In-store now at Varga Girl, is a very special vintage collection – ‘ML Vintage’. Carefully curated by Celebrity Stylist Phillip Boon and Fashion Designer Sonia Audino, ‘ML Vintage’ features items from the late Melbourne fashion doyenne Mary Lipshut’s very own wardrobe. Boon and Audino have been asked by the Lipshut family to sell the incredible collection to collectors around the world. Each and every item is unworn and is in pristine condition. Among the treasures are designs by Missoni, Versace and Courrèges to name just a few; with many styles available in a full size run (a very rare occurrence in vintage clothing these days).
The story of how Mary came to acquire these items can best be described in her own words…
‘I had a fashion imports business and had exclusivity over the import of Courrèges and Missoni in Australia. But in the early 1970s, the French tested their first nuclear bombs in the Pacific, and Australia black-banned all French products for two years. The fashion changed very quickly and two years later, by the time I could sell my shipment – a shipment that was meant for the whole of Australia – the fashion was too far behind!’
On the advice of her dear friend, the infamous Italian fashion journalist Anna Piaggi, who advised her to hold on to her collection…’Pack it away, because all over the world museums are going to want to open fashion galleries and vintage fashion will come into its own.’
Boon and Audino will take ‘ML Vintage’ around the world, with their next stops being Los Angeles and New York; each with a carefully curated collection of their own. New selections will become available at Varga Girl in the future, with more ML Vintage pop-ups set to occur in-store.
Please visit Varga Girl to view this beautiful piece of fashion history. The garments in this unique collection are all so vibrant, colourful and full of character.
Varga Girl > 148 Oxford Street, Leederville WA 6007