History Snapshot: Christmas in San Francisco

* This time of year is heavy with nostalgia, and many of us seem to focus on capturing the simplicity of times past.  In an effort to satisfy that desire, these images serve as visual reference points on how San Franciscans have celebrated the season. ‘Dress-Up’ or party clothes worn by every-day residents can speak volumes about how trends appeared in every-day/non-couture apparel. These photos …

Blow Vs. Blow: Isabella Blow Biographies

* I first became aware of Isabella Blow while studying the hat designer Philip Treacy in Graduate school at New York University in 2003/2004. Though she is linked, most often with eccentric and surreal hats (“The Mad Hatter”, “The Sad Hatter”, and “Illicit Millinery” are just a few articles), her work as a stylist for major European and American fashion magazines and uncanny ability for …

Winner!

I’m happy to announce the winner of our Book Giveaway Contest: Congratulations to Lyn FitzGerald, whose winning jewelry story is reproduced below (her cameo is pictured above). We’ll be sending Lyn a copy of Paul Flato: Jeweler to the Stars. “I have a cameo brooch that my aunt bought in Italy in the 60s. When I was a kid in the 70s, I liked it …

Book Review: British Asian Style

British Asian Style: Fashion & Textiles/Past & Present by Christopher Breward (Editor), Philip Crang (Editor), Rosemary Crill (Editor) V & A Publishing (November 1, 2010) Review From Rachel Morris Tu Rachel Morris Tu has written several papers on dress in relation to national identity and the immigrant experience. Her published works include, “Dressing the Nation: Indian Cinema Costume and the Making of a National Fashion, …

Christmas comes early (Book Giveaway)

One lucky reader will win a copy of the new, and lavishly illustrated, Paul Flato: Jeweler to the Stars. Enter the contest by following these simple instructions: In the comments section below, tell us about a favorite piece of personal jewelry (vintage, family heirloom, or other-wise) and why it has significance for you. It doesn’t have to be ‘high-end,’ just something you connect with, and …

New for the Holidays: Underwear, Carnaby Street, Flato Jewelry and Edith Head

My desk is quite literally over-flowing with new, marvelous books available just in time for Holiday shopping. The books below are large-format, well-illustrated hardcovers from reputable publishers and authorities. Sadly, I don’t have quite enough band-width to be able read and review all of these just now (stay-tuned, they may get full reviews later on) but, they come from reputable sources and are likely to …

Book Review: History of the Ohio Knitting Mills

In my day-to-day life, I regularly find myself watching as two of my addictions — fashion history research and kniting — battle it out over my free time. So when I happened on the cover of the Ohio Knitting Mills Knitting Book, showing a knitted version of a 1960s Mondrian dress by Yves Saint Laurent, I knew I had to check into its pages (after …

Getting to “Stella Dallas” (1937): Class, Padding and Omar Kiam

* For those unfamiliar with this power-house of a film, Stella Dalls (1937) is the story about class in America, mothering and identity (closely linking all of these with ‘fashionability’). The film follows the life of Stella Dallas from a low class factory background, through her marriage for money, to the sacrifices she makes for the betterment of her daughter after the marriage fails. If …

CFP: Monarchy conference 2012 at Kensington Palace

In 2012, to celebrate the reopening of the newly presented palace, Kensington Palace will be holding a conference exploring the theme of monarchy and its relationship to the modern world. The conference will take place on 6, 7 and 8 June, 2012 at Kensington Palace, and the keynote speaker will be Professor David Cannadine. We are inviting papers for a twelve-paper, day-long double ‘strand’ on …

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