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THE FASHION DESIGNER Christian ISSUE Micheal

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Contents Fashion 2014

Inspiration 10 22 28

Vintage Modern Looks from Vintage Vogue Street Wear Looks from Arizona Trading Co. Body Image Real women, real talk

Application 5 6 8 35 36 40 46

Accessories Vintage for men Local Threads ChristianMicheal Vintage Renewed An old dress sees new life Accessories Vintage for women Doll Face Vintage makeup ideas Mane Attraction Vintage hairstyles Vintage Memories Kathy Rasmussen

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Fashion Dreams

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hinking back to my childhood, I had more fashion magazines than I knew what to do with. In fact, while cleaning out my old bedroom, I found a stack of fashion magazines from 14 years ago that I finally had to throw out. I smiled thinking how crazy I drove my mom from an early age with my love for fashion “stuff.” I still, in fact, drive her crazy. I grew up in a home that was always neat; everything had a place. My love for fashion did not mesh well with my mother’s love for a tidy room. I remember having so many clothes, shoes, jewelry and magazines everywhere, which made me think she might actually pull her hair out a few times. Back then I think everyone thought I just liked my “stuff.” But for me, magazine hoarding and getting a new outfit honestly made my heart happy. Having a magazine subscription meant getting as close to fashion as I possibly could — in Higginsville, MO, that is — and getting to visualize what I always wanted to do. I would never throw magazines away, so I had stacks hidden behind my head board, in my closet, under my desk and at times, in the bathroom. I know this sounds like an unhealthy young hoarding addiction, but they allowed me to dream; and not one ounce of the happiest dream ever could be tossed ... that is until my mother found all the bits of that dream shoved in all of my hiding spots. I remember coming home from school or church camp with most of my little glossy pages of happiness on the curb for the trash man. Now, my mother is the most inspiring and encouraging woman on the planet, but she did not realize how happy those pages made me. In fact, her dream for me was to be a soap opera star. Oh mom... Although you can still find a hefty stack of magazines on my coffee table, I have to thank her now; because of her I am not on “Hoarders” (Fashion Magazine Edition). Thanks mom. I will always have the most gratitude for my editor and friend, Erin, for trusting me enough to give me one of the greatest responsibilities I’ve ever had in creating this issue. If someone would have told me that I would be the fashion director of this awesome special issue of VintageKC — even 3 years ago when I started working with Erin — I would have found it unbelievable. Yet here I sit, with that exact title on every print of this magazine, with my dream job, and so many ideas and visions that they Follow us! are probably flowing out of my ears at this point. To be able to share the dreams I’ve had since childhood, VKC vintagekcmag.com highlight topics like body image, and communicate a love of vintage fashion with everyone, is more than I vintagekc could have ever hoped for. I hope you enjoy it, too. For the love of fashion ... and dreams.

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Publisher/Editor Erin Shipps erin@vintagekcmag.com Fashion Director/Editorial Assistant Calli Green calli@vintagekcmag.com

Contributors Arizona Trading Company Ashley Nelson Studios ChristianMICHAEL Layne Haley Photography Head House Hair Parlour Lillie Jacson Mitsu Sato Hair Academy SmashGlam Vintage Vogue Apparel Wheat Photography

VintageKC volume 3, fashion issue is published yearly in conjunction with a quarterly magazine by Erin Shipps in Overland Park, KS. Copyright 2014, Erin Shipps. All rights reserved. Reproduction in part or in whole without written permission of the publisher is strictly prohibited. Printed in the U.S.A.

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Fashion 2014 | vintagekcmag.com

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Christian Michael

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THE FASHION ISSUE

Love your body Old dress : new life Vintage-inspired hair & makeup

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On the Cover

Clothing from Vintage Vogue Apparel comes together for modern looks. Photo by Willim and Jill DiMartino


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ChristianMicheal photos layne haley photography styling calli green models logan nichols, voices&; don lampert, manifest talent

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n the Kansas City men’s fashion world, Christian Micheal Shuster stands heads and bowties above the rest. From his throwback suit style to cuttingedge military-style jackets to his spring/summer 2014 line of preppy whites and brights, Christian’s versatility and creativity bring life to menswear.

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Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, the self-taught designer found a love of art and fashion at a young age. He first launched a line of men’s neckties to retailers in Kansas City in June 2007. From that, his label has become one of the most recognized and respected design labels in KC.

We love handsome men in well-tailored suits, so when we got the chance to capture it and promote it, we jumped on it. We hope the wearability and style will encourage more handsome men to up their game. Find these and other styles by ChristianMicheal Men’s Wear at christianmicheal.com.

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hen we found the dress inset on the left at an estate sale one day, Erin looked at me like I was crazy. It had huge shoulder pads, a draped sash (complete with beaded tassles) with a dropped waist and the length hit below the knees. But I knew I could turn it into something wearable for today. First, I removed the sash, connected by thread loops on the side seam of the dress, with my snippers (smaller scissors). That thing had seen more fashionable days. Second, I used the seam ripper to take off the sleeves and double — yes double — shoulder pads. Because the stitch length was so small, I did use the snippers to remove some of the fabric that was a little tougher to remove. I then measured a 1/8in. fold around the sleeves,

secured it with straight pins, pressed it with my iron and used my machine and matching thread to sew right down the middle of the shoulder hem fold. The dress was then sleeveless and already looking a little more up to date. I chose to keep the collar and beading at the top as it was. The dress has interesting bead work that would leave the vintage touch in the revamped 1980s dress. Next, because the dress was so long, it seemed to hit at an odd length and made the dress almost matronly. (I know, how could a shiny, beaded Eighties dress look matronly — but it kind of did.) I wanted to make it young and full of life again. I measured 6 in. from the original bottom seam and used straight pins to mark the line to cut.

Tip: Because I have used the technique many times, I felt comfortable with cutting a straight line across the top of the straight pins. If I would not have felt as comfortable, I would’ve used a newspaper as a pattern and measured a six inch piece to place and pin onto the dress to shorten the dress, so I knew for sure that it would be a straight “pattern like” cut. Last, again, I measured an 1/8in. fold around the bottom of the dress, used my straight pins to secure it, used my iron to press and used my sewing machine to sew straight down that fold for a small hem at the bottom of the dress. Other than the tiny stitches and double shoulder pads, it was a pretty straightforward makeover that turned an otherwise throw-away relic into a $2 piece you could rock for years.

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hough all fashion is technically modern, it is also cyclical, and many current designers credit vintage trends and styles for their inspiration. Influenced by designer choices featured at New York Fashion Week, we pulled looks from Vintage Vogue in Independence, then we added some of our own quirks for high-fashion vintage style.

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street wear

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ashion doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be difficult. To prove this point, I kidnapped the ridiculously goodlooking Alex, Austin and Barry from The Noise FM on their 2014 SXSW tour, made them pick out their own clothes at Arizona Trading Co. in Westport, and then made them hang out with me for an hour and buy me a margarita. It was obviously pure torture on my part. At least they look good.

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body image

Body Talk

From my early teenage years, until this very moment, I have always heard women describe themselves. From adolescent gossip in locker rooms and lunchrooms to overhearing fitting room conversation to a mother’s “I’ll never look the same.” I’ve never been the super model type, and as much as I love the models I get to work with in every photo shoot, we can’t all be 6 feet tall and 130 pounds. And I’m okay with that. After watching every anti-bully talk show and seeing more air brushed photos than I’d like, for years I’ve wanted to reach out and grab every person’s hand and say, “It’s okay, you’re real, the way you look isn’t a mistake and it never will be.” The only way I saw fit to do that, is to have a raw, untouched photo shoot; to share real women with real issues with the world. I hope that someone flipping through these pages can not only relate, but see what these women struggle with and say, “That’s me — that’s exactly me.” I am honored to have the opportunity and platform to present to you women just like you. Women who, like myself, have humps, bumps, lumps, curves, discoloration, insecurities and many things in between. But let me tell you about my new friends: These same women also have smiles brighter than I’ve ever seen, confidence that is unmatched by any super model and style that is so unique to each of their personalities. I felt overjoyed that I got the opportunity to meet and speak with each of these ladies, and I am filled with gratitude to share their stories with you. My favorite quality that this world possesses is that each person is different. I love how every person is created uniquely and it is something that should definitely be celebrated.

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“My body: You will never catch it slouching. Tall and long-limbed, it moves with effortless grace or painful levels of clumsiness. Lines not as smooth or as powerful as they once were, but fuller and softer. Hourglass at a glance, with generous amounts of cellulite and stretch marks at my hips and thighs. Covered in scars. Reminders of what was once possible. Moles and freckles dance across my pale skin, acting as a personified version of connect-the-dots. My Eastern European roots show through in the layer of “fur” that covers my whole body, keeping my eyebrows and hair thick. I have too much faith that my body will continue to show me excitement in what it enjoys, as much as it shows me remorse in what pains it to ever wish for another [body] again!”

“The hardest part about creating a body positive image, at least for me, has been understanding that I am in competition with no one. My body is my own. It’s never going to look like your body, it’s never going to feel like your body, and it’s never going to react like your body. Holding yourself to the standards of others is foolish, wasteful and damaging.”

Kendra

“Hourglass at a glance, with generous amounts of cellulite and stretch marks at my hips and thighs.”

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“I have had an issue with the discoloration of my neck since I was a child.”

“When you look at my body, my eyes and unique facial expressions speak for everything. You can dance with my heart and heavy laughter, which has produced two distinct creases in my face. My complexion is a mix of caramel and dark chocolate. My ‘thunder thighs,’ as my mother calls them, accent my toned calves. My dreads describe the heritage of my ethnicity and complement the natural feel and touch of genuine beauty.”

“I have had an issue with the discoloration of my neck since I was a child. Many of my peers reported that I did not take a shower and never washed my neck. Not the case at all, I have pockets of blackened areas throughout my body due to the diabetic history of my family.”

“I was also diagnosed with Lymphedema in 2007. I had to come to reality with the fact that I would not be able to wear heels again for a long period of time. So, this transition in my life appeared to take the life out of me. Vanity. However, I am strong now, and really am blessed that I am still in stage one, and able to walk.”

“I love to go natural; I rarely wear makeup daily; a little eye liner and mascara and that’s it. Hot scarves, banging accessories, and poppin’ neckline tops draw the attention back to my eyes — that’s key. Dressing and being confident has all become a part of ‘me loving me.’ I have identified my strong features, and allowed them to carry my weaknesses.”

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“My body is 5’2” and 130 pounds. I wish I could get to 125, but that would require working out and eating right and that, to me, is no fun. I have a ‘muffin top’ — once again, correcting this would require working out and eating right. I used to have a cute, perky butt, but as of lately, it seems not quite as perky anymore. I have ‘jowls’ or whatever you call the droopy skin on my jaw line. The bottoms of my legs are skinny and I have developed wrinkly knees over time. I have very fine hair, so I use tons of hair products to make it seem thicker. Also, when I don’t have time to fix my hair I wear a hair piece that is on a comb. The funny thing is, when I wear my hair piece, that’s when I get the most compliments on ‘my hair’.”

“My hair is very fine. According to my hairdresser, I have a lot of it, it is just very, very fine. It was always straight as a board when I was younger, so I would always get horrible spiral perms. Now that I’m older, my hair has become a little curly. For a quick fix in the morning, I put product in my hair, blow dry it, flip my head up, put a little leave-in conditioner on the ends and walk out the front door. I also always have a matching hair piece to slide in my pulled-up hair on days I’m short on time. I love cute hats when my hair won’t do anything at all.”

“If I was to speak to younger Cheryl, I would say ‘I know it is hard, but don’t let anyone else tell you to conform into someone else. If you do one thing, always be who you are; don’t try to change into what others think you should be. It is too hard to be something or someone you are not. As long as you are yourself, it will not matter what you look like on the outside. The true beauty on the inside will shine through, and that is what makes someone truly beautiful.”

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“My body is short in height, which, in my case, accentuates my plumpness. I do have thick thighs and a butt to match. My arms and inner thighs could definitely use work! I have currently started working out and eating better and can see the results, which are great; however, after three Cesarean deliveries, the fat usually just falls to the ground instead of having the elasticity my muscles in my stomach should have. My knees ache from too much activity, but I want to see myself look halfway decent in a bathing suit. I have wonderful skin and a beautiful face, which is what I am most thankful for.”

“If I could have a conversation with 12-year-old me, I would tell myself just because you are a little bigger than the other girls, don’t let that mess with your self esteem. Know that you are beautiful inside and out and you do not need a man to define that for you! God created you in His image and He loves you for you, so ignore them and their comments. Know you are beautiful, and one day you will see just how gorgeously you stand in your own skin!”

“I like anything that is different. I dress all my outfits up with jewelry (I love bling)! There is absolutely nothing I can live without in my jewelry box! I love chunky, fashionable, flashy jewelry. On top of dressing and accessorizing my curves, I’m learning to love me for all that I am. After all, my husband thinks I’m the most gorgeous woman in the world, so why not agree with him? Why not stop cringing when I look at myself in the mirror, side view and all? Why not learn to love all of my hills, rolls, dips and stretch marks? After all, they all represent my story. It has been a long journey to love myself, but I feel like I have made it!” VintageKC<<<<Fashion Fashion2014 2014 32 VintageKC

“Why not learn to love all of my hills, rolls, dips and stretch marks?”

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“When you are short, 5 lbs weight gain looks like 20, pants don’t ever come in your length and petite clothes normally just don’t fit right.” “We are sisters and our bodies are short. We are both 5ft! Our height has been hard for the both of us to accept because, with the exception of heels, we cannot fix or change it. It is difficult because it affects everything. When you are short, 5lbs weight gain looks like 20, pants don’t ever come in your length and petite clothes normally just don’t fit right ... we don’t know who they are standard for!”

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“When I was born, one of my legs was shorter than the other and my hip bones would not stay in place. The scars run the length of my hips on both sides. As a child, it was hard wearing shorts that would expose the scars and face questions and laughs — kids can be really mean.”

“If I could speak with a younger me, I would tell her to love herself and to take care of the body God gave her by staying active, eating lots of vegetables and speaking positively about herself. To not do anything that can cause height to be stunted in the future, including speaking negatively about myself. I would say there is a guy out there just waiting to marry a beautiful “shorty” like you.

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J.C. body image

“I live in a small town known for being very prejudice toward non-white people of any kind. Though my teachers, family and friends have always been kind to me, and never pointed it out, it is hard when you are at school, or community functions and you overhear things. Honestly, at times, it has made me feel like trash. Who can I date? I’m not sure. Since there is a small — a very small — percentage of biracial or other black families living in my town, I’ve been confused. I know I stand out everywhere I go. And even if they are not realizing it, I feel the stares. I have even felt like my mom has been judged by others when they see us together.”

“This past year has been better at school; it felt like my race didn’t seem to matter as much. Because of finally being noticed, I have enjoyed the positive attention. It would be nice if I continued to find more confidence in myself, so everyone can see me for who I really am. The only thing I can do is to try to constantly remind myself that it is okay to be different.”

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“Am I ‘white’ or am I ‘black,’ how am I both at once?”

“My body is average. I am shorter than most of my friends — just under 5’3”. I have fairly long legs and arms and then a ‘bubble’ butt. It’s hard to find a right fit in pants because my waist and backside are not proportionate. Most of the time, I wear my hair up in a messy bun simply because I’m not sure what to do with it. I have long black hair that is extremely curly and wavy. If I were to leave it down, I feel like I may have an unruly afro. I have only worn makeup a few times. I am not sure exactly how to find the right look for myself and to be really honest I don’t know if I like the feeling of it on my face. I am biracial. My biological father is African American and my mother is Caucasian, but I lean toward having darker skin. I tend to stay in loose athletic clothing because I am not comfortable with myself. I try on clothes that I would want to wear, but I am scared that they aren’t right for me and I am scared that others might think they aren’t right for me. I play it very safe.”

“Sixth grade is the first time I can remember feeling insecure about myself. Other girls were getting into makeup and wanting to shop for ‘cool’ or ‘pretty’ things and I didn’t know how to do that kind of thing. So I felt left out. That was the first time I really started feeling outside of the box, being biracial. I have never really felt comfortable with who I am, in my own skin. Am I ‘white’ or am I ‘black,’ how am I both at once?”

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1990s Smoky Eye

makeup ashley nelson, ashley nelson studios photos nicole bissey photography model kaitlyn metscher

Apply concealer to the entire eyelid to even skin tone and act as a base for smooth blending. This will allow your makeup to last all day all night. Set the eyelid with mineral powder.

With a crease brush, dab a very small amount of black shadow onto the brush.

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Starting in the outer corner, blend shadow into the crease of the eye, depositing most of the shadow on the brush onto the outer half of the eye. Make sure to angle your brush in toward your nose so the shadow fallout will fall right into place on the lid.


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Sweep whatever leftovers are on the brush windshieldwasher style across the orbital bone so it gradually blends the dark shadow.

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Apply mascara before applying the lashes so the falsies easily blend in with your own

With tweezers, remove the false lash from the package and dip the top third of the lash in lash glue (shown here with dark lash glue, but white/clear can also be used).

Apply a flesh toned shadow on the inside corner of the eye and onto the lid (wherever you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t blend the black shadow).

Apply eyeliner to top and bottom lashes and top with mascara.

Wear your lashes with a bare face as shown or add them on top of an already applied face of makeup. Temporary lash glue will make them last an entire day, but if you are careful removing your makeup (and sleeping), they can last a few days

Place the glue-dipped false lash on top of natural lashes, halfway to the base of the lash line (ensuring the false lash is securely glued to the natural lashes first), then slide the false lash onto the lash line.

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With a lining brush, apply liner along the lash line on top of lashes.

Hold the skin under your brow taut and extend eyeliner to create a slight triangle at the outer corners.

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Use a cotton swab dipped in makeup remover to clean any oopsies and sweep the line upward.


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Outline the entire lip in red lip liner.

Fill in with red lipstick.

For a red lip that pops, highlight the cupids bow with a highlighting powder.

Set with a light dusting of mineral powder to prevent bleeding.

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This classic pin-up style adds lift and dimension to any face shape. #1 Curl your hair, then make a part from one ear over your crown meeting the opposite ear, giving you a front and back section. Backcomb the front section starting with the top working to the sides. #2 Next smooth the hair you just backcombed, forward. #3 Take one side at a time. Lift your hair straight up 180 degrees, roll inward toward your face. Secure at the roll with bobby pins. #4 Once you have both sides nice and even, roll the front hair backward to meet the side rolls. Note: this part is tricky and will take practice. #5 After connecting the rolls, smooth and hairspray. We used Control Force*. #6 For a finished look, backcomb crown of back section and brush through curls.

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For any menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic haircut, these styling tips will help create a well-kept look. #1 First I applied a liquid pomade to damp hair. We use Men's Pure Formance*. Then I found a suitable part. #2 Next I used a blowdryer to give the hair a direction. Drying the hair the way you wish to style it will eliminate any frustration that may occur in stubborn cowlicks or strong growth patterns. Tip: For more height on top, try blowing the hair in the opposite direct you wish to wear it. #3 Next choose the proper pomade. We use Imperial. I choose the Fiber Pomade* for pliable hold and a medium shine. Start with less. You can always add more. Before applying, emulsify product with hands. This will ensure even distribution. #4 As you distribute the product, style with your fingers. To refine the look, I'm using a comb, brushing the hair away from the part, then back at the corner of the hairline. #5 It may take a few times to get it just right, but with practice you're sure to turn heads!

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This is a modern twist on Marcel and finger waves. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve cut out all the gel and dryer time to bring you a flawless look with half the hassle. #1 Find a part that best suits you. Section the two front portions from the part down to the top of your ear, leaving you with a back section. Curl hair starting with the bottom back section working toward the top. It is important to use a working spray, we use Control Force*. Be sure to elevate each section to a 90 degree angle. Start the curl from the root of the section (this is heating the base of the curl), which will ensure maximum lift for volume. Tip: keep the curls as uniform as possible, #2 Finish the back working toward the front sections. When you reach the crown area, start to pin the curls in place. #3 Spray curls with a mist of hair spray. Let cool. Next, brush the curls gently from the ends of hair to the roots. #4 Take a wide tooth comb, pushing up and forward to create the perfect wave. #5 For the next wave bring the comb backward. Hairspray as you go, setting each wave. Here weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re using Air Control*. #6 I finished with a more modern sleek and smooth look. If you desire a more vintage look, leave the curls combed out. VintageKC >> Fashion 2014 43


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Chignon This style is achievable from the first time you try it. It is very retro and great to dress up or down. #1 Backcomb top and sides of hair. I like to section the hair into three parts: A top panel and two sides. Tip: Take slices of hair, and with every slice, hairspray. With every other slice backcomb. This creates a smooth look. #2 Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going for a bit of flare and decided to do a double chignon. Place top portion of hair in a hair tie, making sure to leave plenty of volume on top. #3 Take two rubber bands and attach two bobby pins like shown in photo.

#4 Lift hair secured in ponytail and back comb. #5 Flip it forward and secure with clip. Place bobby pins with rubber band just above the ponytail. Tip: Stretch rubber band, securing bobby pins with the open ends facing each other. #6 Take hair out of clip. Lift hair straight back, using your fingers to give shape and smoothness, roll under and secure with bobby pins. #7 Repeat steps 1-6 for bottom chignon. Tip: keep in mind, for a flawless look, be sure to avoid any parting to show. #8 Once you get the hang of it, the combination to chignons are limitless.

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KATHY rasmussen vintage VOGUE

by calli green photos tiffany n. cody, smashglam VKC What is your earliest fashion memory? Kathy “My earliest memory is probably my senior year of high school, which was 1964. The first article I ever bought for myself was a Lilli Ann coat — a winter coat (seen at right). It was red with three-quarter-length sleeves and had this huge, huge white fox collar. I actually wore that for 10-15 years. It was my favorite because I paid for it out of my own earnings, so it was really special to me; it was a beautiful piece.” VKC What newsworthy events were influencing fashion at that time? Kathy “Well, The Beatles, they were huge in ‘64; they had just come to the U.S. They impacted the way everyone felt and dressed greatly during their time. In high school, we weren’t allowed to wear jeans or slacks, we were only allowed to wear skirts and dresses. High heels were ‘in’ of course with the really pointed toes. We all stuffed our toes in those narrow, narrow shoes. I loved it. Through high school, I just loved to dress up, which is why I loved Lilli Ann designs. We always wore gloves, too, and really seemed to look older because we were always dressed up and dressed really nice.”

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VKC Who was your fashion icon? Kathy “My fashion icon would be Edith Head. Her designs were spectacular in films in the ‘20s, ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s. She won all kinds of awards for films like ‘The Ten Commandments’ and just about any large film you could think of. She made me grow to love fashion; she got me excited about fashion.” VKC What is a favorite vintage piece you still have today? Kathy “It’s another piece by Lilli Ann (shown on next page), she was a very famous designer especially in the Fifties and Sixties. Her pieces were top quality with a lot of hand stitching and bound button holes; she used a lot of fur in her work. This particular piece is a double-knit two piece coated dress. It is cream colored with a big black stripe across the front, and it has an Ermine fur collar. It is from the 1960s and is one of my favorite pieces that I own. I have gotten a lot of wear out of it. Lilli Ann just

‘says’ quality. Her pieces, and especially this one, make me feel so dressed up and special when I have them on.” VKC How are clothes in modern stores today different? Kathy “Oh goodness! The quality of the fabric, the quality of the stitching, there is no longer bound button work or hand detail work. The only time you would find quality now, which would be comparable to ‘normal’ quality in the 40s, 50s and 60s, would be shopping Couture clothing. Pieces bought for thousands of dollars, and that’s why there are still dresses from the ‘60s we find today that still look as good as they did back then. It’s the quality. Definitely the quality.” VKC When did you open Vintage Vogue? Kathy “I started Vintage Vogue about 18 years ago, here in Independence. I started


out in the business by being a picker because I loved vintage clothes. I would buy clothes and sell them to some of the vintage dealers that were in business before I was, which included Boomerang and some other places. After that, a large garage was rented on 39th and Wyoming and I was asked by a vendor if I would join them and become a vintage dealer. She enjoyed the things that I picked and knew I had an eye for it. I became part of that group and sold vintage with them, and also at Review, for about four or five years before I started my own business.” VKC Why is vintage fashion important to you now? Why is it important for you to have your store and share it with others? Kathy “I guess it’s just my passion. I love looking at it; it brings back really great memories of my past. I enjoy looking at the fabrics, and having quality clothes. It is so much fun to wait on the people that come

in. There are people that come in for normal street wear and that’s really nice, I love it! Vintage fashion should be worn right now, made current. There are people who come in for special events, occasions and some for theatre and it is fun to help out for those. It’s just a enjoyable place to be, people who come in are just happy, I don’t have any cranky customers. They are going to a party, or are excited about their vintage fashion wardrobe; there’s just always happiness here, and the clothes are what’s doing that.” VKC What’s the one piece of fashion advice you would want to share? Kathy “Be brave and wear what looks good on you — something that makes you an individual. Don’t be afraid to try something new. If you are too frightened to wear a whole vintage outfit, just get one piece, one really neat vintage accessory — a purse, or a hat, or a pair of shoes and just enjoy it.”

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VintageKC Fashion Issue 2014  

All vintage. All fashion.

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