Whatever could have brought about this game of baseball, or softball? Judging by the clothing, it’s pretty much assured this was not planned. But it’s October, and that means it’s always good for a quick game before the season ends.
As for news, the fashion world is being over-shadowed by all the misery that is enveloping our world at present. I’ll try to lighten the mood, but even the fashion news has a dark side. So for that reason, I’m skipping the Harvey Weinstein story and his connection to fashion.
It still isn’t fallish here in the Southern Appalachians, but how could I resist this fashionable pair?
And now for a bit of vintage news…
Taken somewhere in Germany, 1935, and mailed to London. How it ended up in the Goodwill bins in Asheville, NC is anyone’s guess. Take some time today to enjoy the grapes.
And now for the news…
And now, I’m off for a glass of grapes…
Cooler weather here in the middle South has me thinking of sweaters, and great boots, and knickers, and even a beret. But I have a feeling that 70* highs are not going to last.
So on with the news…
I’ve written before about how fashion historians and museum curators are still having to defend the wearing of clothing as a valid area of study. If you paid attention to the news last week, you saw first hand the large role fashion plays in our perceptions of people as they try to use fashion to serve their own ends. First up:
- #stilettogate The First Lady’s choice of footwear was roundly criticized as being inappropriate for a flood zone. But seeing as how she was headed, not for floodwater, but for yet another photo opp and pep rally, seems to me both the heels and the pristine-right-out-of-the-box sneakers (and the president’s khaki pants and what look to be suede boots) fit the purpose quite well.
- #hatgate is a bit more troublesome. And if you don’t have $40 for an official 45 USA hat, the Flotus hat the First Lady wore has already been ripped off and is selling all over the internet for $16. Now we can all be first lady, or at least wear the hat.
My latest project is tracing the path pajamas took from the bedroom to the beach. It helps when I find photos like this one, happily dated to 1929. If only this were in color!
And now for some news…
I found a set of photos showing early 1940s women modeling sportswear. There is no indication of the company that made the garments, but they are all top-notch. This playsuit and skirt, with the bias cut fabric is one of my favorites. The stripes work so well with the pleated shorts. No wonder these sets are currently highly sought out by the vintage-wearing set.
And now for the news…
That’s Snow Ball and me in back and Rachel is rowing and the girl lying down is Claudia. Rachel’s sister took the picture.
There’s no date, but the all-girl group might indicate that it was taken during WWII. It could be a few years later, and they just left the guys at home. At any rate, it looks like a relaxing afternoon.
And now, on to the news…
- As I write this the 2017 British Open (golf) is winding down, so it’s appropriate to first share a link to an article about the club where the contest is being held this year. Unlike most golf clubs that banned women members (some as late as 2015) Royal Birkdale admitted women from its beginning in 1889. The reason why makes perfect sense.
- And so it is also fitting to share a link to Teen Vogue about the new dress code put in place by the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). Just when we all thought dress codes were passé.
- So now I have to mention that the US House of Representatives also has a dress code, though it is pretty vague, and calls into question what exactly is “appropriate dress”?
- It turns out that the fashion exhibition blockbuster of the summer is not at the Met, but in Paris at Le Musee des Arts Decoratifs. The topic is Dior, the setting lavish, and the experience, so I hear, transformational. There’s not much chance that I’ll be in Paris to see it before it closes in January, but looking at the photos, the feeling I get is overwhelmed. When it comes to exhibitions, is bigger necessarily better?
- Jewelry designer Kenneth Jay Lane has died at age 85.
- The Guardian had an interesting article about the early days of vintage clothing collecting.
- Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and South Sudan have decided to stop the importation of used clothing by 2019 in order to encourage domestic production of clothing. But in this world, nothing is ever simple.
- Why was it that weavers in textile factories had a higher rate of TB than the general population?
- One of my favorite children’s books, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler turns 50 this year. If you don’t know this book, read it. The story is about Claudia and Jamie who run off to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and then get involved in a mystery involving a work of art. I read this one every year with my small-town fifth graders who loved this delightful (though a bit out-dated) view of life in the big city.
- Flip-flops can be dangerous, and not just from getting them caught in an escalator.
- Why do poor people “waste” money on luxury goods?
- We had Made in America week at the White House, and no products with the Trump labels were on display. Spokesperson Sean Spicer managed to partially blame the “decline of newspapers”. Some of the companies, such as Campbellsville Apparel Company, are highly dependent on US military contracts and others are things most of us would not be spending money on, such as DitchWitch. Here’s the complete list.