Vintage Miscellany – October 18, 2015

It’s a good thing that I love sweaters, because overnight, it seems, sweater weather arrived.  I’m well-stocked in the sweater department, just to make sure a recent Goodwill trip produced a Burberry argyle and a Ralph Lauren Fair Isle.   But looking at today’s illustration I can’t help but think that maybe I need a red turtleneck.

The picture is from an antique postcard, which was postmarked 1911.  I do believe that it is older than that, as I have a similar postcard that is postmarked 1905.

And now for the news:

* While in the US fashion design is generally not copyrighted, fabric design is.  One law firm is making a name for itself by bringing suit against alleged copiers and the clothing companies found using fabric copies.  This is not without controversy, of course.

* Are museums the modern equivalent of churches?

*  I’m going to Cincinnati, Cincinnati here I come…   Seriously, I an really excited to see High Style: Twentieth-Century Masterworks from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection.

*  This concept of clothing manufacturing turns the traditional vertical operation (in which all aspects of manufacturing are done in one building) upside down.

*   I think I’ve written about the Loray Mill in Gastonia, NC before, but this article takes a look at what the revitalization of the mill means to the existing community.

*   I learned a long time ago that storing valuable and fragile items in a basement is a bad idea, and now The New York Times knows it as well.

*  Love him or hate him, you have to admit that Karl Lagerfeld is one interesting human being.

*  The image of the Suffragette that was so often caricatured as a frumpy old maid was not exactly fair.

*  The Met’s Costume Institute has announced the upcoming spring exhibition: manus x machina: fashion in an age of technology.  No, I did not forget the capital letters, as that is the way the title is written on the Met website.  Such edginess!  So edgy, in fact, that three years ago the Museum at FIT addressed the same topic.  Of course, the one at the Met will be a spectacle as only Andrew Bolton can produce.

*  “In the world of fashion, Willie Otey Kay is to Raleigh what Christian Dior is to Paris and Hattie Carnegie is to New York.”  Raleigh News & Observer

*  Donna Karan has stepped down from her company, and yes, that is just as newsworthy as the news that Ralph Lauren has done the same.

*  The changing fashion world, and why everyone is a fashion critic.

*  Patti Smith has some stolen clothing returned to her after being missing for thirty-five years.


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3 responses to “Vintage Miscellany – October 18, 2015

  1. A reply to the shawl sweater post-looking at Brooks Brothers Fall Menswear – the same sweater I mentioned is featured- shawl cable knit cardigan-accessorized with tie/dressed up casual-some 100 years later! Love the red sweater! Speaking of shawls stylish- what about capes? I was in NYC last week…the women had their Pashmina throws out over their blazers already! They looked so great!


  2. Some US suffragettes became big fashion leaders, and several went into advertising. One of these days I’ll do a post on this.


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