Vintage Miscellany – October 20, 2013

It’s sweater weather here in the Blue Ridge, and so to mark the occasion, here is  Mabel Jennie Gross, an employee of and model for the Bradley  Knitting Company of Delavan, Wisconsin.  This photo was sent to me by her grandson, along with others which I wrote about two years ago.  They are worth a second look.

And now for the news:

*  There is a hopeful article on Zady about New York’s Garment District.

*  And here is another from the New York Times on Manufacture New York.

*  I really do try to stay away fro the British Pathé site because it is like a bag of Lay’s potato chips – no one can watch just one.  But this page devoted to the history of the swimsuit, interspersed with movie clips from the 1920s through the 1960s is worth the risk of getting sucked into the site.  Thanks to Christina for the link.

*  The next link was posted in the comments a few days ago, but this one is worth repeating.  The BBC recently did a short series called The Fabric Of Britain, the first episode being about knitting.  It is superb.  From that Youtube page you can access the others, wallpaper and embroidery.  Thanks to blumenkinderheirlooms for the link.

*  Another goodie from the BBC is Fabulous Fashionistas.  This is not your average group of tall, thin girls.  The average ages of these women is 80.

*  The University of the Arts, London, will be holding a conference, Mirror, Mirror – Representations and Reflections on Age and Aging, October 29 and 30, 2013.  There will be a discussion panel with the women featured in Fabulous Fashionistas.  Thanks to Amber Butchart for the link.

*   There is a new site dedicated to all things nostalgia,  Do You Remember?.

*  More nostalgia from The Invisible Woman, who likens her first grownup dance in 1969 to the Netherfield Ball.

*  Why is intarsia knitting so special?  This short video shows why.

*  And more from Scotland:  It looks like the resurgence of Harris Tweed is really happening.

*  What could be more fun than watching sheep dogs herding sheep?  Seeing them at work On London’s Savile Row.

*   The  CFDA/Vogue Fund competition will be televised as a “reality” show.  Interesting, because this is a real competition, having been held yearly since 2004.  Former winners include Derek Lam, Marchesa, Alexander Wang, and Jason Wu.  It might actually be worth watching.  “The Fashion Fund,”  begins November 12 at 10 p.m. on the Ovation channel.  There are six episodes.

*   Who is the most famous name to have been made on Project Runway?  Most likely, it is Tim Gunn.

*  I got hired at a Bangladesh sweatshop. Meet my 9-year-old boss.

*   New Balance will be adding a line of American made (and materials sourced domestically) sports clothing.  The line will be available November 1.

*   Find out what it is like to interview Giorgio Armani.

Whew!  That ought to keep you busy reading all afternoon.  I do have one more, what is a shameless plug for an upcoming site on which I’ll be featured.  To get a preview, visit the facebook page of The Highway Is My Home, and scroll down to see me.

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5 responses to “Vintage Miscellany – October 20, 2013

  1. Diana Coleman

    Have just watched Fabulous Fashionistas. Great! On to another one. Much better than football on a Sunday afternoon…….

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  2. Great round-up! The Bangladesh sweatshop story was very interesting. And I am happy to hear about the new New Balance line!

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  3. Susan G.

    A great book featuring American women who are chic regardless of advanced age is Advanced Style by blogger Ari Seth Cohen et al. Inspiring!

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  4. I’ve met one of those Fabulous Fashionistas! Jean has always turned heads here in Bath but now she’s becoming something of a celebrity. My only quibble with that programme was the title; it wasn’t really about fashion, but about approaches to ageing. But I’ll forgive them as it was wonderful to see all of those older ladies refusing to disappear.

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  5. Thanks for mentioning “The Fabric of Britain”. I’ve just watched the first two episodes and loved them both. I have a few knitting friends who will enjoy it too.

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