To our modern eyes, these three women look a bit overdressed to be going for a bicycle ride, but look a bit closer and you can see that they are making some adjustments in their dress for the occasion. Compare the length of their skirts to the woman’s in the background, and you see that theirs are several inches shorter. Except for the woman in the middle, they have chosen hats that are less fussy and that have a sporty look.
Today we tend to think of the bicycle as a toy or a tool for recreation, but to these women, the bicycle was serious transportation. It would be interesting to know where they were headed.
And on to the news…
* The Fashion History Museum has found a permanent home and will be opening next year. Congratulations to Kenn and Jonathan.
* If you are in the UK, the Fashion and Textile Museum has a great-sound new exhibition, Knitwear – Chanel to Westwood. thanks to Brooke for the link
* John Paul Gaultier just did his last women’s ready-to-wear show, and it brings up the question of whether designers are stretched too thin.
* I love factory visits, and this one to the Johnstons of Elgin mill is really fun.
* I am really disgusted with the “Look at me!” tactics of Urban Outfitters. Please don’t shop there.
* What does your wardrobe say about you? thanks to scrapiana for the link
* The Southeastern Region of the Costume Society of America will be holding their annual symposium in Nashville, Tennessee November 21 -23. I hope to be there as these symposiums are always very worthwhile. I’ll have more details later.
* And finally, how J.Crew bought the name of a defunct workwear company and turned its history into theirs.