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The Vintage Fashion Guild™ (VFG) is an international organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of vintage fashion.
The Vintage Fashion Guild™ (VFG) is an international community of people with expertise in vintage fashion. VFG members enjoy a wealth of resources, avenues for promoting their shops and specialties, and camaraderie with others who share a common interest and passion.
Elizabeth Arden (1884-1966) was born Florence Nightingale Graham in Canada, but moved to the USA at age thirty to work in the beauty industry. She used her nursing training to create skin creams. Although primarily famous for her cosmetic and fragrance lines, she also created a clothing line comprising both couture and exclusive ready-to-wear. Her Fifth Avenue New York salon, famous for its lipstick red front door, opened in 1910.
In the 1940s she employed Charles James for a brief but stormy period before she fired him. Her in-house designer from 1945-1950 was Antonio Castillo, followed by Ferdinando Sarmi. In 1963, Oscar de la Renta became chief in-house designer. Elizabeth Arden Boutiques were open through the 1980s.
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from a late 1940s gown
from a 1950s evening gown
from a 1950s dress
from a late 1950s to early 1960s coat
from an early 1960s dress
from a 1960s dress
from a late 1970s evening ensemble