Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Something old, something new

Here are a couple of dresses - first, a turtleneck dress from Neiman Marcus:

And this is a gabardine pencil dress suit from the 1940s, from Smoky Diva:

Friday, July 27, 2007

Active Endeavors and a Poster

Currently available from Active Endeavors is this button back top by Rebecca Taylor:

Also, check out this print at AllPosters.com, featuring an illustration of an 1880s gown with buttons down the back (larger image can be seen on their site).

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Kittel Fashion

Thanks to Robert, who pointed out Kittel Fashions, a German eBay seller that not only specializes in back-buttoned uniforms, but accepts customs orders. Here's an example currently available on eBay:

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Peter Jensen, Fornarina

I want to thank our first contributor, bbfanatic, who brings us the content for this post.

First, we have a menswear-inspired top by Peter Jensen from his Spring 2007 collection.

You can see this top on the runway here:

Then, here is a stylish jersey button back top by Fornarina, available at several retailers such as Kays.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Le Boutonné Dos

I'd like to welcome all the guests checking out this blog via the BlouseNylon.net forum, a French discussion group that focuses on nylon overalls. I had originally found it through La Blouse de Nylon, their sister site, which in its text section had an article on button-back closures entitled Le Boutonné Dos. If you're wondering what the connection is, one of the reasons lies in the old nurse uniforms, many of which used to button down the back, like this:

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Runway Retrospective - Unknown Part 2

A couple more from my unidentified folder (different designers). The first one *might* be Gaultier but that's a guess.

I guess parrots are a fashion accessory? :)

Friday, July 13, 2007

Avant Gaudy, Paperbird

I'm not sure if this is a resale/consignment site of some sort or what, but Avant Gaudy (whose slogan is "Experimental Vintage for the New Garde") features (or featured, as it has apparently been sold) this interesting black back-buttoned dress:

Paperbird, a small independent designer, feature a few designs that button up the back, like this top:

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Vintage Textile is another place where you can find vintage pieces in good condition, with good descriptions and multiple photos of each item. Here is a back-buttoned Edwardian lawn dress:

Friday, July 6, 2007

Free People is a brand owned by Urban Outfitters, and it occasionally dabbles into back-buttoned designs. Their catalog currently features this dress with a back neck tie and a button closure at the back waist:

Until recently, Standard Style also sold a back-buttoned Darling Bib Top by Free People, but it looks like it's now sold out.