About Me

OaklandLynn Mally–historian, seamster, textile lover.  After a career as a historian of Russia, I have switched to a more personal theme–looking at what older American women like myself have worn in the twentieth century and beyond.  Please send any photos (with date and place if possible) to americanagefashion@gmail.com

9 Responses to About Me

  1. Heidrun Lena Homburg says:

    What a wonderful project. Hopefully the US fashion is not all exclusive, but there is room for a comparative perspective including Europe in the inquiry.

  2. Kendra says:

    Hi Lynn!

    This blog is brilliant! I followed the link from Bob’s Facebook post. I’m glad the fashion research seems to be going well. Keep it up!

    Cheers from London,


  3. csm says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog and all the links! I’ll be back. Thanks for putting all this work together! Got her from PR.


  4. Pam says:

    I have learned something in just a few minutes, even though I have researched clothing of the 19th, and 20th centuries for many years.
    Keep it comming.

  5. Barbara says:

    Thank you for your compliments on my shoes. I look forward to seeing the pictures on your blog. I’m enjoying your blog. Sincerely, Barbara P.S. I thought todays performance at the Taper was superb.

  6. Ute Frevert says:

    Dear Lynn,

    this is a great project – I am joining you from Berlin! But (like Heidrun) I can only contribute “ethnic” mothers and grandmothers, from different parts of Central/Eastern Europe. When I was little, my grandmother from Upper Silesia told me wonderful stories about dresses she wore while she was young. After she turned 50, fashion was done with. It’s a social class thing, then as much as today. During the first half of the 20th century, though, age really made a difference, while today, it does not (which, in some cases, is emancipatory and beautiful and in other cases, not). The contemporary pressure to look young and trendy at any age is not always turned into an asset…

  7. roland jung says:

    hope a lot of daughters in US send you material –
    for me it seems not so easy to animate them to look for photographs and then to let it get you. Looking through my own German-family is not possible, the lost photographs because of war, afterwar situation not making photographs. Especially side-info: still rescued existing photo albums have been destroyed in the nursing home in which had to live for health (dementia) reasons to the death of my mother. That’s why it’s good you get material obtained from families whose pictorial past was not destroyed. Clothing and women’s lives – Klamotten und Frauenschicksale…

  8. roland jung says:

    knowing it focuses on American women and no others

  9. Suzanne says:

    So happy to have found your blog!

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