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.
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…