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Barbara Alley Collection

Barbara Alley, who started skiing in the Sixties and went on to produce the fashion shows for the annual consumer ski shows, ultimately became SKIING Magazine's fashion editor. She came to New York from North Carolina to study fashion at the Parsons School of Design. As a novice skier, she first skied at Sugarbush, Vermont, when it was such a mecca for beautiful people that it was nicknamed "Mascara Mountain." (Excerpt from SKIING HERITAGE June 2005)

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Barbara Alley takes us back in time with a vintage ski wear fashion show at the Alf Engen Museum in Park City.

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Genia Fuller introduces the first Women in Industry award

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1992 DESCENTE man’s high-tech and high-fashion suit. Embroidery became a style adornment in the ‘90’s, and Descente used it as well as contrast topstitching front and back. Like the Swiss Team suit shown in SNOW COUNTRY, Descente was known for its heat-absorbing fabrics as well as waterproof/breathable treatments. ($690)

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1995 – Emmegi took technical skiwear to fashion heights with glamorous fabric combinations and colorations. This is one of the best, and an award winner in the Snow Country design awards. I was posing for a photo in it when a gal skied by wearing the same suit! ($750)

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1990 Sport Obermeyer zebra print unlined shell two-piece Springtime ski outfit. This goes with the other Obermeyer zebra components, intermixable. Shown here are matching Obermeyer helmet-style hat, neon pink gloves and headband.

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1998 – Killy Skiwear, as in Jean Claude Killy, created these bright highly technical ski suits for men and for women. His red suit is a shell, but the fabric is waterproof/breathable thus warmer and windproof, and it is full of bells and whistle. So is her bright orange insulated suit – with the fashion fun of an orange-with-gray-roots faux fur collar. The first time I wore this suit I met a teen with hair exactly like my collar!
(Men’s suit approximately $600, women’s suit $700, plus hat and headband).

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1998 – Nils Skiwear used a water-repellant sueded fabric in this super warm one-piece suit with leopard spots lining the hood. There’s a spotted hat to match as well as a little waistpack which was hardly needed with all the suit pockets including Nils’ signature sleeve pocket. (Estimated suggested retail $450)

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1993 SILVY women’s white two-piece with embroidery. This snuggly Silvy has an elegant European look. The winter white fabric has a soft ribbed texture. The pullover’s embroidered panel is fleece which also lines the collar and hood. The core embroidery design has the appearance of an ancient Egyptian motif.

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1989 SPORT OBERMEYER ski satin brights. What follows neons? Satin brights that can’t be missed whether in cherry red or in the lime and blue coloration of the SNOW COUNTRY November 1989 cover. More than a pretty suit, it will stand up to any storm with Thinsulate insulation and Gore-Tex inside. Matching Obermeyer satin gloves.

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1988 NILS orange iridescent fabric tops this one-piece suit. The cross-weave colors shimmer in changing light. In-the-boot pants – pure 1988 style - are stretch fabric. This Nils style has all the Nils touches such as a handy sleeve pocket.

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1988 ROFFE mix, not match ensemble. An insulated snowglow yellow pullover of tough Glacier Cloth($145) tops neon graffiti laminate stretch pants ($70) and crazy-print gaiters ($30), plus checkered baseball cap. It’s funky and fun.

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1988 Obermeyer

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1989 Hot Chillys bird-in-grass pants were available in black or white and in either after-ski tights or warm triple-laminate ski pants, topped in Chillys neon nylon. They were the Pants Winner in Snow Country magazine’s Skiwear Design contest.

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1989 – Anoralp - You can’t help but smile at the playful cartoon characters printed on this one-piece suit. The whimsy belies its technical construction. Another facet to the suit, it is a step-in suit. Lift up the collar flaps, unzip the shoulders, and step right through the stretch waistband. (Suggested retail price $360)

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1989 – Skyr cross-country skiing wear combines brightlypatterned tights with a multi-pocketed full-cut shell top. A Skyr hooded tee is included. The tight has a “spat” designed by Bill Koch. It goes over a cross-country boot, but can be tucked under the tongue of running shoes. Tights and full tops are a sure sign of Eighties fashion. Hotfingers x-c gloves.
(Suggested retail price: Shell $108, Tights $44, Hooded Tee $30. Total: $182)

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1989 SPORT OBERMEYER Kabloom print showstopper. Flowers printed on bold black and white stripes add even more pizzazz to knockout neons. Obermeyer created the entire ensemble, from Thinsulate-insulated pullover ($199) to stretch pants ($165) to Kabloom gaiters, mittens and crossbody bag.

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1990 ROFFE retro styling in a one-piece stretch suit with stretch Thinsulate insulation. There’s plenty of warmth in this suit, belying its early ski days design. The Sun Valley 50th Anniversary hat adds to the retro look, and the MEISTER belt adds sparkle. ($400)

1989 Sport Obermeyer men’s orange satin one-piece suit has strips of magenta and matching magenta color waist pack. Orange Obermeyer gloves. A similar suit was shown in lime/blue on the November 1989 cover of Snow Country magazine. The suit was a big hit in the finale of my “What’s New In Skiwear” TV talk show tour. This is the finale on Sun Up San Diego.

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1984 EURO-HEAD woman’s purple one-piece suit. I think of this as the “Flashdance” era in sportswear, the fuller pants, lots of hardware, fully displayed in this Head Europe ski suit. Welting marks the wider shoulders and sleeves. The fabric is patterned all over and silky soft. Note the double belt and all the pull tabs and buckles and snaps.

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1988 NILS - Neon mountain peaks splash across the shoulders of this one-piece suit. The full top is insulated with Thinsulate. The itb pants are stretch fabric. A wide belt ties it together. It’s a sophisticated look for neons. ($315).

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1986 - White Stag made this ultra-feminine pale lilac drawwaist suit with face-framing zip-off fox hood and the surprise of a little sparkle of rhinestones on the snowflake and reindeer-patterned shoulders. It’s still a technical ski suit with Thinsulate insulation. The rhinestones are fun to see, catching the sunlight. (Estimated retail $200)

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1987 ROFFE turquoise stretch suit with stretch Thinsulate insulation. Though sleek and smooth, its warmth comes from stretch microfiber Thinsulate, a new product then that designer Wini Jones worked on with 3M in the quest for warmer stretch ski apparel. Off-center closure, narrow belt and In the boot pants create a tailored high fashion look.

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1988 – Nils Skiwear still made men’s skiwear in the 1980’s, and designed this one-piece suit with subtle touches of neon, front and back, nice glow strips on an otherwise quiet technical, Thinsulate-insulated suit. The group photograph at Beano’s Cabin shows other styles and colors of 1988.
(Estimated retail cost $400)

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1988 - Neons were hot, and Sport Obermeyer lit up the slopes, especially when the sun went behind the mountains. This suit (shown in lime) glowed in the shadows. The suit was warm for a shell, thanks to the wind proofing of a Supermicroft fabric and a Gore-Tex Z liner. The waterproof/breathable liner eliminated the need to tape seams inside. Therefore, designers were free to sew all kinds of decorative pieces together. ($325)

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1989 –Roffe Spring fling suit

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1989 –These two are Roffe Spring fling suits for men and women. Come warmer weather shell suits are perfect, and these are real eye-catchers in Eighties-bright colors. Hers has a matching bow-tie visor.
(Estimated retail Hers $300, His $300)
 
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1979 – Euro-by-Head designed this zip-waist suit with space age shoulders, achieved with extending flanges. The flanges narrow in to slim the waist. It was the beginning of the biggershouldered era, a sharp look on this technical suit. (Suggested retail $400)

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1979 – SIS Skiwear designed a posh ski outfit with the look of fur combined with smooth-fit stretch-insulated stretch- nylon fabric. The jacket zips onto the pants. There are actually two separate waist zippers for adjustable fit. Halper Brothers hat. (Estimated retail $325)

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1975 BOGNER red stretch jacket and hi-waist suspendered pants. Both have stretch insulation for the form fit yet warm silhouette of the ‘70’s. Bogner used tri-color accents front and down the back which are picked up by the one-of-a-kind Grandoe gloves, designed by the late Wolfgang Lert. This suit is similar to the zip-waisted suit ($245) in the September 1975 SKIING fashion editorial.

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1980 – Colmar picked up the “gaiters-over-stretch pants” trend and went one further. I always called these “garter belt” gaiters because they are higher and have a belt with straps to hold them up! Colmar does full accessories and options with this ensemble. There’s a hooded hat, a jacket with two removable sleeves to make a vest, a sweater, stretch pants, plus the two gaiters. That’s eight matching pieces!
(Suggested retail: Jacket plus Gaiters $470, Sweater $69, Helmet Hat $20, Stretch pants $175, totaling $734.)

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1980 – Colmar of Italy made this double-your-money’s worth insulated reversible suit. One side is white with blue checks, the other blue with white. Colmar is well known for reversibles, and this one is not only fun but also functional. (Estimated retail $400)

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1984 EURO-HEAD man’s red one-piece suit. This is a handsome slim-fit suit in a rich red with angled wind flap zipper and pocket zippers, emphasizing broader shoulders and a narrower waist. The Grandoe gloves are a one-of-a-kind design created by Wolfgang Lert. He called them the President Jimmy Carter gloves.
 
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1975 – Henri Ours of Paris designed this sleek one-piece suit in the height of Seventies fashion, narrowed shoulders and bell-bottomed legs which easily fit over ski boots for a longer, smoother look. The orange and navy was a popular color combo then, and the touch of white made it pop. (Estimated retail: $200)

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The Line jacket over 1970 skis-printed body suit. SKI Magazine fashion editor Pat Doran had all the latest skis body-painted on a live model for a magazine photo. She then had the designer of Danskin make a suit to match. I wore this suit with a long black knit coat and the Head logo belt to narrate a fashion show for governors’ wives in Sun Valley. I wore it with black knit vest and hot pants to narrate 1971 fashion shows for SIA and Ski Shows. It is one-of-a-kind.

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1980 – Long cuddly stretchy down coat by The Line. The new stretch-puff design looked great as well in a short The Line ski jacket and over-the-knee gaiters in the same iridescent cottonblend fabric and color, as pictured in the November ’79 issue of Skiing Magazine. (Estimated retail $200)

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1979 – Men’s Bogner stretch two-piece suit with fuller jacket over a strapped pant. The fuller jacket was easy to fit and wear. The pant was higher-waisted to help keep snow from getting under the jacket. This was the end of the Seventies and shoulders were transitioning to a wider cut. The shoulder color bands broaden the shoulder appearance even more, plus showing off arm/pole plant technique. (Estimated retail $400)

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1977 – Henri-Charles Colsenet (HCC) lean one-piece stretchinsulated suit has a smooth-fit vest on top for added torso warmth on a cold day. A similar suit was shown in a 1977 editorial in Skiing. Note the sleek purple stripes that run in a continuous line from the vest down the legs. The suit beneath has an extra splash of hot pink striping.
(Estimated retail $350)

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1976 green HCC skier print one-piece suit. Henri-Charles Colsenet was known for his elegant slim-shouldered, flared leg silhouette stretch suits with stretch insulation. This design has stylish male skiers both front and back with contrast stripes. It is pictured on a dancer in the 1976 Ski Shows fashion show. (Estimated retail $250)

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1977 Ski Levi’s - Ski Levi’s called itself the “Oldest New Name in Skiwear.” The skiing line duplicated the company’s authentic style right down to the topstitching and logo snaps. For function Ski Levi’s used water repellant treatments on denim and fiberfill or down insulations. Jacket, bibpants, and windshirt cost about $160. The total western look included Ski Levi’s t-shirts and a denim cowboy hat – Yahoo!

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1979/80 – Colmar of Italy men’s reversible jacket and stretch corduroy ski pants. A multi-use ski outfit, the jacket is a sweater knit on one side and fabric on the other. The cord pants can be worn anywhere. In fact, when we were picked up by a cab in the Dolomites, the driver was wearing the same jacket! (Estimated retail Jacket $300 Pants $175)
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1975 HCC lilac one-piece suit - This was a favorite HenriCharles Colsenet design. With both stretch fabric and stretch insulation it exemplified the slim shouldered, flared leg silhouette of the ‘70’s, with flowing stripes for emphasis. Every HCC style was offered with coordinate accessories, shown here, hat, scarf and gloves. In a 1975 SKIING editorial it was photographed in white ($245)

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This 1971 ANBA of Austria red/white checked ski ensemble has a newsboy hat, a tapered jacket over a red T-neck sweater, and knickers! Add long red socks and red mitts.
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This was my go-to outfit for fun-filled special events.

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1970 Roffe Purple Flowers

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1974 BOGNER woman’s black 3-piece zip-together. Tri-color stripes run down the sides. The three pieces are a jacket and a vest, either of which can zip to the pants. The fabric is stretch nylon with stretch insulation. The stripes became a Willy Bogner signature. ($325)

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1992 NILS shimmery long green jacket. The sheen of the polyester and nylon fabric is first to catch the eye, but a closer look reveals rows of elastic tiers. This could-be street coat is topped with a deep green plush-lined hood. Beneath is a highrise, shoulder-strapped itb stretch pant. This is a winning design from Susie Wiyninger of Nils.

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1979 COLMAR reversible one-piece double whammy. One side is dramatic white ski satin with blue stars, the other is conservative navy blue. Colmar of Italy was renowned for its reversibles, in jackets as well as in suits. Dress for your mood – rock star or subtle! (Estimated retail $400)


These outfits are a blast from the past. All of them can be seen in this album
 
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1970 - SKI Magazine fashion editor Pat Doran had all the latest skis body-painted on a live model for a magazine photo.


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I love the clothes in these images. Don't we all?
So much FUN. Skiing is supposed to be fun. That's the point, right?
We need a return of fun, flamboyant ski wear, so humor can be part of our days.
We sometimes take ourself too seriously around here.
 

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