• Alice Guy film

    Alice Guy, cinema pioneer

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013

    In which decade was the world’s first ever female film director? Was it perhaps the ’60s? Or possibly the ’20s? No. Try the ’90s — the 1890s. Try…

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    History of the quiff hairstyle

    Thursday, July 18, 2013

    Flamboyant, rebellious and not entirely gender specific, the quiff rolls into history as the rebellious offspring of the pompadour hairstyle. But why do we have a masculine hairstyle…

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    Pearls: a long history

    Friday, June 7, 2013

    A symbol of wealth, status and a form of currency. Pearls have never gone out of fashion with the rich. And when pearls were cultured, or even faked,…

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    Cab Calloway and the Nicholas Brothers

    Monday, June 3, 2013

    Six degrees of Cab Calloway and The Nicholas Brothers. Well, sort of…

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    Vintage Cannes

    Friday, May 24, 2013

      Quick, jump in the time machine for a little film history tour of vintage Cannes. We’ll be back in time for hors d’oeuvres supper.

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    Trimalchio, the original Gatsby story

    Tuesday, May 14, 2013

    Have you read Trimalchio yet? No? Don’t worry, not too many people have until recent years. It’s the first edition and working title of The Great Gatsby. It…

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  • nylon fashion sportswear

    Nylon, a fashion history

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

    Just how have we got into this yoyo love/hate relationship that we now seem to have with nylon?

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    Nylon : the birth of a synthetic textile

    Wednesday, May 1, 2013

    Without the commercial urge to easily produce artificial silk we would not have nylon in our lives.

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    The importance of being Cubist

    Saturday, April 13, 2013

    New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has recently received a substantial donation of Cubist art from Estée Lauder heir Leonard Lauder. Cubism and Impressionism are considered the two…

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  • Modernism in design

    Modernism

    Friday, March 29, 2013

    Would you believe that the concept of Modernism in taste and design is a modern idea? Think about that for a second. Surely being progressive is inherent in…

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What happened in 1908?

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Do you know what happened in 1908? This is an outline of significant cultural events that took place in the year 1908.

Also featuring galleries of images to illustrate the culture, art, design, cinema, fashion and photography of 1908. Read More

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Time machine

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September has passed us by so quickly and there has been little time for time-travelling. However, let’s have a look at the places and times that have caught my eye this month. Read More

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Get the 1940s look – short hair

Monday, May 27, 2013

If you’d love to style your hair in an authentic 1940s look but you think your hair is too short, think again. All is not lost. There are…

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Get the look: best vintage-style 1920s flapper shoes

Friday, March 22, 2013

I’m in shopping mode today. I need some authentic-looking 1920s flapper shoes, something I can do the Charleston in for an hour or so and still ankle home…

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Get the 1940s look – daytime hair

Friday, February 8, 2013

Try these easy 1940s hairstyles. For those times when you want to get the look quickly and (almost) effortlessly.

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Find vintage knitwear the easy way

Monday, January 28, 2013

  What do we do when true vintage knitwear is hard to find? Sometimes it’s fine to cheat a little. We can’t all be perfect. Have you ever…

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