Bullock’s department store downtown L.A.

These interiors are from Bullocks downtown Los Angeles store and were designed by Tony Duquette in about 1940 to represent various seasons in the season-less Los Angeles climate. I found this interesting lecture by Hutton Wilkinson, who was Duquette’s business partner. Wilkinson talks about Duquette and the various people he knew and worked with (Vincent Minelli, Gilbert Adrian, Elsie De Wolfe), and there is a lot of good fashion information.

Dressed for the photographer, 1842 – 1851

These stellar photographs were taken by Hermann Carl Eduard Biewend (1814-1888), a chemist, scientist, and amateur photographer in Germany. The photographs he took of his wife and children are remarkable for their warmth and humanity. They are also great shots of fashionable dress. These were shared on The Daguerreian Dandy-Photography of the 19th Century Facebook page.

Helene and friend knitting and sewing while taking tea in the garden, summer 1846
Helene, September 1849
Helene with children, the youngest sleeping, June 22, 1851

Victorian Fashion Tear Sheets

The museum has been given boxes of clippings and tear sheets from various donors over the years. From scrapbooks with favourite dresses cut out of Vogue magazine by an anonymous teenage girl in the 1930s to a filing cabinet of tear sheets accumulated by fashion journalist David Livingstone on topics as varied as Diana Vreeland to Punk.

Some will be kept, filed away for future research, some will be scanned and shared online, but most will be tossed. This article that appeared in the Picture Post on June 10, 1939 about women’s Victorian fashions is too friable to keep, and doesn’t offer any original information not already available in books or online, but many of the images were interesting, so I scanned it to share before recycling: