Vintage Miscellany – August 25, 2013

Summer is starting to wind down, and the kids are headed back to school, which means the Goodwill Clearance Center will be a quieter, friendlier place.  I’m all for that.  And could that be the school mistress headed to work in today’s vintage photo?

It also means that the craziness of fashion week will soon be upon us.  Let’s hope this fine east coast weather holds up so all the attendees can wear their new fall finery without melting into a pile of steam.  But before we get into that, let’s see what is new in the vintage and fashion world.

*   Several years ago I visited the Pointer Jeans factory in Bristol, Tennessee, and now so has Cathy Horyn of the New York Times.    I did not mention it at the time, but while visiting I felt a real air of tension in the factory.  She also blogged about the visit, and some of the things she said helped put my visit into perspective.   And don’t miss the slideshow of photos.

*   There is an exhibition of Lilly Pulitizer clothing now through September 29 at the Palos Verde Arts Center in California.

*  Paul Brockmann loved buying dresses for his wife, and somehow ended up with 55,000 of them.  Now some of them are being sold.

*   This episode from Design Genius includes a great section on William Morris textiles.

*   To get us in the mood for fashion week, here is an interesting article on copying in fashion.

*   Marks & Spencer chose an interesting group of women for their latest ad campaign.

*   Prisoners in Brazil are knitting sweaters for designer Raquel Guimaraes.

*   Is speed killing the fashion industry?  Suzy Menkes makes a compelling case.

*  How social media affected the viewing of the art hit of the summer, the Rain Room at MoMA.

*  New York’s Skyscraper Museum currently has a free exhibition called Urban Fabric.  It’s installed at 1411 Broadway.  The exhibition is about how in the 1920s the garment district  was built in a former residential area.  For those not planning to be in NYC  before October 31, 2013, there is an excellent online version which includes a very informative video of a lecture about the garment district.

At 1411 Broadway:


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6 responses to “Vintage Miscellany – August 25, 2013

  1. Very interesting story on the Pointer factory, as well as those on M&S, the prisoners and social media.
    On the social media and people no longer actually experiencing their environment: ironically, I have been myself out and about and spent time taking pictures to be shared, though at some point I remembered to step back and just look at the landscape, the light or smell the air. Your other post on the NYC ferry trip was good food for thoughts too.
    Thank you!


  2. Christina

    I agree with the points Suzy Menkes makes in her article. There does seem to be a growing discussion (Colin McDowell) about how the fashion industry has become a treadmill of the worst kind. Oddly enough it seems to have parallels with the other interesting conversation about social media. Psychiatrists would have a field day with that Paul Brockmann story.


  3. Teresa

    How do I get a husband like Paul Brockmann?!


  4. I got a kick out of that Paul Brockmann story and have bookmarked that Design Genius video to watch later.
    There were huge lines to see the Rain Room when it was at the Barbican in London earlier this year. But I don’t think the wait was anything like it is a MoMA. (I went at an off time and waited about 2 hours). I wonder if there was less documenting of the experience and more experiencing it at that venue. It was pretty cool, but you did get a little bit wet so I wouldn’t recommend wearing a silk blouse when you visit 🙂


    • I had planned to experience the Rain Room, and then I started reading about the insane lines and decided to skip it. I really think MOMA could have managed it a bit better. Did anyone really need 20 minutes to take their photos?


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