This week I'm very excited to be interviewing the lovely Helen of 20th Century Cloth! Helen creates wonderfully fun, kitschy and gorgeous fabrics inspired by Mid-Century textiles and designs. If you've ever longed for the amazing fabric of the Atomic Age, 20th Century Cloth is your go-to shop for incredible fabric that looks truly authentic! … Continue reading Interview with Helen of 20th Century Cloth!
This week's issue of Life Magazine is from June 5th, 1944, and it doesn't just feature an article on the U.S. Infantry, but Women at War and a whole bunch of other WWII related items - even the majority of the advertisements revolve around the war! (Click to enlarge images) You can read a copy … Continue reading Life Magazine, June 5th, 1944
I know, I know, I'm obsessed! Here is another Biba related video, from the 50th anniversary of Biba, back in 2014. So much fun! I love Barbara and could listen to her talk and tell stories about Biba all day long (From A to Biba is much the same, full of wonderful stories, such an … Continue reading Bath in Fashion Celebrates 50 Years of Biba!
Today I am thrilled to be interviewing Molly Hamilton, the amazingly talented and inspiring woman behind the iconic Folkwear sewing pattern company! Folkwear has been on the scene creating gorgeous patterns based on historical and vintage garments from around the world since the 1970's, and they were actually the first vintage inspired sewing patterns I … Continue reading Interview with Molly of Folkwear!
"Hello, you've reached 911, please state the nature of your emergency." "My sewing machine, there's something wrong with it, it smells like nail polish remover! I think it may be dying!" (silence) "Hello? Hello? Can you hear me? I said my sewing machine may be dying, I don't know what to do! Please help me!" … Continue reading Sewing Machine Emergency (?)
This week I have another issue of Life Magazine to share with all of you! Doesn't Ella Raines look beautiful on the cover? And side note, I wish you could still buy magazines for 15 cents! And check out that rate for a yearly subscription! Yowza! You can read this issue online or download a … Continue reading Life Magazine, August 11th, 1947
Yes, another Biba related video! Last year I wrote a bit about how much I love Professor Amanda Hallay's Ultimate Fashion History videos, and this little spotlight on Biba and Barbara Hulanicki is just one of the many reasons why! I hope you all enjoy this mini-lesson on Biba! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoPsn14eCK0
And it's good to have a laugh and remember that none of us have all the answers or solutions - but that said, that shouldn't stop us from trying to find them! When I'm feeling really down about the state of the world, one of the things I like to do to lighten my mood … Continue reading Sometimes things get really serious…
The Trump administration’s policies on family separation and abortion are driven by one view: A woman’s pain is fitting punishment. -Made to Suffer for Her Sins, by Christina Cauterucci for Slate. We need to stop pretending that all of this is about anything other than violent, toxic hatred - primarily misogyny and racism. There have … Continue reading Made to Suffer for Her Sins by Christina Cauterucci for Slate and my thoughts
Awhile ago I wrote an enormous post on Biba/Barbara Hulanicki and in it I briefly touched on the Biba cosmetics line. Well, I just found an amazing video on Youtube all about Biba makeup, by HomeSpa Beauty! This gal was lucky enough to get her hands on a ton of original Biba makeup and I'm … Continue reading Biba Makeup