Janet Mandell Is the Haute Couture Collector Celebrities Rely On for Vintage Finds

Gigi Hadid at Karl For Ever

Gigi Hadid decked out in classic Chanel at the Karl For Ever tribute; Image: Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

Everything old is new again. Just look at the runways. Everything from the 80s and 90s to buckle bags are proving popular once again so it’s not really surprising to see so many celebs opting to wear vintage fashion. Just this summer Kourtney Kardashian wore a flashy Christian Dior minidress to Kylie Jenner’s skin care launch party and Gigi Hadid rocked an 80s Chanel suit at the Karl For Ever tribute. So where are the stars finding these vintage treasures? Their secret source is Chicago-based haute couture collector Janet Mandell. Her private showroom is the go-to destination for any celeb looking for an iconic vintage piece for a high-profile event. And her one-of-a-kind online rental service is widely popular for fresh-off-the-runway numbers along with old-school Valentino, Gucci, Versace, John Galliano and Alexander McQueen. “They don’t want to be seen in something that somebody else might possibly wear. They want Pucci 1990s, Versace 1990s and it has to be Gianni Versace. It can’t be just Versace,” Mandell told ELLE.com.

So we went ahead and raided Mandell’s rental closet and rounded up the best dresses, jewelry and more for you to take for a test drive.

Tom Ford

Vintage Ruched Tulle Dress, $300 at Janet Mandell

Carolina Herrera

Floral A-Line Dress, $300 at Janet Mandell

Christian Dior

Leopard Print Saddle Vintage Bag, $150 at Janet Mandell

Saint Laurent

Wool Dress, $500 at Janet Mandell


Printed Wool Dress, $300 at Janet Mandell

Jean Paul Gaultier

Satin Gown Dress, $650 at Janet Mandell


Logo Pearl Drop Earrings, $100 at Janet Mandell


Magenta Long Sleeve Dress, $350 at Janet Mandell

Stella McCartney

One Shoulder Jumpsuit, $300 at Janet Mandell

Alexander McQueen

Halter Dress, $325 at Janet Mandell


Cargo Maxi Dress, $350 at Janet Mandell


Marmot Gold Loafers, $150 at Janet Mandell