Posts Tagged ‘fashion’

Fashion Inspiration: My Glamorous Grandparents (Part 2)

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My father at two months old. Don't his parents look proud?

In my first post, I covered my grandparents’ early history in Hollywood up to the point where “Pop” asked his US Army Air Forces superiors to consider sending him overseas to join the air war instead of working in recruitment and training. They granted that request, and he immediately transferred to North Island to learn to fly Lockheed’s brand new P-38 “Lightning” before joining the 48th Fighter Squadron, 14th Fighter Group, serving in North Africa. Read more…

Fashion Inspiration: My Paternal Grandparents

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Thelma Jean Robbins

From my earliest memories, I have loved to play “dress up,” and a large portion of my play wardrobe came from my paternal grandmother’s cast-offs. I remember teetering around on silver high heels in a sparkly red chiffon dress liberally sprinkled with rhinestones. How I wish now that I’d known what I was wearing and saved it, but–alas!–that particular dress got worn to death and ended up in shreds long before I could appreciate its real value. Thankfully, my grandmother kept back a lot of her favorite clothes for me to enjoy as an older teenager, and I still have several beautiful pieces. Read more…

2014 Historical Fashion Tour Now Booking!

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Suzi Clarke and I are so excited about everything we’ve packed into next year’s England tour! We’ll be revisiting some of our favorite places from the 2010 and 2012 tours and adding a couple of new items, including a full-dress Titanic-themed dinner in a sumptuous private dining room. We’ve got wonderful guest speakers and curators […] Read more…

1908 Ladies’ Home Journal Summer Fashions

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This is a charming article with lots of beautifully detailed illustrations from the June 1908 Ladies’ Home Journal (summer fashion issue!). Three pages of text cover everything from what flatters a particular complexion to what a governess should wear–all written by Lady Catherine Milnes Gaskell. I’ve also included a bonus page of “Frocks for the Holidays.”

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1908 Article, “The Girl Who Makes Her Own Clothes: What to Take in a Suitcase for a Short Trip”

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1908 Travel Feature

This neat feature tells the traveling lady exactly what she’ll need for a weekend away–including a traveling suit, shirtwaist, evening gown, nightgown, kimono, petticoat, and more. Not only do you get beautiful illustrations of these items, but the article explains exactly what fabrics and trimmings are needed for each.

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Three 1908 Fashion Features

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Here are three fun features from 1908. The first is an article titled “What to Wear and What Not to Wear.” It includes illustrations and descriptive text to help ladies understand the principles of classic, simple elegance. Also includes is a page of “Seaside Dresses for the Children” and one showing beautiful bonnets, aprons, and booties “for the wee ones” by the excellent Mrs. Ralston.

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1909 Ladies Home Journal Article, “What Girls Will Wear This Summer”

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1909 What Girls Will Wear

This is an absolutely delicious six-page article from 1909, titled “What Girls Will Wear This Summer” by Mrs. Ralston (Ladies Home Journal fashion editor). Jam-packed with information, this piece is full of absolutely gorgeous, detailed illustrations of the fashions coming into style for the summer season, including all-in-one dresses (the new rage), blouses, skirts, hats, and more.

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1910 Woman’s World Fashion Feature

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This delightful, four-page feature comes from the November 1910 issue of Woman’s World. It contains the latest patterns from Pictorial Review for both ladies and girls. The accompanying text provides detailed descriptions of each pattern, including appropriate fabrics and colors, as well as embroidery motifs. Lots of fun hairstyles and accessories to enjoy, too!

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