Vintage Miscellany, January 20, 2013

I arrived home Friday with snow peppering down, and it looked as if we were in for a substantial amount of it.  But the storm quickly blew out, leaving us with only about four inches of slushy wet snow that has now compressed down to what looks like a dusting.  Still, it was pretty while it lasted.

And now for the long overdue links:

*   I know it is a bit late for 2012 retrospectives, but this one on fashion by Jonathan Walford is just too good to not share.

*   What fashions from the 2010s will induce nostalgia 20 years from now?

*   The Los Angeles County Museum of Art recently acquired 158 items of fashion from the collection of designer Dominique Sirop.  Included are works by Chanel, Balenciaga, McQueen and Vionnet.

*   There is a nice history timeline on the Stetson Hat website. thanks to @JayneShrimpton

*   Parsons The New School for Design will be presenting an exhibition focusing on the career of Sophie Gimble, the in-house designer at Sak’s Fifth Avenue from 1931 through 1969.  It starts this Tuesday, January 22, and runs only through February 12, so go soon if you can.  At the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 66 Fifth Avenue.  To add to the fun, the windows at Saks will also feature Sophie Originals.

*   Wal-mart, it seems is planning a sort of return to their roots as a seller of American-made goods.  They announced last week a $50 billion 10 year plan plan to increase their selection of domestic  goods, which sounds great, but is just a drop in the  $335 billion annual bucket.  Still, it is a step in the right direction.

*   You Look Fab is posting a series with Dobbin Clothing CEO Jessica Gold Newman, detailing the ins and outs of producing a small collection in New York’s garment district.  Part Two is on the choosing of fabric for the collection.

*   Are you sick of all the spectulation on who will be designing Ms. Obama’s inaugural clothing?  Me too, but I still found this NPR interview with Robin Givhan about past dresses and designers to be of interest.

*   It was announced that John Galliano will be doing a three week “residency” in the Oscar de la Renta studio in the days leading up to fashion week, and all I can say it that I sure wish Anna Wintour was my best bud.

*   Have you seen the Vogue Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort photo shoot?  Some are questioning its taste; I’ll let you be the judge.


Filed under Vintage Miscellany, Vintage Photographs

4 responses to “Vintage Miscellany, January 20, 2013

  1. Jonathan’s 2012 retrospective is genius! 🙂


  2. Vogue Magazine photo shoot: Neither clever nor good timing…closer to poor taste.


  3. Christina

    On the Vogue photo shoot. Depending on where you get your news from, 85 – 253 lives were lost directly or indirectly due to Hurricane Sandy and many lives have been affected. Selling fashion on the back of this or any disaster is not morally justified. Hard to look at the photography with this in mind but even with a dispassionate eye the images are shallow and the fire officers appear uncomfortable. This isn’t a tribute to “stalwart souls.” There are boundaries and this is one that was crossed.


  4. Teresa

    I love Jonathan’s retrospective. How hilarious is Yoko Ono’s collection? Oh dear!


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