Sister Dorothy is wearing the outing outfit that was almost a uniform for young women in the late 1910s and early 20s: middy blouse, large brimmed felt hat, full skirt and sturdy boots. But is that a necklace I’m seeing?
* It could happen that 100% cotton fabric could be a thing of the past. Thanks to Pintucks for the link.
* I posted a bit about Avoca Weavers several weeks ago, and here is a lovely film about them. Thanks to Scrapiana for the link.
* This one is for the guys: Nettleton shoes has re-released a shoe that was THE shoe in Greensboro, NC. Who knew? Thanks to Jan S. for the link.
* L’Wren Scott as remembered by her friend, Cathy Horyn.
* This blog post about Bill Cunningham’s Facades photo exhibition really makes me want to see it.
* Museums are now working to recycle their exhibition materials.
* Here’s an interesting look inside a dressmaker’s dummy factory.
* Thread Cult has an interesting podcast interview with couture expert Claire Shaeffer.
And finally, it seems that everyone has an opinion of the latest Vogue cover. After years of rumors about how Anna Wintour hated Kim Kardashian, about how she was refused a ticket to the Met Gala, and how she would never grace the cover of Vogue, we now know that at least two of the above are no longer true.
I really don’t see what the big deal is. People argue that Vogue is a fashion magazine, and Kim has nothing to do with fashion. The way I see it, Vogue covers have not been about fashion for a very long time. They are about money and celebrity and selling issues of Vogue. Period. Ever since Wintour replaced models with the celebrity du jour, (in the 1990s?) it stopped being about fashion.
You can almost predict who is going to be on the cover by following movies, TV and music. Crazy Great Gatsby movie being released? Get Carey Mulligan and have her dressed in faux Twenties look! New Beyonce CD? Put her on the cover! We love a good cross-promotion.
Just so we don’t forget, Wintour did not originate the idea of celebrity covers on Vogue. Diana Vreeland was doing it in the 1960s. But there’s a difference. Look at the vintage covers of Audrey Hepburn or Cher or Sophia Loren, and you see photos that show women of style. And then there were the cover photos of the models, like Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton, who Vogue helped make into celebrities. But always it was about fashion and what was intriguing about each woman.
But getting back to the present, another complaint about the cover is that Kanye West had to have pressured/paid/whatever to get his woman on the cover of Vogue. Wintour anticipated this, and even denied it in her letter from the editor. The lady doth protest too much, methinks.