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At the Breakers Bath House, ca. 1906

This photo postcard has a 1900s look about it, but historical events allow me to date it more precisely.  According to printed information on the back, it was taken at a photo studio at the Breakers Bath House in Galveston, … Continue reading

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Myrtle Bell Moten and Friends, 1929

I didn’t want to let black history month slip by without a post.  These women aren’t old, but I liked their outfits so much I wanted to include them.  The snapshot comes from the collection of the Moten family, prosperous … Continue reading

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Irene Salce de Urbina, 1986

Born in Mexico in 1908, Irene Salce de Urbina moved to Texas in the 1940s with her husband and seven children. She became a US citizen in 1963. Her husband, a minister in the Mexican Baptist Church, died in 1967. … Continue reading

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“Fifth Avenue Likes New Look, but Main Street Does Not”

The new clothing style that emerged after World War Two created an excitement and furor that are hard to imagine today. The New Look symbolized a lot of things—the end to post war austerity, a more feminine silhouette, and the … Continue reading

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Carrie Marcus Neiman—A Pioneer in Ready to Wear

The Neiman Marcus store, which opened in Dallas Texas in 1907, was founded on a revolutionary idea—that ready-to-wear clothing for women could be as well made as couture garments. At the start of the twentieth century, women who had the … 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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The Era of Big Shoulders

When I think of padded shoulders in women’s clothes, the 1980s come to mind.  In fact, though, this trend started already in the 1930s and continued through the Second World War, inspired by the Italian/French designer Elsa Schiaparelli.  Her suit … Continue reading

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Home Sewing in Texas, 1955

These days many of us who sew have entire rooms dedicated to the process.  (In my house, I lay claim on parts of many rooms—just ask my husband his opinion of my expanding sewing empire). But here we see that … Continue reading

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Time Stands Still

How do we pick our favorite styles?  For some older women, it may have more to do with our past than our present.  At least that is a conclusion reached in Karol Blaylock’s 1999 dissertation, “Determining Apparel Style Preferences of … Continue reading

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Red Headed Texas Twins, 1984

Do identical twins still dress alike these days?  This pair, born around 1916, did for their entire lives!  The artist Roz Leibowitz found a treasure trove of photos on ebay documenting the lives of these twin sisters from the 1930s … Continue reading

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