I looked for a photo of a mother, and of course I ended up with one of my own mother. Here she is in 1954, at a family gathering. In seven and a half months, I’d be born. Guess that’s why she looks so happy!
And now for the news…
* You’ll love the incredible story of Painted Fabrics, a UK enterprise that employed disabled WWI war veterans. Thanks to Christina
* I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned Cooper-Hewitt’s Object of the Day feature, but I can’t stress how interesting it is. A recent object was a card of the cutest buttons imaginable.
* The Wall Street Journal did an in-depth report on the renovated rooms of the Costume Institute. The good news is that they are planning to expand the number of shows per year, with exhibitions in the Fashion Center over ten months a year.
* Florence Schulman, one of the original makers of the poodle skirt, passed away at age 94 in April. She was not the person who “invented” the decorated circle skirt – that was Juli Lynn Charlot. However, Schulman did design the poodle motif that is so associated with the skirt. Thanks to Mod Betty
* Here is an eye-opening look into the Los Angeles based fast fashion industry. It’s not what you might assume. Thanks to Lynn
And now for the Charles James posts…
* Bill Cunningham visited the Charles James show and reminisced. Seriously, I do hope Bill is secretly writing his autobiography.
* This article sheds some light on the Charles James/Diana Vreeland feud.
* As mentioned earlier, Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman are going to attempt to revive the Charles James line. James’s children, Charles Jr. and Louise, were spied having lunch with the Weinsteins, and they later visited the Marchesa studio. Soon afterward the deal was announced.