Tag Archives: 1950s fashion

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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October Treasure of the Month: Monte Santo & Pruzan

This month’s treasure comes from Special Collections and FIT Archives. It features the wonderful sketches and swatches collection of the coats and suits manufacturer Monte Santo & Pruzan. Vincent Monte Santo was the man who started it all. In 1915 … Continue reading

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Then & Now

(left) Cornelis de Vos  (Flemish, Hulst 1584/85–1651 Antwerp), Portrait of a Young Woman, Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Accession Number: 71.46. (right) Jacques Fath (Designed in America for Joseph Halpert), Lord & Taylor ad, published September 1952. Special Collections and FIT Archives.

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Guest Post by Heather Vaughan

Icon: The Shirtwaist Dress in Good Housekeeping and other media Presented at Women in Magazines Conference at Kingston University, London, on 22-23 June 2012 Heather Vaughan is an independent writer and fashion historian, whose work focuses on the study of dress … Continue reading

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Then & Now

(left) Lady Curzon, in Charles Fredrick Worth ‘Peacock Dress’, 1902-3. Oil on Canvas, attributed to William Logsdail, English (1859-1844). (right) Mary Jane Russell in Dior  gown. Photograph: Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Harper’s Bazaar, October 1951.

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Then & Now

(left) Models Dorian Leigh and Evelyn Tripp in Clair McCardell’s wool jersey dresses, photograph by Irving Penn, Vogue 1950. (right) John Galliano for Dior Haute Couture,  Fall 2008-2009 I particularly love these two images together because it reflects the identity … Continue reading

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Then & Now

(left) Mary Jane Russell photographed at Le Pavillon by Lillian Bassman.  Harper’s Bazaar, 1950. image source: fiercer than you (right) Lost in Lace, photography and styling by Damian Foxe, crochet recycled cotton and synthetic fabric rug by Hooked Designs, embroidered cotton voile top … Continue reading

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Fashion & Music Symposium- Callas Behavior: Fashion and the Making of a Diva

Callas Behavior: Fashion and the Making of a Diva By Tracy Jenkins Christened “La Divina” by critics for her remarkable voice, Maria Callas personified what is still thought of today as The Diva. She remains, even after her death, one … Continue reading

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April treasure of the Month

This month’s treasure comes from an unexpected source- the Flickr account Lynne’s Lens. One set in particular caught my attention. The set- titled  World’s Fair Photographer– includes scanned 35mm negatives Lynne purchased in a flea market, assuming they were just your ordinary collection of … Continue reading

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Then&Now

(left) Evening dress, Lanvin-Castillo, 1954-55. Collection of The Costume Institute, MET. (right) “Snowflake” evening dress, Alexander McQueen, Fall 2008. Collection of the Museum at FIT.

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