Tag Archives: 20th Century Fashion History

Mystery Monday: Mela Koehler

Yes, this lithograph is by Mela Koehler (1865 – 1960), a close collaborator with the Wiener Werkstätte. Founded in 1903 by Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser, the Wiener Werkstätte, or Vienna Workshop, remained active for only 29 years, but its … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday: Beth Levine

Yes, Beth Levine of Herbert Levine, Inc. designed this shoe. Known for her elegant, witty and whimsical shoe designs, Beth Levine found inspiration in her travels, in new materials, and from runway fashions, as she sought to pair the best … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Fashion, Reconsidered

By Cary O’dell Cary O’Dell’s work has appeared on PopMatters.com, Thoughtcatalog.com and Wornthrough.com.  His book, “June Cleaver Was a Feminist!  Reconsidering the Female Character of Early Television,” will be published in the fall by McFarland.  He works for the Library … Continue reading

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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: 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: Elizabeth Hawes

That’s right; this article is about Elizabeth Hawes (1903 – 1971), the fashion designer and author. TO MADELEINE VIONNET the great creator of style in France AND TO THE FUTURE DESIGNERS OF MASS-PRODUCED CLOTHES the world over …So begins Fashion … 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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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: Halston, The Hat Man

Cloche hats, toques, doll hats, and snoods…yes, this is one of Halston’s designs! When many of us think of Halston, we think of heady perfume, sultry synthetics and Studio 54.  Most of the world remembers Halston for his designs and … Continue reading

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Fashionista Friday: Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple (b. 1928) Without a doubt, Shirley Temple was the most famous child of the 1930s.  Precocious, bubbly, and an embodiment of “cuteness,” Shirley began her film career at the tender age of three, but by puberty she was … Continue reading

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