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Elizabeth Mason Couture Presents a Vintage Tribute to Valentino


“>See a video clip of Ksenia Sukhinova, Miss World 2008 on the Runway for Elizabeth Mason Couture

Selected quotes:

“Elizabeth Mason, who’s Paper Bag Princess is a fabulous vintage store on Olympic in Beverly Hills, showcased at MOCA her own line of black dresses, which are couture and available for purchase through her – and she wore one of the dresses and looked amazing. She also dressed actress Maria Bello in a long black gown she made for her, and it fit impeccably. Bello was given an award for “Style and Substance,” and gave a great speech right before the Valentino vintage runway show.” Merle Ginsberg

“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!”

“One of the most sophisticated shows I have seen this DFWLA. The collection of dresses that were presented in the runway show belong to Elizabeth Mason of the Paper Bag Princess. Ironically, although the show was entitled Valentino, not one Valentino dress was presented. Instead, she assembled a collection of vintage dresses that exemplified her vision of Valentino’s influences ranging from Dior, Versace, and Vicky Tiel to Yves Saint Laurent.
Mason explained that she has no vintage Valentino gowns because once acquired their owners rarely ever loan them out let alone give them up. Actress Maria Bello was awarded the annual style award, which she accepted wearing an black hourglass Elizabeth Mason dress. One striking gown in the show was a 1987 Christian Dior Haute Couture black silk chiffon strapless evening gown with a red silk rose wrap. This dress embodies passion, with the wrap tying around the torso and plunging into a stunning neckline accenting the cleavage. If you ever envisioned the perverse, American Beauty rose petal scene made into an elegant dress, this would be it. Every woman’s dream of coming home to rose petals strewn on the bed would be forever irrelevant if she owned this dress. She would be living the dream each time she wears it!”
Joseph Ungoco

“Vintage vamp , a.k.a. the Paper Bag Princess, paid tribute to Valentino at MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary in Little Tokyo, and her uber-fitted, impeccably tailored, fabulously detailed column dresses were undeniably beguiling.” After Fashion By

“The Los Angeles Spirit Award For Style and Substance was awarded to Maria Bello for her philanthropic work and the support of L.A. designers. Of Mason, Bello told me, “Elizabeth, time after time, has made me look beautiful and has fitted me in gowns that make my body and backside look perfect. She is able to make me look amazing, which gives me the confidence to go after all my goals.”

“The all too bubbly Mason, who operates The Paper Bag Princes vintage couture shops in Canada and the U.S., is described on her Web Site as: “the ‘Star and Style Shaper’ who’s courted by international fashion designers for their design inspiration, as well as major star stylists.” Jacklyn Tran

“The Paper Bag Princess a well known vintage shop in Beverly Hills presented a Runway show, featuring fashions inspired Valentino. With the new emphasis on “reuse, renew and revitalize” in this economy, the idea of Vintage Classics is right on trend.”

Red Silk Wrap, Elizabeth Mason Couture

Red Silk Evening Coat, Elizabeth Mason Couture Spring/Summer 2010


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