Introducing Elle Ribera

I saw the photo above in the daily newsletter. I was instantly smitten and when I saw that the photographer, Elle Ribera, lived in NY I contacted her immediately! You can look forward to more photo shoot collaborations with her, but she's so striking that we really wanted to shoot with her in front of the camera as well. She has great look and a wild shock of intensely blond hair that often gets her mistaken for Lady Gaga. There are worse things in the world...

The weather wasn't kind to us on our first meeting so we ended up having to shoot most of the looks indoors which is never as fun. But stay tuned for some of her shutterbug magic soon! And if you are looking for fresh talent, better snag her before someone else does!

Black 1980s BODY CON bandage dress with PEEK A BOO cutout

When did you first get into photography?

I actually only first got into photography a little over a year ago. My major was undeclared during my freshman year of college and I really had no idea what I wanted to do until I took a photography course as an elective. I have always had an interest in the arts, but until then I never knew exactly which medium to concentrate in. Photography really felt like the perfect fit.

Your photographic style sometimes seems really magical and ethereal. How do you come up with the concepts for these shoots?

I draw a lot of inspiration from my past. Growing up in Newport, RI with beautiful gardens by the harbor, I tend to be drawn towards soft colors and lighting. A lot of the time when I'm trying to come up with an idea for a shoot, I try and think of things that I can make happen in a photograph that would be rarely, if ever, seen in real life.

Now that you're living in NYC, what are your plans?

Trying to find a job! Once I get that all squared away, I'll just work all summer and continue to do some freelance photography on the side. I'm hoping to work with more models this summer, so I'm very excited about that. Then in September I'll be starting classes at The School of Visual Arts studying fashion photography!

In your dream world, what are your goals as a photographer (or anything else)?

I really hope to take my love of fine art and conceptual photography and bring that into the fashion industry. I need to be in a career where I can be creative and express myself.

Where can we find you online?


How would you describe your personal style?

I'd describe it as being very similar to the style of my photos. Definitely very romantic, ethereal, and soft.

What was your favorite look from the Dusty Rose shoot?

The pastel colored sequin dress was beautiful! I also really liked the high-waisted leather skirt with the striped top, which is surprising because it's definitely far from my usual style, but the pieces worked really well together.

Pastel 1980s ABSTRACT WATERCOLOR beaded cocktail dress

1980s black leather CHIA puff skirt with deep yoke

Our dress went to the Tony's!!!

One of our favorite beauty queens, fashion blogger extraordinaire Showgirl Godzilla, is becoming a stylist to the stars. Some of her Broadway friends are so impressed with her style that they've enlisted her services. As she is a regular in our photo shoots these days, she's become intimately familiar with our stock. Sherie Rene Scott asked her for a few dresses for some fancy events, and, just our luck, she loves vintage! Here are some pics of her in Dusty Rose Vintage digs.

Sherie at the Tony's in a 1950s white rhinestone dress

Sherie with Nikka Lanzarone (aka Showgirl Godzilla) at the Everyday Rapture opening in a vintage Dolce and Gabanna LBD

Sherie at the Drama Desk Awards in a 1950s floral dress


There are so many ways to do florals. In these two shoots we focus mainly on the pastel abstraction of an 80s liberty print and the Victorian chintz of 80s Laura Ashley.

We sell to a lot of very crafty ladies on Etsy, so we left these dresses their original length rather than raising them hem because there are so many fun things one could do with all that extra material. An oversized hair bow, a bag, a braided necklace, etc. Or, there is always the option of leaving the dress long. Hems are crawling up as much as down. And a long dress is PERFECT for that garden party/picnic if you're looking to maintain your modesty. No panty flashing here!

Showgirl Godzilla wears a
1980s strapless chintz FISHTAIL dress

Pastel floral 1980s LAURA ASHLEY sundress with bow detail

Wild as a Mink wears a
1980s floral LAURA ASHLEY sundress

1970s pastel ABSTRACT PRINT Saks dress with angel sleeves (SOLD)

Idee Geniale wears a Pastel floral GARDEN PARTY gauzy cotton babydoll dress


It's no secret that I have a taste for the more flashy and extreme when it comes to clothes, but I can get into a nice neutral look as well. There are limitless styling possibilities with a simple beige or khaki. My inclination is to splash out with florescent pink or orange - I just can't help myself!

I love how different all these looks from our shoot with Idee Geniale, Wild as a Mink and Showgirl Godzilla are. They span the decades and yet look so cute together.

Idee Geniale wears a 1960s mod dress with PETER PAN collar and floral print

Wild as a Mink wears a Beige 1980s striped SEXY SECRETARY dress

Showgirl Godzilla wears a 1970s beige wrap dress (SOLD)

Kitten Bow Cool Kats

Those of you who follow any of my fashion ramblings know that I have a wee little thing for the sassy secretary look. It started before having my mind blown by Maggie Gylennhaal in the movie Secretary, but I'm pretty sure that intensified it quite a bit. And then along came Peggy Olson in Mad Men. There truly is nothing like a well dressed woman with a bow at her neck.

Here are a few demure office lady looks from our spring shoot with Showgirl Godzilla, Idee Geniale and Wild as a Mink.

Wild as a Mink in a 1960s paisley print KITTEN BOW secretary dress (SOLD)

Idee Geniale wears a 1960s mod KITTEN BOW mini dress

Showgirl Godzilla wears a 1960s mod print mini dress with KITTEN BOW ascot
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