In case you think “fat shaming” is a new thing, here’s proof that it’s over 100 years old.
The interesting thing about this photo is the woman on the left. Yes, I think she looks like a man too, but I’m sure that is due to the low quality of this print. In any case, she is not wearing stockings, which at the time this photo was taken, the late nineteenth century, was a big no-no, at least in the USA. Such a rebel!
And now for some news. Since I was gone most of the past two weeks, I’m most grateful to reader Nann for supplying me with quite a few very interesting articles.
- Knitting as spy tool? It’s a real thing.
- The Association of Dress Historians has put the first issue of The Journal of Dress History online and it is free to view.
- When I visited Ash Lawn-Highland, the home of President James Monroe, nine years ago, I was struck by how un-presidential the house was. As it turns out, I was right.
- Here’s another story about how museums can use social media to help find answers to questions about artifacts.
- I somehow thought that Mister Rogers wore the same sweater over and over. Was I ever wrong!
- Can the Anne Klein label be revived?
- How should cultural appropriation be addressed in fashion exhibitions?
- The School of Historical Dress is organizing and cataloging the extensive archive of fashion historian Janet Arnold.
- The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has doubled the reward to $10 million for return of art works stolen in 1990. I think it is a lost cause.
- Here’s a great new spin on the night at the museum idea.