Vintage Miscellany – January 19, 2014

I rarely feature photos of men here, but I had this one, and the more I look at it the more I love his jacket.  The men’s collections have been showing this past week, and that jacket would look right in place on the back of a skinny and sullen model from Europe.  Or better yet, on me.

*   There are very few places in New York where you can go to see the important retail buildings of the past.  They are still there, but many, like the Lilly Daché building have been stripped of the glamour of the past.  That is what makes this story about the I. Miller shoe emporium so important.

*   The new bio pic of Yves Saint Laurent is now out, but it’s not showing at my local multi-plex.   The trailer does look interesting, and the film is the first to have the cooperation of YSL’s partner, Pierre Berge.   

*   Should law determine what we can and cannot wear?

*   Thanks to The Highway Is My Home for introducing me to Richard Saja, toile de Jouy embroidery artist.

*   Can the on-line display of images ever replace the museum experience?

*   You must see these beautiful photographs of textile mills by photographer Christopher Payne.

*  There are two new fashion reality programs, one of which is actually based on reality.  Starting January 22, 2014, the Ovation channel will be showing The Fashion Fund.  Unlike other competition programs like Project Runway, the CFDA Fashion Fund had been in place for a decade, and the winners have gone on to become “America’s next great fashion designer.”  Previous winners include Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, Rodarte and Thom Browne.

*  The other new program is Under the Gunn, a competition show where teams are mentored by former Project Runway contestants, Mondo Guerra, Nick Verreos, and Anya Ayoung-Chee.  The first episode aired Thursday, but you can see it on the Lifetime website.  Time will tell if Tim Gunn can make this work.  I was amused that when contestants were picking their mentors most preferred a guy wearing multi-colored tights (Guerra) to the man with actual mentoring experience (Verreos).

*   The Saltburn Yarnbomber strikes again, and the results are amusing.

*   The city of San Francisco has announced a Zero Waste Textile Initiative, in which no used textiles will reach the trash dump.  I admire their efforts, but this does not hit the problem at the root which is that the amount of textiles being produced is not sustainable.  One of the aspects of the program is that many of the used items will be taken to Goodwill, where they will, no doubt, soon be loaded on a ship to Africa.


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14 responses to “Vintage Miscellany – January 19, 2014

  1. I love that story about the I. Miller building–fantastic!


    • The last time I was in NYC I ventured into Times Square just to get a look at the building. I was disappointed that it was covered with scaffolding, and I really could not get a good view of it, so now that the restoration is finished I guess I have no choice but to return.


  2. Diana Coleman

    Wonderful story…beautiful restoration. Now…if someone would only bring back the I Miller shoes….


  3. I’ll be keeping an eye open for the YSL biopic and will watch the Under the Gunn episode. Fascinating article/website on the history of legislation regarding what people wear.
    Do people actually look at online displays of art instead of going to a museum/gallery? Or are online images mostly viewed by museum-goers? Of course, as I’ve mentioned before, it seems like many people don’t go to museums to look at art, but rather to take photos of art.


  4. I’ll definitely be keeping my eye out for the YSL film. Thanks for sharing the trailer!


  5. Christina

    Re:online display of images replacing the museum experience. I don’t think I’ve read a more negative defensive position against making digital images of artwork available online. If we are talking about the museum “experience” then it obviously depends on the reason for going. The most important reason to make digital museum contents available is that anyone around the world can see and learn about the object. This is wonderful is it not? Museums evolve like anything else and they will change to accommodate how people access cultural information. Much like libraries. Some curators are not going to be onboard the train leaving the station.


    • And in the case of museums like the Costume Institute at the Met, so little of the collection is ever on display. Digital images are the only way we’ll ever see some of those treasures unless one happens to be doing research and requests a viewing.


  6. LB

    Speaking of men’s jackets, I hope you checked out the one Matthew McConaughey wore to the Critics Choice awards:


  7. Fascinating and most helpful roundup as usual, Lizzie–thanks!

    (Though I’m familiar with sumptuary laws, some of the others in the BBC article astonished me–ie that only Greek prostitutes could wear gold jewelry in 7 BC, and that Victorian workhouse inmates had to wear the equivalent of a prison suit and haircut…)


  8. Lizzie, great article about the I Miller restoration. It always makes me so happy to see classic buildings restored instead of torn down and replaced with something that can’t even come close to the original beautiful architecture. Also, thanks for the heads up on YSL movie and Under the Gunn. Have to make a note to see both.


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