Vintage Miscellany – March 16, 2014


For those of you not in the States, our country is currently under the spell of college basketball tournament time.  Otherwise know as March Madness, it is a period of time when the sport dominates the conversation.  Instead of fighting it, I’ve decided to join in on it.

I love old basketball team photos, especially when someone was thoughtful enough to paint the year on the ball.  Just look at those girls’ gym outfits.  That’s a lot of fabric to be dragging back and forth across the court.  The two girls on the left have streamlined a bit, as both are wearing turtleneck sweaters.  And Keds might advertise that they created the “original sneaker” in 1916, but as you can see canvas gym shoes existed before that date.

But enough of that; on with the news.

*   As promised earlier, there is a fantastic article in the Reed College magazine about Emilio Pucci which includes his time at Reed and the war years.  Thanks to Marian’s Vintage Vanities for the link.

* And speaking of Pucci, I imagine he will be featured in an upcoming exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, The Glamour of Italian Fashion, 1945 – 2014.  It starts April 5.

*  On the V&A blog it shows the conservators dealing with what vintage sellers sometimes call “Devil Dust”.  It’s when the foam padding in bras has degraded into a powder.  Thanks to Christina for the V&A links.

*   I rarely step foot in a supermarket, but the recent Chanel market could change all that.  The best view of the show is from Bill Cunningham.

*   What do you get when you mix Herman Miller, Alexander Girard and Pendleton?  A woven piece of art.  Thanks to Joules for the link.

*   Lanvin has started a beautiful timeline of the company’s history.  It isn’t finished, but they will be adding to it weekly.

*   It is possible to manufacture in Asia using ethical methods.

*   Gastonia’s Loray Mill was almost lost, but now it is being developed into apartments and retail, and will even have a museum room.  The mill played an important role in the fight for worker’s rights in the southern US.

*   This spring sees the release of two competing films about the life of Yves Saint Laurent.

*   Schiaparelli is often credited with being the first couturier to incorporate zippers into her work, but Witness2fashion has found evidence that Vionnet used them in 1929, several years before Schiap.

*   And finally, if you look at only one of my links this week, this is the one.  Meet Jean Wnuk, 90 year old pattern maker.



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10 responses to “Vintage Miscellany – March 16, 2014

  1. So much vintage fashion to explore! Off to the links now, thanks for all of them.


  2. I popped into the vid for the pattern maker when she said, “A crotch is a crotch” – thanks for my LOL of the day!!!


  3. Ha! Oh dear. That Chanel show is brilliant and it’s amazing what people will do when they think they’re getting something for free.


    • I can’t help but think that Lagerfeld planned it, hoping people would go wild grabbing stuff. According to one account I read there was an announcement that people could take the fresh produce and candy. But you know, once people start grabbing…


  4. A Portland Reader

    Lizzie, I live in Portland, Oregon and drive by the Jantzen building often per your previous post. Yours is one of my favorite blogs as I always learn something. I have been on Mt Hood and wondered about the history of the Pucci Ski lift and now know the connection. Thanks for sharing, I now have more depth in my awareness of my home.


  5. Thanks especially for Jean Wnuk, and for Bill Cunningham’s coverage of the Chanel show. Both made me laugh out loud!


  6. Loved Jean and her father’s machine that still works.


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