Monday, September 17, 2012

Order Zelda Magazine online!

Zelda Magazine, the Magazine of the Vintage Nouveau, is available for purchase online at

Zelda: The Magazine of the Vintage Nouveau is the publication for lovers of early 20th century culture, style, arts, film, music, and more! From the beginnings of the 20th century to the Golden Era of Hollywood, Zelda brings the love of this era to life on paper! We feature not only interviews, tutorials, and features on subjects from the era (1900-1940), but highlight the movers and shakers and best of what’s going on in the vintage-style social scene today! Zelda is published twice annually – our Spring/Summer issue (available in late April) and our Fall/Winter issue (available in late October).
Founded by Diane Naegel (1980-2011) to provide for the modern Jazz Age scene, here are Diane’s own words about Zelda:
“Zelda was created in 2009 by me, Diane Naegel: vintage enthusiast and proprietress of Wit’s End : The Monthly Celebration of the Jazz Age in New York City. ( Zelda Headquarters is always buzzing with excitement over our new vintage gems we discover in each issue.
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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Zelda Magazine Issue 5 is at the printer!

Issue five of Zelda Magazine will be ready in time to order for the holidays!

Issue five has features about La Marchesa Casati, entertainer Fanny Brice, and magician Max Malini as well as articles on music, culture and style of the Jazz Age. With reviews of vintage sites in Providence and advice on social parties, make up and more. This issue is dedicated to our late publisher/editor, Diane Naegel, whose vision and moxie brought Zelda to fruition.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011


It's the new year, and time to be underway with the new issue! We're getting ideas together over here at Zelda HQ, but in the meantime, I'm watching the BBC series The House of Eliott! 1920s enthusiasts will love these's some information:
The House of Eliott is a British television series produced and broadcast by the BBC in three series between 1991 and 1994. The series starred Stella Gonet and Louise Lombard as two sisters in 1920s London who establish a dressmaking business and eventually their own haute couture fashion house. It was created by Jean Marsh and Eileen Atkins, who had previously devised Upstairs, Downstairs. It was written by screenwriter Ginnie Hole.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Notorious & Notable

It's getting tragically chilly here in NYC, but despite that, I'm happy to say I braved the cold to head up to the Museum of the City of New York this week to check out their "Notorious & Notable : 20th Century Women of Style" exhibit. (We were also very lucky to get a tour of some gorgeous 20s items in the museum's costume collection behind the scenes with curator Phyllis Magidson.)

I'd really recommend this exhibit to visitors (or NYCers!)...the above gown by Paul Poiret was worn by Isadora Duncan; and the gorgeous calla cuff from the 20s was worn by Fanny Hurst. I was really awestruck with the jewelry in this show...I think Diana Vreeland's articulated fish cigarette lighter was one of my favorite (although not blingiest) pieces...I think jewelry can be even more telling than the clothing because its such a deliberate, singular, and usually pricey purchase. A lot of thought goes into that choice, and its so individual.

The entire exhibit is hosted in one large room, but the individual pieces make it worth the trip up to 103rd street. I loved seeing that Anita Loos was wearing Balenciaga later in life, and there's a truly gorgeous striptease ensemble worn by Gypsy Rose Lee...okay, I'll stop ruining the surprise. Just see it!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

A Midsummer Night in Winter

It's getting chilly here in NYC, so its a nice time to spend evenings indoors...I feel slightly embarrassed that I hadn't seen this film yet...especially being that I love Shakespeare and 1930s film...but TCM was kind enough to be airing A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) tonight- and I am enthralled! The costumes are so fabulous...I must look up more about costume designer Max Ree...maybe a future article for Zelda is in the works?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Here Come the Holidays!

It's getting to be holiday time here at Zelda headquarters! For the most part, this means lots of runs to the post office mailing off magazines, and attempting on some level to decorate for the season...the above photo is actually from a couple of winters ago at a marvelous holiday sale here in NYC...if you're in the NYC area after December 10th, stop by 141 E 13th St on the 2nd floor in the East Village and you'll find a trove of vintage holiday ornaments and decor to shop as seen above! Look for 'Dullsville' on the buzzer!

Some of my finds from last year:

I hope everyone has been able to check out Zelda's holiday shopping guide on our website (! We have such an amazing array of sponsors for our current issue, and it's a great shopping resource for this time of year! If you want to support Zelda, please pass that support on to our wonderful sponsors who make Zelda possible!