Miami Beach Art Deco Weekend: The Retro Fashion Show

Every year in January a huge street festival takes a hold of Miami Beach. It’s run by The Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL) to recognize, educate, and celebrate the imprint that the Art Deco era left on the area. It’s a three day event full of music, food, and vintage cars. One of the events, The Retro Fashion Show, was voted as “one of the best things to do during Art Deco Weekend,” by Miami New Times. The event is held right by the beach on the footsteps of the MDPL building. The show is curated by the fashion show director Angela La Muse, who has a personal style that’s reminiscent of a 1940’s Hollywood star.  She captured the essence of the Art Deco era with her selections, which featured a colorful lineup from local designers.

This year I had the opportunity to participate in this amazing event and showcase two of my latest vintage inspired designs, which were featured in my earlier posts Revisiting the 1950’s and The Modern Vintage Dress. Each design on the runway showcased a superb sense of craftsmanship with a fine attention to detail. I am grateful for the opportunity to have been part of the show alongside such talented designers.

For a moment, on the beach, time stood still as the models transported the audience back to an elegant and bygone era. It was a weekend to remember!

Keily Camejo (left), Angela La Muse, YaviReyes, Yaimari Rodgriguez (right)


Revisiting the 1950’s

My favorite designer is Christian Dior, so it was a no-brainer when I saw Simplicity Pattern 1155. To see a woman in a well-made dress, one that doesn’t outshine her, but becomes one with her, well…that’s perfection.  For me the style of the 1950’s (which was the era when Dior launched his first collection) was all about the cut and the details. It was the post-war era when full flowing skirts and soft rounded shapes oozed opulence. 

While attending The Fashion Institute of South Florida two years ago I began working on a full skirt pattern, but the idea for this style wasn’t fully there yet, so I put it aside. Then when I came across Simplicty Pattern 1155, I knew that unfinished skirt’s other half had finally come along.  The perfect pair if I say so myself.  So I altered the pattern to make it a crop top with button and loop closure.  It was important to keep the 1950’s element, but I added a modern twist to it, which is why this is a two piece. Though the top portion was cut low, I still wanted it to have the seamless continuation with a hint of skin at the waist.  I love the pleat detail in white against the fabrics shine and matte color.  Using both sides of the fabric gives it dimension and interest.  A detachable tulle bow in the back is the perfect accessory that ties it all together. The finished set exceeded my expectations.  It was a fun and girlie project I couldn’t pass up!

The crop top is made of white matte rayon and the matte side of the silky print fabric.  It has a calico underlined boned bodice along with an acetate lining fell stitched into place.  The straps are fell stitched along the edge of the top. The back has a handmade loop and button closure with a detachable tulle bow.  

The skirt is made from the glossy side of the silky print with a tulle overlay.  The inside is lined with blue acetate fabric and hemmed with lace for a polish look.  It has two interior hanging loops made from the lining fabric. An invisible zipper, hook & eye closure finish up the back.

Contact me if you would like to have this set as part of your fashion wardrobe, or any other retro inspired designs. I hope your weekend is fun and fashionable!



Removable bowtie on back


Model: Keily Camejo

*model is wearing a petticoat