Category Archives: Ritual – Hatch/Match/Dispatch

Is There a Museum of Folk?

I don’t know of a museum that specializes in European folk dress – those strange costumes worn for specific carnivals or traditional ceremonies. I am sure European regional museums collect local garments, but wouldn’t it be great to see these … Continue reading

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Montreal in two days and six exhibitions – Exhibits 2 & 3 – Musee des Beaux Arts

The Musee des Beaux Arts has created some phenomenal fashion exhibitions in the past. This is where the amazing Yves St. Laurent retrospective was launched in 2008, as well as where the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition was conceived and began … Continue reading

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Myth Information – Queen Victoria was the first bride to wear white

Weddings didn’t used to be a big thing. In the 18th century, weddings were usually held in the morning. They consisted of a solemn religious ceremony followed by a wedding breakfast for everyone in attendance at the church – maybe a dozen … Continue reading

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Josephine Bonaparte’s engagement ring

The diamond and sapphire engagement ring Napoleon Bonaparte gave to Joséphine will go up for auction March 24 at the Osenat auction house in Fontainebleau, France with an estimate of $20,000. The gold ring is set with teardrop-shaped gems, a … Continue reading

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Trash the Dress

My sudden hiatus the past three weeks was due to a publishing deadline I needed to concentrate upon. With that now under control I began contemplating what to blog about when a news snippet caught my eye about a woman … Continue reading

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White Trash

Here’s a strange story… Priscilla of Boston, the venerable vender of bridal attire, closed its doors December 30. The company was founded by Priscilla Kidder in 1947 and was sold in 2002 to the May department store chain. Branches were … Continue reading

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A reader of my Forties Fashion book sent me a link to a blog about a wedding dress made from a parachute. I have seen, read about or heard of maybe two dozen garments made from parachutes, including underwear, baby … Continue reading

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The First Royal White Wedding Dress

On the 10th of February 1840, Queen Victoria wore a dress of white silk satin and Honiton lace to marry Prince Albert. Her choice transformed the growing popularity for a bride to wear a dress of white, a symbol of purity and virginity, into … Continue reading

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Fashion Hall of Obscurity – Joe Allen Hong

With the upcoming royal wedding I thought it might be interesting to look at some other famous royal wedding dresses… The dress worn by Grace Kelly on April 19, 1956 to marry Prince Rainier III of Monaco was a gift from … Continue reading

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Book Reviews: Victorian Wedding Dresses and Sunbonnets

(Originally blogged March 10, 2010) I am often sent books to review and recently two books came in the mail from Texas Tech University Press: Victorian Wedding Dress in the United States is part of the ‘History through Paper Doll’ … Continue reading

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