Produced by Andrea Serrano & Charlotte Belks
Interview by Andrea SerranoClothing is literally the fabric of our lives. It’s a necessity, it’s an art form,
it’s history, it tells a story. I had the rare opportunity of meet a fascinating
woman, Jacqueline Thelen, who has a large collection of vintage clothing.
Her collection spans over 60 decades, and tells a story of an era, a time when
life was so different than the world we know of today.
Jacqueline started her exciting journey though life as an airline stewardess
in the 1940’s, traveling all over the world. Her many accomplishments as a
model, entrepreneur, columnist, TV host, and mother of four children, have
proven that a woman can persevere under any circumstance. Jacqueline
is now in her 80’s, and continues to keep up with the current fashion and modern day culture.
Where have you lived? Italy, Ireland, Scotland, The Philippines, Greece, Cuba, New
York, New Orleans, Miami, San Francisco, La Hoya, and other cities in the the U.S.
Tell me about your days as an airline stewardess? It was 1941; I was only 19 when
I started flying for National Airlines. It was owned by Mr. George Baker, and they use
to call us Baker’s dozen because there was only 12 stewardess’ flying at the time. I met
my husband through my job, and he was one of the 1st Blue Angels. When we married
in 1948, I had to resign as a stewardess. Back then, by law you weren’t allowed to be
married and be a stewardess. There were many restrictions and requirements in the flight
industry in the early days. With most airlines you had to be at least 20 years old, and
you couldn’t be over 26 years old. You also had to be a registered nurse when you flew
abroad.Tell me about your modeling days. My first foray into modeling was with National
Airlines, when I was a stewardess in the 1940’s. I was crowned the 1st Mrs. Coronado
in 1950, when I lived in Coronado, California. I modeled in St. Petersburg, FL as well.
I worked with a lot of magazines, newspapers, and fashion shows. I was only 5 ft., so I
was considered a junior model.Tell me about your modeling school. I owned a modeling school in the 70’s in San
Diego, CA. It opened in 1970, and due to a serious illness I had to close it in 1978. It
was the Jacquleine Thelen modeling school. I also owned the Fashion Merchandising
School of San Diego at the same time from 1970-1978.
Who are your favorite designers? I like a lot of different designers, because I like a
lot of different clothing. Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Geoffrey Beene, Adolfo,
Valentino, and Yves Saint Laurent are some of my favorites. I like the more luxurious,
upscale designers; I’ve never been a casual person.Tell me about your dabbling in journalism. I wrote for the Ranch and Club Magazine
in Santa Fe, CA. My column was called Out and About with Jacqueline. I went to
different events around town such as fashion shows, art openings, fundraising galas,
operas, ect. I remember going to the National Dance Awards where celebrities such as
Liza Minelli, Sammy Davis Jr., Paula Abdul, and Patrick Swayze attended. I also wrote
for the Fresno Bee in California. In the Philippines I wrote for different magazines and
also had my own TV program in the 1960’s.
Do you have a favorite era in fashion? I loved the 40’s and the 50’s; I loved them all
because I’ve always dressed to the current fashion.
Where were the most stylish places you’ve been to? Italy. I use to live in Verona in
an old palace. I went to the operas, and several fashion shows.
What do you think of today’s fashion? I think today’s fashion is different for today.
Back in the day when I lived in San Francisco, people would always be dressed up in hats
and gloves. I also find that today there is not such good material.
All Clothing Used In This Photo Shoot Is from The Original, Authentic Vintage Wardrobe of Jacqueline Thelen. Styled by Andrea Serrano
White marabou coat – I wore it out a lot to fine restaurants in San Diego, we loved to
dress and loved to dance. 1960’s
Pink metallic bathing suit – I bought it in La Hoya in 1965. I use to wear it with a long
black velvet skirt.
Pink sequin dress – I bought it San Francisco. It was from the 1970’s.
Pink marabou jacket – Sonia Rykiel
White strapless dress –
White dress off the shoulder with ruffles – I bought it for a stewardess reunion. I bought
it in the 1970’s.
Pink pleated dress – I wore it to model in Sante Fe. Early 70’s
Red silk printed top – 80’s
Black leather skirt – bought it at Neiman Marcus in La Hoya, CA
Sage jumpsuit – late 60’s. I would’ve wore it to someone’s home
Navy blazer – 70’s.
Green Chloe top – 70’s
Black and White striped dress – late 60’s
Yellow coat dress – late 50’s
Crème lace dress – early 60’s, I wore it to the officer’s club
Blush beaded gown – 70’s, to the officer’s club, or fancy restaurant to dance
Black and gold sheer dress – 70’s
Rosanna Krekel of The Fashion Group International will be the host for the evening. Participating boutiques include Coastal Palms Island Apparel, J. McLaughlin, Papaya Island, Pink Boulevard, The Old Rangoon, The Resort Shop, The Spot, Tommy Bahama presented by Palmetto Island and Vineyard Vines presented by Coastal Palms.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center, which provides hope and healing to abused children and families. Tickets can be purchased on the Dee Norton website or by calling (843) 723-3600. Tickets include bites from Newton Farms Catering; champagne, beer and wine will be available for purchase at a cash bar offered by Java Java.
Event sponsors include: A Charleston Bride, Alexandra Styles, Apricot Hill, Beachwalker Rentals, Classic Party Rentals, Elysium Salon, Gamble Home Services, Java Java, Kiawah Fine Jewelry, Kiawah Island Real Estate, Kiawah Seabrook Medical Care, Newton Farms Catering, Skirt Magazine, The Taylor Agency, Tout Talent.
I had the pleasure of meeting Ed Kavishe at the most recent Charleston Fashion Week in March. He is the founder of Fashion Wire Press, an online media company that licenses and distributes fashion week photos and video from every major Fashion Week all over the world. I was impressed that this globetrotting fashion photo mogul made time in his hectic schedule to be a part of Charleston Fashion Week for the past 3 years. Ed Kavishe makes it all seem so easy being the CEO and main photographer for Fashion Wire Press. Having been to numerous fashion weeks in New York, I know the magnitude and pressure these photographers face to get that perfect picture of the model coming down the runway.
His passion for shooting runway photography has inspired him to document the fashion outside of the shows on his blog A thing of Beauty. The editors, models, and taste makers that he shoots rival the collections shown on the runway, proving that street style has tremendous influence. Ed Kavishe also features more candid images on his tumblr – instagrams by Ed Kavishe, where he captures runway behind the scenes, the action outside of the shows, and an all access look into v.i.p. industry events.
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Hair by Charlotte Belk weddinghairbycharlotte.com
Make-Up Elina Mille bellelina.com
Photography Travis Teate TravisTphotography.com
Fashion Styling Anna Stahl & Anrea Serrano andreaserrano.com
Photographer: Travis Teate, Fashion Editor: Anna Stahl, Fashion Stylist: Andrea Serrano, Hair: Charlotte Belk, Makeup: Elina Mille, Models: Anne Hardcastle and Caleb Ellis from Tout Charleston
En Plein Air
Red and white printed long halter dress by Issa from Berlins for Women. Silver bamboo cuff and earrings by Thistle and Bee from Dazzles. Rainbow wedge heels by Kate Spade from Copper Penny Shooz. Blue-and-white check jacket and white linen dress shirt by Scott James. Red paisley pocket square, Khaki pants by Robert Graham and blue loafers by Donald J. Pliner, all from Berlins for Men. Shot on location at Coleman Fine Art.
Charleston Fashion Week® (CFW) attracts a number of big names from the fashion world but in all honesty, who would have ever thought it would hold court for a music mogul like Damon Dash? It did and even further managed to spark a greater interest for him in the Holy City which has been on his radar for sometime. Over the past few years his focus has expanded beyond what most would attribute to his legacy, rap, and now he is the steam behind a collaborative movement that presents music, art, fashion and multi-media as one, under the name DD172. A new rumor has surfaced since CFW that Dash plans to set up shop right here in the Lowcountry and it’s proving to be true with the private beach party he hosted this weekend leading up to Thursday’s Local 172 Pop Up shop hosted by Visualive and JLINSNIDER. Last week I took the opportunity to chat with Dash to find out why Charleston and why now. Here are a number of in-depth statements I took away from our conversation giving you a peek inside the renaissance mind of Damon Dash:
“This is what my friends say about Charleston, all of them, ‘I love Charleston, I’m going to retire there’. I feel like why do people want to wait to live a good life when their older. Why wait? That should be the trick… to live a really good life and kind of monetize having fun. So I think that also can happen in Charleston. So I want it to be the new New York. ”
AL: Is that why you are setting up shop here?
“100%. It just makes sense. Kind of like when McKenzie (Eddy) and Raquel (M. Horn) came into my life, they became somewhat of my muses. They are from Hilton Head but they lived in Charleston. They have the lay of the land. When I come out there I already know exactly where to go and I’m already built in. There is an outlet already set up. It’s not like I have to tell people in Fashion that they would have to set things up. There’s already a Fashion Week. There’s already a desire and a demographic and there is an opinion leader out there (in Charleston).”
“I feel like Charleston is the New York of the South. Like Hong Kong is the doorway to the rest of China and America is the door way to the rest of the world. This is the reason why I want to set up shop.”
On Charleston Fashion Week…
“I was really impressed with the event. I was impressed with the infrastructure and execution. I see the videos and the editing. Your moving a little quicker than some people in New York. A lot quicker. I completely see what you are trying to do and it falls in place with what I’m doing.”
On his new television network…
“I’m also launching my television network and I thought ‘You know what would be ill is if I gave it to the South before I gave it to New York.’ So I’m going to do my launch officially for my new television network in Charleston.”
On his art movement…
“Charleston is a good address. I have a gallery in Hong Kong, a gallery in Charleston which I’m opening up now, New York on the Lower East Side and Harlem. These are places that I really love, it’s a good perception and I like every bit of it. It’s actually a no-brainer.”
On Local 172 Pop Up Shop…
“I’m bringing a lot of vintage clothing lines. We have stores in our galleries in New York. A vintage store called Local 172. So we will be bringing all of that good New York vintage at a good price point. And we are going to bring some art. Raquel is going to do an art exhibit and she is from the South so I thought it was fitting. Mckenzie is going to perform, she is the president of my record company and also an artist. So the story is good that they are bringing it home. Also putting Ben Fagan in business. We had a show for him in New York, we have made records and videos and all of that. So they are also trying to bring artist that are in Charleston that deserve to be seen by everyone else and giving them a platform as well which I think is admirable. I like that a lot.”
More on music…
“I’m also about to get my country music on for a little while. Like, why not? I already did rap, I don’t really need to do that no more. I did the rock and roll thing- The Black Keys. That was easy. That was a breeze and I’m not trying to be cocky but it’s just that it inspired me. So now I’m like let me see if I can crack some country music. It’s going to be fun. Like a metropolitan cowboy… like a new kind of country. We call it ‘young country’. So it’s like people from Charleston and the South will have the ability to have producers from the North, like New York and filmmakers, and the platforms to perform in NY and see what happens when that goes down. I’m also going to bring the newest stuff. Like the rawest coolest stuff from New York I’m definitely bringing to Charleston. To me, it’s like if you perform in NY you have to perform in Charleston.”
Live music with Kat CHR, Rachel Kate and Ben Fagan
In a nutshell and in his own words when all is said and done, Dash just wants to “flavor Charleston up a little more.”
Don’t miss your chance to get in on the action this Thursday, April 19th from 7 – 11pm at JLINSNIDER hosted by DD172 and Visualive. Local 172 has been featured in The New York Times, Time Out NY and Vogue Magazine and will deliver vintage, art and music! Admission is free!
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