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.