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Fashion History on Instagram

Some time ago I promised to make a list of the best fashion history accounts that I follow on Instagram, and I apologize to all the people who requested a copy of the list.  Instead of trying to figure out who wanted it, I’m just going to post it here.

I also apologize to those of you who do not have an Instagram account.  If you have a smartphone or tablet, then you can open an account just to enjoy this resource.  You don’t have to post any photos.  And you can always see my latest photo by clicking on the photo in the right sidebar, under “More Fashion History on Instagram.”

Keep in mind that  I follow a lot of people on Instagram and these are just the ones that have a strong fashion history emphasis.  Also, I only follow accounts where the person running it gives the source of each photograph.  There are dozens of people who post lots of pretty pictures from other sources, but this is not Pinterest.

I’m sure I have left some out, so I’ll be adding to the list.  And feel free to suggest any others that I may not have found.

https://www.instagram.com/myvintagevogue/  @myvintagevogue

https://www.instagram.com/documentingfashion_courtauld/  @documentingfashion_courtauld

https://www.instagram.com/americanagefashion/ @americanagefashion

https://www.instagram.com/madameweigel.patterns/  @madameweigel.patterns

https://www.instagram.com/fashiontextilemuseum/ @fashiontextilemuseum

https://www.instagram.com/nyucostumestudies/ @nyucostumestudies

https://www.instagram.com/amberbutchart/ @amberbutchart

https://www.instagram.com/historyalamode/ @historyalamode

https://www.instagram.com/beecroftartgallerycostume/  @beecroftartgallerycostume

https://www.instagram.com/julenmorrasazpiazu/ @julenmorrasazpiazu

https://www.instagram.com/fidmmuseum/ @fidmmuseum

https://www.instagram.com/fashionhistorymuseum/ @fashionhistorymuseum

https://www.instagram.com/historicalgarments/ @historicalgarments

https://www.instagram.com/the_art_of_dress/ @the_art_of_dress

https://www.instagram.com/unl_historic_costume/  @unl_historic_costume

https://www.instagram.com/fox_historic_costume/  @fox_historic_costume

https://www.instagram.com/scadfash/ @scadfash

https://www.instagram.com/museumatfit/ @museumatfit

https://www.instagram.com/fitspecialcollections/ @fitspecialcollections



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Month in Review – May, 2015

If it seems like a long time since you’ve seen a month in review here, that’s because I haven’t made one for several months.  Seems like by the time I got around to doing a post the next month was half over and it was a bit pointless.  Here it is June already, and so here’s a look at how May was in my corner of the world.

If you are ever in Asheville, one place you have to go is Magnolia Beauregards, if for no other reason than to see the owner’s collection of vintage and antique mannequins and heads.  Amazing stuff.

I used to find lots and lots of barkcloth at the Goodwill Outlet Center, but this is the first piece I’ve dug out in a very long time.  The tiny little piece is going to be the center panel of a pillow, but can you just imagine this print as curtains?

I think that by now I’ve Instagramed most of my Scottie collection.  This is another pillow project in waiting.

Yes, I do love dogs, and not just Scotties.  I found these whimsical buttons in New York and finally found a dress for them.  The dress is quite nice in its own right – a 1960s Irish linen shirt dress.  But the buttons were trashed and needed replacing.  Luckily I had the perfect ones.

And speaking of dogs, many weekends I can be found helping at at dog adoptions for one of our local rescue groups.  That’s Ripley, and he is a real charmer.

Spring brought the blooming of the rhododendron and azaleas.  My neighbor used to own a nursery and his yard is a masterpiece.

I made a quick trip to Atlanta to see my great-niece have her first communion and I was able to squeeze in a bit of window shopping.  This was a window at Ralph Lauren.  I’m always amazed at how the brand is more about a perceived lifestyle than it is about the clothes.

I found this amazing book from 1913 at a local antiques store.  The writers were mostly concerned with collecting furniture, but what they had to say about collecting still rings true 102 years later.

It is delightful to look upon a treasure of the past… but it is infinitely more delightful to make the treasure one’s own. And the more that one gathers and loves, the more does there come a deeper enjoyment, a finer satisfaction, a fuller joy. The quest of the antique leads pleasurably from one delightful triumph of acquisition to another.

Hammock days started out slow, but were enabled by the use of a nice Pendleton blanket.

This was another Goodwill find.  It’s a 1950s or early 60s man’s beach jacket.  It was in another shopper’s reject pile.  What was she thinking?

So, how was your May?


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Month in Review – February, 2015

I know that February is a short month, but that one just flew by.  If I were a talking in the third person type, I’d be tempted to change the title of these monthly updates to Keeping Up with Lizzie.  I found this at the Metrolina show in Charlotte this month.

Also spotted at Metrolina was this super button card.  An attractive pearl trimming, attractively marketed.

We did a big library clean up and reorganization at my house.  Here’s a sampling of the fashion books.

I had several lovely reminders of how much I get from keeping this blog.  The illustration above is the cover of a 1924 Harper’s Bazar.  It, along with a dozen other early 1920s magazines, was sent to me by reader Susan Maresco.  What a treasury of great images and information!

I also got a sweet surprise from Juliet of SixCatsFun Vintage – the cutest little embroidered Scottie towel.  How did she know I’d love it so?

While in New York I was lucky enough to meet up with Julie of JetSetSewing.  She not only showed me around the fantastic old-school New York club where she was staying, but she also treated me to a much needed lunch.  And the last morning I was in the city I had breakfast with my good friend, Monica Murgia. It was so much fun catching up with her.

New York is always fun, even if it is cold enough to freeze one’s nose off.  All the layers of clothes left me feeling like the Michelin Man, but they did keep me warm.

And when clothes didn’t work, there were sippy cups of Cabernet Sauvignon.  We saw Matilda: The Musical, and it was delightful, and not just because of the wine.

Cannoli – one of the true delights of Little Italy.  The signature filling was cinnamon.

A lot of my time was spent, of course, in the wonderful museums of New York.  The Museum at FIT is a favorite.  Reviews of the two shows will be posted soon.

I’ve been looking for this pattern for years.  Please help me find it!

And finally, meet Kali.  She is an elkhound mix that was offered for adoption through a group for which I do some volunteering.  I’m happy to report that Kali found a home, and now has two people and a rottweiler brother of her own!


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Month in Review – January 2015

I jokingly called this photo Clyde Beach.  What you can’t see is that the “beach” is pretty much what you see, about ten or twelve feet of rocky ground leading into the Pigeon River.  It looks like a nice place to wade in the summer, but there is a paper mill upstream, so wading is ill-advised.

Merely to invoke envy, I occasionally show off details of my 1950s gathered skirt collection.  I bought most of them ten or so years ago before they were appreciated for the treasures they are and before the prices went through the roof.  Because I also love art-inspired textiles, this Van Gogh print is one of my favorites.

I’ve been helping out with a relatively new rescue group, Duke’s Animal Haven.  This photo was taken at an adoption event, after a day-long play session.  Both puppies now have new homes.

This is Sunny.  She was left homeless after her owners both ended up in nursing care.  Duke’s took her in, and despite the fact that she is nine years old, she has found a wonderful new home.  I took this photo as she was playing in my backyard.  The rescue needed a good photo of her, a task that proved too much for me.  Or did it?

I haven’t started a new sewing project this month, except to reline this Marimekko jacket.  I loved the jacket, but I hated the slippery acetate lining.  Now the lining is a thrifted Chinese silk.

I’ve been asked about what I have against “up-cycling.”  This photo, taken at the Goodwill Clearance center, tells the tale.  One bin was full of someone’s up-cycling failures.

The accidental collection.  What can I say, except that I love plaid.

All the gloomy days has had me sympathizing with this lovely antique print.

People on Instagram think they invented this idea, but actually Norman Rockwell came up with it in the 1940s.

And finally, I am starting to wrap up my etsy sale and so I’m starting to reduce prices.  Need a tie?  I have quite a few patterns left, and none are over $10.


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Month in Review – November, 2014

November got off to a very white start when we got an early snowfall.  It was pretty, but terribly inconvenient, as I was expecting a visitor from out-of-town.  She finally made it into Asheville after being stuck on the highway for over five hours.

After an ordeal like that, comfort food was in order.  My friend is British, and it was her very first hush puppies and collard greens.

We were both delighted with the Doctor  Who sock monkey windows at Purl’s Yarn Emporium.

I never get tired of showing off the Basilica of Saint Lawrence in Asheville.  It was designed by  Rafael Guastavino [shortly before he died in 1908], and features this spectacular tiled dome.

Later in the month I went to Charlotte to the Vintage Charlotte show.  There I finally met Andi and Isaac of Raleigh Vintage.

I found an item that had been on my want list for years.  This Skotch Kooler features tourist sites across the USA, all courtesy of Esso gasoline.

I had a little outing to Tennessee with two of my best friends.  On the way there we stopped at the Bush’s Bean Factory.  Seriously.They have a cafe and visitor’s center and a great little museum.  We decided to skip lunch and had pinto bean pecan pie instead.  It was really good.

After being overwhelmed by all the vintage sewing patterns, I decided to put some up for sale on Etsy.  I’ve listed almost fifty, and I have that many more to go, plus some very nice fabric.

My latest sewing project was based on the bodice of this 1960s dress.  I loved that neckline so much, but I did not need another dress.  It made a great knit top, which I’ll be showing off here in a few days.

I’m in the process of setting up a new sewing room.  The cutting table would not fit into my old space, so I decided I needed a room just for sewing.  The wall opposite the cutting table is getting new ceiling to floor shelves.

And finally, I had a lovely Thanksgiving with my brothers and their families.


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October in Review

October came and went so quickly that it was three days into November before I realized it was gone.  It was a full month, and a beautiful one.

We spent a few days at our favorite inn which is in the restored section of Salem, NC.  Originally a village founded by Moravian missionaries in the eighteenth century, today Salem is half of the city of Winston-Salem.

Still, one gets a feeling of being in a quiet colonial town, especially at night when the tourists and school groups have left.

I was lucky enough to find this great Scottie pillow cover at a local thrift store.

I’ve already written about helping out with an estate.  Here are some of the patterns that came with the cutting table I got.

I spent a day at the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens, Georgia.  I was there to see the Pucci exhibition I wrote about earlier, but I also spent time with the permanent collection.  This painting is Taxi! Taxi! By Eugenie McEvoy.  I love how the pair of lovers in the back are reflected in the driver’s seat.

I left enough time to go shopping in downtown Athens.  There are several vintage stores, but they have a very young clientele, being in a college town.  It’s amazing what passes as “vintage” these days.

Of course I can’t survive just on museums and vintage.  Here’s my post museum and shopping lunch: pimento cheese burger, Bell’s amber, and fries.

On Halloween I was treated to this pile of deadstock vintage at the Metrolina Antiques and Collectibles show.  There were some really nice pieces in that pile.

It was a month of beautiful sunsets, but this one was my favorite.  It almost looked as if there were a giant glowing object just over the horizon.


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September in Review

I love September.  It’s warm enough that one can pretend that it is still summer.  But not October.  Today was blustery and quite chilly, and there is no doubt that summer is over.  Before long I’ll be excited about snow.

The wolf dressmaker’s form was up for silent auction at my local Habitat for Humanity.  I gave up at $265, as it was a bit too small for me to actually use.  Still, it was an incredible find.

Welcome to Frog Level.  This is an old warehouse area in Waynesville that has been made commercial.  There is a great coffeehouse and a new brewery, plus the best thrift store in town.

I love having lunch outside, and so many restaurants now offer outdoor seating during the warm days.  This is at my favorite local coffee shop, Panacea, in Waynesville.  Out back is the best seating in town, on the banks of Richland Creek.

Back in the day, lunch in Asheville might have been at the S&W Cafeteria.  Now the top floors have been converted into condos.  There’s at least one unit left:  1000 square feet for half a million dollars.  Not too many years ago the entire building could have been bought for a fraction of that.

This 1930s Vogue was a lucky flea market find.  These are getting harder and harder to find.

I got all dressed up in my favorite Marimekko dress just to go to lunch with my husband.  And I took the photo without straightening the room just so you would know I’m keeping it real.

I called this a crime against mannequins.  Can you just imagine the time (and glue sticks) it took to do this?  Why?

Here’s a photo of the lucky bins at the Liberty Antiques Festival, where I found the gym shirt and some other really great sports clothing.  There must have been twenty boxes and bins full of old textiles and clothes.

A great thing about fall is that it is apple season.  This is the exterior of the Barber’s Orchard Fruit Stand, built in 1932.  The apples are good, but we go for the cider doughnuts.

And as always I leave you with the beautiful Carolina sky.


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