Stardust Muse: Anna Karina

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Model, actress and muse to famous new wave french director Jean-Luc Godard. Her story or face may not be as well known as Bardot or Birkin but Karina had a unique effortless style we adore.

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Alphaville, 1965

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Portrait by Jeanloup Sieff, for Vogue France April 1968

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Pierrot le Fou, 1965

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Karina in ‘Une Femme est une Femme’, 1961

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On the set of Le Petit Soldat

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 On her wedding day toJean-Luc Godard by Agnès Varda, 1961

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Jean-Luc Godard and Anna Karina at the Berlin International Film Festival, 1961

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Caring for Vintage Sequins

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Here at Josie Stardust we are a little obsessed with sequins, but often get asked the best way to look after them – so here is our guide to caring for your beloved shiny things…

STORAGE:
Wrapping your delicate sequin pieces in acid free tissue is the best method for storage, it keeps the sequins and beads from catching on each other and protects the shape of heavier beaded garments.

DRY CLEANING: Rule of thumb with sequins is to have them professionally dry cleaned, make sure to tell your cleaners it is a delicate vintage garment and if in doubt about their ability to clean it – take it to a specialist. ( Yes vintage needs specialists too…)

HAND WASHING: If the base fabric is one that can be washed you can try washing a garment at home, with a gentle hand wash. Once wet, lay garments out to dry on a flat surface. More delicate pieces can be rolled in a soft towel first to absorb moisture.

LEAVE IT TO THE EXPERTS: Avoid hand washing a wool knit base as is likely to shrink a bit and the heaviness of sequins and beads could stretch it out of shape. Rhinestones and silver lined beads do not react well to water either and are likely to discolour.

One final word of warning: Sequins on older garments from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s should never be cleaned. They are often made of gelatin and will melt when exposed to water or other liquids.

Enjoy your sequins!

Josie x

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GET THE LOOK: Vintage Cheerleader

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2, 4, 6, 8 – what do we appreciate? Vintage cheerleading outfits that’s what! With varsity and cheerleading having a fashion moment we have picked the best pieces from the USA for you to get your spirit fingers out for! Here is some inspiration form the vintage archives to get you motivated…

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