Let us once again revisit the pages of one of, if not my favorite magazine to ever exist, Victoria magazine. I first discovered Victoria magazine after stumbling across a Tumblr post mocking the magazine and while the satire wasn't lost on me, the pages and articles of the magazine piqued my interest so much that I have spent the last few years collecting each issue that Nancy Lindemeyer was Editor in Chief.
Today we will be peeking through the May 1996 issue which is graced with one of my absolute favorite fashion editorial ever titled "When Romance Was In Fashion" (a title I borrowed for a recent newsletter tagline if you recognize it from our mailing list).
This editorial featured the private collection of antique clothing and treasures of Lesley Balazs who amassed an extensive collection of antique clothing and costumes that she would put on display once a year to benefit the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans.
The photos were shot on film by Toshi Otsuki whose photographs for vintage Victoria are amongst my favorites and I turn to them for inspiration time and time again for my own shop.
Other articles in the May 1996 Victoria issue include an ode to peonies, crafting your own potpourri, sunporch living, and of course an homage to mothers.
Interested in collecting vintage Victoria magazines? I sourced most of mine through eBay, Etsy, and scouring local antique shops. I was also quite fortunate once that a friend who worked at an antique shop gave me a box full of Victoria magazines doubling my collection in one go!