The beautiful weather here in the Appalachians really makes me want to get in the car and take a Sunday drive up into the Smokies. I might dress a bit more casually than this pair though. You can drive to the parking area at Clingman’s Dome (elevation 6311 feet) but there is a walk to the top (elevation 6,643 feet) that is steep in places. I’ve got to wonder how she made out in those sandals.
* Here’s the feel-good piece of the week: The 1940s fashion drawings of a 92 year old woman are being made into a printed fabric.
* French designer Jean-Louis Scherrer has died. He is thought to be the first designer to be fired from his own company.
* Barbara Hulanicki of Biba fame says women today are poorly dressed and all look the same.
* Love Marimekko? Then you’ll like this interview (with photos of the printing process) with two of the creative staff.
* Canada’s Museum of Civilization (soon to become the Museum of Canadian History) has cancelled an exhibition they had booked from the V&A in London. Nobody seems to know why Undressed, an exhibition of 350 years of underwear, was cancelled, but the Canadian taxpayers are out the $70,000 deposit the museum had paid. thanks to Kickshaw Productions.
* Things continue to look up for Harris Tweed. It’s very encouraging for the survival of this wonderful cloth.
* Here are two maps that show every library and museum in the US. Be sure to focus in on where you live to see your local museums. They have our little heritage museum misplaced by about four miles, so don’t use this as a travel tool!
* The factory collapse in Bangladesh was the subject of street art in Madrid.
* The Business of Fashion asks a very good question: Are Blockbuster Museum Shows Helping or Hurting Smaller Fashion Exhibitions?