Here’s Geraldine Kirkendall, 1941, wearing her fancy ski suit and posing next to a 1938 Plymouth. Her suit is probably the same year as the car with the puffed sleeve caps, hip length jacket, and Germanic style motifs. Yes, even as Hitler was bullying his way across Europe, Bavarian and Austrian-inspired clothing continued to be popular in the US.
And now for the news…
- Eileen Fisher’s “Tiny Factory” is an interesting concept.
- Here’s a great article on the usage of feedsacks to make clothing and home goods during the Great Depression and beyond. I’m not sure about the use of the word burlap, which I associate with gunny sacks, though. thanks to Elizabeth
- If I were to make a list of things I can’t understand, how a tee shirt like this ended up selling on Walmart’s site would be at the top.
- I don’t buy Christmas gifts, but I might need to buy some of these historically minded things for myself.
- No Man’s Land: Women’s Photography and the First World War sounds completely fascinating, and is showing at Impressions Gallery, Bradford, England through December 30.
- I am always looking for great history podcasts, and was happy to learn of History Slam, which is Canadian. I loved this episode on skating in Canada. thanks to Christine
- Here’s another article on the early history of the vintage clothing industry.
- Meet the girl whose Bat Mitzvah dress was made by Christian Dior.
- Clothing company Patagonia has started legal proceedings that question the legality of a Presidential order that shrinks two National Monuments in Utah. Edit: I thought I was linking to the Post, so please view this article instead. Washington Post,
- Last week PRI’s program The World, did a series called Wear and Tear: The Women Who Make our Clothes. thanks to Riva
My photo today comes from a small photo album I recently acquired. There are absolutely no names in the album, nor on the backs of any of the loose photos, but I do know where the photos were taken. This is Camp Mohawk, which was located on Fourth Lake in the Fulton chain of lakes in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. Camp Mohawk was built in 1897, and the clothing looks to be from a few years later, in the early days of the twentieth century. I’ll be showing more of the album this week.
And now for the news…
- Artist Textiles – Picasso to Warhol, an exhibition that was organized by the Fashion and Textile Museum in London, will be in New Lanark, Scotland starting in January.
- A factory in Turkey closed when the owner disappeared taking the company’s assets and leaving unpaid workers behind. These workers have been attempting to hold the clothing companies from which they made clothes accountable by leaving notes in the pockets of clothing they made.
- This article is a year old, and is rather long, so pour a cup of coffee or tea, and sit back and enjoy the art of block printed fabrics of the Georgian era.
- There are always good articles on Unzipped, the Levi Strauss blog, like this one of a WWI jacket.
- This exhibition of quilts made by soldiers in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries sounds fascinating. It’s at the American Folk Art museum in New York City, and then will travel to Lincoln, Nebraska.
- The autumn 2017 edition of the Journal of Dress History is now available free online. At least read the article on designer Tina Leser.
- Charleston, SC, is getting a new museum.
- If you are a collector, you need an estate plan. Period.
- Job opportunity in Rochester, NY – jigsaw puzzle cataloger.
- Making indigo cloth in a Dong village in China.
Well, the lying has begun and it’s only October 29. I’m talking about the weatherman who promised overnight snow, and so far, there’s been not a single flake. I’m not a big fan of cold weather, but I do love sitting in the sunroom, watching snow fall. Unfortunately, I’ve got the cold temperatures, but not the snow. I need a lesson from the 1920s women above on bundling up.
And now for the news…
- The really sad news came out last week that Cone Mills’ White Oak denim plant will be closing in December. The factory is 112 years old, and is the only remaining selvage denim maker in the US. This leaves high-end jeans makers like Raleigh Denim without a supplier of denim. The hope is that some enterprising person will purchase the 1950s era looms and start a new mill.
- And up north in New Jersey, Deerbrook Fabrics continues to exist due to loyalty.
- The Met has published another blog post on the fascinating Charles James archive.
- The Lord & Taylor building in New York has been sold. The department store will continue to operate at the location, but in a smaller capacity.
- If the Putting Your Best Foot Forward Act is passed in Ontario, then employers will not be able to mandate high heels as part of a dress code. I’m curious. Have any readers ever been required to wear high heels for a job?
- This is refreshing – a major fashion museum admits they got it wrong, and proceed to make public the corrected history.
- I watched The Collection on Amazon because so many commentors here have mentioned it. It was too little fashion, and too much soap opera. I may do a proper review of it, but in the meantime you can also watch it on PBS.
- Similarly, there is a film coming in December, Phantom Thread, starring Daniel Day Lewis. It too is about a designer, post WWII, but this one is in London.
- “Photographer Spends Eternity Waiting For Museum Visitors To Match Artworks And The Result Is Worth The Wait.”
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.