Vintage Miscellany – June 17, 2018


Finally, it really is summer, and we’ve got the heat, humidity, and mosquitoes to prove it. In this photo and the one below, extended family and friends in 1920 show us how to enjoy summer.

Things have improved on the computer front. My old one is indeed dead, but I’ve “borrowed” an old (but newer than my Ole Trusty) laptop from my husband. So far, so good, but I’ll probably need to bite the bullet and get a new one.

And now for the news…

    •   I’m sure you have heard about the death of accessories designer Kate Spade.  Lots of things have been written about her in the past two weeks, and one of my favorite articles is this one from The Atlantic. And even though she had nothing at all to do with the current Kate Spade brand, I was at a store last week, and she was honored with a large poster in the window that reminded people that Kate was the founder of a brand that continues to bring joy to many.
    •    I didn’t know about the New York Public Library’s Anti-prom, nor did I know of the Chelsea’s High School of Fashion Industries, but now that I do I love them both.
    •    There was another fashion designer death recently, that of Michael Vollbracht. Younger readers may not recognize the name, but he was a big deal in the 1980s. Early in his career he was chosen over Issey Miyake to design Geoffrey Beene’s junior line, Beene Bag.
    •    If you wore Mary Quant in the 1960s and 70s, and you have photos, the clothes, or even just memories, the V & A needs you.
    •    I’m pretty sure I’ve dropped this hint before, but one of my holy grails is an authentic uniform worn by a player for the  All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Read about the league here.
    •  The New York Historical Society has some artifacts from the life of photographer Bill Cunningham now on display. Best of all are the scrapbooks Bill kept from the time he was a milliner.
    •    There’s a new documentary about Andre Leon Talley, and this article makes me want to see it.
    •    In this podcast,  Amber Butchart discusses decoding fashion in art.
    •    And if you need something else to listen to, here’s one about the labor movement in the clothing industry.
    •    This article about the new Grand Egyptian Museum shows a restored pair of sandals belonging to King Tut. I’d love to have seen them before the restoration.  Thanks to Nann for the link.
    •    And my last link really has nothing to do with fashion, but it is interesting to anyone who loves art and old stuff.




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4 responses to “Vintage Miscellany – June 17, 2018

  1. Amanda

    I found that last article very interesting Lizzie – thanks.


  2. jacq staubs

    The photo of the water house clan is amusing – “cool” summer attire? Black wool stockings/leather shoes and wrapped in heavy cotton aprons – no wonder they weren’t smiling! Plus the women did ALL of the work! Happy Summer! I remember BEENE BAG in the 70’s as fairly sophisticated not a junior look at all/ a particular print gypsy style skirt/top matching. We carried him at GARFINCKELS – I had the pleasure of knowing him.


  3. Elizabeth Garner Masarik

    Thanks for sharing a link to Dig’s podcast on labor and the fashion industry. We are doing a whole series on fashion, we’ve gone one on the history of pants, one on the history of suits and one coming up in a few weeks on the history of underwear. Cheers!


  4. Enjoyed very much the article on art forgeries. The decline in personal integrity harms both the individual and the profession as a whole. One wonders if the word “honour” will one day be stricken from the dictionary, simply due to disuse.


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