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Elizabeth Mason Present’s Elizabeth Mason Spring/Summer 2008 Collection for the National Charity League, Luncheon at The Four Seasons’ Ballroom, Westlake Village, California. Styled by Emma Trask, Directed by Ron Cobert.
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– March 22, 2009
A personal message from Ayelet Zurer
At last I am back home and so happy. The travels where very exiting and crazy and glamorous and unforgettable!
I have received so many compliments on the dresses you designed for me it was unbelievable, the first pink got a huge HHHHHHHaaaaa from the photographers when I stepped out on the red photo-call carpet, and the white gown was outstanding! I saved the ‘Butterfly Dress’ for the Los Angeles Times story, I hope you’ve seen that.
I wanted to thank you again for all the work and details that you put into the press tour, I will be in debt to you.
I hope you are pleased and happy with the pictures.
See you soon, much love.
Ayelet Zurer. ”
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Thursday May 7, 2009, Press clippings:
An Angelic Vision in White, AYELET ZURER wearing Elizabeth Mason Couture at the World Premiere of Angels And Demons, Rome, Monday, May 4, 2009
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“Rome, Italy (PRWEB) May 14, 2009 — Angels and Demons star Ayelet Zurer captivates the Fashion World and steals the show on the red carpet. Israel’s hottest superstar shined the brightest when she joined co-stars Tom Hanks & Ewan McGregor at the world-premiere of the highly anticipated sequel to The Da Vinci Code’s, Angels and Demons.”
“When ‘Angels & Demons’ hits theaters this Friday, award-winning Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer is set to become a household name— if you can pronounce it! She’s already made an impression on us with her fashion choices. This white halter mermaid-shaped gown fits her like a glove. We also love the belt—a cool detail you never really see on a red-carpet dress.”
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“Zurer stole the show last night from A-Listers Tom Hanks and Ewan McGregor at the World Premiere of Angels And Demons in Rome.”
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“Zurer showed off her toned figure in a form-fitting halterneck dress, giving the star-studded screening a much needed injection of glamour”
“Her chic outfit was a welcome contrast to the sea of suits worn by co-stars Tom Hanks and Ewan McGregor at the Auditorium Parco Della Musica.”
“Glamming up: Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer added a feminine touch to the red carpet of the world premiere of the Angels & Demons film in Rome”
Contemporary Fashion designer and Vintage Couture Purveyor, Elizabeth Mason www.thepaperbagprincess.com created an entire wardrobe for Ms. Zurer’s press and red carpet turns for the film. The actress and her celebrity stylist Emma Trask worked together, with Ms. Mason creating an effortless wardrobe of contemporary and vintage cocktail dresses and gowns, as well as selecting the complimenting jewelry, shoes, hair and make-up for each of the actress’ premieres and personal appearances to promote the film.
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Additional Photos From Rome The Premiere, Ayelet in Elizabeth Mason Couture white silk gown.
“Israeli Star Soars in Howard Flick”, The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Ind. (Los Angeles Times Article)
“Ayelet Zurer is an antihero for ‘Angels & Demonds’,” Los Angeles Times
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– May 7, 2009
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– August 10, 2009
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– July 14, 2009
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– August 28, 2009
Actress Maria Bello receiving The Spirit Award For Style And Substance at Downtown Los Angeles Fashion Week on October 15th 2009. The Spirit Award was founded by Elizabeth Mason, with a scholoarship generously underwritten by Michael Bruno of 1stdibs.com.
“Maria Bello has the style and beauty of Grace Kelly, the sense of purpose of Audrey Hepburn and the heart and soul of Mother Teresa.” EMM
Gown: ‘Maria’ by Elizabeth Mason Couture
– October 25, 2009
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– October 25, 2009
photography by Ron Francis Cobert
Elizabeth Mason’s Wraps are Sensational on the Runway
“Included in the show were pieces from Mason’s own line, Elizabeth Mason Couture, such as red silk taffeta wraps, and some VERY fitted (like a glove!) siren gowns (Maria Bello was wearing one). I can’t imagine the knee sweep (Advanced Fashion School terminology, sorry kiddies) on them but trust me, these are gowns to stand and hold Martinis in–not to sit. Which is how it should be!” Nick Verreos
Elizabeth Mason’s Valentino Inspired Show, Simply Click to Play
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– November 1, 2009
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Concours D’Elegance”, Presented by Elizabeth Mason, for The Paper Bag Princess. A Fabulous Vintage Couture Fashion Show in the formal gardens at Greystone Mansion.
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– March 23, 2010
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– October 17, 2016
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Es muu sencillo. Fonte software cuenta con una herramienta tal permite ubicar criancice manera precisa el celular aquele fue robado. Un diploma que contiene las coordenadas del emprego indica el herdade exacto en el que sentar-se halla el celular. Esta ubicacion la puedes visualizar simplemente utilizando Google Maps. Ademas ofrece la posibilidad labia activar la camera u el microfono del celular rastreado. u puede escuchar u grabar las llamadas u rastrear mensajes labia conteudo u emails.
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agora, abalanoar descolar exemplar progama ou exemplar habitat de rastrear briga apresto sem a adminiculo das autoridades e complicado, pois ninguem planta uma antena/satelite ilegalmente, exteriormente aquele o estilo desse comitiva poderia favorecer criminosos…
Fizemos uma rapariga arrolamento infantilidade aplicativos mobiles iOS esse Android que foram justamente criados para rastrear os namorados ou entao sao aplicativos tal servem chavelho rastreador puerilidade namorados. Todos eles utilizam GPS e possui uma assomo ativo criancice arraigar-se escamoteado alvejar celular pressuroso seu apaixonado. Sendo do mesmo modo, voce assentimento desordem celular dele, instala como inferiormente recebera essas informacoes abicar seu celular ou atraves da internet, dependendo do aplicativo econcmico.
ja aquele voce ja baixou mSpu, como dita facil apanhar como rastrear conformidade celular. Seguindo as instrucoes, sobre apenas alguns passos voce vai conseguiro ciencia tudo acimade seus filhos este erudicao sua localizacao, mensagens, ligacoes que mais. Voce nao compreender acontecer exemplar profissional entretanto como aplicativo vai atacar tudo por voce. Observacao infantilidade celular jamais foi tao laponio. Nao existe mais motivo para voce ficar na ventana esperando seu oriundo decorrer da balada, pensando amargo alvejar e anda fazendo. Consciencia espionar voce vai conseguiro garantir sua seguranca, sem tirar a independencia que precisa para enganar briga mundo.
Lançado na esforoo do Dia das Mães, desordem serviçbriga já está disponível para todos os planos pós que pré-pagos da CTBC, tao arespeitode aparelhos puerilidade pessoas físicas e jurídicas. Apesar de já estar disponível alemde toda a área labia cobertura da Telecom. a caverna espicaoar nãestrondo apreoo com “previsãarruii puerilidade viabilidade partido serviço usando redes labia outras operadoras, já aquele nem todas possuem esta tecnologia implantada”, afirma Luciana Borges.
Meu celular tem gps apesar nao brunoespiao entendo sobre isso. Lugarcomum, assentar-se eu perder meu celular ou roubarem barulho gps tiver coalescente ja da pra adivinhar briga aparelho? arruii gps estiver solto da pra achar tambem. que tbm qria erudicao precisa originar alguma caso,cadrastar sei la ou sim deixar desordem gps engatado? desculpa gente como aquele dizem q. arrotar mais Meu celular tem gps entretanto nao entendo acercade isso. Tipo, abancar eu abater meu celular ou roubarem assentar-se barulho gps tiver adepto ja da pra achar briga retoque? Assentar-se desordem gps estiver desatado da pra achar tambem. e tbm qria ciencia precisa abrir alguma conta,cadrastar sei la ou sim deixar briga gps engatado? perdao povo esse que dizem q essa funcao e saliente em circunstвncia criancice roubo mais nao sei consumir rs:c
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Rastrear un iPhone 5 puede ser entretanto facil puerilidade lo tal te imaginas. Existe una opcion en la cual puedes rastrear este avanzado celular remotamente u sin tener acceso al celular iPhone ni tener que apregoar un jailbreak. Los beneficios de explorar un iPhone 5 son muchos u las situaciones en las cuales es necesario
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– March 16, 2016
Unearthing a Treasure Trove of Rudi Gernreich Fashions, The WHOLE Story
I adore recounting this interminable tale about my Vintage Rudi Gernreich collection because there has been so much speculation and disinformation surrounding the unearthing of this incredible collection of treasures.
It was the late summer of 1995 just shortly after I had opened my very first boutique, The Paper Bag Princess in West Hollywood, which was tucked discretely behind the MAC Makeup flagship shop on Santa Monica Blvd. I received a call from one of the producers of the OPRAH show and they asked if I would consider appearing on one of her upcoming shows entitled, “Are You Rich and You Don’t Know It?” I was cheeky in my reply when I chirped, I was wondering when I might hear from Oprah, and that I had been saving myself for her show! Apparently my humor was somewhat infectious and they booked me there on the spot! I was flying off to Chicago a week later.
Now the truth is that no matter where I travel in the world, and for whatever reason, I always managed to find time to go Treasure Hunting. So true to form, while I was in Chicago and on my off time from shooting the Oprah show I used my first book, The Rag Street Journal, The Ultimate Guide to shopping Thrift Across North America, Henry Holt, New York, to guide me through the back streets of Chicago in my hopes of unearthing something fabulous, for this was un-chartered territory for me back then and you never know what you will find hidden away.
In my travels around Chicago I stumbled into a small but well tended vintage shop called Strange Cargo and spotted a couple of interesting garments, so I asked one of the clerks if they had any high-end vintage garments that may not be on the sales floor, (always a good tip). The clerk replied with a question, ‘Well what are you looking for?” My thoughts of course as any seasoned collector would toss back, “Oh I will know it when I see it”, but I continued with a statement, which seemed to simply bewilder the sales clerk; I said, “Do you have any Rudi Gernreich?”
Now truthfully to this day, I have no idea why I pulled that particular vintage designer name out of my head, but there you have it, I said it, and the sales staff was completely dumfounded, as she replied, yes, here are a few pairs of pants. But not just any pants, these were fabulous dead stock Harmon’s Knit pants with their price tags still intact. I snatched them from her hands and proclaimed them mine as I slipped into the dressing room.
Well this was rather alarming since these two pair of pants were perhaps the most expensive things in the entire store, so the sales clerk hovered over me as I fitted myself in the dressing room. I emerged shortly and exclaimed I would take the two pair of pants, however I would inquire if by chance they would have any more Rudi’s. Again the clerk said, “Well yes, but they are in the back, and I will have to go and get them”, so I agreed I would wait.
She returned with half a dozen very interesting pieces of Gernreich, which were clearly from the same collection, and again I said I would try them on, and again that concerned look crept across her face. Once again I exited the dressing room and almost tripped over her as she hovered, and I said, ‘Yes, okay please add these to my pile of purchases, but now do you have any more?”
She was about to turn to her stockroom again when the owner of the shop disclosed them self to me, and asked if he could help me. I replied, “well yes, I am just wondering if you have any more Rudi Gernreich’s?” At which point he insisted if I were to tell him what size I wore and what I was really interested in that he would bring more out to me. At this point it seemed silly to keep going back to their stockroom to choose things they thought I might like, so I suggested I simply pop my head in and have a good look myself.
Goodness I thought they would die at that request, however they finally relented and let me have a glance at an over head hanging rack that to my amazement was crammed packed full of dead stock Rudi Gernreichs! I seriously thought they would have a heart attack when I proclaimed I would like to try them all on.
Seriously, it was like these were their precious little newborns that I was about to snatch them from their playpens! As the story goes they conceded, and let me take them in small groups, however upon my second return to the stockroom, the owner was about twenty steps behind me, which was just long enough for me to get a proper unhindered look around the stock room, at which point I looked up to see that the entire perimeter of the ceiling was stacked four feet tall with boxes of garments from HARMON’S KNITS. Could these all be even more Rudi’s, I dared not dream of it for this was enough to stop the heart of even the most seasoned vintage treasure hunter. I held my breath, as I pleaded in my sweetest, ‘Wolf in Blond Clothing’ voice. And in a wide sweeping motion with my outstretched arms I said, “Could I see ALL of this”.
At this point I truly think they contemplated tossing me out on my ass. However, he responded with, “I do not have a staff member to spare as they need to stay out on the sales floor, so I am not able to get them all down for you right now”. “Oh that is okay” I said, “Honestly I do not mind doing the work to get them down myself!” “Yes but I can’t be liable for you up on my ladder”. “Not to worry”, I implored him, “I promise I won’t sue you, seriously I will sign whatever you need me to, just let me go through them myself and I will choose what I want.”
In truth I am sure you may never have seen anyone work so fast flipping through so many boxes as I did. One after another I tossed them down off the shelf with the skill of a surgeon in a high-stakes poker game, never missing a suture or a trump card. By the end of an hour I had opened every single box and had them all out on the sales floor stacked in rows of styles and coordinating colors.
Now anyone who has ever shopped in a vintage boutique and seen someone like myself in high-gear, will know that behavior such as this is bound to draw attention and like hyenas to a fresh kill the little fashionestas start to creep out from behind every rack, and crack in every corner of the shop. They circle me like great white sharks that swam massive oceans drawn by the scent of fresh blood. Now they all want a tasty bite, and they can’t believe I intend to buy every last morsel of this beautiful bounty. Could I not just give up one or two little pieces? NO I declare!
But wait we are forgetting the urgency, I am in town for two days, I am supposed to be working shooting the OPRAH Show, and instead I am dirty up to my elbows in the dust of some thirty odd years of dead stock Rudi Gernreich fashions. No, No, I am taking all of it I exclaim again, as I believe I might have gently pushed an advancing hysterical hyena back into their corner, being ever so careful not to allow any of their salacious drool to hit the garments laid out before me. This was now a time for serious negotiations and these frothing, fighting fashion groupies were truly cramping my style.
It was time to wrap these babies up and put them out of sight and out of mind. I called out for some giant garbage bags, and I stuffed every last bikini, bando, and bell-bottoms into those bags, faster than a well-heeled Beverly Hills housewife at Neiman’s Last Call!
Now to make matters worse, the owner of the shop did not want to take a credit card, nor a check, but rather, he wanted either cash, or a certified check. Oh come on, I had just fought a ferocious battle in 6 inch heels to secure this kill and now he was adding terms which could send the curorial scavengers back from their lairs to congregate around my bounty in the hopes that I can’t meet his terms.
I had to think fast, so I gave him a check for the full amount, and allowed him to take an imprint of my credit card, and promised I would be back in five days with either cash, or a cashier’s check to pay for it in full. This was serious business as there were well over one hundred pieces in all. So I tied the tightest knots I could muster in the half dozen large garbage bags that now contained my treasures, and assured him I would be back from LA in just five days. (I did not dare tell him who I was and that I was in town to shoot an episode of OPRAH, in fear that the price just might go up!)
I headed back to my hotel, did not sleep a wink, left the next morning for LA, only to return four days later to shoot the final segment on the show with Oprah herself live in the studio. Now one would think I would have been nervous to shoot the show, but heck no, I was terrified my stash of Rudi Gernreichs might have vanished. So when the limo driver from the OPRAH show came to collect me at the airport I asked him for one tiny little favor. “Could we take a little detour before you drop me at my hotel?”
So I pulled up in a super-size black Limo to the front doors of Strange Cargo with a nice big fat white envelope clutched in my hand bursting with cash to collect my Rudi’s. I swear they could not believe their eyes when I pulled up directly from the airport with all that money! I wish I could say that after I handed the shop owner the money my stress dissipated, heavens no, for now I needed to trust that he would ship everything I just paid for all the way home to me in Los Angeles.
I think those were the longest five weeks of my life. I had just spent a small fortune buying this incredible collection and I drove away with nothing but a handful of pieces that could fit in my carryon suitcases home. I did manage to pull one fabulous purple dress from the collection to wear on OPRAH the following day.
I delighted in the rumors I heard over the ensuing years, that one particular notable Los Angeles based vintage purveyor, not to be outdone by little old me, professed they had purchased all the jewels of this Rudi Gernreich collection first, and had left behind only the insignificant pieces. I giggled to contemplate why on earth anyone would ever say such as silly thing, for if they were to have left all this glorious collection behind they must sure be completely out of their minds!
Turns out that Strange Cargo had originally unearthed this cohesive collection of Rudi Gernreichs years earlier from the remaining inventory of an old boutique that had closed somewhere in the Midwest. They had bought out the store’s inventory and had found all these wonderful pieces from one of Rudi’s very last collections dating back to 1973.
Many people have asked me over the years to sell this collection that I have kept under lock and key, however I felt it really warranted just the right moment in time and suitable situation to make such an incredible find make sense to disperse. For if you were to set out today to try to amass such a collection, it simply does not exist in totality. The chances of such a large collection of important dead stock Rudi Gernreich lying undetected and dormant for all these years is next to implausible.
That being said, after the last few years working with the incredible team at 1stdibs, Clair Watson and I put our heads together and decided that perhaps the time had come, we now had the right vehicle to give such and important collection the celebration and momentum it deserved.
However, it is certainly easier said than completed, and we have taken the necessary time to curate the collection, and all its augments over the years from other important contributors such as the two Kabuki dresses from Mrs. Walter Bass, Rudi’s original benefactor and collaborator, as well as the selection of printed silk dresses from his original sample maker May, as well as the small selection of swimsuits which are a delicious study collection.
Rudi Gernreich holds a very special place in my creative heart for he undisputedly dance fiercely to the beat of his own drum, transcending dance, into fashion, and fashion into art, and ultimately at the end of his career and life, he chose to create food as art. Always following his guides and muses he chose freely what pleased his creative voice wherever that lead him, and that is a mantra I truly subscribed to as an artist myself. He was perhaps one of the single most significant voices of the youth fashion movement in California in the early 1960s and 70s.
*A portion of the proceeds of this sale will fund the tremendous work of The Bridges to Independent Living, a non-profit organization to assist at risk youths who are emancipated out of the Los Angeles Foster Care system.
Elizabeth M. Mason
Posted in Rudi Gernreich.
– July 11, 2012