Alligators, Old Mink and New Money: One Woman's Adventures by Alison Houtte, Melissa Houtte

By Alison Houtte, Melissa Houtte

For model fans, flea industry lovers and thrift shop junkies, this booklet is the appropriate locate. Former type version Alison Houtte, with the aid of her sister, journalist Melissa Houtte, deals an enthusiastic memoir of her family's obsession with type, her early days as a version and her moment profession as proprietor of Hooti Couture, a Brooklyn boutique focusing on classic garments. Houtte's chatty demeanour and anecdotal storytelling type provide the publication a brief velocity, as she visits kingdom auctions and property revenues searching for the ideal goods for her dependable and eclectic customers. all through, she weaves in purchasing advice for amateurs and admits blunders she's made over the years (like the time she priced a jacket via Bonnie Cashin, most sensible identified for dressing Ingrid Bergman, at an insignificant $150, in comparison with its precise worthy of $600). the easy line illustrations all through are a pleasant contact, and a "Vintage Shopper's Guide" on the finish displays Houtte's huge wisdom of the alternate. Houtte's emphasis on own sort and emotional ties to garments make this a booklet that many women;and men;will enjoy.
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Souliers de la marquise de Pompadour (1721-1764) Musée international de la Chaussure, Romans (dépôt du Musée national du Moyen Âge, Thermes de Cluny, Paris) 48 49 Il est important, pour mieux comprendre l’évolution de la chaussure de ses origines à nos jours, de considérer les contextes propres aux grandes civilisations antiques. Comme en Égypte, la sandale est la chaussure la plus courante dans la Grèce antique. Les héros d’Homère dans l’Iliade et l’Odyssée portent des sandales à semelles d’airain.

Botte de cavalier Talon ferré pied de biche Perse, XVIIe siècle Musée international de la Chaussure, Romans 42 43 Elle est adoptée par le royaume d’Akkad. Puis, elle se répand en Asie Mineure où les Hittites en font un élément de leur costume national. -C. Les Phéniciens, grands navigateurs, contribuent à la diffusion de ce soulier pointu à Chypre, à Mycènes et en Crête. Soulier ayant appartenu à Henri II de Montmorency Cuir orné d’une fleur de lys sur l’empeigne, initiales du duc sur le rabat, France, XVIIe siècle Musée international de la Chaussure, Romans (dépôt du Musée national du Moyen Âge, Thermes de Cluny, Paris) 44 45 Il est représenté sur les fresques des palais crétois.

Sabots Bois sculpté, laqué et peint France, époque Louis XVI, XVIIIe siècle Musée international de la Chaussure, Romans (dépôt du Musée national du Moyen Âge, Thermes de Cluny, Paris) 60 61 La tombe de la reine Arégonde, femme de Clotaire 1er (497-561), découverte à SaintDenis, a permis la reconstitution de ses chaussures. Ce sont des sandales de cuir souple complétées par des lanières entrecroisées habillant la jambe. Des boucles de chaussures en bronze doré, décorées d’animaux stylisés, trouvées dans la tombe d’un chef à Hordaim, prouvent l’effort qui était fait en matière d’ornementation des chaussures à cette époque.

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