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Patent Fashions – Dude Ranch scarf, 1939-1946

Found this rayon satin print cowboy theme scarf at the local antique mall yesterday and noticed it had the design patent number D-114850 on it. Turns out it was patented in May 1939 for 7 years.

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Fashion in Song: The Revolutionary Costume for Today – 2007

Oh, hi. Thank heaven you’re here.You look absolutely terrific, honestly.(Mother wanted me to come out in a kimono so we had quite a fight…) (Singing)The best kind of clothes for a protest poseIs this ensemble of pantyhosePulled over the shorts, … Continue reading

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Patent Fashions – spring clasp Patent #1852188

This 1932 patent is for the addition of a spring to the clasp, so that the brooch or dress clip attaches firmly to whatever it has been put on. In this case the clasps are used to create a transformative … Continue reading

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Patent Fashions – Sweater clip

The spring clip used on the back to hold a sweater in place over your shoulders are especially designed to hold firm but not snag the knit. The original design, (1,981,740) patented in 1934, was just a jaw and tended … Continue reading

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More dry cleaner bags

Nowadays the dry cleaner bags I get are always clear, but until the 1980s they were usually printed with advertising. Even though the bags are flimsy and disposable, we often get donations come to the museum in old dry cleaner … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Louboutins (2009)

Released as a lead single on Jennifer Lopez’ 7th album in December 2009: Uh, uh, uh, uh, yeahOh, oh, ah-ah-ah, radio killerTaking back my love (Taking back my love)… You said you’d change, but still nothingYou’re still the same, I’m … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Wenn die Elisabeth (1930)

This German song Wenn die Elisabeth is about Elizabeth, who loses her advantage of having great legs in the longer skirt styles of 1930. A second paragraph refers to how her friend Mitzi, who has a great rack, now has … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Sticky Fingers, 1971

Although none of the songs on this Rolling Stones album was about fashion, it’s hard to ignore the novel cover art that includes a working zipper that reveals white cotton undies. Widely considered one of the most influential album covers … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – How to Do That (1989) – Jean Paul Gaultier

Gaultier announced a couple of days ago that he will be retiring from fashion design after his final couture show on January 22. Back in 1989, at the height of his ‘enfant terrible’ reputation, he produced this dance video: How … Continue reading

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A Hundred Years Ago – The World and Fashion in 1920

Postwar Europe was still unsettled in 1920. More treaties were signed to end hostilities and recognize new nations and borders between: Hungary, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Georgia, Armenia, and Turkey. Britain accepted Irish Home … Continue reading

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