A Look at the Pier Antique Show’s Fashion Alley
Although there has always been an appreciation for superior quality fabrics and designs, we’ve recently seen the resurgence in the popularity of vintage fashions. Celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Andre 3000, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, and Rachel Zoe have all donned vintage designs and fashion designers such as Marc Jacobs, Christian Dior, Balenciaga, and Versace have sought vintage inspiration for their seasonal collections.
With the Pier Antique Show just around the corner on November 23-24, I recently spoke with a few of our Fashion Alley vintage dealers, detailing how they realized their love for vintage items, the hottest trends, tips on shopping for vintage styles, and what their looking most forward to at this year’s show.
Vintage Couture Jewelry (Booth No. 2453)
You could say Pat Frazer’s passion for costume jewelry was all in the family. “I came from a family of women who loved jewelry. Therefore, I was privy to a wide variety of beautiful pieces and gradually developed an eye for it. I became excited about collecting jewelry and it complemented my interest for art,” she says.
Today, a retired teacher, Frazer owns Vintage Couture Jewelry and has been selling vintage costume jewelry for 10 years. “I feel costume jewelry is art and by wearing it, people can express themselves artistically. Being able to share my collection with the public is an amazing experience.” Frazer seeks out jewelry pieces that are a perfect match to the latest fashions, and she sells her merchandise to the general public, designers and large fashion companies.
To stay ahead of the trends, Frazer looks for unique pieces with an impact. “There’s a big change in costume jewelry right now. My clients have become inspired by TV shows like Downton Abbey, making long and tassel necklaces from the 1920s in high demand.” She also explains the popularity of Egyptian revival jewelry showcasing the sphinx, griffins and hieroglyphics, Cleopatra style bib necklaces, colored gemstones and rhinestones, large brooches, and gold toned jewelry. These jewelry trends, among others, will be showcased at Frazer’s booth at the Pier Antique Show.
Lisa Victoria Vintage (Booth No. 2254)
Lisa D’Angelo was first introduced to glamour of vintage clothing through the movies. “When I was young, I would watch TV with my dad, and he would always watch old movies. Some of my first memories are seeing beautiful pieces of clothing on Hollywood stars like Gene Harlow. It attracted me! My first collector’s piece was a 1930s velvet jacket with a rhinestone fur clip when I was 12 years old and my interest in vintage clothing grew from there,” she says.
Through her company, Lisa Victoria Vintage, D’Angelo sells high end vintage and designer pieces from the 1800s throughout the 1900s. This includes women’s, men’s and children’s clothing as well as accessories like hats, gloves and jewelry. “I sell the best of every decade. If you need it, I probably have it.” One of her most popular items is luxurious furs. “I sell a lot of standout, unusual pieces. For instance, I have a red fox jacket from the 1970s, a silver fox stole, a raccoon hooded vest, and a Leopard stencil coat that’s made of goat skin.”
With her extensive knowledge of vintage clothing, D’Angelo recommends every buyer find vintage pieces in both great condition and with phenomenal details. “Check the construction of the garment you’re purchasing including looking at the stress points in the shoulders, underarms, cuffs, and collars. Also buy the best you can afford. Finding pieces with French seams, handmade button holes, and lining sewn in by hand is key.” Overall, D’Angelo notes that buying what speaks to you and what you like is most important.
Maria Niforos (Booth No. 2246)
Maria Niforos has been selling antique and early vintage clothing for 40 years. “I sell antique and vintage pieces ranging from the 16th century to the 1960s.” Her merchandise covers a broad spectrum including women’s wear with such favorites as 1920s and 1950s dresses, shoes, shawls, fans, hats, antique lace and fine linens, and early costumes. She also carries children’s clothing from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
When looking at her New York City showroom, it becomes immediately apparent that you’ve been transported to another time in history. “I look for unique designs with quality fabric and great craftsmanship. We supply to a lot of shops and collectors around the world. I also have sold pieces to many museums.” Because she’s located in one of the nation’s fashion capitals – New York City, Niforos also explains that designers find inspiration in her merchandise. “History always reinvents itself. Designers come to my shop to be influenced by the pieces I sell and then they incorporate these designs into their collection with a modern twist.”
Although Niforos doesn’t feature her merchandise at many shows, she believes that being a dealer the Pier Antique Show is vital. “The dealers at this show are tops in their field and always sell high quality items. It’s always great to surround yourself with the best of the best!”
Don’t forget to check out these exhibitors at the Pier Antique Show! Show times are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and admission is $15, which is valid for reentry both show days. Children under 16 are free when accompanied by an adult. For more information, visitwww.PierAntiqueShow.com.