Modern vintage Chicago sale

April 14, 2010 10:07:07 AM PDT
If you're a fan of vintage clothes by Halston, Patrick Kelly, Balenciaga or Chanel, you're in luck. Modern Vintage Chicago is holding a special sale this weekend. A fashionista's paradise, the sale is a great place to find vintage clothing, jewelry and vanities by style icons along with apparel by Chicago's leading Indie Designers. Presented by the producers of the Randolph Street Market, Modern Vintage Chicago fuses the worlds of contemporary design and classic vintage fashion for shoppers who appreciate both worlds.

The show, taking place Saturday April 17 and Sunday, April 18 at the Beaux Arts Plumber's Hall in Chicago, features vintage dealers from New York, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Texas, along with local dealers such as J. Brett Benson and Silver Moon. Shoppers will find men's and women's clothing, estate and costume jewelry, handbags, shoes, hats, belts, scarves, vanities, textiles, vintage fashion magazines, patterns, and notions from the Mid-Century, Art Deco, Art Nouveau and Victorian, and '60s & '70s eras. Designer finds come from the legendary houses like Hermes, Vivienne Westwood, Pucci, Dior, and others.

Indie designers will feature wearable adornments including apparel, jewelry & gemstones, and other fashionable accessories. Featured designers include: Lauren Lein, Agga B, Double Stitch, Lisa Strecker, Axis of Evelyn (Evelyn Daitchman), LUCIUS Fine Jewelry (Christy Lucius), Axis of Evelyn, Bobbi Kahn Design (Barb Mason), Ladysmith Jewelry Studio (Amy Butts), Paoo Jewelry (Courtney Russo) and Happy Katt (Gini Lenni).

New this season are free beauty makeovers provided by M.GO Fashion Salon and Estee Lauder, strolling fashion shows, a Prom themed Happy Hour, on-site tailoring and access to coveted fashion tips from Chicago Fashion Icon, Nena Ivon.

"I'm proud of Chicago, and I like to think of it as not only the heart of America but also the heart of America's fashion industry," says Ivon, the new fashion director of Modern Vintage Chicago noting that fashion tourists from around the world already frequently make their way to the city. Recently retiring as the longest-serving employee of Saks Fifth Avenue, she is happy she can turn her attention to independent design. "My goal is increased visibility for the clothing designers, to help them sell more."

?Vintage shoppers will find new attractions at this year's show:

Nena Ivon, MVC's new Fashion Director, will be available all weekend to answer style questions. She is also available for 1-on-1 sessions to help shoppers find garb to match their personal style. And for the perfect fit, Nena will take shoppers to the on-site tailor for alterations.

Antique Roadshow's Caroline Ashleigh will be on hand to show shoppers how to turn their shoe obsession into a valuable collection. She will also have copies of her new book "Warman's Shoes Field Guide" that helps shoe collectors assess the value of their footwear treasures.

The Beauty Station, sponsored by Estee Lauder and M.GO Fashion Salon, will provide free makeovers and consultations.

The Prom Happy Hour takes place on Saturday, 4-7pm. Those sporting their best vintage formal wear will receive free drinks and nosh. There will be lots of prizes, and the Prom King & Queen will win the grand prize, $50 each to spend on a new fab item at the show.

For more information, call (312) 666-1200 or email

Modern Vintage Chicago
Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm
Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm
Beaux Arts Plumber's Hall
1340 W. Washington St. Chicago
Admission $8 on-line; $10 at the door
Free Parking

Josie Volle wearing:
Garment: Vintage 1960's Patterned Silk Maxi Dress ($85) Provided by Go Fish Vintage

Arabel Rosales wearing:
1960's Printed Silk Cloak from Bonwit Teller ($575)
1950s Micro Pleated Black Cocktail Dress ($148)
Provided by Axis of Evelyn

Jennifer Harris wearing:
1970's Linen Maxi Coat ($165)
Vintage lingerie ($35)
1980s Boots ($70)
Provided by Axis of Evelyn

Jessie Heyman wearing:
1960's Maxi Dress ($160)
Provided by Silvermoon.

Sarah Rosenbloom wearing:
Garments: 1980's Valentino Cocktail Dress ($180) 1920's Hat ($68) and 1920's Gloves ($15)
Provided by Silvermoon.

Samantha Asher wearing:
Custom Made Wedding Gown Made with Vintage Jewelry ($1500)
1930's Headpiece ($175)
Provided by Silvermoon