Monthly Archives: January 2013

Mystery Monday: A Suit from La Belle Jardinière

Manufactured during the period now known as La Belle Époque (1871 – 1914), this suit from La Belle Jardinière is an example of the more affordable, ready-to-wear suiting options available to Parisian men. Established in 1824, La Belle Jardinière was … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday

As a new semester begins and we find ourselves returning to a strict schedule of classes, studying, and research, time is very much on our minds. While we settle into our comfortable but hectic routines, here is another mystery: From … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday: Jack Potter’s Drawing and Thinking

I thought someone might mention the names Vuillard and Toulouse-Lautrec this week! Jack Potter (1927 – 2002), best known for his fashion illustrations in the 1950s, found inspiration in the work of Toulouse-Lautrec and Vuillard. Though his style is reminiscent of these famous … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday

Last week’s mystery was about drawing inspiration from the past, and this week’s mystery is about the drawings of the past: Who drew this fashion illustration? Think you know? Submit your guess below; we’ll tell you all about this illustrator … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday: Owen Jones

Yes, Owen Jones designed this textile. Jones (1809 – 1874) was an architect, a designer, and the author of  The Grammar of Ornament. Published in 1856, The Grammar of Ornament contains a series of chromolithographs tracing the development of patterns through … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday

In textile design, history repeats itself as the next generation discovers the patterns of the past, when the result of this analysis leads not to innovation but to replication. While some view these patterns with disappointment, these facsimiles of historic … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday: Charles James, American Couturier

Readers, thank you for your patience this past week. Here is the solution to last Monday’s mystery: Happy New Year, Readers! There were some great guesses this week, including the correct answer: Charles James. Historians have described Charles James (1906 … Continue reading

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