Category Archives: history

Fashion in Song – Yankee Doodle Dandy c. 1760

Yankee Doodle Dandy was originally sung by British soldiers during the French Indian wars (1754-1763) in mockery of unsophisticated colonials. There were many verses and different versions of lyrics over the next few decades, but the one that stuck was … Continue reading

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Hanger Games — Louis M. Marble

I found this hanger in an antique mall today (I have a growing personal collection of early hangers…) but the label was very worn, and it was difficult to make out what any of the words were. However, I was … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Guy Cramer

Canadian born Guy Cramer is the C.E.O. of HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp. in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. Twenty years ago Cramer developed a system for making computer generated digital camouflage patterns. His first client was the King of Jordan. In 2003, … Continue reading

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As Seen In: Lee Radziwell wearing Halston, c. 1976

I just heard that Lee Radziwell, younger sister of Jacqueline Kennedy, passed away two days ago. Radziwill (1933 – 2019) was known for her impeccable style and was even entered into the Best Dressed Hall of Fame in 1994. While … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Fashion Is Danger (2009)

This 80’s send-up is by New Zealand comedy team The Flight of the Conchords. FashionF-f-f-f-f-fashionF-fashionS-s-styleWarL-l-l-look look look I’m the edge, I’m the chic, I’m the tasteI’m a larger than life with just a hint of laceI’m avant-garde, I’m the heir, … Continue reading

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As Seen In – 1837 sunglasses

This painting of Nathanial Olds was done in 1837 by Jeptha Homer Wade and is in the Cleveland Art Museum. Olds is wearing shaded glasses, similar to this pair I recently found online:

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Fashion in Song – Sex Is In The Heel from Kinky Boots (2013)

The sex is in the heel even if you break itThe sex is in the heel, honey you can’t fake itJack it up ’cause I’m no flat tireMack it up six inches higherThe sex is in the heel so just … Continue reading

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Mystery object IDENTIFIED! – Endean posing chair, c. 1888

A few days ago I posted this object, which was transferred to us from another museum last year. It was identified as a photographer’s posing stand and as I want to do an exhibition about how Victorians dressed for the … Continue reading

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Sea Silk

Sea silk is a rare textile made from byssus, silky filaments made of proteins hardened upon contact with seawater secreted by mollusks to attach themselves to the sea bed. The Pinna nobilis (aka pen shells), which can be up to a metre in length … Continue reading

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As Seen In – 1912 Paquin dress

French evening dress by Paquin from the Kunstgewerbemuseum in Berlin, and the cover of the May 1912 issue of Les Modes with the same model being worn.

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