Here in the southern mountains, these are the days that seem to be almost perfect: crisp cool air, Carolina blue sky, leaves tinged in gold and scarlet. It’s too bad that October comes but once a year.
* Modern Spirit: Fashion of the 1920s is now at the Phoenix Art Museum, through February 10, 2013.
* When cashmere isn’t. Three out of five “100% Cashmere” samples tested turned out to be acrylic, acetate or rayon.
* The Met now has many of its past exhibition catalogs online, including many hard to find fashion ones.
* Need an excuse to go to Paris? Impressionisme et la Mode : a look at the Belle Époque through art and fashion at the Musée d’Orsay until January 20, 2013.
* Need an excuse to go to Florence? The Salvatore Ferragamo Museum pays homage to Marilyn Monroe, through January 28, 2013.
* Pierre Bergé is involved in a dispute over around 400 sketches by Yves Saint Laurent that Bergé says are stolen.
* I loved this blog post by Hollis at Past Perfect Vintage on how a couture Dior dress ended up in the collection of the Fashion History Museum of Cambridge, Ontario.
* ‘Made in the U.S.A.’ Bucking a 30-year Trend
* And yet another interesting exhibition, this one at the Museum of the City of New York: The World of D.D. and Leslie Tillet. The Tillets were fabric designers in the mid 20th century.
* Here is an interesting blog post on Edwardian motoring clothing.
And one last thing… Several weeks ago I discovered that Pendleton had updated and released a version of a circa 1930 coat I have in my collection. Last week the blogger for Pendleton Threads did a post on this jacket, and they mentioned my post and linked to it. In their post you get a glimpse of the coats that inspired their Toboggan Coat, and you can see that the vintage coat was made in at least four different color stripes, plus there is a version in the Harding pattern.
What is really interesting is that they show that three different labels were used in these coats. It you look at the site, it has a super one with an airplane, that I’ve posted from Chris Kluge’s family collection.
And the post ends with a real teaser: “And stay tuned to see what we bring back from our next trip to the archives.”