While the rest of the US is going football nuts on this weekend, I’m thinking about basketball. This photograph is not dated but my guess is around 1905. I posted this on Instagram and said she might be wearing a corset, and it was pointed out that the position of the basketball adds to the illusion of a fashionable silhouette. An intentional placement by the photographer, perhaps?
And just to show there is more to life than football, here is the news:
- This page on the V & A site has several short videos on textile production in India, all quite interesting.
- If you knew about Stuff You Missed in History Class, I’m peeved that you did not tell me about it. There are dozens of podcasts, many having to do with fashion.
- Textiles are still being produced in the US, and some of them are very colorful.
- I have no actual recollection of this, but it seems that actress Joan Collins had a line of hats in the 1980s.
- How flour sacks became a symbol for freedom to the Belgians during WWI.
- A lot has been written in the past week about David Bowie. Why was his style so influential?
- Did Bill Cosby’s sweater elicit sympathy for him?
- I’m not even going to get into the cluelessness of parents would would name their child “Chanel” but it is interesting how having such a name does not always give you the right to use it when it is associated with a famous (and wealthy) trademarked name.
- French designer André Courrèges has died at 92. And just for the record, I do not care who “invented” the mini skirt.