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Thursday, December 31, 2009 Behind The Scenes: You Don’t Know Where You’re Going Until You…

I apologize for how quiet the blog has been lately — from moving the business to the holiday madness and now a transition into the new year, it’s been hard to do anything beyond the bare minimum around here to keep things going strong. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to update the blog more frequently, I promise!

I spent a few hours today looking at old photos from our eBay days, and took a trip back in time to revisit the OGNGs (original Nasty Gals) and the vintage that grew NG to where it is today. Since 2006 I have hand-picked every piece we carry, and learned the hard way what vintage is worth reviving and what vintage is better left alone. Trends change, of course, and I’d like to think that our styling has come a long way since some of these photos were taken, but I think it’s plain to see the love and true vintage worship that has fueled Nasty Gal since day one. I should mention that although we do carry a considerable amount of new pieces these days, my training ground as a buyer was purely vintage, and to this day I continue to be inspired more by vintage than anything else. Anyway…onto the Gals!



Emily, our first model ever, and one of SF’s best hairstylists. This photo was taken outside of my backyard cottage in B.F. Egypt. I’m so glad we no longer depend on the weather to dictate whether a photoshoot happens…




Lisa, who with long locks and a doe-eyed countenance was the only face of NG for a good while, in the Ebay days…


Danielle, the first NG blonde and a gorgeous one at that. My photo “studio” setup consisted of a piece of paper next to a sliding glass door.


Nida, who I’ve pretty much adopted at this point. She began modeling for me at 17 years old, a fresh refugee from New Orleans after the hurricane hit. Nida was my my muse for years, and to be honest I miss the crap out of her.


In Vintage YSL


In more vintage YSL.


In a neon sweater that sold for over $500 at auction. Insane, I know.


In an avant-garde bolero that was won at auction by none other than Queen Michelle.



Dee, the platinum bombshell whose lips grace the top of the website and currently lives in Paris (we miss you, Dee!)


Sage, who to this day I call a close friend.


Sage today. Her personal style is pretty rad — she carries both a homemade pocket protector and live Tamagotchi at all times.



Alexandra, who romped around in our recent video lookbook eating Lays and drinking Red Stripe.

…there are so many more OGNGs to mention, and too many photos to post. If you’ve followed us since the eBay days, you may have seen all of this stuff. If you’ve just discovered us, well, now you know! Thank you to everyone, past and present, who has paid any attention to what we do. Happy New Year!



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  1. Yenny

    wow. had no idea you guys had such a history.
    best wishes for 2010.
    i’ll always love nastygal :)

    December 31, 2009 at 2:18 am

  2. nali

    i wish there were some girls of color though :(
    hopefully in 2010?

    December 31, 2009 at 11:00 am

  3. Dena

    You have come such a long way! Kudos to NGV and to you, your genius, your models and your team for all the hard work and how it has paid off!

    December 31, 2009 at 11:59 am

  4. megan

    yayyyy alex and dee :3

    December 31, 2009 at 12:48 pm

  5. anjaeden

    ahh i remember seein some of the oldschool models and nida was definitely one of my fav! ahhh uguys are awesome i do adore a bunchie! neways best wishes in 2010 baby!

    ps. if u need any FREE assisstant/intern, im still here ;)


    December 31, 2009 at 3:51 pm

  6. grace

    Best post ever! I’ve been meaning to suggest a vintage nasty gal post for some time. I’ve been a follower of your work since the beginning and I remember that cardigan selling for $500!

    December 31, 2009 at 8:10 pm

  7. MannequinMe

    Love your models! Where’s Jennifer been!?!


    January 1, 2010 at 8:05 am

  8. BetsyM

    I’ve followed yr work & love all the changes you’ve made. Great job and what a delightful bunch of models!

    January 4, 2010 at 11:25 am

  9. Maggie

    hell yeah, I remember all of this. Always been inspirational to me. Happy new year lady!

    January 7, 2010 at 2:35 pm

  10. Ann

    I love this post! :)

    January 9, 2010 at 4:19 pm

  11. fadetoblack

    this is awesome!
    they are all so gorgeous!
    and the photography is amazing!!
    great work!++

    January 11, 2010 at 10:11 am

  12. enterrement de vie de jeune fille

    happy new year

    j’adore le style de tes photos et des tenues

    January 11, 2010 at 2:34 pm

  13. AllRoundGyal

    love from a new follower!
    + amazing webshop you have..
    can’t wait till I got paid ^_^

    January 12, 2010 at 2:47 pm

  14. Ericka

    Love you! You are my inspiration.

    January 13, 2010 at 11:29 pm

  15. Emily


    January 17, 2010 at 1:17 am

  16. Wrecked Stellar

    Thanks for sharing! Your passion for vintage really comes through!

    January 17, 2010 at 6:55 am

  17. keroseneandlux

    i love alexandras hair!!!!! im going to take this picture in to my hair salon. i posted your lookbook on my blog. love you guys so much

    January 19, 2010 at 8:53 pm

  18. Erica Sanae

    i just shot with alex last week! Great post, love seeing the flashbacks! happy new year!

    January 24, 2010 at 1:16 am

  19. yun

    i totally remember ebay days. i used to stay up all night just looking at your bulletins of photos of the latest 30+ vintage garments!

    February 8, 2010 at 8:08 pm

  20. em

    i loooove this blog!!!

    February 23, 2010 at 8:19 am