Vintage Miscellany – February 2, 2014


Snow isn’t meant to be endured; it’s meant to be enjoyed.  At least that’s what you might gather from these two early 1920s sledders.  I love their caps, which are from the WWI era battleship, the USS Pennsylvania.  Presents from sailor boyfriends, perhaps?

*   Many of Elsa Schiaparelli’s personal items were auctioned in January, and you can see the lots and prices realized on the Christie’s website.  One lot, a box of patterns, or toiles, was generating a lot of excitement, but then it was discovered that the box dated from the 1950s, and the patterns were most likely for boutique items.  Still, the price realized was $77,000.

*   Coach has won another battle in the war against counterfeits.  They won a $5.5 million settlement from  a Florida flea market where vendors have been selling fake Coach (and other brands).   The word might be getting out.  On my latest flea market visit I saw no fake bags being sold.

*   Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol is now open at the Fashion and Textiles Museum in London.  I don’t anticipate being in London this spring (darn it) so I’m hoping you UK readers will go and report back about how wonderful this exhibition is.  I’ve read great things about it already.

*   The Paris couture shows have just ended, so it is a good time to look at this video on the making of a dress from Dior’s 2011 spring season.

*   I enjoyed reading this bit of history of Hunter’s of Brora, makers of Scottish estate tweeds.

*   And even more Scotland, there is an interesting video about Made in Scotland goods for the fashion industry.

*   I was lucky enough to stumble across Cooper-Hewitt’s web feature, the Object of the Day.  It’s rather irritating that I had somehow missed this, but on the other hand, now I’ve got hours of great listening while doing mindless sewing.  My favorite so far is A Modern Masters Dress.

*   In 1908 photographer Lewis Hine was in North Carolina, documenting child labor in cotton mills.  His young subjects were largely unidentified, but historian Joe Manning has spent the past five years trying to put names with the images.  Here is one success story in which a young girl in one of his most famous photos is identified.

*  Blogger and historical pattern developer Kass McGann and her husband are planning a walking trip in the UK wearing all vintage reproduction clothing.  Following the development of her wardrobe sounds like fun.

*   New York Times fashion editor Cathy Horyn is retiring due to health problems of her partner.  Her critical eye will be missed.


Filed under Vintage Miscellany, Vintage Photographs

11 responses to “Vintage Miscellany – February 2, 2014

  1. Diana Coleman

    I do enjoy these columns filled with miscellany, Lizzie. So many really interesting news items that I would never see otherwise. You do the research for us. Thank you!


  2. Ditto to Diana’s comments. Thanks much for the misc.

    I never gave any thoughts to what the patterns looked like before…I appreciated seeing them on one of the links you supplied.


  3. So many great links! Not sure where to start. Good thing its Sunday 🙂


  4. I always appreciate these links, Lizzie -thanks for posting them!


  5. A great round-up of stories, Lizzy. Oo, I would have liked to have a look at those Schiaparelli patterns! I just bought a couple of her 50s Vogue patterns on Ebay. I wonder if the muslins were related.


  6. Danette

    I always look forward to your Sunday links!! So awesome.


  7. Loved reading about Lalar Blanton. Thanks for these great links, Lizzie.


  8. I am going to Artist Textiles end of this month so hope to report back so you can get a sneaky peak!


  9. Thanks Lizzie for the links to such interesting stories! Love the Dior video. Fascinating how they built that amazing dress. Will have to share 🙂


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