The legendary style icon Diana Vreeland (who died in 1989) was one of the original 'fashion editors' and was known for editing U.S Harpers Bazaar for 26 years from 1936 and U.S. Vogue for 10 years from 1963. She was also known for her eccentricities such as ironing her money, having perfume injected into her pillows and drinking vodka from a tea pot.
Some of her couture wardrobe is now going to be on sale, on June 25th, through London auction house Kerry Taylor Auctions. Below are some of her pieces that will be up for auction.
Picture above: Yves Saint Laurent couture velvet jacket and skirt covered in crystals and stones was commissioned by Ms Vreeland to wear at the Metropolitan Museum's 'Royal India' exhibition opening of 1985 and is expected to sell for £3,000
Pictures above: Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Safari Jacket 1968 (and below Diana wearing it) and Mainbocher Navy Blue Wool Coat 1960s
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Ascot Racecourse in the English town of Ascot, Berkshire is holding its most famous event, Royal Ascot, this week. Royal Ascot starts tomorrow, Tuesday 18th June, and runs until Saturday 22nd June.
Here is a potted history of the racecourse: Ascot Racecourse was founded in 1711 by Queen Anne. The first race, 'Her Majesty's Plate', with a purse of 100 guineas, was held on 11 August 1711. Seven horses competed, each carrying a weight of 12 stones (76 kg). This first race comprised three separate four-mile (6437 m) heats. In 1813 Parliament passed an act to ensure that the grounds would remain a public racecourse. A new grandstand was opened in 1839 at a cost of £10,000. In 1913 Parliament passed an act creating the Ascot Authority, an entity that manages the racecourse to this day. From its creation until 1945 the only racing that took place at Ascot was the Royal Meeting, a four-day event. Since that date, more fixtures have been introduced to the grounds, notably the steeplechase and hurdles in 1965.
At Lovely's Vintage Emporium we are of course more interested in what to wear to Royal Ascot than which horses are running...below is the current official dress code (taken from ascot.co.uk)
LADIES DRESS CODE IN THE ROYAL ENCLOSURE (members only area)
*Ladies are kindly reminded that formal daywear is a requirement in the Royal Enclosure, defined as follows:
*Dresses and skirts should be of modest length defined as falling just above the knee or longer.
*Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or greater.
*Jackets and pashminas may be worn, but the dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Royal Enclosure dress code. *Trouser suits are welcome. They should be full length and of matching material and colour.
*Hats should be worn; a headpiece which has a base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat. *Ladies are kindly asked to note the following:
Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted.
*Midriffs must be covered.
*Fascinators are no longer permitted; neither are headpieces which do not have a base covering a sufficient area of the head (4 inches / 10cm).
LADIES DRESS CODE IN THE GRANDSTAND ENCLOSURE
*Ladies within the main Grandstand Enclosure are encouraged to dress in a manner as befits a formal occasion.
*Ladies are kindly asked to take particular note of the following:
A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times.
*Strapless or sheer strap dresses and tops are not permitted.
*Trousers must be full length and worn with a top that adheres to the guidelines above (i.e. strapless or sheer strap tops are not permitted).
*Jackets and pashminas may be worn but dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Grandstand Admission dress code.
Midriffs must be covered.
*Shorts are not permitted.
Here are some suggestions of what to wear from Lovely's Vintage Emporium: click on each image for more information.
Enjoy the racing!
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