a celebrity merchandise brand, and despite her years as an actress, most of Taylor's wealth came from her business ventures. She designed fine jewelry for The Elizabeth Collection, and launched three perfumes, "White Diamonds",  Passion", and "Passion for Men", which together had an estimated US$ 69 million in 2010 sales.

Recently her entire Collection of Jewelry, Fashion and Accessories as well as her Haute Couture Gowns has been displayed in Moscow, London, Los Angeles, Dubai, Geneva, Paris, and Hong Kong to promote The Auction that is taking place these days at Christies.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Dear readers! As promised last week, here are a few pictures of the finished Coat, that are going on a journey tomorrow. I always underestimate the time it takes to finish something like that, but I made in time.

I will try to keep up posting here, while I´m away. Enjoy the Holidays.

Sunday, December 11, 2011


Another vintage dress that could be an option for The Holidays. I purchased long time ago, because of the unusual colourcombination and wowen fa- bricpattern. In the front it has a special empirecut and a bow to emphasize that.
I will estimate it to around late 1960, but if you know better, let me know. The size. . .is about a 10/40, but can of course be adjusted for the right lady.

The label says: Nilaco - Danish Design

If you are tempted, don´t hesitate to contact me.

Saturday, December 10, 2011


-Is another project I´ve done. The assignment was to create a small denim-collection and present it for the class.
I was inspired by a piece i´ve done earlier on and decided to develop the idea into this collection in white denim.

Design and copyrights: John Frantsen

-Which eventually inspired me to do the "spiraldress", that you can see in a previous post here.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Azzedine Alaïa Exhibition

Azzedine Alaïa in the 21st Century is the title of an exhibition that opens sunday 12th of december at The Groninger Museum in The Netherlands.

The exhibition displayes the most fantastic of his creations from the last
It is a continuation of the exhibition that were shown in 1998 at The Groninger Museum, that went on to be displayed at The Brant Foundation in New York 2002.

Azzedine Alaïa is one of the last major couturiers still alive. He stands for glamour, sensuality, style, cut, confidence, comfort and sex appeal of cour- se.
His range of clothes have been available since 1980 and is very popular among celebreties. Check out my previous post on Alaïa.

I would really love to go there and study all his creations. Lets see how it goes. . .

Thursday, December 08, 2011


Here is a few examples of some historical corsets from the late nineteenth
century, from The Danish Collection of Costume at The National Museum in Brede Værk, that I once visited.

The corsets were not used as outerwear back then, but for the women to show more delicate when they were taking off their clothes. . .

Notice the meticulous details and just imagine how much work that went into these corsets.
If you are interested in historical costumes, take a closer look here to see the changing of styles from 1700-1980.

Photos: John Frantsen