You are looking at the perfect canoeing ensemble. The wide legged pants give it a touch of the nautical, but not so much that one would forget the vessel is a canoe and not a schooner. I love her flat canvas shoes and the scarf tied as a bandeau. Be sure to notice the zipper closure on the top. It’s a fairly early usage of a zipper in clothing.
And on to the news…
* This week the Prince of Wales will be conducting experiments with fire, wool and synthetic fabrics in the garden at Clarence House.
* Last week a 1930 McCall sewing pattern sold on ebay for $831. Worth it?
* There is a post on the FIDM blog that I found to be interesting. It is about a line of fabrics manufactured by H.R. Mallinson & Company in 1928 – prints based on the “Playgrounds of the World.”
* For those of you in Ontario, the Fashion History Museum has a new exhibition, Street Style, at The Waterloo Regional Museum.
* McCall’s sewing patterns will be starting a new line based on patterns from the past. They are calling it “McCall’s Archive Collection”.
* In the category of news that should excite me but does not, The Biltmore House in Asheville has announced that they will have a display of costumes from Downton Abbey this winter. I assume this is the same exhibition that is now at Winterthur in Delaware. I’m not excited because the costumes will be scattered throughout the house, and to see them one must buy an admission ticket. Prices start at $44 for tickets bought over a week in advance.
The Biltmore Company has been quick to draw parallels between themselves and Downton, hoping to capitalize of the popularity of the program. When the show is airing there are regular local newspaper articles comparing the Vanderbilts to the Crawleys, including how they were originally supposed to be on the Titanic, how the daughter was married to a Brit, how they lived a lavish lifestyle. No reports about strange men dying in the daughter’s bed, or babies surrendered to a local farmer though.
* Critic Suzy Menkes has issued a call for the return to niceness. You need to read it and nod in agreement, and then think about why it is that people can be so nasty on the internet.