What better way to indulge a passion for dressing up than to find wonderful designer fashions from times gone by? Vintage garments not only resemble the visionary - or even revolutionizing - methods of their designers, they embrace us with the intimate stories of their previous wearers and help us to stand out today. Mixing modern designs with the style of the roaring twenties, golden ages, Hollywood?s original glamour, lavish dinner parties or Post-War eras, is in vogue. With Europe?s supremacy in Fashion History, it is the perfect place to find exclusive vintage finds.
Elio Ferraro, Florence, Italy
Via del Parione, 47R
Elio Ferraro?s luxury approach at vintage resulted into the Elio Ferraro gallery with a selection of vintage Alaia, Chanel, Gucci, Thierry Mugler, Valentino, Pucci, Missoni and YSL to name just a few. Together with the store?s interior design pieces from the 50s and the 80s, Elio created a vintage lifestyle concept which bestows his reputation as ?the King of Vintage?. On the client list Kate Moss, Eva Herzigova, Rihanna, and Victoria Beckham.
Quidam de Revel, Paris, France
26 Rue de Poitou ,Third Arrondissement
An appointment only vintage boutique offering buyers and renters to marvel in a glamorous mixture of haute couture and ready to wear heritage of names like Cardin, Lanvin, Gr?s, Courr?ges, Paco Rabanne, Roger Vivier, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Hermes, Emilio Pucci, Christian Dior and Charles Jourdan. Also the 18th Century jewelry designs of Claude Lalanne, jewelry by ?the poet of metals? Line Vautrin, by Georg Jensen and Torun, handbags and luggage from the 1920s to the 1970s, can be found here.
Virginia Antiques, London, U.K.
98 Portland Road, Holland Park, London
Tiny but exquisite. Virgina Antiques is filled with Victorian nightgowns, glittering 1920s flapper dresses, sumptuous chiffons, delicate silk slippers and accessories from the 1900s to the 1930s. Virginia Antiques? eccentric owner is Virginia Bates, who can be recognized by her signature white bob.
On her blog for Vogue U.K., Victoria informs her readers about all London?s best fashion parties, which she attends wearing the most amazing vintage creations.
Laura Dols, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Wolvenstraat 6-7, Amsterdam
In 30 years Laura Dols established itself as the best vintage boutique in Amsterdam (and probably one of the most famous stores of Amsterdam?s charming 300 year old ?Nine Streets? shopping district).
Famous for its aura of flamboyance, the store invites vintage hunters and wardrobe designers to glamorous gala or cocktail dresses from the 1920s to the 1970s, evening pumps, clutches, lace gloves, real fur capes and collars and vintage jewelry. All you need for a special event, theme party or Mad Men episode.