Vintage Miscellany – May 13, 2018


The Florida Year-Round Clubs catered to the lucky few who managed to weather the storm of the Great Depression. Headquartered at the Miami Biltmore Country Club, members could fly to the club’s other Florida properties for fishing or golf or whatever. What a great hat for the Florida sun!

And now for some news…

  •   For Mother’s Day, here’s an interesting article about the history of mother-daughter dresses.
  •   This article shows how bedsheets are a reminder of home for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda. thanks to Nann for the link
  •   Collector  Ann Mahony  has over 5,000 vintage hankies. thanks to RetroRoadmap
  •    In addition to his memoir being published, the New-York Historical Society is doing an exhibition on photographer Bill Cunningham. Opens June 8, 2018.
  •    Ivanka Trump continues to wear her company’s clothing even though there are federal rules “that prohibit government employees from using their public office for private gain.”
  •    There is a long history of textiles being used in social and political activism.
  •    Designer Jean-Paul Gaultier noted how similar the new Kim Kardashian body-shaped fragrance bottle is to his fragrance bottle. He didn’t mention how similar his bottle is to that of Schiaparelli, designed by her in 1937.
  •    Anna Wintour devoted her letter of the month to defending Georgina Chapman, there was an article in this month’s Vogue about Chapman’s life after the Harvey Weinstein story broke, and Scarlett Johensson wore a Marchesa gown to the Met Gala.  It’s clear that Wintour is using her influence to help Chapman rebuild the Marchesa line.  I really don’t have an opinion about Wintour, but I do think it’s really interesting that some of the same people who rightly insist on #metoo, have questioned Chapman’s own knowledge of, or complicity in, Weinstein’s behavior.
  • And we have a new story or two on cultural appropriation. The first involves a Caucasian high school girl who wore a cheongsam, or qipou, to her prom. She posted photos to social media, and then the backlash began. First, it’s pretty disturbing that so many people would jump on a teen because she wore a dress style that is marketed to non-Chinese tourists in any Chinatown in the world. Second, the qipou is an interesting mix of both Chinese and Western dress, and dates only to the 1910s when Chinese women were gaining more freedom to dress the way they wished.
  • The second cry of cultural appropriation concerned the Met Gala, and the theme, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. Seems to me that it’s kind of hard to appropriate what is freely given by the Church.


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4 responses to “Vintage Miscellany – May 13, 2018

  1. Does this mean I can’t wear my vintage michiyuki kimono dress any more?
    bonnie in provence


  2. Yes, and you can’t wear a vintage Gernreich Kabuki dress either! I am talking nonsense, of course.

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  3. Dee

    The recent trend for crying cultural appropriation whenever anyone who isn’t considered the “right” ethnicity wears a style closely associated with a particular culture creates such a narrow outlook on life. And an appreciation for the dress of a different culture often leads a person to learn more about the culture itself. History is full of cross-pollination between cultures in regard to dress and textiles, as well as everything else. I’ll never understand why people want to put others and even themselves into tiny little boxes where everything they are allowed wear is predetermined.

    (I’m responding to the cheongsam issue, not the other matter, which I did not read.)

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    • I completely agree. Cultural appropriation is real, but having stuff like this prom dress labeled as “wrong” tends to lessen the overall message of what is truly WRONG. It’s gotten to the silly point.


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