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craftastrophies:

eros-turannos:

LOOK. IT’S AN INFOGRAPHIC FOR RUFFS. This coming from the fantastic French blog La costume historique—at least, I think they’re fantastic? I’m mostly looking at the pictures.
There’s also one that matches ruffs with collars, which is great.
Wish they ventured into the 17th century, but. Still. What a time to be alive.

Is it a rule that every ‘eighties’ decade is just NUTS??

yes.  yes it is. View high resolution

craftastrophies:

eros-turannos:

LOOK. IT’S AN INFOGRAPHIC FOR RUFFS. This coming from the fantastic French blog La costume historique—at least, I think they’re fantastic? I’m mostly looking at the pictures.

There’s also one that matches ruffs with collars, which is great.

Wish they ventured into the 17th century, but. Still. What a time to be alive.

Is it a rule that every ‘eighties’ decade is just NUTS??

yes.  yes it is.

(via watchoutfordinosaurs)

stuffmomnevertoldyou:

Happy birthday, Elsa Schiaparelli, iconic fashion designer who also helped revolutionize women’s underwear.

"Women’s underwear before World War II was kind of elaborate. It was usually made of silk and it had pleats and it had to be ironed. This was in France. There was no such thing as ‘drip dry’ and when the war started, most of the men went to the front and the women had to take jobs. There was gas rationing and so everybody had bicycles and you had to be licensed to ride a bike in Paris, and in one year bike licenses tripled; it went up to 11 million. The way women dressed with these long skirts and this very elaborate underwear didn’t lend itself to riding a bike so Schiap changed panties completely. First of all, there was famine, so she got rid of the buttons and put elastic in the waist so that as you were losing weight, your panties would stay on. Then, she made them out of drip-dry material, so you didn’t need a maid to iron them … and she added a double-slung crotch and suddenly women could ride their bikes with a lot more freedom."

More badass September birthdays here.
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stuffmomnevertoldyou:

Happy birthday, Elsa Schiaparelli, iconic fashion designer who also helped revolutionize women’s underwear.

"Women’s underwear before World War II was kind of elaborate. It was usually made of silk and it had pleats and it had to be ironed. This was in France. There was no such thing as ‘drip dry’ and when the war started, most of the men went to the front and the women had to take jobs. There was gas rationing and so everybody had bicycles and you had to be licensed to ride a bike in Paris, and in one year bike licenses tripled; it went up to 11 million. The way women dressed with these long skirts and this very elaborate underwear didn’t lend itself to riding a bike so Schiap changed panties completely. First of all, there was famine, so she got rid of the buttons and put elastic in the waist so that as you were losing weight, your panties would stay on. Then, she made them out of drip-dry material, so you didn’t need a maid to iron them … and she added a double-slung crotch and suddenly women could ride their bikes with a lot more freedom."

More badass September birthdays here.

Costume Institute to Focus on China

I’m already so looking forward to this, and by this I mean the horrible slant-eyed caricature that Lady Gaga is sure to dress up as.  With any luck, but April 2015 someone will be paying me to do fashion snark as a *professional* but omfg.  

ugh if we’re lucky it will be a show of incredible historical Chinese costumes and a showcase of some of the truly incredible, innovative fashion coming out of China these days and I actually won’t need to be very snarky, but yeah considering that the pictures illustrating the article are two White models in Galliano and Tom Ford, I kind of doubt it.

Q
do you think the "chinese whispers" themed met gala will be respectful? or just a whole lotta caricatures and stereotyping and exotifying
A

oh dear I don’t know.  I hope it will be respectful, because there *is* a lot of Chinese-inspired fashion out there that’s not gross, buuuuuut……. yeah fashion in general doesn’t have a very good track record on these things, so I don’t know.

WHICH HARRY ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT, POTTER, STYLES, OR PRINCE?!

cwnerd12:

I have to ask this question far too often.

(just so you know, if I’m talking about a Harry, it’s probably Styles.  Listen for a “Louis” to follow soon after)

Dress
Bon Marché, 1902-1904
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dress

Bon Marché, 1902-1904

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Shoes
Rudi Gernreich, 1955
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art View high resolution

Shoes

Rudi Gernreich, 1955

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Coat
Irene, 1950s
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston View high resolution

Coat

Irene, 1950s

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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