Vintage Miscellany – February 18, 2018

Is winter ever going to end? Is it just me, or has this been a particularly depressing season? Maybe what I need is a good old-fashioned weenie roast. Thanks to Lynn at American Age Fashion for the photo.

And now I’ll try not to add to the depression with the news…

      • The last link comes with a bit of commentary. I’ve stated before that I have mixed feelings about the reporting fashion history gets in non-history websites.  On one hand I love that fashion history seems to be having a moment in the sun, but on the other I find it really hard to trust the telling of a fashion history story by a reporter who is not familiar with the subject. A new concern came up last week on twitter – that of non-history writers taking the information found in fashion history discussions and rewriting it for their more general audience.  Of course, this practice happens in all sorts of disciplines, not just history, but history is what I pay attention to and what I care about.

      • The article that started my thinking on this subject appeared on The Atlantic site. Being about pyjamas and WWI, it was just the sort of thing I’m always looking for, but the problem was that I’d already read this information. It wasn’t on The Atlantic site, but in a Twitter thread authored by fashion historian Lucie Whitmore. To be fair, the author of the article gave all the credit for the research to Ms. Whitmore, but it turns out, Whitmore had been contacted by the author and declined to participate in the article. So the author wrote it anyway.  Legally, there’s nothing wrong (that I know of anyway) but it made me sad that Whitmore lost control of her research because she shared it freely in a Twitter workshop.


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7 responses to “Vintage Miscellany – February 18, 2018

  1. I am grateful that I have an entire evening of good reading in front of me here. Thank you thank you thank you. And it’s going to snow tonight in Seattle. Think I’ll make myself a new winter hat.


  2. My pleasure, so glad I could contribute, I love reading your Sunday roundup.


  3. jacq staubs

    Yes the Sunday Round Up is always fun. Being age appropriate to know GUNNE SAX/remember it well! It most definitely owned it’s time frame. Had to be really “into” it to appreciate it. I thought the Obama’s portraits were interesting and appropriate. As far as Michelle’s fashion sense – like most professional type women she cultivated her own look as a First Lady. Being young / very physically fit she wore clothes well – as did the President. Fashion did not own her – never looked trend trapped. Designers vied for her attention. The gown in the portrait spoke volumes.


  4. QueensGirl

    Ralph Lauren clothes have never been cutting edge, have sometimes been elegant, sometimes boring, always safe. I’ve often been a bit dismayed by what they represent, always a very Anglo-centric fantasy verging on caricature. Remember the British colonial look from the 80s-90s? Ralph Lauren was born and raised in the working-class Bronx, and his success story is a good one. I’m really curious about how the stories that he tells through his clothing came to be; is it just savvy appeal to the mass market, or are there fictions from his youth to which he’s always aspiring?


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