Vintage Miscellany – June 26, 2016

By now you have probably heard the news that style photographer Bill Cunningham died yesterday.  Considering that he was 87, it should not be so surprising, but until just week before last he was still working, putting together the weekly style photo essay he photographed and wrote for The New York Times.

It seems like everyone wants to be a photographer these days, with style blogs and Instagram and Snapchat and so on and on and on.  But Bill was different.  He wasn’t in it just for the pretty picture; he was in it to see and document, to analyze style, and then to put it all into historical perspective.

  • Much has been written about Bill Cunningham over the past day.  My favorite was the piece in The Washington Post.
  • People were writing about Bill even before he gained (unwanted) fame from the 2010 film, Bill Cunningham: New York.  This piece in The New Yorker tells us why Bill’s work is so important.
  • You can contrast Cunningham’s strict rule of never accepting any gifts with the “journalists” mentioned in this article on how extravagant gifts lead to biased reviews.
  • Modern technology was used in the recent restoration of a tent used by George Washington during the American Revolution.  The tent has an interesting history, having passed to the wife of Robert E. Lee, a great-granddaughter of Martha Washington.  During the American Civil War the tent was one of the many Washington family articles that the Lee family scrambled to protect.  Unfortunately, many of Washington’s letters did not survive the war.
  • For years it was thought that poor Charlotte Brontë made a terrible fashion faux pas, but a new study by historian Eleanor Houghton seems to negate this ugly rumor.
  • Friend Mod Betty takes us all on her recent visit to THE SIXTIES! The Age of Aquarius at the Chester County Historical Society.
  • The conservation lab of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art got some good  (and interesting) press this past week at Racked and at The Creator’s Project.
  • Embroidering a sarong kebaya the “old fashioned way.”
  • A new study claims that the Disney princess stuff is bad for little girls, but good for little boys.


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4 responses to “Vintage Miscellany – June 26, 2016

  1. A few years back I saw a Bill Cunningham documentary on Netflix. He was so charming. – Karen


  2. No, I hadn’t heard about Mr. Cunningham. I saw that film and was fascinated. The city, and world, will miss him.


  3. DId you see the Monarch butterfly dress in the article about the Met Costume Institute conservation people?


  4. Thanks for these, Lizzie! I loved reading those pieces about Bill Cunningham. What an inspiration he was.

    I also really enjoyed those pieces about the Met’s conservation lab. So fascinating. That’s a place I’d love to just hang around in for a day . . . or a week.


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