Vintage Miscellany – August 5, 2012

Since we’ve been discussing 1920s clothing mysteries, I thought I’d throw this photo into the mix.   These two look like a normal 1920s couple out for a day at the lake or beach until you notice her narrow-legged pants.  Just as it is easy to say “You never see zippers in 1920s dresses,”  I’d be just as tempted to say “You never see slim legged pants on a woman in the 1920s.”  It always pays to keep an open mind.

*   Coach won a nice settlement against a pair of counterfeit resellers who happened to be a mother and daughter in New York.  It was just a little internet business…

*   How much practice does it take to make a perfect tailored buttonhole?  According to one tailor, about 400.  via @StitchUpHistory

*   Conserving a 1932 Olympic Opening Ceremony Uniform

*   I know I’ve linked to this before, but the Pendleton blog is really,  really good.   I loved the post about the differences between the Topster and the Top Man jackets.

*   I’m terribly late with this one, but the Costume College is happening now in Woodland Hills, CA.  It’s too late to attend classes, but if you are in the area today or tomorrow there is a costume exhibition and marketplace that are open to the public.

*   Clotheshorse is an online magazine for knitters, but it also has articles of interest.  In the new issue there is a great article by Brenna Barks called “Vintage Fantasies: Film, TV and Fashion.”  Find it on page 24.

*   A cautionary tale:  How Kari Sigerson and Miranda Morrison lost control of the shoe company they founded.

*   Saving “Craft” from Cuteness  or where would Etsy be without the bird motif.

*  Just when I think people can’t be any more shallow or mean-spirited, people take to twitter in a frenzy of criticism of Gabby Douglas’ hair style.  Why would anyone even notice, much less care about what an athlete’s hair looked like?  All I can say is:  Thank you Gabby for giving a performance that made us all cheer and smile.  You are what the Olympics should be about.


Filed under Vintage Miscellany, Vintage Photographs

9 responses to “Vintage Miscellany – August 5, 2012

  1. Hi Lizzie! I would hazard a guess about those pants on the lovely gal in the photo… Perhaps riding breeches/jodhpurs? I have lots of photos of my grandmother and her sisters in similar breeches–but with tall boots. Notice how baggy they are at the top.

    Great photo!



  2. I was thinking riding breeches, too. They would have made a casual pants choice possible in the 20s.


  3. Oh how I love that candid photo of the 1920s couple. They look so handsome together – and fashion-forward too! Thanks for sharing. I always love your choice of photograph. 🙂

    And as for Gabby Douglas’ hair style. I hadn’t even noticed it!!! Alas, there are always going to be simple-minded folk who care more about the style of ones hair, over and above anything else . . . . like winning an Olympic gold medal! Those media critics, who have taken issue with Gabby Douglas’ hair, have definitely NOT lessened her triumph. Such silly people! Gabby is clearly an amazing athlete – a legend! Congratulations to her! 🙂


  4. Riding breeches they are not as the pants legs appear to be hook and eye closure and are being worn unhooked. Based on the blouse and general chic style of the young woman, my guess is that she has been influenced by the Latin Lover look that Rudolph Valentino made so popular in his movies (particularly “Blood and Sand” where he played a toreador). Gender bending was all the rage. I have great 1926 photo of my mother in shirt-vest-tie and knickers— very Ralph Lauren Fall 2012!


  5. They actually look like laces to me, not hook and eye, which would be consistent with breeches. At least my friends that have vintage ones look like that.


  6. Interesting thought, all of them!


  7. Teresa

    Hang on… they were making comments about her ponytail?! What is wrong with people? Seriously! I love Twitter but sometimes the horrible things people say on there truly maks me sad.


  8. Teresa

    ‘makes’ not ‘maks’!


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