Tag Archives: housedress

Ohio Blue–What Older Women Wore in 1968

One fascinating source of information on older women’s dress are dissertations written by students in Home Economics programs. One 1968 thesis by Alicia Pieper for Kent State University seems custom made for this blog. Her focus was on older women … Continue reading

Posted in 1960s | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Yolanda Lopez’s Grandmother

Well known Chicana artist Yolanda Lopez died recently, bringing her unapologetically political art back into view.  One of her most famous works is a triptych of herself, her mother, and her grandmother as contemporary versions of the Virgin of Guadalupe, … Continue reading

Posted in 1970s | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Building a Better House Dress

If you have spent any time bemoaning the fact that ordinary clothes don’t fit older women’s bodies, you are not alone.  I have found complaints stretching back to 1900, the start date of my research, and I am sure that … Continue reading

Posted in 1950s | Tagged , | 3 Comments

Life Imitates Art—Molly Goldberg Fashions

Not long ago I wrote about the play Me and Molly, in which the beloved Jewish-American character Molly Goldberg, played by Gertrude Berg, invented the category of half sizes for America’s older and wider women.  Not too long after the … Continue reading

Posted in 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, General | Tagged , , | 6 Comments