That’s Ma in the middle, surrounded by Hella, Ruza, and Nebbs. The date wasn’t recorded, but I’d say right around 1940. Ma has decided that she is going for comfort over fashion, though I’d love to know the color of her dress. Hella is wearing the ubiquitous blue overalls of the era, so great for gardening and outdoors work of all kinds. Sporty Ruza has earned a letter for her sweater paired with a fantastic pair of nautical inspired trousers. And little Nebbs is attired in what was almost a uniform for little boys, a sailor suit.
The young women’s clothes are currently having a bit of popularity, with the overalls in particular being a hot item. I have been lucky to have found two pairs in the past, which is especially good because today I’d have to pay a small fortune for a pair. If you love the look, a pattern is available from Decades of Style.
Lots of news this week:
- Does digital overload have a connection to the current popularity of fashion exhibitions?
- “I want people to understand that you don’t have to understand or even agree with other people’s authenticity or truths, but we must all respect each other.” Billy Porter on his Oscar ensemble.
- Yes, women did climb mountains in long skirts.
- And, yes, they are still doing it.
- Fashion forensics is a real thing.
- A new Edx course by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is coming up in May. Women Making History: Ten Objects, Many Stories.
- Twitter helped save thirty tons of buttons from going to the garbage dump.
- What can museums do when they have too much stuff?
- The thrift store is not an option for museums, but they are reaping the fruits of all the Marie Kondoing in private residences.
- I’m glad I’m not the only person who thinks all hipsters look alike.
- In praise of museum seating.
- Cycling in the City: A 200–Year History, is on view at the Museum of the City of New York through October 6, 2019.