Alice Guy, cinema pioneer

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Alice Guy film

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
history of quiffs

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
artwork by Zelda Fitzgerald

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, a fashion history

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
nylon fashion sportswear

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

Friday, March 29, 2013
Modernism in design

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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Lipstick : a complete history

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
lipstick in 1919

Lipstick is made up of oils, waxes, emollients and pigment. It seems that both women and men have been staining their lips as long as there have been…

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something for the weekend : Clara Bow

Friday, March 1, 2013

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something for the weekend : Harris Tweed

Friday, February 22, 2013

A little something for the weekend. Some lovely links that I have found on my travels around the internet. These are all related to Harris Tweed.

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Knitwear – a history unravelled

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Knitwear has been with us for a long time. We need it so much in these winter months. Oh, it can drift in and out of fashion in…

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Jodhpurs – a history

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Jodhpurs entered Western fashion culture by way of horseriding. They are trousers which are tightfitting with a seam that diverts from the inside leg and ending in a…

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