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Beaded evening sweater  - Courtesy of fuzzylizzie.com

Fashion History : Cashmere Sweaters

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Until the 1920s, knitted sweaters were utilitarian or athletic items, not fashion statements. This all changed with Patou and Chanel in the 1920s, and with Schiaparelli in the 1930s. By 1933, Pringle of Scotland was making fashionable sweaters of cashmere, and they introduced the twin set shortly thereafter. It took Hollywood to make the sweater a star. In 1937 Lana Turner appeared in They Won’t Forget wearing a tight sweater. The Sweater Girl was born!

Garment & Item Specifics, Sweaters

American black satin platform sandal with rhinestone vamp - c. 1945

Fashion History : Shoes: The Sole Provider

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

THE 19th CENTURY – Modesty and Technology Nature may dictate height but the shoe designer is more than capable of manipulating it. This was never more obvious than immediately following the French Revolution (1792) when shoe heels all but disappeared. Their demise was motivated by politics and the desire to suggest that everyone was born on the same level. Heels first returned on male footwear when in the late 1810s a new fashion emerged. Trousers

Garment & Item Specifics, Shoes

Ladies of Pompei - Greece

Fashion History : Swim Wear History

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

You may think that the body-baring bikinis of today would have shocked the world centuries ago but you’d be wrong. Actually today’s swimwear is rather similar to that which was worn in ancient Greece as far back as 300 BC. As pictured on mosaic walls, ancient Greek women were barely covered by pieces of fabric, much like the scanty bikinis of the 20th century! Ladies of Pompei – Greece During the Roman Empire, the communal

Garment & Item Specifics, Swim Wear

Millners at Work trimming bonnets - from Diderot’s Encyclopedia, c. 1760

Fashion History : The History of Women's Hats

Monday, March 19, 2012

Is a hat a frivolous accessory or a necessity? When looking into its history it quickly becomes apparent that it has been both. Headwear for women began in earnest during the Middle Ages when the church decreed that their hair must be covered. Millners at Work trimming bonnets – from Diderot’s Encyclopedia, c. 1760 During the 18th century, milliners took the hat-making art out of the home and established the millinery profession. Today, a ‘milliner’

Garment & Item Specifics, Hats

Advance: a versatile pattern from the 1950s - Courtesy of dancingdresses

Fashion History : Vintage Patterns

Monday, July 22, 2013

Vintage sewing patterns open up a whole new world of collecting for someone interested in vintage fashion. Some collect vintage patterns because they want to reproduce the styles of days gone by for their wardrobes. Others collect them because these slim envelopes filled with tissue give a glimpse into a lifestyle that many of us no longer have the luxury to live. They are, in, and of themselves, a documentation of fashion sewing of the

Garment & Item Specifics, Patterns

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