Muumuus and More

Aloha attire for women is an offshoot of the Hawaiian Aloha shirt, the traditional Hawaiian muumuu, and the more formal holoku. What originated in the 1930s as a shirt for tourists made from old kimono fabric, soon became one of the most widely worn summertime looks. For many people, the love affair with Hawaiian and Polynesian fabrics has grown into avid collecting of vintage Aloha shirts and muumuus. Of course, monstervintage has a lovely assortment of vintage Hawaiian wear to share with you.

First off, is a spectacular 1960s, empire waist, full length dress  made by Ui-Maikai.  Embellished with  aqua hibiscus  flowers, this dress will be a showstopper at any summer luau.

muu muu
vintage Hawaiian dress

A little more unusual is this Polynesian fabric dress made by Waltah Clarke in the 1960s.

Polynesian print vintage dress
vintage Hawaiian

Stand out from the crowd in this bold and fashionable print!

For more casual occasions, what could be more perfect than these colorful Hawaiian print shorts?

vintage Hawaiian fabric shorts
Hawaiian shorts

Another unusual find is this collectible 1940s swimsuit in great condition.

collectible 1940s swimsuit
one piece vintage bathing suit

This  Hawaiian style halter dress was made by Montgomery Ward in the 1970s.  Made from 100% cotton, with pink and purple flowers on a refreshing white background.

Hawaiian print maxi dress
vintage floral halter

This stunning short dress is sure to make a statement!

muumuu dress
short vintage Hawaiian dress

This colorful skirt can be paired with a white halter top or just thrown over a swimsuit for a bold beach look.

vintage skirt
collectible Hawaiian skirt

Make sure you are prepared for summer luaus and tiki parties with monstervintage’s Hawaiian garments!

T-shirts From the Hit Show Mash!

Monstervintage is well known for their massive collection of vintage t-shirts.  One category that could be easily overlooked, amidst the wealth of rock and roll shirts, are the rarely seen Mash items.  A medical drama and comedy, it was  produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television  for CBS, starting in 1972.   Twentieth Century Fox also developed a line of promotional t-shirts and hats.  Take a look at this Mash jersey with signs pointing to Boston, Seoul, and Coney Island.

collectible mash tv show shirt
road sign mash tshirt

The next selection is another road sign Mash tee, this time a size small with short sleeves.  These valuable collector’s shirts were made circa 1981.

rare collectible mash tv show tee
Short Sleeved Road Sign Mash T-shirt

In great condition, this cotton polyester blend t-shirt, has the Mash logo and a helicopter graphic.

rare 20th century fox mash tv show shirt
20th Century Fox Mash TV Show Shirt

The next item is a small Mash cap and is perfect for the frugal types out there, at only $19.99!

Mash tv show hat
Rare Mash Cap

The last collectible Mash item offered by monstervintage refers to the character Hot Lips Houlihan, portrayed by Loretta Switt.

mash tv show hot lips shirt
1980s Collectible Hot Lips Mash Tee

Fashions and Flappers of the 1920s

The fashions of the 1920s are some of the most beautiful and recognizable in history.  The dropped waist, cloche hats, and bobbed hairdo, all epitomize the flapper style.  Monstervintage has some rare finds in excellent condition from this time period.

sheer ebony lace 1920s dress small
1920s Black Lace Dress

Find out more about this collector’s piece here.  Another stellar example, in an unusual and gorgeous shade of blue, is this satin flapper delight.

Blue Satin 1920s Dress
collectable 1920s dress

One more stunning dress from the jazz age is this brown velvet frock, perfect for a winter afternoon or a cocktail party.

dress from the 1920s
brown dress from the 1920s

The perfect wrap to go with any of these stunning dresses would be a breathtaking dolman style coat.  This showstopper of a robe was made by Steinberg’s Saint Louis in the 1920s.

dolman style 1920s coat
Velvet dolman style 1920s wrap

Another  more practical way to get the flapper look without actually  wearing the  fragile garments from the 1920s, is to wear vintage  from other decades that mimic the look.  Here is a flapper fashion from the 1960s  film Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Carol Channing in a flapper costume
Carol Channing in Thoroughly Modern Millie

This beautiful 1960s dress from monstervintage is the bee’s knees, but not so fragile!  You will be the belle of the ball in this pink ruffle confection.

pink lace vintage dress
pink lace and ruffle 1960s dropwaist

The Final Frontier…

Today I found some groovy Star Trek stuff available at Monster Vintage. Star Trek is a phenomenon that spans generations and both kids and adults can have fun hunting for Star Trek collectibles from any number of spin-offs, movies, and the expanded universe. But these collectibles are not limited to toys, knicknacks, and objets d’art. There are also clothing collectibles out there for the fan of Gene Roddenberry’s world. Here are a few examples of the sort of Star Trek items that can be found at Monster Vintage.

1970s Rare Star Trek Original Series Tank Top

This righteous seventies orange tank top from the original series is undeniably awesome. It features Shatner and Nimoy as well as other cast members and the Enterprise in the background. Rare and highly collectible, this tee comes in at $249.99. More pics here…

1993 Star Trek The Next Generation Towel Set

A more affordable option might be this kick-ass bath towel set for $29.99. This set dates from 1993 and features the Next Generation logo, as well as the Enterprise, swirling planets, stars, and shuttle crafts. It even has a matching washcloth! Click here for more pics…

 Star Trek Costume Space Shirt

And finally, for your next costume party or convention, you might be interested in this Star Trek space suit top. Whether or not you want to fill it out with a muscle suit underneath, Wil Wheaton-style, is entirely up to you. Click here for more pics!

So boldly go, and have fun browsing around Monster Vintage for these and other awesome collectible clothes.

Cheers! 🙂

Joni

Rare Finds, Part 3

Item # 7038

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This little baby is AMAZING, especially given my affinity for military and marching band jackets. She’s designer, and from the 80’s and dripping with GOLD! And padded, embellished shoulders? Come ON! So fresh and modern still, considering that Philip Lim, Balmain and Marc Jacobs have all done reworked military jackets in recent years. It’s very “In loving memory of Michael Jackson,” dontcha think?
The price tag for this baby is pushing $500, which is still less than it’s modern designer counterparts and a very lovely find!
xoxo,
Sally “Forward March” Mulligan

$35,000 Levi’s!!!

levis
On Ebay right now there is a pair of Levi’s 201s from the 1890’s going for a whopping thirty five thousand dollars!!! Relatively speaking, that’s not the most a pair of vintage Levi’s has sold for. Last time a pair of Levi Strauss jeans (501) from the same period went on sale on the site in 2005, they fetched a price of $60,000!
So my advice to you is: ask your grandparents if they still have their old Levi’s from back in the day, because they could potentially be worth as much as a brand new Corvette! Crazy!
For Levi’s in a much more reasonable price range, click on the picture above.

Rare Finds, Part 2

As anyone who collects rare vintage clothing or other items knows, quality items at a fair price are hard to come by. When collecting vintage clothing or antiques, the condition of the item is very important. Today we want to show you a very rare piece that we have for sale here at Monster Vintage.
Item # 16282

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This stunner is from the 1940’s, with tiers of gorgeous fringe top to bottom, with sequined straps and trim. Truly a rare find, in excellent condition, and great for a night out on the town. Could you not see this dress on a fashionable starlet strutting the red carpet?
Do you have any lovely vintage items in your closet? We would love to see! Send us your pictures and shop for rare vintage here!

xoxo,
Sally “Wannabe Flapper” Mulligan

Rare Vintage, Part 1

As anyone who collects rare vintage clothing or other items knows, quality items at a fair price are hard to come by. When collecting vintage clothing or antiques, the condition of the item is very important. Today we want to show you a very rare piece that we have for sale here at Monster Vintage.
I'm the Greatest!
This is an incredibly rare photo shirt from the 70’s. The front features a still from the infamous Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier fight.
Isn’t it stunning?
The thing that makes a collector’s item such as this truly incredible is, in addition to being truly hard to find, is that it is in mint condition.
What’s in your collection, readers? Any scores that you want to tell us about?
Check out our rare finds sections for men and women.

xoxo,
Sally