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

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

Costuming · Fashion History · Uncategorized · Victorian

A brief history of the bustle

Prior to 1870, various types of silhouette-altering garments were worn to change the natural shape of the female body into a fabricated, structural work of art. In addition to the corset, this included hip pads, bum rolls, farthingales, side hoops, panniers, stiffened petticoats, and crinolines. It wasn’t until 1868 that the bustle, or tournure, first…… Continue reading A brief history of the bustle