Vintage Miscellany – November 12, 2018

Today is the day that in the US we celebrate the armed services veteran. In the rest of the world, yesterday was Remembrance Day, in which we stop and remember the horrific losses of war, and especially of WWI. But in the US, we have Memorial Day in May. Maybe if we switched the two days it would be less confusing to our friends in other countries.

And now for the news…

  •  There is what sounds like a textile lovers dream exhibition at the Cincinnati Museum of Art – The Fabric of India. It then travels to the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida.
  •   Did this hat belong to Abraham Lincoln?
  •   Halloween is in the past, but this is still a pretty good ghost story.
  •   One of the big problems in publishing a book on art – or fashion – is the cost of image fees.  An undesired side effect is that writers then come to rely on images from institutions that offer them at no cost, and we start to see the same objects over and over.
  •  John F. Kennedy’s Harvard sweater recently sold at auction for $34, 140.
  •   “80 percent of objects sold on the Internet under the Hermès names are fakes.”
  •   If you missed out on Marc Jacob’s “grunge” collection for Perry Ellis in 1992, great news! He’s reproducing much of it, and the clothes “based on ‘found crap'” will be for sale soon.
  • #ClothingofConflict
  • Thanks to Lynn at American Age Fashion for the wonderful photograph.


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4 responses to “Vintage Miscellany – November 12, 2018

  1. jacq staubs

    The photo reminds me of the grape arbor we had at home in our garden. Thanks to you these photos make me realize how fortunate I am to have grown up /lived n a home that was alive during WW1. My great uncle did not come home from that war. His siblings were in their teens. Vintage fashion keeping history alive?


  2. Ah, the grunge collection. Thanks for the link to this article; I’d only heard about it, and it’s very interesting to see it in context. As a Seattleite, I just could not understand making expensive versions of the thrift store clothes we wore in that era. Vintage was cheap and pretty, but primarily it was cheap. Heroin chic was just around the corner for those waif girls who were committed to following their boyfriends in the bands.
    Greater irony here: Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry is putting an exhibition of Seattle fashion styles together for this spring, and they had a hard time finding women’s clothing for the grunge section. How hard? My Doc Marten creepers are going in. We used that clothing up and wore it out entirely. I only have the shoes because they were too broken to sell on eBay. And yes, getting something into a museum is a bucket list item for me.


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