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Vintage Miscellany – November 1, 2015

No vintage photo this week so I could post this picture of the two loveliest house guides in Old Salem, NC.  Salem was a late colonial/early Federal era Moravian settlement that was saved from the wrecking ball much as Colonial Williamsburg had been.  When I first visited the restored/reconstructed in the early 1970s, all the interpreters were dressed like Pilgrims!  They come a long way in making the experience more authentic.

My symposium was held last week in Salem, a locale that added a lot to the trip.  The village (actually a smaller part of the city of Winston-Salem) is beautiful, especially in the fall.

I’m afraid I’m a bit short on links this week, due to being away and to spending so much time wringing my hands over my impending paper-reading.  But I did survive, and am here to post another day.


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Vintage Miscellany – October 18, 2015

It’s a good thing that I love sweaters, because overnight, it seems, sweater weather arrived.  I’m well-stocked in the sweater department, just to make sure a recent Goodwill trip produced a Burberry argyle and a Ralph Lauren Fair Isle.   But looking at today’s illustration I can’t help but think that maybe I need a red turtleneck.

The picture is from an antique postcard, which was postmarked 1911.  I do believe that it is older than that, as I have a similar postcard that is postmarked 1905.

And now for the news:

* While in the US fashion design is generally not copyrighted, fabric design is.  One law firm is making a name for itself by bringing suit against alleged copiers and the clothing companies found using fabric copies.  This is not without controversy, of course.

* Are museums the modern equivalent of churches?

*  I’m going to Cincinnati, Cincinnati here I come…   Seriously, I an really excited to see High Style: Twentieth-Century Masterworks from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection.

*  This concept of clothing manufacturing turns the traditional vertical operation (in which all aspects of manufacturing are done in one building) upside down.

*   I think I’ve written about the Loray Mill in Gastonia, NC before, but this article takes a look at what the revitalization of the mill means to the existing community.

*   I learned a long time ago that storing valuable and fragile items in a basement is a bad idea, and now The New York Times knows it as well.

*  Love him or hate him, you have to admit that Karl Lagerfeld is one interesting human being.

*  The image of the Suffragette that was so often caricatured as a frumpy old maid was not exactly fair.

*  The Met’s Costume Institute has announced the upcoming spring exhibition: manus x machina: fashion in an age of technology.  No, I did not forget the capital letters, as that is the way the title is written on the Met website.  Such edginess!  So edgy, in fact, that three years ago the Museum at FIT addressed the same topic.  Of course, the one at the Met will be a spectacle as only Andrew Bolton can produce.

*  “In the world of fashion, Willie Otey Kay is to Raleigh what Christian Dior is to Paris and Hattie Carnegie is to New York.”  Raleigh News & Observer

*  Donna Karan has stepped down from her company, and yes, that is just as newsworthy as the news that Ralph Lauren has done the same.

*  The changing fashion world, and why everyone is a fashion critic.

*  Patti Smith has some stolen clothing returned to her after being missing for thirty-five years.


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Vintage Miscellany – October 4, 2015

I’ve had to finally admit defeat and admit that fall really is here.  After dragging out enough warm clothes to be me from freezing felt a little better out it when I found a stack of old-but-new-to-me cashmere sweaters I’d squirreled away last spring.  There is always a silver lining if you look for it.


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Vintage Miscellany – September 20, 2015

Cooler weather calls for a style up-grade.  Above is proof from 1955 that one can be casual and put together at the same time.


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Vintage Miscellany – September 6, 2015

Okay, people of the internet, enough with the “Summer’s over” nonsense.  I do not want to hear another word of it.

And now, the news…

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Vintage Miscellany – August 23, 2015

Today’s photo comes to us from 1935.  I’ve posted it before, some years ago, but it illustrates so well what I’ve been spending so much of my time on lately.  If you think I’ve not been posting here as often as I once did then, you would be correct.  I’ve been up to my neck in old magazines and books, looking for accounts of women wearing pants in the years before 1935.  I’ll be sharing my findings, along with other great things I found along the way as posting here gets back to a more normal schedule.

And now for the news…


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Vintage Miscellany – August 9, 2015

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Look carefully at two of the bathing suits and you’ll see that they read “Salt Lake”.  The reverse of the photo tells us that the year is 1932.  But what is that contraption the swimmers are clinging to?

And on to the news…


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