Cooler weather here in the middle South has me thinking of sweaters, and great boots, and knickers, and even a beret. But I have a feeling that 70* highs are not going to last.
So on with the news…
- In the UK, Sunny Bank Mills Ltd has been created to safeguard the important historic textile archive of Sunny Bank Mills, built in 1829.
- Items from Audrey Hepburn’s personal collection will be auctioned later this month.
- Here’s a sweet story about a bride who wore a gown that had belonged to her grandmother.
- Did you ever think that a woman starting a clothing repair business would be news? Even my little town had such a business back before we just got into the habit of throwing everything away.
- The Luddite in me wants to smash something.
- Is the “cult” of Chanel so strong that even her problematic history as Abwehr Agent F-7124 during WWII can’t stop the company’s focus on her in their latest ad videos?
- Okay, things happen, but if you cause an item to break in a museum (or store, or a neighbor’s house, or at work…) the decent thing is to tell on yourself and face the consequences.
- Levi Strauss first made jeans for women in 1934, and the company was able recently to add a pair of the first design to their archive.
- Facebook group, ‘Fashion Historians Unite!’ recently brainstormed with fashion historian Sara Idacavage to come up with a list of celebrities in the past who had their names on clothing labels. Finally, a good usage of Facebook!
I’ve written before about how fashion historians and museum curators are still having to defend the wearing of clothing as a valid area of study. If you paid attention to the news last week, you saw first hand the large role fashion plays in our perceptions of people as they try to use fashion to serve their own ends. First up:
- #stilettogate The First Lady’s choice of footwear was roundly criticized as being inappropriate for a flood zone. But seeing as how she was headed, not for floodwater, but for yet another photo opp and pep rally, seems to me both the heels and the pristine-right-out-of-the-box sneakers (and the president’s khaki pants and what look to be suede boots) fit the purpose quite well.
- #hatgate is a bit more troublesome. And if you don’t have $40 for an official 45 USA hat, the Flotus hat the First Lady wore has already been ripped off and is selling all over the internet for $16. Now we can all be first lady, or at least wear the hat.