Madeline Harmon Q&A
Q. Tell us a little bit about your background, where did you grow up? What inspired you to get into vintage clothing? How did Chuck’s Vintage happen?
A. Well I grew in Hollywood off the streets of Melrose Ave. I was raised by an orthodox Jewish mother. I always had a love for "costumes" as my mother called it. Every Friday night I would do these little skits shows dressing up in incredible Couture gowns that my dad’s girlfriend gave me. Strangely enough one of those pieces was a Ghost slip. I grew up always loving to dress up as different characters and vintage was a part of that. Clothing for me has always been an expression of my mood in that moment. Chuck's Vintage was founded by my incredible talented husband. We met when I was 19 years old and knew I could never live in another person’s world, so he gave me our first child which is "Chuck's Vintage"
Q. How do you feel about London fashion in comparison to LA?
A. London fashion I would have to say is definitely edger and has more of a punk influence.
Q. Do you have a favourite designer, vintage and new?
A. My favourite vintage designer is the mom who went to the dry goods store and made art from her mind and never influenced by anyone else. For new, I would have to say I have always have had a love for Rodarte and Jaton Couture for dresses and my greatest love will always be Levi's.
Q. What would you say are your favourite eras?
A. My favourite era is from the 1860's to the 1930's
Q. What inspires you?
A. My daughter and my son are my greatest inspiration. I have a great love affair with nature. Big Sur where we made our daughter is my favourite place on EARTH.
Q. You have mentioned before a store called Time after Time that had an amazing bridal section. What do you think makes an amazing dress & do you have any tips on finding the best vintage piece?
A. Time after Time was the first store that I remember as a young girl around 7 years old that had the most extraordinary Victorian wedding dresses and I wanted to wear them every day of my life. For me the perfect dress is lace and silk and when I slip it on I feel perfect.
Q. What do you like about Ghost?
A. For me Ghost represents my childhood which was magical.
Q. What’s a few of your favourite things?
A. My first favourite thing is the world that I have been by the most extraordinary man I have ever known (my husband) second my children and third my daughters dress collection.
Q. Would you say your style has changed or evolved since having Chuck’s Vintage store?
A. My style has and will always evolve because as humans we evolve but I will never ever steer away from denim & lace
Q. What one thing would you never throw out your wardrobe?
A. The one thing I will never part is a sweater my grandma made me before I was born.
Q. Summer’s coming… What’s your summer essential?
A. My summer must be sheer lace and denim cut-offs.
Q. What would be your best style advice?
A. Never ever dress for anyone except yourself. True style is an expression of one’s self not an image of what they see them self as.