People have been coming to the mountains around Asheville in the summer, hoping for some relief from the summer heat for a hundred and fifty years. And while the climate here is cooler than that of Charleston and Atlanta, it is still hot in the summer, regardless of what the Chamber of Commerce ads would have one believe. But this long holiday weekend is straight out of the fantasy of a heat-crazed Floridian – cool and dry. It’s downright energizing.
And now for the news.
* Designer Gustave Tassell has died at age 88. Tassell is probably most remembered for the clothes he made for Jackie Kennedy.
* Amber Butchart has been writing a book on nautical influences in fashion. She gives us a little taste of it in this post on the Breton stripe shirt.
* The Met has added a series of audio interviews with people who knew and worked with Charles James. These are great.
* And even more from the Met’s Costume Institute. They have announced another costume exhibition that will open in October, Death Becomes Her. Good for them, but now I can’t complain any longer that they only do one show a year.
* The Waterloo Region Museum in Kitchener, Ontario, and the Fashion History Museum are currently exhibiting Street Style which focuses on fashion and architecture in the Waterloo Region. It looks fantastic, and I love the idea behind this exhibition.
* In fashion, image is very important, as proven by this article on Kiel James Patrick. It’s like these people are living in a carefully crafted commercial. I must add that their products are made in the USA. I have a belt I bought from them three or four years ago and it looks like new even though I wear it all the time in the summer.
* Several of the large home wares discounters now have new Vera print tablecloths at very good prices. There is a lot of fabric in each one, and the uses are limited only by the imagination. thanks to Mod Betty
* I’m really not sure what to make of this last story. In June a shopper in Wales found a handwritten label in the seam of a cheap fast fashion dress that read, “Forced to work exhausting hours”. Soon another shopper stepped forward with a garment with a label that says, “Degrading sweatshop conditions”. The company that markets the garments, Primark, claims it is a hoax.