About Joyatri

Avid thrifter and vintage clothes wearer. Love 1960s and early 1970s styles. Partial to Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite, Victorian, Renaissance and Medieval art. Former art historian. Current packrat. On a continual quest for good-looking, comfortable vegan shoes. Bhangra dancer since 2002. Fascinated by all things Indian. Vegan and animal advocate. 

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"She was dressed, as usual, in an odd assortment of clothes, most of which had belonged to other people." 

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Stepping through the wonderwall

What a fun, vintage-filled weekend! On Saturday, I re-visited the Hippie Chic exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (closing Nov. 11) with my friend Lauren (the curator of the exhibition) and Ms. Hippie Chic herself, the fashion designer Anna Sui, who came to Boston to see the show with a mutual friend of ours.

Her enthusiasm for fashions of the '60s and '70s has filtered into her collections of the past couple decades and she has been one of the few (only?) contemporary designers I have paid attention to. In the early 1990s, I often made the rounds of galleries in Soho (New York) for my job and always stopped for a gander around the Anna Sui boutique. With its dark red floor, purple walls and ornate furnishings, I admired the look of the store as much as the clothes. I remember racks full of panne velvet, leg o' mutton sleeves, stripes in primary colors, dandy hats, floaty fabrics and all the other fashion elements I've loved pretty much my whole life. I have a shiny, dark red Anna Sui jacket from that period. Then and now, it is my go-to jacket when I want to feel like a rock star.

Jan Toorop (1858-1928), Delft Salad Oil Poster, lithograph, 1894After visiting the Hippie Chic show, we took in a small Dutch Art Nouveau works on paper exhibit. Can you believe this is an advertisement for salad oil? 

I finally got to wear the vaguely medieval maxi dress I purchased at Second to None when I visited Vix in Walsall last year.

The label is still a mystery. Anyone know anything about a boutique in Hampstead (London) called Aurium?

Rayon dress made in India, Second to None, Walsall, UK. Contemporary denim vest, thrifted, Goodwill. Mid-century Norwegian brooch I've had for decades (I'll post more about this brooch later). Moon face pendant and silver and amethyst moon face necklace, purchased in the 1970s. Indian brass and glass necklace, purchased from Frocktasia. Strands of 'love beads' made by me in the 1970s.Vintage embroidered velvet and corduroy bag, Made in Pakistan, thrifted, Boomerang. Contemporary shoes, thrifted, Goodwill, painted by me. Vintage stockings with stars, thrifted, Goodwill. Vintage hat from Frocktasia. 1970s Butte Knit black velvet jacket, thrifted, Goodwill. Late 1960s/early 1970s Patty O'Neil polyester mini-dress, thrifted, Goodwill. Hand-crocheted vest, thrifted, Goodwill. Blue tights, thrifted, Goodwill. 1960s chain belt and 1930s Bakelite brooch, both owned for decades. Clogs, thrifted, Goodwill, painted by me. 1990s black nylon bag, painted by me.Can I get away with wearing a micro-mini? I went out in public and I wasn't arrested, so I guess so.

The next best thing to fabric-covered buttons? Giant ball-shaped buttons.

Patty O'Neil Jr. Petites label. This dress once belonged to Anita L. Nichols. Thanks for the dress, Anita. Sunday morning, over home-made baked goods (including those banana muffins I inflict on everyone), Anna, our friend, and I met to pour over a selection of my horde of vintage clothing and Indian textiles. It's so much fun to hang out with like-minded folk who get excited by bits of schmata, especially ones who are as knowledgeable as Anna is about textiles and fashion. I only wish we'd more time to chat!

You know how much I enjoyed the exhibition, "Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde" that was at the Tate Britain last year. So to see a fashion collection inspired by that exhibition makes me too giddy for words. I keep watching the video of Anna Sui's Spring 2014 Collection over and over. It's a veritable bounty of Art Nouveau motifs, peacock blues, diaphanous tops and frocks, gladiator sandals, purples, Glasgow-School-style roses, panne velvet trousers, and glorious pattern mixing.


Linking up with Not Dead Yet Style's Visible Monday party.

Reader Comments (11)


September 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPinkCheetahVintage

Anna Sui? How exciting! You've totally got the legs for a mini skirt (or hot pants) and I love the Patti dress. The Second To None frock is stunning on you, those sleeves are a work of art. That salad oil advert is gorgeous, I'd love that in my kitchen. x

September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVix

Great advertisement! So much more evocative than most. I love your dress and Butte Knit jacket (I remember those so well). Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday!

September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatti @ NotDeadYet Style

So happy to have found you and your beautiful blog. We share a love for vintage and I see you wear hats as well. Love your ensembles and very taken with ball-shaped buttons.

September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Style Crone

Yeaaayyy you! She's a favorite of mine! You look wonderful all the way. So happy you had this experience.

September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJan Graham-McMillen

You are rocking that micro mini! You look gorgeous and I am in love with the print of that dress!

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September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

I reallly love the clothes

September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBowling Balls

Ok, loving the outfit that you wore to the actual exhibition, and loving that you hung out with Anna Sui. And the micro-mini rocks on you, especially with the funky tights. You look like you had a fab time - great smile!

September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrunge Queen

I can't imagine how much fun you had with your friends and Anna Sui. And to be able to discuss your collection with her must have been the best.

I saw the Pre-Raphaelite exhibition when it traveled to Washington this summer. Simply stunning!

September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLizzie

I love the salad oil ad - those art nouveau ads are real works of art. All that effort for an ad...
You can definitely wear a micro mini - you look so good in it. And Anna Sui - how exciting to be able to go through your collection with her.xxx

September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNorma

Oh, how wonderful to meet up with Anna Sui! Yes, her collection is gorgeous.
You look amazing in both dresses, and of course you can wear a mini dress, look at your endless legs! Such a funky print on that mini too. xxx

September 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCurtise

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