This is Lena Mauney, posing in what might possibly be a home sewing project. It’s kind of hard to imagine that any manufacturer would turn out such a poorly matched up pattern, but it is possible, I suppose. Anyway, it is a good reminder that not all clothing in the past was superior to clothing made today. Does the fabric look like a tablecloth? I thought so.
* The Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California, has a new visitor’s center.
* Prepare yourself to read a lot about Charles James in the coming months. Start with this piece from The New York Times.
* For a more historical perspective on James, read this article from The Telegraph.
* Anna Wintour has decreed that the dress code for this year’s Met Gala is white tie. Time to brush off Grandpa’s old top hat, fellas.
* See how the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, stores extremely fragile archaeological textile fragments.
* Not everything in San Francisco was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake, including a fabulous dress and coat.
* Just over a year ago, an unsafe factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing over 1000 people. Has any progress been made in improving working conditions for workers?
* And here is an extensive list of companies who make at least some of their products in the USA.