A couple weeks ago I took a break from work to take a walk outside. As I roamed down Broadway, I glanced at my reflection in a store window. I was instantly reminded of my outfit, which I had nearly forgotten was a little odd. I was wearing an oversize H&M shirt as a dress, an admittedly absurd long [faux] fur vest with black beaded trim, a thick black headband worn Axl Rose-style, ripped sheer tights, and colorful cocktail rings that added several pounds. I was going for a Mary-Kate Olsen look, but still wondered how people viewed me.
Then upon returning to my computer I appropriately discovered The Grey Gardens Collections, modeled after the eclectic style of Edith Bouvier Beale. Nicknamed “Little Edie” in Albert and David Maysles’ 1975 documentary, Grey Gardens, Beale has become known as one of the great fashion eccentrics and clearly my new style icon.
“The ‘IT’ girl of East Hampton and New York during the 1930s and 40’s, Little Edie was something of a socialite and even dabbled in modeling. During her later years, which are documented in Grey Gardens, she maintained her attention to fashion and creativity and created the image she is still known for.
Relative Eva Marie Beale founded The Grey Gardens Collections after researching Little Edie’s collections and writings. Beale has emerged from the undertaking with an extensive line of “one-of-a-kind vintage-style jewelry.” The shop also sells opera glasses, handmade journals, artwork, and other collectibles that recall Little
Eva Marie Beale will also soon grant fans exclusive access to Little Edie’s real life when she publishes ‘Edith Bouvier Beale of Grey Gardens: A Life in Pictures’, also based on Edie’s personal documents.
I found a lot of the jewelry pieces overly costumey, and knew that making a velveteen cuff myself would cost hardly a fraction of The Grey Gardens Collections’ prices. But the shop got my brooch juices flowing and inspired me for future vintage shopping.
More information is available at: www.greygardenscollections.com.