Vintage Miscellany – September 23, 2018

Three young women, sisters, or maybe friends, wearing the casual outfits of the late 1910s and early 1920s. The girl on the right sports a middy with skirt (and could that be a wristwatch on her arm?), while the girl on the left is wearing a slightly more grown-up blouse with a banded bottom. The middle girl is wearing a knit sweater, which looks like it might be layered over another top. I hope they were as happy as they look.

And now for the news…

  •   The National Museum of Brazil burned, and the cultural artifacts of a nation were destroyed. It could happen here.
  •    The news came out earlier this month that the FBI had recovered a pair of Ruby Slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz that were stolen in 2005. Details about the recovery are sparse, but the Smithsonian blog tells the fascinating story of how their conservators authenticated the shoes.
  • Jennifer Daley of the Association of Dress Historians, has compiled a list of online sources for fashion history research.
  • Burberry has announced they will no longer destroy unsold goods, and now other companies need to follow suit.
  •  Here’s a great story of how an exhibition led to the rediscovery of a dress belonging to Queen Alexandra.
  •   The Junto blog has just finished up a series of articles on colonial era dress.
  •   H&M is launching a line of clothing with prints from William Morris. Normally this would upset me (no fan of H&M) but they have promoted the connection instead of merely stealing his designs like happens so often.
  •   Henri Bendel is closing, and it is really not a surprise.  If you are in New York City before it closes in January, be sure to go by, if for no other reason than to climb to the second floor and revel in the Lalique windows.
  •  The word is out: Trump’s trade war is working… to the benefit of handbag counterfeiters in China.


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7 responses to “Vintage Miscellany – September 23, 2018

  1. jacq staubs

    Sweet photograph. I have my Great Aunt’s wristwatch from the same time frame. Daring young things -look at the bobbed hair?!Was not a fun” time WW1just ending.


  2. Hooray for Jennifer Daley and the Association of Dress Historians — I’ve added that site to my “list of sites with great information” and recommend that everyone reading this bookmark it, too. It’s a pfd, but I just copied an url for a museum’s digital archive from the list and pasted it into my search address: Bingo! Kyoto collection. Click: Paris Galleria! “Copy and paste:” V & A in London! Wow. Wow. Wow. Thank you for sharing this!


  3. I look forward to your Vintage Miscellany-thanks for doing the research. That online source for research is wonderful-saved it immediately!


  4. The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago is the last remaining building of the 1893 World’s Fair. The other buildings were made out of staff — plaster, intended to last only one season. The MSI building is concrete/steel/stone. It was the arts building at the fair. Museums around the world refused to send their masterpieces unless there was a fireproof building. (I realize that “fireproof” may vary, witness the Brazil disaster, but the MSI building was a whole lot more permanent than the rest of the fair.)


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