There’s a touch of fall in the air here in the North Carolina mountains. Soon it will be all about slacks and sweater vests.
- Designer David Emanuel destroyed his original sketch of Diana Spencer’s wedding dress in an effort to keep the design from leaking to the press.
- A lovely look at Victorian dress for a seaside holiday, and from the same site, Victorian tennis attire.
- How the famous Mark Cross over-nighter bag carried by Grace Kelly in Rear Window was reinterpreted for the modern market.
- Here is a fascinating look at the dress of woman prisoners in early nineteenth century England.
- Adidas will be making shoes in the Atlanta area.
- Was Burger King the first “bespoke” restaurant? A look at how the word bespoke is now being applied to more than men’s suits.
- People, just keep your hands off the museum exhibits, please!
- And finally, a bit about the modern day Victorians being expelled from the (Butchart) Garden. Surely you’ve read about the couple who are living a Victorian lifestyle (well, except for the blogging, and the book deals, and the social media…). Seems like they were refused admission to the Butchart Gardens in Victoria, BC because their clothing violated the gardens’ no “costumes, period style or historical dress” policy, a policy clearly posted on the gardens’ website. Butchart Gardens eventually refunded the couple’s prepaid admission, the cost of transportation to and from the site, and the cost of a prepaid tea, but only after a long and very public spectacle in which the lady and gentleman argued and protested over their treatment. They then got their revenge with a scathing blog post and facebook entry in which they encouraged their fans to email the gardens and complain.
I don’t dress in historical clothing, but I have friends who do, not as a full-time endeavor, but as a special activity. I’ve been out with these friends, and the attention they get is incredible. It makes for a positive experience for everyone. But I can also see why any privately owned attraction would have historical dress guidelines. These attractions work hard to create the atmosphere of their sites. In the same way that Walt Disney World does not allow adults to wear “costumes or clothing that can be viewed as a costume”, any privately owned site has the right to place limitations on visitors that do not infringe on civil rights.