I love old photos showing people playing croquet because I get a good look at what was thought to be appropriate for a very casual setting. By the standards of the era, (1905 ish) The women above are casually attired. And look at how the older girls are still wearing their skirts “short”. Photos are like little time capsules, and it is amazing how we can learn so much from them.
And now for some news…
- The Cornell Costume Collection blog has an interesting article about riding attire. I like it because it’s written by someone who actually loves horses.
- The Met’s bronze sculpture, The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer was given a new tutu. Watch the very interesting video.
- Samuel Barsky prepares for his vacations by knitting those places onto sweaters.
- Clothing company Patagonia continues its crusade against the anti-environmental policies of the current administration.
- And speaking of Patagonia, here’s a good look inside the company archive.
- Here’s a taste of Kate Strasdin’s new book on the fashion of Queen Alexandra.
- The V & A site has a beautiful article on how the Arts and Crafts Movement influenced fashion.
- “Research as a form of making, and making as a form of research.” Dr. Kat Jungnickel studied technology in Victorian women’s biking garments by studying the patents for cycling clothing and then re-creating the clothing. Fascinating! And watch this video as well.
- Stella McCartney continues her commitment to the ethical making of clothing.
- Dressing mannequins in historic clothing is an often difficult task.