I found this photo of the perfectly attired beach couple along with a few others from the same roll of film. At some point I want to show all of the photos, but for now let’s just admire them the way they are admiring each other.
And in that frame of mind, here is the news:
- And yet another clothing factory fire has killed thirteen people in India.
- The myth that buying clothing made in the USA prevents worker exploitation is just that, a myth. Whenever a buck is to be made, there are those ready and willing to exploit.
- Much has been written lately about the lack of proper pockets in much of women’s clothing. The last pair of pants I bought had pockets that were three inches deep. And these were not cheap pants, Tommy Hilfiger, retail $89.50. I did not pay that of course, but someone did. This is often pushed as a crime against women, but I’ve noticed that the pockets in my husband’s pants are also often inadequate. To me this seems to be primarily a matter of cost-cutting.
- There was an auction of Marilyn Monroe items last week, and the infamous “Happy Birthday Mr. President” dress sold for $4,800,000. The fact that it was bought by Ripley’s Believe It or Not says much more about this than I ever could.
- Former ebay vintage store-turned-fashion-retailer Nasty Gal has filed for bankruptcy. That Karma can really take a deep bite.
- And here is yet another reason not to buy fast fashion (or at least to carefully inspect it before buying).
- Embroidery as art, as opposed to craft.
A few words before I post the next few links: This blog is about fashion history and fashion issues. I have never shied away from links to sites that might make those of us who are more privileged feel uncomfortable. I have posted links to articles that discuss the clothing of world leaders and the wives of leaders. I have posted about abuses within the clothing manufacturing industry, both in the past and the present. As an historian, I know that fashion and clothing are an integral part of our culture, and should not be treated as mere fluff.
In keeping with this practice, I will be posting links to articles about the president-elect that are of interest to fashion scholars. These links all will have to do with fashion, and are not meant as a political statement. Each reader must take each link as it is meant – to inform about fashion issues.
That said, I want to make it clear that I am very dismayed at the way the election played out, and at the events still occurring within the presidential transition. I will continue to ask the president-elect to bring his own family’s clothing manufacturing to the USA. You can feel free to disagree with me or with the content of any of my links, but fair warning, this blog is a place where only civil discourse will be tolerated.
- Fashion site Fashionista has announced “…we plan on having no part in normalizing the Trump family, particularly when it comes to cataloging the First Lady’s fashion choices.”
- Designer Sophie Theallet has announced that she cannot dress the incoming First Lady.
- The #grabyourwallet movement has made a handy spreadsheet of all the businesses that are supportive of the incoming First Family’s fashion businesses. I suggest you do your own research as to the story behind each listing before making purchases, or deciding not to purchase.
And to help us all with our own personal struggles, take a listen to the Avett Brothers’ No Hard Feelings.