Janet Mandell Is the Haute Couture Collector Celebrities Rely On for Vintage Finds

Gigi Hadid at Karl For Ever

Gigi Hadid decked out in classic Chanel at the Karl For Ever tribute; Image: Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

Everything old is new again. Just look at the runways. Everything from the 80s and 90s to buckle bags are proving popular once again so it’s not really surprising to see so many celebs opting to wear vintage fashion. Just this summer Kourtney Kardashian wore a flashy Christian Dior minidress to Kylie Jenner’s skin care launch party and Gigi Hadid rocked an 80s Chanel suit at the Karl For Ever tribute.

So where are the stars finding these vintage treasures? Their secret source is Chicago-based haute couture collector Janet Mandell. Her private showroom is the go-to destination for any celeb looking for an iconic vintage piece for a high-profile event. And her one-of-a-kind online rental service is widely popular for fresh-off-the-runway numbers along with old-school Valentino, Gucci, Versace, John Galliano and Alexander McQueen.

“They don’t want to be seen in something that somebody else might possibly wear. They want Pucci 1990s, Versace 1990s and it has to be Gianni Versace. It can’t be just Versace,” Mandell told

So we went ahead and raided Mandell’s rental closet and rounded up the best dresses, jewelry and more for you to take for a test drive.