Vintage Miscellany – February 16, 2014

Because none of us are tired of winter yet, and because the people in the Southern Hemisphere are looking forward to cooler weather, I thought I’d post this photo of the best ski jacket I’ve seen in a while.  I haven’t quite figured out what all is going on in the print besides the skiers, so I’ve posted a larger image of it at the bottom of the post.

I’m sure you have noticed her feet, with one shoe having a built up sole, and the other in a sock or a cast, perhaps?  My guess is that the photo was taken in the late 1940s or early 50s, but it’s a bit hard for me to say with certainty.

*   Nanette Lapore continues to be dedicated to keeping most of her production in New York City.   In this interview she explains why.

*   Daniel Harris rescues old Victorian looms and such, and he is actually manufacturing cloth from them.  Great video from the BBC.

*   This history of Marimekko is fun and colorful. Thanks to Christina for the link.

*   The Fashion Historian blog is doing a series on Elizabeth Keckly, the former slave who was the dressmaker to and friend of Mary Todd Lincoln.

*   Okay, I’m really sorry I made fun of that Ralph Lauren Olympic sweater.  They are now selling on Ebay for around $1600.  And I spotted one in this fantastic video of two headmasters dismissing school.

*   In 1932 Pendleton made a special Olympics blanket, and it even is labeled as such.

*   Due to the fact that I’ve been snowed in for a week, I’ve not had the chance to see The Monuments Men.  There is an article at Bloomberg about how many stolen works of art did make their way out of Germany, and there are some major museums that have suspect pieces in their collections.

*   Regardless of your opinion on wearing fur, you will find the thoughts of designer John Bartlett (and Ralph Rucci) to be interesting.

*   Want to see my favorite shopping place?  I thought so.  

*   And finally, read this article, “Grown-up Clothes” just because it will make you feel good.

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12 responses to “Vintage Miscellany – February 16, 2014

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  2. Diana Coleman

    Re: Grown up clothes. Several years ago I read “L’Affaire ” by Diane Johnson, found out we had missed each other at Stephens by several years, and wrote her an EMail. She graciously replied. Wish I had printed it out. Alas… We live in a paperless society. Now I shall read her memoir. Thanks!

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  3. Thanks for the link to Grown-up Clothes. I especially enjoyed reading that her good-quality clothes from the early 1950s were still wearable years –and decades — later.

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  4. Thanks for the link to “Grown Up Clothes.” At the end, I realized it was by Diane Johnson, a favorite novelist. “Le Divorce” still sticks with me as a comedy of manners about US culture vs. French culture (the book is much better than the movie). And I was thinking about her book “Into a Paris Quartier” when I was in Paris, since I was walking by many of her haunts in that left bank neighborhood. Pretty swell to live to Paris and get to write about it!

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  5. I wonder why the maker of the ski sweater didn’t do a better job of matching the pattern in the middle. Maybe not enough fabric? Those 1 3/4 skiers look to be on a collision course!

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  6. I love that girl’s coat–and the photograph of her!

    Andy and I saw Monuments Men. It was pretty good; great cast, of course. But it didn’t nearly cover the story the way I’d hoped it would. A friend recommended a PBS doc about the subject called The Rape of Europa; I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s a Watch Instantly on Netflix if you’re interested. I’ll probably be watching it soon.

    I want to shop at your favorite place! What a cool article; they could not have asked a better person than you for a rec (IMHO)!

    Loved the Grown-Up Clothes piece. Thanks, Lizzie!

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  7. Such good links, Lizzie. You never disappoint!

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