Vintage Miscellany – May 25, 2014

There’s a lot to love about this trio from the mid 1930s.  I think tops on my list is the nautical themed beach tote.  I have one that is almost identical.  The inside is rubberized.  But I’m also admiring the beach sandals, which look to be made of some sort of braided or woven straw.  I’m imagining that the flowered beach coat is in shades of red and blue.

But the best things about this photo are the details – the freshly applied lipstick, the cigarettes, the sunglasses, his hat.

*  To paraphrase Hamish Bowles, today’s fashion publications are primarily in the business of seducing the consumer.  Surprised?

*  What the world needs now is a good $3.80 tee shirt, or so Forever 21 would like you to believe.

*   Unmaking Things is a site run by the History of Design students at the V&A in London, and the articles are always interesting.  A recent favorite was a piece by Liz Tregenza on Sportaville novelty prints.

*   Barbour did not have a tartan, so they developed some.  Thanks to Brenna

*   The Metropolitan Museum of Art has made more than 400,000 high-resolution digital images of public domain works in the Museum’s collection available for download from the Museum’s website for non-commercial use.

*   Women in works of art were put on a digital diet.

*   Meet the weavers of Harris Tweed.  Again, my thanks to Brenna

*   Andy Warhol and Halston were friends, and now the Warhol in Pittsburgh is celebrating it with Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede.

*   And SCAD in Savannah, GA is having an exhibition of the clothes of Stephen Burrows.  See, one does not have to go to New York City or London in order to see fashion exhibitions!

*  There is an in depth look at clothing and sustainability on the Collector’s Weekly site.  Lisa Hix asks, “Could the clothes on your back halt global warming?”  Lots to think about.

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6 responses to “Vintage Miscellany – May 25, 2014

  1. Great post and list! Here’s some of my own family film footage to add: 1.53 seconds in – Jones Beach, Long Island, NY c. 1920’s. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ml-4xbcFbmU&feature=youtu.be

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  2. Thank you for a great round up as usual.

    My first reaction with that photo was what a shame it is in b/w as I’d love to see the colours of lady on the right’s outfit! I agree with red & blue. My guess for the bag would be vivid red. What colour is yours?

    And if you’re interested in the Harris Tweed weavers, there was a great article not long ago in the FT about weaver Donald John Mackay (the weaver who Patrick Grant goes to visit in the BBC’s wonderful documentary about the tweed industry a few years back)

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/946592ba-8dfa-11e3-bbe7-00144feab7de.html#axzz32kBxjJDE

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  3. Thanks for all the great links! I had been wondering how to locate San Francisco’s drop-off bins for unwearable shoes and clothing — and found one on a route I take often! I didn’t know the name of the program, but found it through links in Lisa Hix’s excellent article. Miscellany is perfect Sunday reading.

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  4. Christina

    Very good article on clothing and sustainability. There is something about a b/w photo that conveys subtle references. Interesting trio.

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