Category Archives: Fashion

Archival Fonds – You Never Know What You Are Going to Get…

Fonds is a word borrowed from the French to describe an archival collection from a single source. It is the same in both singular and plural which is awkward because ‘a fonds’ doesn’t flow off the tongue as easily as … Continue reading

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The Collectors – a visit with Lizzie Bramlett

About 16 years ago I met Sharon Elizabeth “Lizzie” Bramlett online through the Vintage Fashion Guild, and I have been an avid follower of her posts and blog, The Vintage Traveller, ever since. Kenn and I were especially delighted to meet up … Continue reading

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What is Vintage?

Here’s an interesting article about how Chanel is suing the New York vintage clothing store What Goes Around Comes Around for selling ‘vintage’ Chanel. The company is citing unfair competition, false advertising, and trademark infringement. What Goes Around Comes Around … Continue reading

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Hubert de Givenchy, 1927 – 2018

In 1952, at the age of 25, Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy founded his house of fashion. Born in Beauvais, France, Givenchy studied law before entering the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. The year after he opened … Continue reading

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What fashion cost in 1926 – Men

From the same 1926 Motion Picture Classic magazine series as Clara Bow’s oufit, comes this article with the breakdown for how Ramon Novarro’s evening suit cost $430.00 (not including shirt studs and cuff links, which could range in price from … Continue reading

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What fashion cost in 1926 – Women

Interesting image from 1926 showing the value of Clara Bow’s outfit. Her high end outfit cost $346.50 in 1926, that would be the equivalent of about $4,500 – $5,000 in today’s dollars. That sounds like a lot of money, but … Continue reading

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The Devil Wears Bata — Sonja Bata 1926-2018

Nineteen years ago today I left the Bata Shoe Museum. The reasons I left came flooding back when I heard that Sonja Bata died two days ago at the age of 91. In 2006 I saw the movie The Devil … Continue reading

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I had this weird dream….

Queen Elizabeth and Anna Wintour were at this fashion show and the models were all wearing mismatched flower printed dresses with motorcycle helmets… Turns out it was true. Yesterday, H.M. Queen Elizabeth II presented the inaugural Award for British Design to … Continue reading

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Fadshions – The first Onesie?

Lizzie Bramlett recently did a post about pyjamas, citing 1912 as the earliest reference she has found to date for their sale in catalogues. This predates the c. 1917 date when they begin to show up more often in catalogues … Continue reading

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Glossary – Obroni Wawu

Obroni Wawu is a phrase used in Ghana that literally translates as “dead white man’s clothes”.  Many of the clothes donated to charities are sold to Africa, and Ghana is one of the largest purchases of used clothing. However, there is … Continue reading

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