Vintage Miscellany – May 27, 2012

It’s here – Beach Season!  And what better way to celebrate the first unofficial weekend of summer than with some good reading?

*   Good Jeans:  The Fabric of Freedom, a segment on CBS’s Sunday Morning from a few weeks back is interesting.

*   Louise at Catwalk Creative shows some very groovy 1960s swimsuit illustrations and talks about Helanca nylon.

*   There’s a new journal of interest, Fashion Studies Journal, written and published by the students in Parson’s Fashion Studies MA program.

*   The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier is currently showing at San Francisco’s De Young Museum, through August 19, 2012.  Here’s a view of it from Project Runway alumnus, Nick Verreos.

*   I think we’ll be hearing a lot about Queen Elizabeth II in the  on-going celebration of her Diamond Jubilee.  From the BBC:  Does the Queen Do Fashion?

*   There’s a great article on Eunice Johnson, couture shopper extraordinaire.

*   Fashion’s Forgotten God, subtitled, Luis Estevez: The Master of American Design You’ve Never heard Of.  Actually many people have heard of him, and he has a large following in the vintage wearing crowd.  Still, it’s a shame that he is not better known.  Actually, I had no idea he was still alive!

*   You’ve seen that confusing photo of the Dior Bar suit, and wondered.  Now Jonathan Walford clears it all up for us.

*   It’s out – the trailer for the Baz Luhrmann Great Gatsby film, and the debate about the costumes is already started.  Huffington Post asked the question, one that a lot of people answered incorrectly.

*  Coming up at the end of this week, the Costume Society of America Symposium in Atlanta.  I’ll be attending, and hope to meet some of you there.  Let me know if you’ll be attending as well.


Filed under Vintage Miscellany, Vintage Photographs

2 responses to “Vintage Miscellany – May 27, 2012

  1. I am thoroughly excited for The Great Gatsby! Despite the fact that I don’t much care for the 1920s (there are loads of exceptions though)… Regarding the inaccuracy of the costumes, while that often bothers me with other films and television shows (you should have seen how I flipped during a flashback moment to the 20s in an episode of (the American) “Being Human”, a character asked to “finish [her] up” by zipping up her dress! And not only that, it was a hidden zipper, with one of those tiny pulls!), Baz Luhrmann’s films are the great exception. His films are a work of art, and suppose to present an idealized and highly stylized image of a period. Look at his earlier work of Moulin Rouge and Australia. Even Romeo + Juliet, which took place during the time it was produced, is a rather hyper stylized. It’s just how he works.


    • I agree, and actually I’m not at all upset about what I’m seeing the the trailer. But the question is “Will The Film Accurately Depict 1920s Fashion?”, and a look at the survey shows that an awful lot of people think “Reminds me of the 1920s exactly”. Once again, what people “know” about fashion from the past will be determined by film costumes that were not even meant to be strictly authentic.


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