Monthly Archives: November 2012

Mystery Monday

“Too intelligent, too wilful! …Not bad taste, however!” …said one member of the press when this young American fashion designer dared to show her collection in Paris. Who is the young American designer described in this article? Think you know? … Continue reading

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Fashionista Friday – Hélène Fourment

History has given us plenty of silly headdresses.  But what, exactly, is that thing on her head? In this drawing, currently on display at the Frick Collection, Hélène Fourment is depicted in perfectly period attire, with a devotional prayer book … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday: Ginette Spanier, La Directrice

Yes, this is Ginette Spanier. She was the directrice of the House of Balmain from 1947 to 1976. In her autobiography, It Isn’t All Mink, Spanier describes her job and its various trials: “…If a seam is not quite right, … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday

I am inspired by successful, intelligent women who work tirelessly yet always look fabulous. How do they stay si soignées? Here’s this week’s mystery:Who is this elegant woman? What was her profession? Think you know, readers? Submit your guesses below; … Continue reading

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Fashionista Friday – Women Suffragists of the United States

Although this image is from the English women’s suffrage movement, the message still pertains to its American counterpart: as unbecoming as an old fashion is, so are asinine outdated social rules.  Just as fashion progresses, so does society, and in … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday: The War Hero and His Wellingtons

Rain boots, galoshes, wellingtons… an invention of Arthur Wellesley! According to the Victoria and Albert Museum, “Wellingtons first appeared at the time of the Napoleonic Wars, when the army became more socially visible and military costume influenced fashionable dress. Another … Continue reading

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