Imagine this life: You grow up next door to fashion icon, Diana Vreeland, who includes your teenage self in the pages of Vogue magazine. After graduation, you make your way to Paris where you catch the eye of Yves Saint Laurent and become his muse. As your name and face travels across Europe, you are noticed by Mr Valentino Garavani, who also uses you as his inspiration.
When you return to New York, you work alongside future star Stephen Sprouse as the Design Assistant at Halston. Due to your close friendship with Andy Warhol, you become a contributing editor at Interview and then the youngest ever fashion editor for Vogue. Following a break, you start in the 80s as head designer for Ralph Lauren’s women’s collection.
Take a deep breath. Sounds like a dream, right? For Gale Parker, this was reality. Now, with a fashion career under her belt that most people could only imagine, she’s moving on to the next stage. Inspired by her collection of show-stopping vintage dresses, Gale has formed her own label, Clothespin, a gamine line of vintage-inspired, eco-friendly garments, with her first store opening in LA on November 6th.
The Clothespin collection is made from one-of-a-kind, antique, unworn fabrics found throughout the world. Gale has reincarnated them into a collection of flirtatiously feminine dresses, blouses and skirts. Although Clothespin is a modern collection, her eco-friendly approach to glamour means that almost all the materials used are recycled.
Clothespin will open on November 6th between Balenciaga and Alberta Ferretti at 8654 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood. The store will carry the full collection as well as the Clothespin “V” line, a selection of handpicked vintage dresses and accessories.