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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/jacqwg/ @jacqwg

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/isabellabradfordauthor/ @isabellabradfordauthor

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

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

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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Black Friday Behavior

I survived Black Friday, and I hope you did as well.  My strategy was simple – I stayed home.  Years of listening to the stories told by my sister (who is a department manager in a major retail chain) has convinced me that I’m no match for the determined shoppers who are willing to stop at nothing in order to save $12.99 on a waffle maker.

So I had no problem spending a quiet day at home, catching up on some projects and doing a bit of web reading.

There was an interesting tweet by a popular pair of fashion bloggers.  They were out shopping and were handed a slip of paper by a protester:


The clothes you are about to consider purchasing were made in third world countries by (oftentimes, child) laborers who were paid less than $1 a day.

Hope it fits! : )

Gosh!  The nerve of some people, dowsing the biggest shopping frenzy of the year with a big old pail of reality.  But what was, to me, the saddest thing, was the next tweet, which said that they wished they could tell the protester that the  fit was great, thank you.  It was all very “Let them eat cake.”

Let’s face it, as human beings, we are consumers.  We buy things, and if we are rich enough, we buy things we don’t need.  We insist that we have the right to cheap clothing while ignoring the fact that most textile and garment workers in this world are underpaid and overworked.  This is nothing new, as the industry has a long history of moving factories to the place where the labor force is the the most desperate for jobs, and so will work harder for less.

I’m not saying, “Don’t shop,”  but rather, “Shop responsibly.”  Be willing to pay more for one really quality item, rather than buy three of a dubious background.  Yes, it is true that one quality Scottish cashmere does equal three cheap Chinese ones.


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