Report on this Winter’s Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show

This winter’s Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show offered proof that New York’s fashionists still need to shop. As the clock was ready to strike 1am last Friday the line waiting to get in grow to over 300 and the crowd of hungry shoppers didn’t stop until we closed on Saturday night. We have serious designers, collectors and retail customers that always find the means to buy. Quite a buzz surrounded our exhibition of Dean Sonnenberg’s collections of period corsets and corsets collected Cathie Jung. Cathie’s eagerness to share her corset collection was centered on her open discussions and the ever-changing modeling of her favorites.

The gate was filled with noted designers and celeb’s. The regular sharp eyes from Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan were busy picking up possible inspirations. Cynthia Rowley and Betsey Johnson were shopping at their favorite vendors. The design teams from Marc Jacobs, Armani and J. Crew were actively working the floor.

Celebs guest included Clare Danes, Molly Sims, Patti Hansen and Lorraine Brocco. Suzanne Vega came to shop and shot part of a future video at her favorite dealer, Alice Linholm, from Right to the Moon Alice. Katy Kane from New Hope, Pa sold a most beautiful blue Fortunay gown. Laura Millin, of Cats Pajamas, reported brisk sales of her outrageous collection of hats and bags. Maureen McGill, of Daybreak, was busy wrapping up great furs and bright spring florals. And new vendor Kay West, from Harwich Port, Ma, reported active sales of her outstanding collection of 1920’s -1970’s fabulous gowns and dresses.

The Pavilion was a constant hub of high energy and happy buying customers. A good time was had buy all. Don’t forget our next show April 25-26, 2003. Visit our special exhibition ” In Step: Three Hundred Years of Shoes”.

(The above report was submitted to us by the organizers of the event)



Ernest Schmatolla is publisher of Lookonline since 1994. It is the longest running fashion site on the Internet.

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