Vintage Miscellany – September 15, 2019

For work or for leisure, the denim or cotton twill overall was a standard in the early 1940s. It was sort of the jeans and tee shirt of the day.

  •  Amber Butchart explains the enduring popularity of seaside style.
  •   Designer Isabel Toledo has died.
  •   Second hand September urges us to go a month without shopping for new stuff. I can do that.
  •    There’s a new book featuring the photographs of Bill Cunningham.
  •    Many historic sites are finally beginning to acknowledge the work of the enslaved. Not surprisingly, some ninnies are complaining.
  •   Pendleton Woolen Mills is celebrating 70 years of making clothing for women.
  •    Project Runway favorite Chris March has died.
  •    Companies know that there are many labor issues that need to be fixed, but little is being accomplished in the way of improvement. I’ve been posting stories like this one for fifteen years.
  •    The same can be said for racism and the fashion industry.
  •    Here’s a great story about how a housekeeper saved a treasure trove of historic clothing.
  •   And finally, a story from The New York Times about the Jantzen diving girl. Thanks to the many readers who emailed this link to me.

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  1. Jacq Staubs

    Ralph Lauren reintroduced cotton and wool twill in the 70’s and 80’s. I still have pants and shirts! His “nautical” and Military inspired clothes for men and women wore like iron! He also used it for blazers. Wish i still had mine! As you know – Lizzie – the density and fiber are far less durable than the 1940’s were.


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