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Colors in India

You don’t see much black in India.  Women’s clothes vibrate with beautiful colors.  The combinations and pattern mixes can be surprising and inspiring. You get the idea from this photo of an older and a younger woman taken from the … Continue reading

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On the Street in Chinatown, ca. 1900

When did women in the United States start wearing pants on the street?  It depends on where you look.  This picture from San Francisco’s Chinatown shows that pants were common attire for women of Chinese descent at the turn of … Continue reading

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Eleanor Lambert in Moscow

In 1959, the US government opened a big event in Moscow—a huge exhibition designed to showcase the consumer marvels of America.  Along with kitchen appliances and a prototype computer, US fashion was on display daily.  This photo shows two controversial … Continue reading

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Group Portrait at the Abyssinian Baptist Church, Harlem

Although this photo was taken in Harlem in the 1950s, for a London reader it evoked memories of her Jamaican born grandmother. “Their tailored suits reminded me of how my grandmother, a Jamaican woman who moved to London in the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dressed for War by Nina Edwards

If you compare a map of Europe map in 1913 to one made after the First World War, it is easy to see the explosive power of that conflict. Old empires disappeared and new countries took their place. In her … Continue reading

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Sonia Delaunay—In Living Color

This summer I have been reading a lot about the Russian born French artist and textile designer Sonia Delaunay, mainly to console myself for missing a big exhibit of her work in London. Born in Ukraine in 1885, she was … Continue reading

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Mema’s Grandmother, 1954

A German reader and sewing blogger, Mema, sent me a photo of three generations of her family taken in 1954. She is in her eighty year old grandmother’s arms, with her laughing mother in the background. They lived in a … Continue reading

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Mrs. Exeter’s British Cousin

Mrs. Exeter was born on the pages of American Vogue in June 1948. A few months later, in March 1949, a parallel older lady appeared in British Vogue. The British Mrs. Exeter seems to have had a wider cultural resonance … Continue reading

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Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantsuit, International Edition

Sometime ago, I told a German friend that I was going to write about the similarities between Hillary Clinton’s style and that of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.  It’s already been done, she replied, and directed me to an article in … Continue reading

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What Not to Wear to a Texas Barbeque, 1957

When Coco Chanel received the Neiman Marcus Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion in 1957, she asked to visit a ranch during her trip to Dallas.  Her host, Stanley Marcus, obliged her by throwing a barbeque at … Continue reading

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