In this month leading up to the election of the next president of the United States, I want to remind all eligible voters of the long struggle to obtain voting rights for all Americans. Voting is a right and a privilege, and I want to encourage all of us to take part in an activity that was denied to women and minorities for many years.
The photo above was a very lucky find. Could this be a mother and daughter in solidarity, holding a Votes for Women pennant circa 1912? The small print on the pennant reads “Woman Suffrage Party”, which was a New York organization. Unlike some other women’s rights groups, WSP was racially inclusive and recruited women of all economic classes. The two women in my photo certainly seem to be from a lower income group, judging by the clothes and hair. They want you to vote!
- SCADFASH in Atlanta has a new exhibition, “Embellished: Adornment Through the Ages.” Through January 29, 2017
- The star artifact in the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture is a skirt that was worn by an enslaved child.
- The sad story of a Victorian seamstress and the hardships she endured while making fashionable clothing for others.
- One of my favorite sources for current fashion issues information is The Fashion Law.
- A bit of a fashion kerfuffle occurred when Vogue editors pretended to be reporting on Milan Fashion Week, but instead went on a rant about fashion bloggers. The bloggers then posted their rebuttals about how mean the article was. And I agree, it was mean. Here’s The Fashion Law’s take on it.
- I think colorization usually makes black and white photographs look a bit weird, but these are incredible anyway.
- And here’s yet another article about how fashion companies plagiarize artists.
- Finally, an interesting article about vintage clothing and value. Thanks to Amanda.