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Our Avant Gaudy Playlist!

August 6, 2009

Avant Gaudy has created a special playlist for you, featuring a few of a all-time favorite songs and a few songs we just can’t stop listening to right now.  Check it out…

 Standalone player
A few of the featured artists include:

Lykke Li
Bloc Party
Say Anything
Memory Cassette
and more…


Lykke Li

Bloc Party

Is there a playlist you’d like us to create?  Our favorite indie bands?  Favorite movie songs?  Best summer music?  Let us know in the comment section and we’ll create an essential playlist for you!

New Dresses on!

August 5, 2009

We’ve just updated Avant Gaudy with 24+ new dresses!  Go check them out now before you miss out on one of these one of a kind dresses!

There are even more dresses for you to check out… Take a look!

Fashion Sustainability Vintage Sale

August 5, 2009

This Saturday only, you have the chance to buy some of your favorite Avant Gaudy shoes and accessories, available for purchase during the Fashion Sustainability Vintage Sale at Heaven Gallery. You’ll have a first look at some of our newest shoes and accessories! And you can find unique and sustainable vintage clothing and accessories from other vintage dealers!

Avant Gaudy will be one of several retailers at this event, held on Saturday and Sunday, August 8-9,  from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Don’t forget: Avant Gaudy will ONLY be there on SATUDAY!


Other vintage designers and dealers include Style 4 Food, Sarah Katherine Green, Max & Chloe, Lum, Nicole Blaje and Renovar.

Location: Heaven Gallery
             1550 N. Milwaukee Ave.
             Chicago, IL

You can learn more and RSPV to Heaven Gallery’s Fashion Sustainability Vintage Sale here!

Will we see you at the vintage sale on Satuday?

New Avant Gaudy Editorial Photo!

August 4, 2009

Check out this exclusive photo from Avant Gaudy’s latest photo shoot.

July 30 editorial photo shoot

To learn more about our model, Angela, check out Sarah’s post about an interview with Angela from The Artsighter.

Special Avant Gaudy Raffle!

August 3, 2009

Avant Gaudy is offering an exclusive contest for blog readers!

To enter the contest, all you have to do is comment on 10 or more of our blog entries (past entries acceptable) and email us ( the titles of the blog entries you commented on.  Then, just tell us which blog post was your favorite!

We will enter you into a raffle for a $50 gift certificate to our store!

Hurry up and comment now – the contest ends August 17 at 12:00 a.m. CST.

Vintage Diane von Furstenberg dress available at

Avant Gaudy: Perfect 10

August 1, 2009

Bloggy AwardAvant Gaudy just won a Bloggy Award and received perfect 10s in all categories, including visual aesthetics, user friendliness, reading enjoyment, useful info and overall experience! See what Bloggy Award had to say about our blog:


Avant Gaudy is one of the most unique fashion blogs that I have seen in a while. The name alone should give you an inkling of what is in store for you in this blog.

Visual Aesthetics – 10
Avant Gaudy makes use of a very simple template. Again, this is a perfect example of how simplicity can be of great beauty. Photos – lots of them – make up for the simplicity of the template. For someone who is not really into fashion, I was really taken with the visuals in this blog.

User Friendliness – 10
It is very easy to navigate this blog. There are relevant links within the posts. The archives and the categories are also very accessible in the right column. I did have some issues with page loading times, but I think that it was more due to my Internet connection which has been acting up all day.

Reading Enjoyment – 10
As I said, I am not that into fashion but I did find myself reading on and on. More than the photos that caught my eyes, I did find tidbits of information in the text that were (surprisingly for me) enjoyable!

Useful Info – 10
People who do not think much of mainstream fashion should take a look at Avant Gaudy. There are tons of tips and ideas with regard to dressing and accessorizing yourself up!

Overall Experience – 10
There is no doubt about it, Avant Gaudy deserves a perfect score. Fashionable people, fashionista wannabes, or people like me who do not know much about this world – Avant Gaudy just might hold what you need and want.

Avant Gaudy photo shoot!

July 29, 2009

Check out a few exclusive photos from one of Avant Gaudy’s latest photo shoots…

And be sure to visit Avant Gaudy to check out what’s new in our latest inventory of unique, modern vintage clothing and accessories.

Meet the “Gaudy” Girls: Deborah

July 23, 2009

Deborah photoGet to know Deborah, the co-owner and CEO of Avant Gaudy.

Where are you from? Where do you live now?
I was born in Nigeria, though have spent much of my life here in the Midwest!

What is your profession/major?
I attend the University of Chicago and I study Political Science. I’m also very excited about fashion and run Avant Gaudy.


Personal aspirations:
I hope to live in the following cities in the following order: New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong, Berlin and Rio De Janeiro.

Professional goals:
I would like to become the CEO of a major fashion retailer such as Barneys – or create my own!

Favorite movies?
I love so many movies that I think it’s easier to just list categories. In order: French New Wave, New German Cinema and Scandinavian directors such as Ingmar Bergman and Roy Andersson. I am currently trying to watch every movie in the Criterion Collection

What T.V. shows are you currently watching/still addicted to?
With all the movies I watch, I don’t have time for TV!

What kind of music do you like? What bands are you listening to?
I love bands that sound like Sonic Youth. Particularly, I am a big fan of the Secret Machines and Blonde Redhead. My all-time favorite song is “Loved Despite of Great Faults” by Blonde Redhead. They’re incredible to watch live!

Favorite/essential book?
Books are like movies for me; better explained in categories. In this case I go by author. I love everything by Foucault, Sartre, Camus, Nabokov and Toni Morrison.

What do you like to do for fun?
As anyone who knows me knows, I love to eat cupcakes. Does that count as a hobby?

Favorite Designer?
Helmut Lang, Alber Ebaz and Alexander Wang.

Deborah's favorite designers

Favorite fashion/beauty magazine?
I read WWD every day.
Favorite clothing item/accessory that you own?
I can’t live without black pants.

How would you describe your personal style?
“Sarah, Plain and Tall.”

One thing you’ll never wear?
Sweatpants in public or Uggs in the winter. No matter how cold it is in Chicago!

What is your most recent purchase?
I haven’t shopped for myself in months — I can’t remember!

Do you have any style rules?
Black is always appropriate.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Any major city with reliable transit and a diversity of restaurants!

Obsessed with/can’t live without?
My iPhone.

Your perfect day?
It hopefully involves reading a good book and a long bike ride along the lakefront.

Guilty pleasure?
I could eat cupcakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I know this for a fact because I have tried.

cupcakes :)

Favorite food/drink?
Anything I can cook at home, and I am a fan of cold water.

What are you an expert at?
(Very) random political theory.

Favorite Animal?
Stray cats.

Shop Avant Gaudy on Etsy!

July 21, 2009

While we’re still working on getting the new and improved Web site ready for you, feel free to check out a few of our special items on Avant Gaudy’s Etsy shop until then!

Here are just a few of the one-of-a-kind vintage pieces featured on our Etsy store.

Vintage Black Velvet Strapless Dress, $58

Vintage Silver Metallic Dress, $58

We’ll be sure to let you know as soon as is back!

Under Construction – But Not for Long!

July 20, 2009

Avant Gaudy may be under construction, for now, but be sure to check the site daily to check out Avant Gaudy’s newest inventory. 

We’re hard at work and will be updating the site each day with one-of-a-kind vintage clothing and accessories! Be sure to check it out soon!

Avant Gaudy: vintage modern/modern vintage