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Lillian Russell–An Older Icon for the 1910s

Although she all but is forgotten today, Lillian Russell was a big star of the American stage, music hall, and vaudeville circuit at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries. Called “America’s Beauty” for decades of … Continue reading

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Gloria Steinem–Feminist Icon, Style Icon

I may be one of the only people who read Gloria Steinem’s new memoir, My Life on the Road, for the clothes. But unlike many early second wave feminists, Steinem is clearly a woman who takes great pleasure in what … Continue reading

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Betty Dorso, the Toast of Two Coasts

I discovered Betty McLauchlen Downey Dorso (1911-2002) on the pages of Vogue, where she was featured in a 1960 article “Applied Black-and-White.” Vogue introduced her as “Mrs. Richard Dorso, a former Vogue model and fashion editor who is now a … Continue reading

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Duchess of Windsor Patterns

In the fall of 1959, the Duchess of Windsor began putting out sewing patterns under her name for the Spadea pattern company. The first offerings were a set of six rather fancy styles: three cocktail dresses, one day dress, one … Continue reading

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The Duchess of Windsor: Older Icon of the Fifties and Sixties

I am not a fan of the Duchess of Windsor, American born Wallis Warfield Spencer Simpson (1896-1986). As far as I’m concerned, her biggest achievement was getting the Nazi sympathizer Edward VIII off the throne. But my opinion notwithstanding, the … Continue reading

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Diana Vreeland on Aging

In Diana Vreeland’s archive, housed at the New York Public Library, there is a transcript of a 1971 conversation between her and Ann Bonfoey Taylor, a wealthy and fashionable older woman from Colorado. Taylor was not happy with the direction … Continue reading

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Dress Up Clothes from the 1920s

It is hardly a surprise that the new film version of The Great Gatsby includes almost no older women, unless you count a brief scene with Daisy’s mother. After all, this is a book and a film about young people … Continue reading

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From the Archives: Vera Neumann, Older Icon of the Sixties

Let me begin with a confession—I was a collector of Vera scarves in the 1960s.  The new book about Vera Neumann’s career by Susan Seid, Vera: The Art and Life on an Icon, is a nostalgic trip into the past.  … Continue reading

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Lillian Russell–An Older Icon for the 1910s

Although she all but is forgotten today, Lillian Russell was a big star of the American stage, music hall, and vaudeville circuit at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries. Called “America’s Beauty” for decades of … Continue reading

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