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Make a Splash!

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Make a Splash!

  Direct from Marilyn's Room- a capsule collection of dreamy pin-up-worthy 1950s swimwear! Catalina, Rose Marie Reid, Robby Len-  golden lurex, ruched silk, rhinestones and pearls! Make a splash! XOXOXO- Angela and Marilyn's Room

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Go West!

Go West!

As we expand the offerings on the site from Marilyn's Closet, we bring you what is undeniably one of the most American parts of fashion history- western fashion. Influenced by Native Americans, the hallmarks of western fashion feature such embellishments as nature-inspired embroidery, leather trims and fringe, hand painting and beading all married with the sturdy lines of work wear. But can it be glamorous? Oh indeed! (Dale Evans, above)   With this in mind, our lovely collector now parting with some of her collection has amassed quite an impressive bit of vintage western wear! There is so much more...

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Perk Up!

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Perk Up!

  A vintage sweater can really put some va-va-voom into your wardrobe! We've got the perfect sweaters here and here. Maybe a bullet bra?   -XOXOXOX, Angela and Marilyn's Room

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Helen Bond Ca-who?

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Helen Bond Ca-who?

This is Helen Bond Carruthers. While not easy to make out the details, she is indeed wearing one of her famous cashmere sweaters appliqued with embroidered pieces of antique textiles. Helen got her start modifying and embellishing plain colored cashmere button front sweaters in the 1950s. After acquiring a warehouse full of antique shawls, she began cutting them up and hand sewing them onto sweaters. She worked from home in Versailles, Kentucky...eventually employing some help to fulfill orders.   There are several signature details present in a true Helen Bond Carruthers sweater. First off- they will always be cashmere, and...

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Hey, Sweater Girl!

Hey, Sweater Girl!

For those of you who haven't heard yet- Dorothea's is currently collaborating with a marvelous designer who has collected some incredible vintage over the last 30+ years- and it will all be offered here, to you!   We've chosen to start with some seasonally appropriate (at least for me, the photographer in the middle of snowy Iowa!) vintage cashmere sweaters. The epitome of versatile pin-up girl glamour! Any of these sweaters make a “Marilyn” statement and can be pared with a simple pair of pencil pants or skirt, and you can go to work in the morning and look like...

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