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Vintage Stylin’ at the 2004 Oscars with Couture Gowns from The Paper Bag Princess

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Vintage Stylin’ at the 2004 Oscars with Couture Gowns from The Paper Bag Princess
Monday, March 1, 2004 (Toronto) ??? Top celebrities graced the red carpet in eye-catching, sleek and sexy vintage couture gowns on Sunday for the 76th Academy Awards. Some of the most original and stylish gowns to honour the red carpet and the post-award parties were purchased from the vintage couture boutique The Paper Bag Princess (Los Angeles and Toronto). These gorgeous, fashionable, vintage gowns include: a beautiful red gown by legendary American designer James Galanos, worn by supermodel Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, featuring a silver jewelled one-shoulder strap and a raised hemline in the front to showcase Rebecca’s lovely long legs, and a Elizabeth Mason Couture seventies remake of slinky fuchsia silk jersey and chiffon, Grecian style wrap gown in which independent film actress Jennifer Esposito commanded the spotlight at the Vanity Fair Oscar party.
“The whole pre-show process is very secretive,” explains Elizabeth Mason, vintage couture expert, designer and The Paper Bag Princess owner. “We offer our star clients a private shopping experience at both of the boutiques, or in their homes with our online look book. I am often very pleasantly surprised to see one of my designs making its way down the red carpet.”
Mason’s recent award show vintage couture gowns include a 1970s Holly’s Harp black jersey gown worn by American Idol Kelly Clarkson at the 2004 Grammy Awards and a 1970s vintage Halston sapphire jersey cocktail dress in which Friends actress Jennifer Aniston strolled down the red carpet at the 2003 Emmy Awards. Mason and Aniston collaborated to donate the dress to Clothes Off Our Back supporting the research for Children’s Autism and was later auctioned for the charity on Ebay for more than $20,000; ten times its original value. Julia Roberts purchased a sensuous seventies black jersey gown by Jean Jourdan from Mason’s private vintage collection to wear as a presenter at the 2003 Academy Awards. In 2002, actress Maria Bello wore an Elizabeth Mason Couture, redesigned rhinestone encrusted sixties gown to the Golden Globe, and supermodel Helena Christensen collaborated with Mason and selected a 1930s custom couture black evening dress, redesigned by Mason.
In 1995, The Paper Bag Princess opened in Los Angeles and quickly became LA’s premiere boutique for Hollywood stars to find selected important vintage couture clothing from many of the large important design houses including Adrian, Chanel, Dior, Pucci, Schiaparelli, and Worth. In 2002, Mason opened her Toronto boutique, an extension of her LA business, and of late, expanded her Toronto operations to include a wardrobe rental division, catering to the exploding demand of the Canadian film and television industry, as well as a comprehensive men’s department.
Most recently, Mason formed the multi-media company Paper Bag Productions, offering exclusive design clients, such as Jennifer Nicholson, web design and consulting, as well as video production covering all their important fashion shows.
Mason is the author of “Valuable Vintage, The Insider’s Guide to Pricing and Identifying Important Vintage Garments”, Random House 2002, and “The Rag Street Journal, The Ultimate Guide to Shopping Thrift Throughout North America”, Henry Holt 1995. A noted expert and appraiser of vintage garments and accoutrements, Mason has presented numerous vintage fashion exhibitions and shows in Los Angeles and Toronto, including a fashion show at the ROM. A regular figure on the Style network, Mason has also appeared on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” as a vintage expert on an episode entitled “Hidden treasures in your home”. Mason also founded “VAGTA”, the Vintage and Antique Garment Trade Association, in 2003, whose mandate is to regulate the fair business practices of the vintage garment Industry.

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{mosimage} Elizabeth Mason is the author of “Valuable Vintage, The Insider’s Guide to Pricing and Identifying Important Vintage Garments”, Random House 2002, and “The Rag Street Journal, The Ultimate Guide to Shopping Thrift Throughout North America”, Henry Holt 1995. A noted expert on vintage garments and accoutrements, Mason has presented numerous vintage fashion exhibitions and shows in Los Angeles and Toronto. A regular figure on the Style network, Mason has also appeared on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” as a vintage expert on an episode entitled “Hidden treasures in your home”. Mason also founded the “VAGTA”, the Vintage and Antique Garment Trade Association, in 2003.

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