I used to really, really hate winter, but for the past ten years or so I’ve found it more to my liking. I thought it was that I’d finally begun to enjoy each day as I should, but this winter has taught me that I was liking winter more because the winters had not been so cold and miserable. This winter has put it all back into perspective. I hate winter.
So, let’s all think of warm summery days, even if you are in Australia and have just been through one of the hottest summers on record. Remember, winter is coming.
* Thanks to Normcore, my little town is now the fashion capital of the universe.
* Bobi Garland is the Director of the Research Library and Costume Archive at Western Costume Company, a job that makes me a bit envious.
* The Met in New York City currently has an exhibition of William Morris textiles and printed papers.
* The Blue Jeans Go Green™ program turns old jeans into building insulation.
* There was an auction of many of the personal items belonging to the late Lilly Pulitzer.
* Funny Face has been re-released in theaters in the UK. Here’s a great review, including Diana Vreelend’s thoughts as she was leaving the screening of the movie in 1957 (““Never to be discussed”).
* The Museum at FIT has put two short films on Youtube about fashion in the Thirties. This is in conjunction with their current exhibition, Elegance in a Time of Crisis.
* CNN did an article on clothing appropriateness, otherwise known as not wearing pajamas in public. Karen Herbaugh, the curator of the American Textile History Museum puts it into historical perspective.
I usually do not read the comments from readers of articles in the mainstream media. The general unpleasantness and the downright nastiness that is often found makes me wonder if these people aren’t the most miserable humans around. But for some crazy reason I read through a few of the comments, and found the usual, “It’s a free country and I’ll wear what I want and how DARE you to tell ME how I can present myself in public…”
It almost seems that as a society a conversation cannot take place about a social issue without people taking it personally. You would have thought that some of the commenters thought the article was directed at them personally. Weird, because I’ve never thought the people at CNN were talking about me.
For what it’s worth, I think anyone over the age of four wearing pjs in public is sending the message that they do not care about his or her appearance. But it’s fine with me if you want to send that message.
It all makes me appreciate the civil discourse here even more.