The Vintage Vanguard is a vintage collection curated by founders Karen Elson and Liz Goldwyn from their personal archives which were reworked by select American designers. The collection is available for pre-order on ModaOperandi.com where all proceeds will go directly to not-for-profit organization, Dress for Success. Dress for Success promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and career development tools for advancement.
"I have been involved with Dress for Success since I was a 19 year-old art student living in New York. As a vintage clothing collector, I often donated items to the program and after moving to Los Angeles, I worked with the local Dress for Success chapter and volunteered to style women for job interviews,” said Liz Goldwyn, Vintage Vanguard co-creator. “I saw first-hand how Dress for Success empowers women to gain professional and financial control over their lives. As someone who feels empowered by clothing in my professional life, I want to encourage other women to get to know and support Dress for Success. "
Karen Elson, Vintage Vanguard co-creator, added:
“Vintage Vanguard is a project that evolved from my and Liz Goldwyn's passion for vintage clothing and a desire to incorporate our fashion designer to customize and re-work our archives for a good cause. Dress for Success was a perfect partner and their message is inspiring. Along with Moda Operandi and Vogue's Tonne Goodman, we are hoping to host a fun-filled and philanthropic event that will raise money for this incredible and empowering organization whilst being fashion forward.”
Here is a preview of the collection of sweetheart dresses, one-of-a-kind jacket, and a smart accessory available for a limited time. The sale ends on ModaOperandi.com on January 19. Items not sold on the site will go on silent auction at a private cocktail event hosted by Elson, Goldwyn, and Vogue Fashion Director Tonne Goodman.