Tag Archives: New York

Ellen O’Donovan – dressmaker, smuggler, ghost…

It’s amazing what you can find online if you look, and there is no better example than the following story that was pieced together by members of the Vintage Fashion Guild. It all started with a discussion over the date of an Edwardian orange … Continue reading

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Bathers, bathhouses, and the law in 1921…

Part of a July 25, 1921 New York Times newspaper came in with a recent donation and in it was this interesting snippet: “Fully 500,000, according to police estimates, visited Cony Island yesterday, and of this number probably 150,000 took to the … Continue reading

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Film and Fashion – Bill Cunningham and Diana Vreeland

Kenn and I have seen two films this past week that were terrific insights into the world of fashion. Both were documentaries, but they were about two very dissimilar people. Bill Cunningham New York is an intimate documentary released in 2011 … Continue reading

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Fashion Hall of Obscurity – Yaga

Yaga was a custom dressmaker’s shop and workroom located at 870 Madison Ave in New York. The shop was named for the owner/designer Yaga Plotast. Born in Poland as Lala Pawlowicz and educated in Paris, Yaga immigrated to the U.S. … Continue reading

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