V.V x The New York Times: Vintage Reproduction

As many of you already know, I was just in the New York times a few days ago and I was disappointed with the article. I am not disappointed about it anymore but as promised, I told you all that I would make a my own Vintage Reproduction story to show you what was misinterpreted by the writer along with the outfits I modeled at the photo shoot. The writer of the NY Times called me to interview me about “Vintage Reproduction” and I gave her a lot of information and referrals. I was excited that I would have a part on such a great story and that I was even contacted by the NY Times in the first place. I love the NY Times so I was honored. A few days later I got a call from the writer asking that I model my own vintage reproductions and that they would have a photographer come to my house that weekend. I thought it was a little weird that they would send a photographer to my house considering most publications have studios to work with but I was optimistic and after scouting locations and not finding the right one, I allowed them into my home. I was SO excited and wore 4 outfits that I had styled the night before. There must have been miscommunication because to my understanding, I was going to be more a part of the story than they had initially planned based on my knowledge of vintage reproduction and being a pin-up in NYC. I also thought this would only be published online. I am very passionate about the culture and my work and how I am represented so I was disappointed when I saw the story and saw that they only put 1 picture up of me with my head and legs cut off after I had worked so hard on those outfits. Why would they even credit me in the photo if they aren’t even showing who I am? I would much rather them not include my picture at all! Not only did they cut my picture(s), they also misquoted me and made me look like I made no sense at all. It felt like a huge slap in the face because I gave her a lot of her information and worked hard to style those outfits. What made it worse was when I requested the photos and I was told I would have to pay for them. I was like “are you serious? I have to pay for pictures that never even made it into the story? lol no thanks”. I wrote to the writer to tell her how disappointed  I was with how she misquoted me and didn’t even include the pictures I took and she apologized which I was thankful for, however, It left a bad taste in my mouth coming from such an elite company. In this post I will show you the exact outfits I wore in the pictures they never posted, I will explain what was misquoted, and I will show you all the advantages and disadvantages of vintage reproduction and actual vintage clothing.

Here is how the writer quoted me:

The writer quoted me saying that I said “the reproductions have distinct advantages: “You look beautiful even if you aren’t a size 0

What I really said was that the Rockabilly/Burlesque scene is a great scene to be a part of because it doesn’t discriminate, you could be a woman of any size and be accepted for who you are. You do not have to be a size 0 to fit into the scene, all types of women are celebrated, curves are welcomed, race, and culture are also accepted. The way it relates to Vintage Reproduction is that most VR companies have a variety of sizes and women don’t have to search far and wide for a perfect fitting vintage dress they might have to alter.

The writer also quoted me saying that Vintage Reproductions cost less. FALSE. Vintage Reproductions cost more than actual Vintage. However, you are buying something that is BRAND NEW which means it wont fall apart and most likely wont need to be altered. I did say that you can get them in stretchy synthetic fabrics that fit a womans curves, the fit on many VR’s is phenomenal. Despite my undying love for vintage, many vintage dresses are so old that they need extra reinforcement to fit better or stay together. I am constantly going to the cleaners. Regardless, actual vintage costs less most of the time. Vintage Repros usually cost anywhere from $60-$150 depending on the brand as opposed to Vintage that will cost you anywhere from $5-$60.

Anyone who is already in the rockabilly scene who read what was misquoted were probably saying to themselves “she said what?” lol

Then she quoted me saying “And unlike with true vintage clothing, she said, “you don’t have to put reproductions in the freezer to kill the bedbugs.

What I REALLY said was “When you buy vintage reproductions, its brand new and you don’t have to worry about a thing. The prices are costly but the clothing will last you longer and are clean and not recycled like vintage clothing. Many people who visit vintage stores for vintage clothing are always afraid they might buy something that was recycled with possible parasites like bedbugs. Even though you can get bed bugs from anywhere, they are most commonly found in vintage stores that do not sterilize their clothing. To sterilize your own clothing you would have to put it in your freezer for 3 days to get rid of any parasites that might be living in tough seams. The writer made it seem as if I buy vintage with bedbugs and I put it in my freezer lol. I was like “really?”. Anyway, with Vintage Reproductions you don’t have to really worry about things like that so I guess you get what you pay for. However, vintage clothing will always be my number one because every time I find a piece I know its unique, and many girls in the scene who buy vintage repro’s find themselves at events with girls who are wearing the same dresses.

Last but not least here are the outfits I wore for the NY Times photo shoot that weren’t put into the story along with the details of each brand.

This dress is by “Stop Staring” and is one of my favorite Vintage Reproduction pieces. Stop Staring has a wide range of amazing vintage inspired dresses to die for. The belt, hat, shoes, and purse are all authentic vintage.

The stockings are Agent Provocateur.

This dress is by my all time favorite “Bettie Page Clothing“, I have worn this dress about 87438348 times since I bought it. BPC makes timeless dresses and separates that fit the body perfectly.

The hat and gloves are vintage. The shoes and stockings are Agent Provocateur.

This dress is also by “Stop Staring“. I LOVE this dress! I have also wore this dress a million times. The shoes and hat are vintage and the purse is by an unknown designer.

The stockings are by Agent Provocateur.

This dress is by “Bernie Dexter“. Bernie makes this dress in different colorways and patterns and I love them all. She makes great dresses and separates you can’t find anywhere.

It’s a shame these outfits never made it into the magazine but you can always see them here 😀

This was another blessing in disguise. Despite how disappointed I was about the situation, I have to take it with a grain of salt and be glad that I am still a part of a major publication. I can only hope that the writer quoted everyone else correctly and I want to congratulate the rest of the women that were part of the story and put into the NY Times.

Any press is good press right? 🙂


14 Comments on “V.V x The New York Times: Vintage Reproduction

  1. Thank god for blogs because unlike journalists for newspapers and magazines…they can give it straight with no chaser.

    Unfortunately, you had to go through this madness with a “respectable” media company BUT you have a real fan base that knows you are the master of Vintage Fashion.

  2. Bravo!! Iam so happy for you, although there are pit falls you manage to pick yourself up dust off!! Good for you *:) The Outfits are just Darling!!! ~”<3"~

  3. Love the post, and yes, the story could have been more interesting had the writer not screwed up with what was said and all of your amazing photos. The nerve of the NY Times trying to charge you for the pictures while you were giving them a great interview.

  4. Well. I could see how this would leave a bad taste in your mouth. It’s one thing to be misquoted. It’s another thing to be misquoted and have potential fans be turned off because of how your quotations are portrayed. Hopefully people will Google you and land right on your blog and read this very post. It’s too bad the journalist didn’t use your pics or quote you correctly, but at least you’re looking at the bright side. At this point that’s about all you can do–oh, and write a blog post! DONE.

    As for reproduced vintage clothing, many of the dresses I have are because I found your blog. It can be VERY difficult to find an authentic 1950s wiggle dress, so it’s nice to know that Stop Staring, Pin Up Couture, Trashy Diva, Bettie Page, and Bernie Dexter offer clothing for a variety of sizes. However, my most favorite dresses are all vintage. When you stumble across such rare finds there’s reaallly no feeling like it. That’s the thrift store junkie in me talking.


  5. It’s unfortunate about the article – they definitely cut-and-pasted your quotes, but I don’t think it put you in any negative light (in my eyes, anyway…I love your blog, been reading for months now)!

    Having worked for major publications, I can safely say that the debacle is a product of the editors rather than the writer herself. There are NINE women quoted. That means she interviewed nine women separately, probably for up to an hour at a time, and was charged with distilling all of their points of view and addressing the point of the article, in 600 words or less…I’ve been subject to that kind of pressure, and it has always resulted in pieces that I’m less-than-happy with. I’m glad she responded to apologize – it means she agrees with you.

    The ordeal with pictures, however, is definitely shady.

  6. great post! i’m glad you took the time to address your issues with the article – keep up the great work 🙂

  7. That is unfortunate because the story had the potential to be a really great piece about harking back to yesteryear. You are handling this very well and you look amazing in the repro pieces!

  8. V.V! I’m sorry to hear that you were misquoted AND that your lovely face was cut out of the photo’s! BUT… that fact that you were contacted by NY Times… says a lot. You are an extremely valuable resource when it comes to vintage fashion. Thanks for sharing your side of the story and for including the fabulous photos. I love your blog. Keep doing what you’re doing!

  9. I HATE being misquoted, so I see why you’re unhappy about that. On the plus side, you have your own voice, your own site, and your own audience, AND the repro pieces you’re modeling here are fabulous! Stop Staring was one of my first forays into the world of online shopping, and I’ve never looked back…

  10. That sucks. I was really excited to see you mentioned, and had no idea just how much they cut out of your actual comments. That’s too bad, because it would have made a better article.
    Most people have no idea of the amazing materials and work they can get cheaply in vintage-although the quality may have suffered over time. I have definitely spent a fortune on dry cleaning too, though! The writer did herself a disadvantage.

  11. I saw that article and was also bummed that there weren’t more photos of you, although I think the way they cropped the top photo looked fantastic as an opener. I’m a magazine editor and I’ve also been interviewed and profiled by magazines and newspapers for my own blog (alwaysorderdessert.com) and this definitely happens a lot. When you have big editorial and production teams and limited page space a lot can happen. I once styled an entire food shoot and spent 2 hours with a photographer taking pictures of me, plus 1.5 hours on the phone with the reporter, only to have just a few sentences about me and none of the photos appear. I’ve also been misquoted multiple times. I recently worked with they NY Post for 3 months on a story and in the end they just posted 4 sentences and a picture. It’s the nature of the industry, but the fact that you were featured in a mainstream publication of record like the NY Times does in fact say a lot about you. From here on out you can say that you and your blog and services were featured in the NY Times. If you ever write a book proposal or start a company, you can always use that. That kind of credibility is worth its weight in gold so just milk it for what it’s worth. Your fans know you know your stuff!

  12. Hey Jasmin! I hope you sent the link to this to the NY Times as well as the author of the article. I’ve been interviewed numerous times by them and it never fails, they always take quotes out of context, get my name or the name of my store or book wrong, etc. They’ll publish an update, but who looks for those after they read the initial article? Out if the many periodicals that have interviewed me, the NYT is the worst, which unfoturnatley you’ve learned! It’s great that you got mentioned there, and it’s also great that you wrote this!

  13. so elegant looks of the women in these dresses….especially the seam stockings are great….
    lots of love

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