How Dorit Kemsley Became the Vintage Style Star of the Real Housewives – Vogue

“The thing that I’ve always loved about vintage is that whenever you get a piece, you know that it contains so many memories, even if you have no idea who has worn it or where it’s been,” says Kemsley of her current obsession. “It has a history, and that makes it feel more meaningful.” While she’s always had a love for archival fashion, she explains, it was having the extra time during lockdown to dig a little deeper that saw her gravitate towards pieces that represent moments in style history. “The nice thing now is that we’re living in an age where all that information is so accessible,” she continues. “It’s really just a matter of having time on your hands, and COVID gave a little bit more time to watch those old runway shows and go deeper and deeper and deeper.”

For Kemsley, this endless curiosity for fashion is something she can trace all the way back to her childhood, adding that she comes from a long line of women who loved getting dress up to the nines—including her grandmother, who “never left the house without a full face of makeup and a little handbag,” and her mother, whose clothes she would often borrow. “As a young girl, I always wanted to kind of pin things to my pants or add patches or make something my own. And I’ll never forget, by the time I was in sixth grade, I could fit into my mother’s clothing, so I would wear her clothes to school. I was in elementary school, and my teachers would look at me like, wow Dorit,” she says, laughing. “I’d be wearing a long jacket with cigarette pants or something. I’ve just always loved dressing up.”


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