Vintage Miscellany – December 1, 2013

Technically it is still autumn, but I think weather trumps calendar any day.  Unless you are in California, Florida or Australia, grab a hot drink and enjoy the links.

*   A fashion shoot in Tehran, Iran proved interesting.

*  Many personal items of Elsa Schiaparelli will be auctioned on January 23, 2014, in Paris.  The auction includes some of her own designs, plus clothing she collected.

*   The news on the Made in USA textile front continues to improve, slowly.  Here is an interesting interview with the director of the textile program at NC State University.

*  There is an interesting article in the Daily Mail about a house full of vintage clothing, mostly unworn.  It’s a fascinating look at the clothes one woman bought in her adult lifetime, but take the hyperbole with a grain of salt.

*   “There is nothing ordinary about a simple tee shirt.”  NPR’s Planet Money follows the making of a tee shirt from beginning to end.  It’s a series of short videos with articles and graphics to show the process.  Well done!

*  Exactly how does a sewing machine work?  This site shows how in video and simplified GIF.

*  There was another garment factory fire in Bangladesh, this one apparently set by protesting workers.

*  We can’t all be in New York this December, but Jill of Everything Just So has very kindly photographed Bergdorf Goodman’s fabulous windows for all to see.

*  Why would anyone protest a gigantic Louis Vuitton trunk in their midst?

*   You don’t have to be an “old lady” to see that older women need to be better represented in the fashion media.

After a month and a half of reading, planning, and sewing, my tweed “French Couture” jacket is almost completed.  Expect a full report this week.


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12 responses to “Vintage Miscellany – December 1, 2013

  1. Karen Ralston

    I watched the whole t-shirt video–what a remarkable story! Thank you for introducing it!


  2. Liz…Thanks for this…there are many many resources you have listed and I will surely follow up on them. I did enjoy Bergdorf’s windows way back in the 50’s….but am appreciating them more now as a mannequin maker. I did sell a few to Bergdorf last year….wish I knew how/where they used them. The windows are fantastic. Thanks for featuring them.


    • That’s incredible that Bergdorf’s bought some of your heads. I hated the new film, Scatter my Ashes at Bergdorf’s, but it did give a fantastic view of the storage space and workrooms for the windows. Truly, it is an incredible operation.

      That film is now streaming at Netflix.


  3. What a great round up! The Iran photoshoot was exceptionally interesting! Not since 1969!?

    The garment factory fire was also very interesting. I hope that protests such as it will shine more light on this issue and produce better working conditions, and less deaths. It’s so sad that such horrible places are the livelihood of some workers.

    And, YES! Let’s get a wider range of women in the media! I adore ads featuring older women, they are such a breath of fresh air, and make me less concerned about getting older!


  4. Oh how I would love to fly to the UK to see that lady’s house full of vintage!

    Looking forward to seeing your jacket Lizzie. 🙂


  5. I’m now catching up on all of your posts of the past few weeks. Thanks for the story on the house full of vintage clothing. I can only imagine how much fun it would be to sort through that collection.


  6. You always find such interesting links.

    Thank you for excusing me from the hot drink. It is body temperature outside here at the moment! (And the second day of summer, as we start it according to the calendar on the first of the month).


  7. Ah, the hyperbole of the Daily Mail. Great pictures, though, and an interesting story. Not so much Miss Haversham as Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris – except that Miss Todd went over and over again.


  8. Particularly enjoyed the older women’s fashion series – thank you!


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