• Crush the Best-Dressed List: Our Style Guide to a Century of Dazzling Party Dresses Now that the jeans-and-T-shirts plague has reached our fancy restaurants, cocktail parties, and nightclubs, it seems as though nobody cares about dressing up anymore. And yet, as fashions become increasingly casual, the perfect party dress is like a secret weapon—turning anyone into a rose among daisies. "Most middle-class women would have had one good dress to wear for evening, parties, weddin…
  • Dress Hound Cherie Federau Explains How She Makes Vintage Work for Her I’ve pretty much always been a little bit fashion-nutty, ever since I was about 16 years old and I discovered Vogue. I started like a lot of other people, buying vintage to recreate the looks that I saw but couldn’t afford as a teenager. Then slowly over the years, as my hobby turned into more of an obsession, I became interested in the designers behind the labels and it just snowballed from there…
  • Two 18th Century New York Dresses When Mrs. Gabriel Ludlow and her sister, Mrs. Abraham Walton, entered the ballroom about 1780 they must have created quite a sensation in the sophisticated little town of New York. Their brocaded silk dresses, entirely different in pattern, are each strikingly beautiful both in design and, particularly, in color. They have been preserved through six generations, handed down from mother to daughter…
  • Boldly Going Vintage on the Oscars Red Carpet Much to-do has been made about the ruby red "vintage" Valentino gown worn by Oscars host Anne Hathaway when she stepped onto the red carpet. That dress, however, is actually only nine years old, from Valentino's 2002 collection. Marisa Tomei, best supporting actress winner in 1993, rocked a true vintage dress, this 1950s midnight blue mermaid-cut Charles James gown, part of legendary vintag…
  • Good Girls and Bad Boys: How to Achieve That Cool '50s Rockabilly Look Jayne Mansfield is buried in my hometown. You could drive past the cemetery and see her heart-shaped headstone from the road. We had our own historical society, a tiny little museum, if you can even call it that. I remember going on a class trip there once. Some of her things were displayed, like long sequined cocktail dresses and some of her little personal effects. That stayed with me into my ad…
  • Leading the Charge Against Casual Style, Armed With Antique Clothes and a Bike Tziporah Salamon is used to being photographed—by everyone from New York City tourists to famous "New York Times" street-fashion photographer Bill Cunningham. She's impossible for shutterbugs to resist, when they catch her riding around the city on her turquoise Bianchi, often a symphony of lush colors, decked head-to-toe in exquisite, embroidered, antique fabrics. Salamon also caught the eye of 3…