Meet my new favorite couple, Hortense Ledogan and Frank McDonough, with photo-bomber Eleanor Ledogan in the foreground. The year is 1940, the place is unknown. But, a google search for Hortense McDonough seems to imply the couple was later married, and she is still alive and is 102 years old.
The photo gives an excellent look at how young women dressed for their casual outings. Hortense is wearing cotton overalls with a print shirt. This was to become almost a uniform for women who did outdoors and factory work during the impending war.
And now for some news…
- “The purpose of an archive is not just preservation but inspiration, a reminder that, while fashion moves ever forward, each house has a lineage.” Here’s a look into several Italian fashion archives at The New Yorker.
- What does one do when your work uniform is making you sick? American Airlines has thousands of employees that seem to be allergic to their newest uniforms.
- This link is to an article on fakes – not clothing fakes, but fakes in museums – and how curators can miss the obvious. Are there clothing fakes in museums? I’m betting there are many.
- And what makes for a good – or a rotten – museum experience? Mary Beard lets the Vatican Museum in on what it needs to do to improve.
- The Brooklyn Museum has a new exhibition on Georgia O’Keefe, but it’s not what you might expect. This is about O’Keefe’s style, and by all accounts, it’s a fantastic show.
- So often when a long established clothing firm closes the records are simply discarded, so it is wonderful that the Bodleian acquired the ledgers of Oxford shoemakers, Ducker & Son, established in 1898.
- Just like me, you want to see another short video on the production of Harris Tweed.
- The REDress Project by Jamie Black symbolizes the missing Indigenous women of Canada. One hundred empty red dresses hang in trees, flutter in the wind.
- Bartlettyarns, in Harmony, Maine, has been making wool yarn for 196 years, and is still going strong.