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Quick Post: Theda Bara’s Bloomers

Bonus sighting of Cleopatra’s knickers: The 1917 film of Theda Bara’s Cleopatra is lost, but an attempt to reconstruct it from surviving footage and still photos is being made. The lavish and daring costumes make up in craftsmanship what they … Continue reading

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Envelope Chemises, Step-ins, and Other Lingerie, 1924-25

The variety of lingerie — and the names — from Butterick’s 1924 underwear patterns is amazing to me. It’s a specialized area that doesn’t really make me want to hit the reference books. However, for those of you who love … Continue reading

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Ninety Years Ago: Fashions from January 1928

I have written about Butterick patterns from Delineator, January 1928, before — this group is from pages that have smaller illustrations, so the photo quality is not as good. Nevertheless, there are some amazing styles, like this Art Deco influenced … Continue reading

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Beautiful Blouses Circa 1917

Because so many white vintage blouses from this era have survived, I needed this reminder that many brightly colored blouses were also worn in the nineteen “teens.” Perhaps the lacy white “lingerie blouses” have survived in greater numbers because most … Continue reading

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A Small Vacation

My computer crashed spectacularly last night. Perhaps I do need a week or two off…. Like it or not. So, I’ll take this opportunity to wish everyone a joyous holiday season and a happy and peaceful 2018. Cheers!

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Women’s Shoes: 1929 versus 1936

Nineteen thirties’ shoes from the same company look “clunky” to me. Their thick heels drop straight from the arch to the ground, and the shoe covers much more of the foot. I see a big difference between the fashionable shoes … Continue reading

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Bare Shoulders, December 1933

Back in the nineteen nineties Donna Karan realized that, as women age, some become reluctant to bare their necks, or their upper arms, or their chests. Yet, for women, formal evening dress usually requires some bare skin. Karan cleverly exposed … Continue reading

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Skirts and Blouses, July 1917

I’ve been collecting images of women’s blouses from 1917; this particular page shows such a variety of skirts, blouses and hats that it deserves a closer look. This blouse was also featured in a color illustration in June: And in … Continue reading

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Charm After Fifty, July 1937

This Companion-Butterick triad dress pattern from the summer of 1937 is illustrated on three mature women, none of whom has a conspicuously middle-aged figure. However, the size range went all the way to bust size 52. The three dresses have … Continue reading

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Shoe Wardrobe, December 1927

In “The What and Why of My Shoe Wardrobe,” opera singer (and multi-talented actor/writer) Kathleen Howard shared her thoughts about the shoes and slippers she found necessary for private and public life. (She owned a lot more than nine pairs … Continue reading

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