Vintage Miscellany – May 8, 2017

April, 1946, Lansing, Michigan. Sailor boyfriend/brother/husband’s cap duly appropriated. Fun ensues.

And now for the news…

  •   There were two overwhelming themes in the past two weeks in fashion news.  One was the opening of Rei Kawakubo: Art of the In-Between at the Met.  The best of the dozens of articles: The Atlantic,, and for a look at the work behind the exhibition, Vogue.
  •  Another common theme was the complexity of the manufacturing system, and how it allows all kinds of problems to be masked.  First, we need to completely lay to rest the idea that production in the USA means that workers are safe. Yes, we do have laws and protections, but this article at Racked shows just how easily these laws are circumvented.
  • “How can brand-name clothing companies, highly valued in the market for their ability to control all manner of production challenges, not know where their products are being made?” The problems intensify as the sewing factories are further removed from the brand.
  •  And if there are marketing problems with a brand, the parent company merely replaces labels with something less problematic, as in the case of Ivanka Trump clothing being relabeled as Adrienne Vittadini.
  • The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has opened an exhibition on Yves Saint Laurent.
  •  Tim Gunn talks Disco.
  •   Is nostalgia dangerous?
  •  This last article has nothing to do with clothing, but as a collector, I found the story of this looter and destroyer of history to be highly disturbing.


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4 responses to “Vintage Miscellany – May 8, 2017

  1. When I first started shopping at Ross, the merchandise appeared to be unsold items from major department stores. If you wore “classic” styles, and didn’t mind last season’s clothes, you could find reasonable quality at very affordable prices. That article at Racked reminded me that Ross now has some items made expressly for sale there. Uh-oh! There’s a difference between buying a last-year’s sweater that Macy’s couldn’t sell even after markdowns, and buying made-to be cheap clothing. I guess I’ll be buying even less! (I have no problem wearing a pair of slacks till they literally wear out….)


  2. It is shocking that the person feels entitled to appropriate archeological finds for his own “collection” and still thinks that the sentence he was handed was unjust! He should have had a long spell in jail instead


  3. Cyndy

    Great Links. I enjoyed the Tim Gunn interview. The Ivanka Trump label article was interesting too.Thanks so much!


  4. Loved the Tim Gunn interview, thank you.


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