Saturday, May 30, 2009

A Unique Sack - " woman should appear unattractive about the home." Vicks Magazine 1906

"Everything in the way of negligees and matinees is light and dainty and with the wide variety of fabrics and designs no woman should appear unattractive about the home. The fashion for all that is Japanese in negligees and wraps has introduced the lines of the Mandarian robe into the daintiest of tea jackets."

Friday, May 29, 2009

That Friend of Your Wife's Named Dior- Colliers Magazine 1955

Colliers Magazine ran this article about Christian Dior in 1955, written by Richard Donovan with photos by Eugene Kammerman.

"Dressing room is tense spot while show is in progress. Dior calls gown in foreground Fete du Printemps."

"Gowns are fitted to exact measurements of models who will wear them in the twice-yearly fashion show. Here M. Dior uses Malacca stick to point out a defect to production bodd Mme. Marguerite and assistant M. Paul."

"The show. Seats cost up to $1,000, credited against purchases. Name of this gown: Accroche Coeur."

"Needleworker, right, expresses high satisfaction with new Dior gown"

"The monsieur and two satisfied customers - Princess Olga, right, of the Yugoslav royal family (now deposed) and her daughter, Princess Elizabeth, wearing Dior creations."

"What's in the cards for next year? His mind on the future, Dior relaxes with a game of solitaire."

"After awaking at his Paris apartment, Dior stays in bed for an hour, breakfasting and reading paper."

Thursday, May 28, 2009

...easy -to-live-in, fun to wear.

"A gay array of fabrics and Simplicity Styles make it fun to dress as a clan."

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

How To Retain Youth by Lillian Russell (1905)

Not big worry but petty worry is the greatest harbinger of old age.

To many women in domestic life the cook's ill temper is a tragedy, the laundress's predilection for superfluous blue a bodily infliction, the excessive prices of the butcher a great sorrow of her existence. Ah! She will need more than massage and cold cream can accomplish to eradicate the woe-begone expression, the downward droop of the discontented lips. If you would remain young, discharge the ill-tempered cook! Find a new laundress! Deal at another market! Ten years from now the cook's ill temper will have subsided, but what of the telltale lines about your mouth? Ten years from now the over-blued lingerie will have been replaced by other garments, but how about the creases around your eyes? Ten years from now the Beef Trust may have frizzled into the millennium, but alas for the wrinkled forehead that you have cultivated! (1905)
This is from the 100th issue of McCall's Magazine put out in 1976.

Monday, May 25, 2009

I don't think Sophia Loren posed for Knitting Magazines...

...but this model sure has the look doesn't she? Here's the real thing.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Provide your own caption!

What are these two fashionistas saying?

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Patchwork Pincushions - Cute and Handy!

These are suppose to be a project for kids, but they are a sweet little project for anybody...nice as a gift!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Valedictory- Graduation Frocks!

The graduating gals in 1939 worn these before they went on to run the world. Maybe you should follow their advice!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Famous Actress Beauties from 1908, Part 2. How many do you know?

The lovely Louise Dresser was nominated for a Best Actress award at the first Acadamy Awards.

Pretty Charlotte Walker went from living in Galveston, Texas to appearing in London at age 19. How did that happen to a young girl?

The stunning Maxine Elliot spent most of her childhood living on her fathers sailing ship! She went on to have a full career, interesting marriages and even was awarded the Belgian Order of the Crown.

What fascinating women!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Famous Actress Beauties from 1908. How many do you know?

This is a collection of famous actresses from 1908.
First we have Isabel Irving who you can learn about here and here.

Next we have Margaret Anglin, who was "one of the most brilliant actresses of her day."

There isn't much information about Hattie Williams, do you know more?

Then a name you should know...the beautiful Billie Burke also known as Glinda the Good Witch of Oz. (Did you know she was 53 when she played that part?

More tomorrow!

Monday, May 18, 2009

"Wherever smart accessories are seen..."

She is totally checking out the gal behind her!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Saturday, May 16, 2009

"My wife says she cannot see how you do it for the money"

See what $65.00 (only $12.00 down) could buy you in 1892!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Let's get ready for summer! 1939

"The change that has come over shirtfrocks is well illustrated..."

Thursday, May 14, 2009

"The glass of Fashion and the mould of Form"

Look at this and imagine fitting your own body into this. Wow.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Betsy McCall Paper Doll!

When's the last time you played with paper dolls? Just click on this twice and print it out!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Friday, May 8, 2009

"We have never seen handsomer garments..."

"Absolutely necessary to the woman who wishes to dress well at moderate cost."

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Pretty Patterns For Dreaming

I don't know how much actual sleeping you'd get done...but you'd LOOK like a dream!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

"Send for this rainy day friend!"

"Silver-Sheen Raincoats bear Dame Fashion's seal of approval. They are jaunty creations-slim, trim, stylish, light-weight and so good looking."

Monday, May 4, 2009

See? All it takes is imagination!

Oh, and a sewing pattern, of course!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

"They rate an A+ in style at Smith."

Check out Connie Creations shoes, just what every coed is wearing ...$5.00 everywhere!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Things kids can make for Mothers Day!

There are tons of ideas here, some of them a little wacky, but after all it was 1962. But some of these are sweet and they still have time!