I hope that this finds all of you well. I hope that if you do go to the beach, that you are like the two women above. Keep your family to yourselves, and no one gets hurt.
I have been writing these Vintage Miscellany posts since June, 2010. That’s almost ten years, but in internet years it’s many, many more. I know I’ve posted in the past that I get most of the links from Twitter. Twitter has always been a great place for gathering information, but unfortunately, it is now a place where the most vile falsehoods are being allowed to be posted by those in power. So until Twitter does something about the crazed posting by the president of the USA, I’ll no longer be using the platform.
Unfortunately, that means I will have to really cut back on posting links to fashion history and fashion issues articles. I do hope to do posts on fashion exhibitions and events once the world returns to some sort of normality. I’m not holding my breath.
So, here’s the last Vintage Miscellany as we have known it until the world is once again made safe for Twitter.
I hope all of you are experiencing beautiful roller skating weather. I also hope that you are in a place where you can safely enjoy the weather. And most of all I hope you are in a place where people and your government are taking this crisis seriously.
- I follow a lot of museums and historic sites on Instagram, and they are all working hard to keep people engaged with their sites. I suspect that it’s a bit much, but if you need more stimulation, here’s a page that collects links to some of the online resources.
- If that doesn’t keep you busy, here’s another group from the Costume Society.
- Or just go straight to the Met.
- The State Archives of North Carolina is looking for volunteer transcribers of historic documents.
- For fans of Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum, there new series, Making the Cut, is now showing on Amazon Prime. It is similar to Project Runway, but because it’s on Amazon, all the annoying product endorsements are missing. Except the Amazon plugs, of course.
- The Journal of Dress History is online and free to read.
- A British couple is taking their daily walk wearing historic costume.
- Led by Christian Siriano, many fashion businesses are busy making masks.
- And finally, here is a fascinating look at junk history memes, and how the truth is so much more interesting than fake history.
Let’s all take a break from the virus news, why don’t we? You can take a long hike, or sit there and read some news from the fashion, art, and textile history world.
My new favorite thing is a photo album I recently acquired. I only buy entire albums when they tell a story. This one tells the tale of friends on a fishing vacation in the mid 1920s. It shows these women wearing some of the best 1920s bathing suits I have ever seen, along with some treasures like the plane ride photo above.
And now for some news…
Undated, but from the 1940s, based on slacks, shoes and hair. Little dogs pretty much look the same.
And now some news that won’t make you scream and pull out your hair…
I collect photographs for several reasons. I love how you can glimpse into the past to see how people actually dressed, and sometimes a photo helps me assemble an ensemble of clothing and accessories. I also look for photos that help date and document items in my collection.
Between looking for old photos, I managed to read some interesting news.
Could the photo above be giving us a glimpse inside an early 1920s sporting event, perhaps at a school for girls? What else could explain the presence of the two women, who could possibly be mothers of some of the girls? There’s no way to know because there’s nothing at all written on the back of the photo to give us a hint. All I can do is speculate.
And here is a bit of news…
- Momentum is building in the movement to build a museum devoted to women’s baseball.
- Here’s a taste of what we might expect from Ingrid Mida’s new book, Reading Fashion in Art.
- Well, along with the corruption of the words vintage and curate, you can now add provenance to the list.
- Another Nazi-tainted work of art will be restored to the heirs of the rightful owners.
- In an upcoming movie, Lady Gaga will play Patrizia Reggiani, the ex-wife of Maurizio Gucci who was convicted of plotting his murder in 1996.
- Here’s a nice article about textile designer Tammis Keefe.
- Bride Lyndsey Raby chose her flower girls wisely, and they even had matching dresses that looked good on them all.
- Jane Fonda is giving up clothes shopping, sort of.
- “Where there is wool, there is a woman who weaves, if only to pass the time.” Thankfully, that is what many women of the Bauhaus did.
- Clothing collector Sandy Schreier is really having her moment.
- One of the forces behind Columbia Sportswear, Gert Boyle, has died.