Look carefully at two of the bathing suits and you’ll see that they read “Salt Lake”. The reverse of the photo tells us that the year is 1932. But what is that contraption the swimmers are clinging to?
And on to the news…
- Amelia Earhart had a very short-lived line of clothing, and there was a line of patterns as well. Both are super rare, but it is still fun to read about them.
- Yves Saint Laurent not only designed clothes, he also made a special “Love” card every year. They can be seen in his home in Marrakesh.
- Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent is designing a line that you cannot buy.
- I love that Pendleton offers tours of their wool mills, and even though I’m a continent away I can enjoy this short film.
- Theresa at Blue Velvet Vintage was lucky enough to see the exhibit of Marjorie Merriweather Post’s fantastic wardrobe.
- Lilly Pulitzer is suing Old Navy for copyright infringement. Fashion is not generally copyright protected, but fabric designs are.
- A look inside the Cone Denim’s White Oak archive is enough to make a grown hipster cry.
- Designer Arnold Scaasi died last week. His book, Women I Have Dressed (and Undressed) is a classic.
- The National Museum of Scotland has a wonderful online gallery showcasing the textiles of Bernat Klein.
- This has nothing to do with fashion, as it is a tongue-in-cheek talk given by a librarian of historical books about how to use social media in order to promote a collection. I found her talk to be so interesting because she talks about how sometimes simple tweets can open up a whole line of historical inquiry, and connect those looking for information with those who have it.
- And while you are on Sarah Werner’s site, you might also like “It’s History, Not a Viral Feed.”
- And finally, since I brought up social media, I am starting a new history project on Instagram. I’ll be using my 1939 WPA Guide to North Carolina to time travel through the state. I’ll only post a few times a week, and I appreciate anyone who will indulge this new fascination of mine.