I could not resist this recently found photo of three sailor girls. It’s the oldest photo I have that shows women wearing slacks. The photo is not dated, but there are a few clues. First, there are those odd hair styles. In the late teens and into the twenties when brave women were bobbing their hair, their less brave sisters were cutting their hair short in the front and on the sides, but leaving it long in the back. They then rolled up the long part to make it look short.
Another hint is the shoes. The young woman on the left is wearing a 1910s boot, but the other two look as if they are wearing Keds. I have an ad from 1919 that shows this very style.
Finally, there is the number “23” handwritten on the back of the photo. That might possibly be the date. At any rate, it is a great early example of women were easing into pants.
And now for the news…
* I’ve already posted about the Chanel Metier d’art show, and the French TV show connecting the dots between Chanel and the Nazis. The program is on youtube, but it is in French. If anyone finds it with English subtitles, I’d sure appreciate a link.
* Chanel replied to this program with an arrogant “So what?” and I can almost forgive them because of all the money they have invested in saving the various little ateliers in Paris that supply Chanel and the rest of the couture. When watching these workshops at work, I do want to forgive Chanel for their crazy cult of Mademoiselle.
* And do not miss the making of some very remarkable tweed.
* If you were planning to give the gift of LL Bean boots this Christmas, I hope you have bought them already, as there is not a waitlist of over 100,000 names.
* There’s a new Harris Tweed that gives off the aroma of whisky. Really.
* The Museum Association in Great Britain has reported that one in ten museums considered selling items from their collection this past year in order to get needed revenue.
* “When Forever 21 settles a dispute over copying — which, again, the company has done more than 50 times in its 27 years of existence — it typically includes a non-admission of guilt, financial compensation to the designer whose work was copied, and a confidentiality agreement.” Article at Jezebel.
* After being closed for what seems like forever, the Cooper Hewitt in New York City will reopen on December 12 with several interesting sounding exhibitions.
* A look at the making of Brahams Mount blankets, located in Maine.