Vintage Miscellany – December 23, 2012

I love Christmas cards, and I especially love vintage Christmas cards.  So here’s a little greeting from the 1920s.  I hope you take some time for yourself over the next week.  I’ve learned that holidays are best when savored, not when frantically rushed through.

And now, some links to entertain you with that cup of cocoa or glass of wine:

*   The  Queen Sofía Spanish Institute in New York has done it again, this time with an exhibition on Fortuny.  Get there before March 30, 2013.

*    Some famous people give it all up, go into seclusion, and they are barely remembered.  And then there was Greta Garbo.  71 years after she retired from film-making, and 22 years after her death, her family sold some of her personal items earlier this month with surprising results.  (In the article I was a bit perplexed at the use of the word “starlet”.  Shirley Temple was a “starlet”; Garbo was a STAR.)

*   WWD has named “Moral Hazard” as the number 1 fashion business news story of 2012.  You may not be able to read the article if you do not subscribe, but I thought this was important to at least mention.  It is past time for the fashion industry to wake up on the issues of dangerous working conditions for clothing construction workers worldwide.

*   Vogue: The Editor’s Eye, has been showing on HBO, and it is quite interesting.  I would show you the official trailer, but this clip is much more entertaining.

*   Blogger Jo at Joyatri asked some people to tell about their favorite vintage labels, and mine was included.

*   I was fascinated by this page of fabrics from the Soviet Union in the 1920s and 30.  As expected, there are lots of tractors and factories and other such symbols of “The Worker”, but also check out the sporting motifs.  Amazing that such stuff can come out of such an atmosphere.  Thanks to Tina at What I Found for the link.

*   This actually deserves an entire post, but I’ll share it anyway.  Take 30 minutes or so and watch this video in which Valerie Steele describes fashion as a giant Hoover sucking up many influences from around the world.   With all the talk about cultural appropriation, I thought her comments on global fashion provide a lot of food for thought. (Though this was posted recently, it has to be a bit older as she talks about Galliano being at Dior.)

*   Here are lots of vintage photos showing the people of Toronto having fun in the snow.

*    Jayne Shrimpton analyses an interesting photo of a sports team.


Filed under Holidays, Vintage Miscellany

8 responses to “Vintage Miscellany – December 23, 2012

  1. Mary Crabtree

    Precious card–thanks! Have a wonderful, blessed Christmas!


  2. What a lovely treat to have with my (late) morning cup of tea –from the beautiful Christmas card to the fascinating links. I enjoyed the photo analysis site as well as the entertaining Vogue video. BTW, the link to the page is missing in the Soviet fabric blurb. Thank you for including a link to my blog, too! Now, I’m going to check out the Valerie Steele video.


  3. Fashion Witness

    Thanks for these intriguing links! What a holiday treat to look forward to. The only one I’ve allowed myself to follow so far — the photo of a Bradford girls’ sports team — has a bonus when you enlarge it: right in the center of the picture, one girl is displaying an extraordinary [embroidered?] stocking — definitely not standard team uniform, but very pretty…. And clever of her to sneak it into the picture.


  4. Teresa

    Merry Xmas to you Lizzie!
    Love the Vogue editors link. 🙂


  5. Merry Christmas Lizzie!

    Thank you for these really interesting links. I shall enjoy browsing them over the holiday weekend. And love the vintage Christmas card image too. Cx


  6. Oh Lizzie – thanks for blogging! In this one I particularly liked the Fashion Editor clip and the Russian fabrics. I love the saturation of colors on those fabrics.


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