The woman in the photo above presents a bit of a clothing mystery. She’s wearing a mid 1930s bathing suit under a pair of slacks, with a neat rope tied at the waist. It would be several years in the future before a woman appearing on the street wearing pants would be accepted, not to mention that bare top. Yet there she is, lounging on the steps of a substantial building, as if it were the most natural thing ever.
And now for some news…
- I’ve written much about how modern designers are often influenced by artworks. The latest exhibition of Manolo Blahnik shoes pairs shoes with eighteenth century art.
- We’ve come to expect non-traditional fashion choices from the Trumps.
- And on to another First Lady, Martha Washington’s 1760s bathing gown exists.
- If you are confused as to why the CFDA awarded the Barbie doll an award, join the club.
- Why was the thought of women in the nineteenth century wearing pants such a big deal?
- Not surprisingly,there is debate over Nike’s larger size mannequins.
- Babe Ruth’s 1920s baseball jersey sold for $5,640,000.
- Much of the estate of designer Oleg Cassini will be sold at auction on June 27.
- Fast fashion is alive and well, and here’s the $1.26 bikini that proves it.
- Designer jeans creator Gloria Vanderbilt has died at age 95. A former student of mine is a flight attendant and frequently has Anderson Cooper on his flights. Cooper asked where Mark was from, and when he told him Western North Carolina, Cooper said that as a child his mother spent a lot of time at a family home near Asheville and had great memories of the place. It only later dawned on Mark that Cooper’s mother was Gloria Vanderbilt, and the family home was the Biltmore House.
- The Fashion Museum of Bath has lost their lease, and it’s possible the artifacts might go into storage until a suitable new site for the museum is located.