A must-see for everyone who is a lover of fashion design and fashion history, those working in fashion design, retail, or students, this is a rare and detailed opportunity to see, on a runway, an unprecedented collection of American Vintage fashions created and sold in New York, worn by some of New York's most talented actresses. The show is created by an award -Winning designer in Film, Theatre, Television and Opera. A spectacular theatrical runway retrospective of the historic, classic fashions that defined American Elegance and still inspire the runway collections shown today around the world. Produced, Directed and Coordinated by Award-Winning Prodcuer, Director, Actor and Designer William T. Buster, in his New York Debut, presented on four consecutive dates, this stunning personal collection is presented as a living tribute to the New York Fashion District and the history that was made there. There will also be available for sale a boutique of vintage fashions, collectible accessories and home decor objects from the eras covered in the show. Join us for a champagne reception before and after the show opening night, Thursday, August 21. A sale of some fashions from the show will follow the closing matinee performance, Sunday August 24. Long before there was ever a Fashion Week, The New York and American Garment Industry reached a level of artistry and craftsmanship that is evident in the over 200 complete vintage outfits from 1925 to 1965, featuring day and evening wear, dresses, gowns, furs, jewelry, handbags and hats. Carefully chosen to reflect the least extreme and most timeless lines and styles that still inspire every major designer in fashion, the show is presented in two scenes.
Scene 1: ART DECO DESIGN 1925 to 1949. Featuring inspiring evening and daywear, outerwear and accessories from the crucial years that defined the look of the 20th century and beyond. Clean, sexy lines and feminine detail defined this era, before, during and after the Great Depression, a glamorous time for fashion, World War II, and the New Look that followed. Much of today's fashion can trace its origins to these years in line, color and fabric.
Scene 2: THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS 1950 to 1965. Starting as a tribute to a lady and a film that are forever linked to New York Chic, the Audrey Hepburn inspired scene and fashions, along with music from Breakfast at Tiffany's set the mood for the classic cocktail and evening dress that have remained unchanged and unchallenged as wardrobe staples for nearly 60 years. The elegant, timeless beauty of the simple sheath, varied styles of dressy suiting, to full crinoline gowns are still worn today, unchanged, and immortal. Alongside the black, with hats, gloves, bags and jewelry to compliment each ensemble, there will be bursts of color, from ivory to pink and fiery red.