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Fashion in Song – Button Up Your Overcoat (1928)

Although the title is about clothing, the song is about taking care of yourself, and buttoning up you overcoat against getting cold. Originally written and published in 1928, it was used in the Broadway musical Follow Thru in 1929 starring … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Absolutely Not (2001)

Canadian singer songwriter Deborah Cox’ hit that recognizes the power of clothes was released on the Dr. Doolitte 2 (2001) soundtrack, with a dance version becoming a hit later the same year. Always waitin’ for someoneTo make me happy, pick … Continue reading

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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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Fashion in Song The Bird on Nellie’s Hat (1907)

A vaudeville song written and composed by Arthur J. Lamb & Alfred Solman in 1907 and popularized by Helen Trix. Every Saturday, Willie got his pay. Then he’d call for NellTrousers neatly pressed and nice white vestButton-hole bouquet as wellOn Nellie’s … 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 – In Our Little Wooden Shoes, 1937

From the 1937 film Heidi, starring Shirley Temple. Have you seen my new shoesThey are made out of woodSuch nice little shoesDon’t you think they look good?I can dance all aroundWith the greatest of easeI can jump from the groundTo … 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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