News-Antique.com - Apr 21,2008 - It’s in the rakish tilt of a hat, the drape of a shawl, the saucy cut of a skirt, the layering on of colorful bangles. These fashion touches send a message to the world – “I’m confident, different and not afraid to show you who I am.
Quite simply, this is how I express myself.”
And nothing does it quite like vintage. Just ask the thousands of fashion lovers (over a thousand during opening hour alone) who flock to Manhattan’s favorite vintage event – the Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show – coming again April 25 & 26 to the Metropolitan Pavilion. They’ll tell you just how pleasurable it is to delve into the past for the unique pieces that make a special look come together. All it takes is a bit of imagination, a keen sense of self, and a playful approach to fashion.
That’s what Tziporah Salamon has – in spades. A fashion icon for the past three decades, Tziporah has the imagination, self-assurance and individual flair that others long to duplicate. As a professional stylist and fashion consultant, Tziporah understands the lure of vintage and its ability to surprise, delight, intrigue and inspire. She is a dresser – she dresses both herself and others as though the very act itself were an art form.
At the upcoming Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show, her inimitable style is in the spotlight once again. The show will present a tribute called One Woman’s Style: Global Fashion Secrets – a look at the rich global influences that Tziporah wears so well. As a young girl, Tziporah grew up surrounded by the richness of cloth and design (her mother was a gifted dressmaker and her father an expert tailor). She watched firsthand the magic of bringing flat, one-dimensional pieces of fabrics to life – a talent that she would incorporate into her own career.
Her favorite signature looks – a metallic silk shawl draped over head and shoulders, a smart crocheted black cloche worn with a tailored-suit, a large-scale floral skirt paired with an Oriental silk umbrella – turn fashion into art. It’s a tendency that couldn’t be more timely. The special Spring fashion issue of New York Magazine beautifully documents the fact that art work has come off the walls to grace the human form. For Tziporah the human body has always been her canvas, her paints fabrics and cloth, and her brush, her eyes.
She would applaud the beautiful silk harlequin print dress at Miu Miu, the hand-painted silk organza evening dress at Dolce & Gabana, the Zac Posen cyclone gown with bold pink and black brush strokes, all featured against dramatic hand-painted backdrops in the New York Magazine spread. And she would be quick to point out that all have their vintage counterparts. (The Harlequin print dress, in particular, is very reminiscent of early 60s Pucci.)
The same bright florals and global prints that Tziporah favors are also big fashion news this spring. New Old Navy television commercials show carefree young women