Category Archives: Fashion

RBG and the lace collar

When Ruth Bader Ginsburg died last week I didn’t memorialize her on this blog because i didn’t consider her a fashion influencer or icon. However, in the week since her death, her collars have become a symbol of feminism, justice, … Continue reading

Posted in Style shakers | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Fashion Hall of Obscurity – Kandahar Designs

Last week we received a donation of some clothing primarily from the 1970s to the 1990s. Amongst the items was a late 1970s striped grey cotton ‘A’ line sundress with the label ‘Kandahar Designs – Boston’. A few google searches … Continue reading

Posted in Ethnographic, Obscurier Couturiers, Retailing | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Fashion Hall of Obscurity – Max Raab

Max Louis Raab was born in Philadelphia on June 9, 1927 to Herman and Fanny Raab, who owned a family-operated apparel company that specialized in making shirtwaists – affordable blouses worn with skirts by women of all classes for a … Continue reading

Posted in Fashion, fashion industry, Obscurier Couturiers, Style shakers | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Faceinators

Started a new Facebook page for the Fashion History Museum yesterday that is tracking the rise of face masks in 2020 as a fashion born out of necessity. This is going to be with us for a while and there … Continue reading

Posted in Fadshions, Fashion | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Late 1960’s Petal Scarves

Found this image online and many of the comments were questioning what the women were wearing on their heads? Petal scarves – more than your average chiffon scarf – halfway between a hat and scarf.

Posted in millinery, Photos | Leave a comment

The Year That Just Keeps Taking…

COVID-19 has decimated retail. Since the beginning of May American retailers Neiman Marcus, J. Crew, J.C. Penney, Brooks Brothers, Ann Taylor and now Lord and Taylor have all filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to shed debt and break expensive leases for their stores. Lord … Continue reading

Posted in Retailing | Leave a comment

Kansai Yamamoto 1944 – 2020

Born in Yokohama, Japan, Yamamoto learned civil engineering and English before self-training as a fashion designer. He debuted his work internationally in London in 1971 where young fashions were still originating. Two years later he began collaborating with David Bowie … Continue reading

Posted in Designers/Couturiers | Leave a comment

Fashion Hall of Obscurity – Conover Mayer 1995-2006

Just before COVID-19 shut down the world, I was invited to guest lecture at Syracuse University for the fashion arts program. Two of the teachers in that program, Jeffrey Mayer and Todd Conover, were former design partners working under the … Continue reading

Posted in Obscurier Couturiers | Leave a comment

Brooks Brothers Bites the Dust

I was not surprised when I read this morning that Brooks Brothers was filing for bankruptcy protection. The company blames the pandemic, but is that really the problem? I knew they were in trouble years ago. Founded in 1818, the … Continue reading

Posted in Men's fashion, Retailing | Leave a comment

Pay no attention to the woman behind the curtain…

Ran across this old article during one of those online ‘rabbit hole’ marathons… Photographs of mothers disguised as curtains and tablecloths in Victorian photographs.

Posted in Photos | 2 Comments