Vintage Miscellany – March 1, 2015

Here’s one happy traveler and one who thinks he’d rather be at home reading the paper and listening to the radio.  I think I’ll hang out with her.

* There’s a saying about the 1960s: If you can remember them then you weren’t really there.  That’s nonsense, thank goodness, otherwise we’d not have great articles like this one that features Betsey Johnson.

*   Scotland’s Barrie Knitwear is doing so well that they have actually taken on more workers, and will be hiring again.

*   John Galliano talked with Hamish Bowles about the pressure to succeed at his new job.

*  Last week the  internet celebrated the life of Leonard Nimoy, whose Dr. Mr. Spock character on Star Trek taught us in the 1960s that the best human of all was actually half alien.  This fan page shows how his famous ears were crafted, along with other costume goodies.  Thanks to Christina for the link.

*  I’ll soon be reviewing the Museum at FIT exhibition, Yves Saint Laurent + Halston.  Here is an excellent interview with Fred Dennis, the senior curator of costume about the show and the work of the two designers.  There is also a video interview with the curators of the exhibition, Patricia Mears and Emma McClendon.

*   Writer Christina Robert talks about the appeal of slow fashion  at High 50.

*   Are we living in a post-trend universe?

*  And along the same lines, are we seeing “the end of fashion as we know it”?

*   Tonight is the ending of the season of Downton Abbey for US viewers.  Costume designer Anna Mary Scott Robbins discusses her work on the PBS website.

*   There was another incredible thrift store find reported last week.

*   Bloomberg posted a photo essay of the glory days of the NYC Garment District.

*  Here’s another photo essay, this one titled 121 Professional Sports Photographs Taken before 1925.  Thought the title is a bit misleading (there are quite a few photos of high school students) it’s a fascinating look back at sportswomen and sportsmen.  Thanks to Mod Betty for the link.


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6 responses to “Vintage Miscellany – March 1, 2015

  1. I’ve been reading about “the end of fashion” for a long time–some people date it to the seventies. And yet it just seems to keep on going, more popular (or at least talked about) than ever. So I think what people mean is that “fashion” as they understand it has changed. Maybe that’s a good thing.


  2. Susan Maresco

    Dear Lizzie–
    There’s also the Linton Mill up in Carlisle that did or still does weaves for Chanel. They used to have spectacularly wild weaves, maybe still do:
    “Scotsman William Linton started the Linton Weaving Mill in the Caldewgate area of Carlisle in 1912. The area was famous for handloom weavers even before the industrial revolution. Two salesman with ponies and traps travelled the Lake District buying wool and selling woollen suit lengths. William’s friend, Captain Molyneaux, introduced him to Paris couture, and particularly to a young lady later known as Coco Chanel. Chanel is still the most prestigious customer.”
    Susan Maresco


  3. Another wonderful batch of links to keep us busy for hours. If hard-core Trekkies come across this post, you’ll hear from them, so let me be the first to clarify: Although Leonard Nimoy’s Spock probably had a Ph.D. of some kind, his rank as second in command gave him the title “Mr.” Pediatrician Dr. (Benjamin) Spock was the author of books on child-rearing. Mr. Spock traveled through the universe in a spaceship that was often — entertainingly — exempt from the usual laws of physics. Live long and prosper!


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