Fashion History · fashion resistance · Uncategorized

Zoot Suit: the Harlem fashion trend and how it all began.

I received a request the other day to find out where all of the excess fabric came to make the zoot suits popular in the 1940’s. To truly understand the zoot suit, it is important to understand the political and social climate of the time in which it was created and worn. Lets start with…… Continue reading Zoot Suit: the Harlem fashion trend and how it all began.

Fashion History · Vintage

Haute Couture During World War II

In June of 1940, near the beginning of World War II, Nazi forces took control of the France and its textile industry. Prior to the occupation, many non-native designers, such as Charles Creed, Adrian, Mainbocher, Edward Molyneux, and Elsa Schiaparelli had already fled the country to London, New York, and Hollywood in anticipation of war.…… Continue reading Haute Couture During World War II

Fashion History · Vintage · WWII

WWII Cloth and Clothing Rations in the United States and Europe

I was recently introduced to the podcast series “Stuff You Missed in History Class” when a classmate (Thanks Jennifer!),  suggested I listen to “April Calahan’s on France’s Fashionable Resistance”. After listening to April, I just had to do a little more research. While it is a deep, dark hole, and reading about war pains me, in…… Continue reading WWII Cloth and Clothing Rations in the United States and Europe

Fashion History · Gowns · Sewing · Uncategorized

Norman Hartnell

Norman Hartnell was born on born June 12, 1901, in London, England. While neglecting his studies at Cambridge University he instead focused on his work as a costume designer for the school’s drama club. During a production of “The Beggar’s Opera” in London his creations attracted the attention of the press. After being deemed the…… Continue reading Norman Hartnell

Edwardian · Fashion History · Gowns · Sewing · Uncategorized · Victorian · Wedding

John Redfern & Sons

John Redfern, was born on November 11, 1820. His father, also named John Redfern, owned a specialty clothing shop in Cowes, Isle-of-Wight, England. Young John spent his early life learning tailoring and draping techniques. John Redfern set up his tailoring business in Cowes High Street following his marriage to Harriet Beazley, and between 1847 and…… Continue reading John Redfern & Sons

Corsets · Costuming · Edwardian · Fashion History · Uncategorized · underpinnings · Victorian

A brief history of the corset through 1950

One of the earliest examples of corseting (reducing the dimensions of the torso or waist) can be found on pottery figures created during the late Minoan Period (1500BC) and found in Knossos, Crete. The bodies of these snake goddesses are closely confined within their belt-like bodices, commonly thought to be made of leather or wooden…… Continue reading A brief history of the corset through 1950