When it comes to human beings, it’s best to never use the word never as there are always going to be exceptions to the generalities. This photo is a good case to show what I mean. Except for women on ranches and farms, and except for performers, and except for women climbing mountains, and except for women wearing pajamas on beaches, it is pretty much accepted that women did not wear long pants in public before the 1930s. But check out this girl squad and their long overalls. Of course we know young women have long raided the closets of their brothers, but these pants all look new, and were maybe bought for the occasion.
There’s no date on the photo, but my best guess based on the hair styles and shoes, is late 1920s. Probably even more surprising than the overalls is the one girls who appears to be wearing shorts. And check out her rolled stockings.
This is one of those times when I’d gladly pay to know what exactly was happening in the photo. The presence of the book being held by one of the girls might be a clue.
And now for the news…
- I’ve never been much of a fan of glitter, and now there’s a good reason not to consume glittery products.
- In conjunction with a new exhibition at the Museum at FIT, they will be livestreaming a symposium on the topic, Fashion and Physique. February 23, 2018, starting at 10:00 am EST.
- “In just four days, top fashion CEOs earn a garment worker’s lifetime pay.”
- Wearing black to the State of the Union seemed like a good idea, but not so much so in retrospect.
- If you are wanting to travel the world with a “small mountain of Louis Vuitton luggage“, the estate of Zsa Zsa Gabo has you covered.
- The Mount Vernon website has some incredible fashion pages. Martha’s shoes. Lace
- There are some really good reasons why all the wonderful resources out there have not been digitized.
- Had this been published on April 1, I’d swear it was a joke: bustle baskets for cats.
- Want to see a short video inside the Christian Dior archives?
- The Massachusetts Historical Society has a Kickstarter campaign to help out with a new exhibition and book, Fashioning the New England Family.
- Read this article about art/fashion merchandise only if you can’t be driven batty by the excessive usage of the term merch.
- And finally, I know that not all old textiles need to be preserved in their current state. It’s a rare visit to the Goodwill bins that I don’t spot at least one old quilt. Even so, this makes me uneasy.