Category Archives: Mystery Mondays

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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Mystery Monday

A new year, a new you? As you think about the upcoming year, are you planning to learn a new skill or to break a behavioral pattern?  While you draft your goals, take a moment to marvel at this skillful … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday: The Gazette du Bon Ton and Georges Doeuillet

The publication? Gazette du Bon Ton The designer? Georges Doeuillet The illustrations of the Gazette du Bon Ton, a French fashion magazine, are classic examples of the Art Deco style of illustration. With wonderous scenes filled with Biblical and mythical … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday

The end of the semester has arrived, allowing us to trade our thinking caps for party hats without any sense of guilt or irresponsibility! Those of us who celebrate Chanukah have already traded our microscopes for the menorah, and sleepless … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday: Pliny the Elder’s Natural History

In Natural History, first published around 77-80 CE, Pliny the Elder identifies the origin of sericulture as the strange and distant Land of the Seres. Pliny is only one of many western writers who held this opinion: “Virgil’s Georgics reports enigmatically … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday

A is for answer and Q is for question: This is a page from a frequently referenced historical work. Within it, the author describes the origins of silk in a mysterious and distant land. Who authored this text? To what … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday: The Oorijzer

Yes, this headdress is called an oorijzer, Dutch for “ear iron”. The Oorijzer is unique to the Netherlands and is an important element of national costume and tradition. It began a as humble accessory, a type of peasant jewelry worn … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday

Monday has arrived, and so has another mystery: What is the name of this headpiece? Is it purely decorative? If not, what is its purpose? Think you know? Submit your guesses and we’ll reveal the answer on Thursday!

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