Vintage Miscellany – April 1, 2018

I love that today is a double holiday – Easter and April Fool’s Day. For today’s photograph, I went with the Easter bonnet theme.

I’ve always loved Easter, with its promise of new life, and bunnies and little feathery creatures. April Fool’s is another story. I spent too many years in an elementary classroom not to have developed the habit of looking over my shoulder for the entire day.

And now for some news…

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7 responses to “Vintage Miscellany – April 1, 2018

  1. Dee

    Interesting that the jumpsuit article almost seemed to conflate custom-fitted clothing with a large selection of sizes. It isn’t surprising that predetermined sizes derived from a data set don’t fit individual bodies particularly well (though perhaps it sounds more impressive if the data is obtained from NASA). There are similar issues with any standardized sizing. The jumpsuit made for the author of the article sounds as if it was based on too few measurements to give a reasonable fit. And the jumpsuits in the accompanying photographs illustrate a number of fitting issues.

    A more creative alternative to opt out of “…the choices that the market makes available to us.” would be to learn to sew (and fit) one’s own clothes (not just to construct a jumpsuit). I never got the impression that the original rational dress movement sought to encourage a lack of expression and individuality in dress. It seems easy for people who have never lived under communism to idealize it. Applying those principles to fashion is probably the least-problematic aspect of this trend.

    And of course, you’re right about the toilet-use problem!

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  2. Dee

    Having now read the jumpsuit project’s sizing information, it’s seems obvious why there are fitting issues. Only chest, waist, and hip measurements, along with height, are used – resulting in only three body types.

    I must admit to being very amused by the asterisked information regarding how to determine the right size: ” *The RDS Anthropometric Sizing System is from the future. If you have any questions about how to determine your size, pleas feel free to email us for a consultation.” Apparently they have a time-traveling email service.

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  3. Susan Maresco

    Thank you for including the article from KOTA
    news about the “unci” quilters and their descendants at the Pine Ridge reservation.
    I have been a quilter for more than 50 years and still love making quilts with a passion.

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  4. Christina

    Yes, that Rational Dress Society has misappropriated the name and the original intent of the original RDS 1881. Maybe this group is tongue-in-cheek. It’s all a bit pretentious. The solution to fast-fashion and the economic, social and environmental issues associated with it isn’t going to be solved by boilersuits. Apparently when they were interviewed on a radio show here in Canada they didn’t have an answer when a question came up about people with disabilities “…might interact with the design?” Non of their publicity photos show people with disabilities. If they want to push a political agenda maybe they should read up about how successful those political movements were that embraced standardized clothing.

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    • I’d think it does have to be somewhat tongue-in-cheek. Or maybe by going to an all-or-nothing uniform they are just trying to point out the absurdity of excess? I think I need to read more about this.

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