L for Lizzie perhaps? I need that sweater.
* This photo essay has been all over the WWW for the past week or so, but I still must share it here: The twenty-one Callot Soeurs dresses of Hortense Mitchell Acton.
* Less publicized, but no less interesting was this discovery of a trunk of clothes and costumes belonging to silent film actress Alla Nazimova.
* Here’s a rare look inside the NBC/Universal Archives and Collections, which houses relics from Universal Studios’ past and present,including, props,costumes, and historic documents dating back over 100 years.
* Chanel is well-known for its use of Linton tweed, but the latest collection also featured Harris Tweeds.
* A look inside the Levi’s archive reveals a pair of 136-year-old jeans.
* Watch this short and interesting video about Elizabeth Keckly, seamstress and friend of Mary Todd Lincoln, and former slave.
* This one is only marginally about fashion, but it is another reason why I love Instagram so much.
* I may have posted this one before, but the Metropolitan continues to add titles to their online archive of publications, many of which are out of print. I’m linking to the thirty-three books from the Costume Institute, but there are over 1200 in all.
* Celia Birtwell, textile designer for her former husband Ossie Clark, is selling her personal collection of Clark’s designs.
* A Selkirk First Nation elder was touring the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa and spotted a bag that had been made by her mother over forty years ago. Be sure to listen to the interview, as it is much clearer in meaning than is the article. The episode brings up a lot of issues, the most obvious of which is, “To whom do these objects belong?” In the US, many objects in museums have been returned to Native groups under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. This does not apply to the items in this story, as it took place in Canada, and the objects in question are not “sacred.” Still, there is a lot to think about.