Vintage Designer Bio: Katharine Hamnett November 12 2019, 0 Comments

KATHARINE HAMNETT - The Activist Designer

 

Katharine Hamnett founded her label in 1979 but it wasn't until she started creating her iconic t-shirts with political slogans on that her career really took off. Worn by huge celebrities of the day, including Wham! Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Naomi Campbell, her sloganed tees were printed with powerful statements like 'Worldwide Nuclear Ban Now', 'Use a Condom' and 'Choose Life' (which is often mistaken for being an anti-abortion slogan but was really intended as an anti-war sentiment). These timeless statements are still so relevant today and because of the classic colouring and simple cut they were much copied, something which is often a big problem for designers, but it actually helped further Hamnett's goals and bring attention to the issues she cared about to the masses. 

 

Frankie Goes to Hollywood wearing an anti-war t-shirt // Wikimedia Commons

 

Because of her timeless appeal, Hamnett has recently brought back her label with printing tees with modern political statements like 'Cancel Brexit', 'Save Life on Earth' and 'Choose Love'. 

 

However, vintage Katharine Hamnett clothing is so much more than her iconic tees, she was also a fantastic designer ahead of her time. Her clothes which were often a mix of sexy and unusual attracted the British club scene of the 1980s and 1990s. We've had so many pieces sold in our store that I really loved, her Katharine Hamnett Denim line (which sold way more than just denim) had some incredible velvet mini dresses, oversized denim jackets and boldly patterned shirts. Her vintage clothes are such great quality too, nearly always made in Italy or the UK. 

 

 

 Check out this video above from the Fashion Channel's youtube. 

 

For me though, one of the reasons why vintage Katharine Hamnett clothing is so great, is down to her brilliant menswear. This can be so hard to find, it is no wonder she had, and still has, such a fierce cult following. I adore the flamboyant, almost androgynous menswear of Hamnett's more famous contemporaries like Jean Paul Gaultier and Gianni Versace but what sets her designs apart is that they all retain more of a laid back masculinity, which is great for different clients or different moods. For example, she was great at taking a traditionally masculine silhouette like a denim trucker jacket and making it more interesting by completely studding it or cutting it from a fine black corduroy. My favourite item of hers we have in stock at the minute is a blue denim jacket which takes a military pea coat shape but elevates it by extending the lapels adding an interesting flair and making it out of an unexpected denim. 

 

 Vintage Katharine Hamnett denim jacket for men at Zeus Vintage

 

To see some of our favourite Katharine Hamnett clothes and advertising campaigns, check out our pinterest board below. 

 


Men's Vintage Designer Profile: Nigel Curtiss September 16 2019, 0 Comments

Vintage Designer Profile: Nigel Curtiss

British born designer, Nigel Curtiss started his eponymous label in 1992, but not before having an already prestigious fashion career. Most notably, Curtiss is known for working with Rei Kawakubo to create the Comme des Garçons Homme Plus line, he put the idea to her of starting a menswear line after seeing the value in creating experimental men's fashion. 


Check out our collection of vintage Nigel Curtiss clothing, including this 90s mesh jacket here

 

All vintage Nigel Curtiss pieces were made in Japan to a high quality, in experimental and innovative fabrics. The list of celebrity clients Nigel Curtiss has dressed in his menswear is varied and extensive, including men as different as Mick Jagger and Arnold Schwarzenegger to Ozzy Osbourne. 

To see an example of Curtiss' minimal yet forward thinking approach to fashion, check out the video below of his fall winter 1995 collection available on Fashion TV's YouTube, featuring Mickey Rourke as a model. 

 


New In: Vintage Valentino Dress from the A/W 1991 collection. August 21 2016, 1 Comment

A stunning, documented piece has just hit the store, in a midnight blue velvet with, silk chiffon, off-the-shoulder balloon sleeves and ruched bust- this stunning vintage Valentino dress was featured in a brown variation on the Fall 1991 runway. 

 

 

You can find the link to view our vintage Valentino boutique dress for sale here 

 

 

You can also see the brown version of our new vintage Valentino dress at 00:37 below - 

 

"Valentino" Autumn Winter 1991 1992 Paris 3 of... by FashionChannel

 

Also in the Valentino 1991 collection, were some incredible evening dresses, in taffetas and Valentino's signature red, including a gorgeous gown worn by Christy Turlington. 

 


Product Video: Gianni Versace Tarzan Collection Shirt, S/S 1993 August 02 2016, 0 Comments

 

Check out this video featuring our incredible Gianni Versace silk shirt with iconic Tarzan print from the Spring-Summer 1993 collection, with Medusa head buttons and a breezy, loose fit. 

 

To view our other pieces of vintage Versace clothing, please click here