Vintage Miscellany – May 31, 2015

Brother Gene and Helen, 1943

I’ve looked at thousands of vintage photographs over the years, and I’ve learned that some of them are just more interesting than others.  In this case Gene and Helen could have been standing like statues, both staring at the camera, but how much greater is it that she is looking off to the side.  And notice how they both crossed their legs, but in an opposite manner.

Oh, who am I fooling?  The great thing about this photo is Helen’s shorts.  See the naval influence in the buttons and the dark (probably navy) stripe on the sides?  It’s classic WWII styling.

And now for the news.

*  If you are in the UK, or are traveling to London this summer, go to the Fashion and Textile Museum to see Riviera Style: Resort and Swimwear Since 1900 for me, please. And while you are there, be sure to see the display,  Nautical Chic by Amber Jane Butchart.  It ties in with her recently released book, Nautical Chic, which I’ll be reviewing here in the coming days.

*  And there is a great one for those of you in the Toronto, Canada, area.  Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol has opened at the Textile Museum of Canada.

*   I’m not the type of person who believes that an apology can make everything all better.  There have been too many people in my life who thought their apologizing would wipe their bad behavior clean.  But I do think it is time to let poor John Galliano get on with his life.  

*   Mod Betty really knows how to make the best of a roadtrip.  Read her top ten tips on how to get the most from your next trip.

*   Google and Levi’s have announced Project Jacquard, a partnership on wearable tech.  Your car has builtin Bluetooth, so why not your jeans?

*   A new film, The True Cost, addresses the human cost of cheap fashion. I have not seen the film, but reviews are quite critical, saying that the film offers no solutions, and that it targets only one sector of the clothing manufacturing business when the problem is much more complicated than just the cheap clothes at H&M and Forever 21.  Have any of you seen the film?

*   Taylor Swift wore a jumpsuit to an awards program, and former vintage-dealer-turned-manufacturer Nasty Gal quickly Instragramed that Swift was wearing one of their products.  Problem was, the jumpsuit was from Balenciaga, and Nasty Gal’s copy was so close that even they could not tell the difference.

*   Some women who were wearing flats (as opposed to heels) to a screening at the Cannes Film Festival were not allowed admission.  Seriously?

*  Plastics have proven to be a major conservation headache.  If your favorite Bakelite handbag has melted into a toxic blob, it’s probably small consolation that the V&A has similar problems.

*  Here’s a happier conservation story, one that involves velvet and ermine.

*   And finally, another article about older women and fashion.


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6 responses to “Vintage Miscellany – May 31, 2015

  1. I like the picture…. the fact that they have their legs crossed the opposite….I wonder if that actually means anything. Cute comment, Liz. I would not have noticed the shorts…my eyes went to their legs. Thanks for sharing.

    Yes, the shorts are cute.


  2. Helen’s shorts? yes please!
    On another subject, you would like this video on that new fiber from Google’s new Project Jacquard that explains alot:, I got that link from an article by an acquaintance, Virginia Postrel, whose article on BloombergView goes into some detail on this:
    (I’m guessing your spam setting will cough this up since I have not 1 but 2 links here!)


  3. Ted

    I love Helen’s new Navy Keds Champion Oxfords. She seems confident in their non-skid support and great looks.


  4. I learn a lot about looking at photos from you, Lizzie! And thanks for that link to the article about older women and fashion. Finally a writer with some sense of history.


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