Winter is in full swing here in the Northern Hemisphere, or at least most of it. I’ll admit I’m a little jealous of the warm people in today’s photos, which were taken in January, 1942 at Miami Beach. Everyone looks happy and carefree enough, but note the little groups of people who have gathered to talk. It was about a month after the US entered WWII, and was surely the topic on the minds of every person.
And now for some news…
* Tonight is the US opening of season five of Downton Abbey. Avoiding spoilers has been quite difficult, but I won’t spoil any of it for you.
* Susan at Witness2Fashion post a fantastic chart from 1970 showing all the various skirt lengths. I’ll admit that in 1970 I was firmly in the mini camp.
* The LA Weekly did a great piece on the restoration of one of Scarlett’s dresses from Gone with the Wind. Most interesting was that this dress had been restored in the 1980s by the original designer, Walter Plunkett. (As a side note, I question why the author of this piece used the word zaftig to describe the collections manager of the museum.)
* The Museum of London did an interesting video called The Anatomy of a Suit.
* The Museum at Fit Talks about counterfeit fashion bags.
* The Fashion Originator’s Guild of America was an attempt by the fashion industry to eliminate fashion copiers. Protected garments were labeled as such, but unfortunately, there does not seem to be a way to trace the maker from that label. Kickshawproductions has posted a listing of the members of FOGA in 1941.
* The Museums Association in the UK is planning to tighten their code of ethics in an effort to stop the selling of museum holdings in order to raise money for operating expenses.
* My last link is probably not of interest to many readers, but the historian in me found it so interesting. Titled Civil War Military Historians Are Freaking Out, the piece examines an ongoing debate in the Civil War academic community about how the social history of the War threatens to overshadow the military history. For the life of me, I can’t see how the two approaches are mutually exclusive.