No vintage photo this week so I could post this picture of the two loveliest house guides in Old Salem, NC. Salem was a late colonial/early Federal era Moravian settlement that was saved from the wrecking ball much as Colonial Williamsburg had been. When I first visited the restored/reconstructed in the early 1970s, all the interpreters were dressed like Pilgrims! They come a long way in making the experience more authentic.
My symposium was held last week in Salem, a locale that added a lot to the trip. The village (actually a smaller part of the city of Winston-Salem) is beautiful, especially in the fall.
I’m afraid I’m a bit short on links this week, due to being away and to spending so much time wringing my hands over my impending paper-reading. But I did survive, and am here to post another day.
- Doctors played a large role in the popularization of the beach vacation.
- If you follow current fashion, then you know about all the turnover at some of the largest Paris houses. Raf Simons has left Dior, and the latest shocker was the departure of Alber Elbaz from Lanvin. I don’t pretend to know what is going on, but one can’t help but think it is a sign of dysfunction within the industry.
- And if you are not convinced, here’s a great story about where fashion’s priorities lie today.
- How did paisley get to be such a popular motif in the West?
- I enjoyed reading this take on cultural appropriation.
- Susan at Witness2Fashion sent a link to Girl Scout catalogs, starting with 1917.
- Sporting goods retailer REI is closing on Black Friday this year and giving the employees a paid day off to #OptOutside.
- Watch Liberty of London print Tana Lawn.