I’m really glad this photo was dated on the back, otherwise I would have spent agonizing hours trying to detect a solid clue. As it looks to me, this could have been made anytime between 1940 and 1965. As an older woman, it might be accepted that she’d still be wearing this hair style in the mid 1960s. I know this for certain because my own grandmother and her sisters wore a very similar style at that time.
The clothes are not fashionable, and if not for the good fit and the lack of a front fly closure, they could even been borrowed from a man in her life. So, what’s your guess? The answer will be revealed at the end of the post.
And on to the news…
- Prada has pulled a monkey figure with big red lips from their stores. Some claimed that the figures were “black face” but I saw more of the Black stereotype so often drawn in the Jim Crow years.
- The Women’s Tennis Association has decided that compression suits and leggings, most famously worn by Serena Williams, will be allowed.
- A red coat and the right pair of sunglasses speak volumes.
- “Patagonia is in business to save our home planet.”
- The Washington Post published a nice piece about Claire McCardell.
- Archaeologists uncovered a 500 year old skeleton still wearing his boots.
- I love that The New York Times published a piece on Carrickmacross lace.
- A tale of five brides and one dress.
- The Fashion History Museum is currently raising funds to help pay for a circa 1912 Paul Poiret evening coat. I have personally seen this garment, and can tell you it belongs in the museum. Every little bit helps!
- Conservators at the Historic Royal Palaces show us how they mounted a jacket belonging to Queen Victoria.
And the year of my photo? 1943.