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Bat girl, c. 1887

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As Seen In – Period film Costume appropriation…

I just came across this image of Judy Garland in this peculiar looking costume from the 1948 film The Pirate. Although strange, there was something about the tartan tam that seemed familiar. Sure enough the design was borrowed from this c. 1830 … Continue reading

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As Seen In – 1942 courting dress

This dress was worn in 1942 by a woman who lived in Niagara Falls, Canada but during the war worked across the border in U.S. This was her favourite ‘date night’ outfit that she often wore while being courted by her … Continue reading

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As Seen In – Scaps Pyjama top – 1955

1955 pyjama top: “Sleeptalk goes glamorous with ‘Scaps’ by Schiaparelli! They’re knitted pajamas with 3/4 length sleeves and toreador pants, no less”. Images courtesy of ‘That’s the Ticket’, and advert courtesy of Carrie Pollock

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As Seen In – Claire McCardell, 1952

Couture Allure recently had a Claire McCardell and positively dated it to a January 1952 Vogue photograph by Louise Dahl-Wolfe:

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As Seen In – Luis Estevez 1956

This feather brocaded black taffeta dress by American designer Luis Estevez was purchased in the autumn of 1956 from ‘The Room’ at Simpsons by Thelma Murray Whitehead for a function at the Granite Club in Toronto. The dress now resides … Continue reading

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As Seen In – Italian Mules, 1957

I acquired the cage-heeled painted-wood and white leather Italian mule (one of a pair) for the Bata Shoe Museum while I was the curator at Bata in the 1990s. Inside the heel is a pair of glass lovebirds on a swing. I had … Continue reading

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As Seen In – Eleanor of Toledo’s 1562 burial gown

There may be a new contender for the oldest extant illustrated garment. Until now I thought it was the c. 1610 jacket of Margaret Layton, but Daniel Milford-Cottam alerted me to a possible earlier garment worn by Eleanor of Toledo in … Continue reading

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As Seen In – Catalina Gingerbread Man Swimsuit

I had this bookmarked too long on Etsy – it sold before I could buy it, but I still have the pics. Gingerbread man print cotton swimsuit from Catalina, 1955:

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As Seen In – Spring 1948 Dior

I acquired this Christian Dior dress for the FHM a couple of years ago from Past Perfect Vintage. It is from the spring 1948 ‘Envol’ (take-off or fly away) collection and is in a pretty petrol blue coloured silk. The … Continue reading

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