You may have noticed that we haven’t posted in a while and perhaps you are wondering what’s up. The short story is that after two years of rain here in Seattle, we had an awesome summer and I didn’t feel like blogging. The longer story is that this website was an experimental project I launched after the recession hit and had I lost a lot of my regular clients. Starting a website and learning social media and the digital side of the writing world seemed better than developing a daytime TV addiction, returning to bartending or finding an office job. And the experience has been great and I’ve learned a lot and made amazing connections and new friends. But 18 months later, work has picked back up. I’m teaching two classes, creating a couple of custom publications, doing lots of digital retail writing (thanks partially to this site!) and writing freelance stories for a handful of publications. I also have a few book pitches floating around that I hope turn into something interesting—and here’s something I haven’t done in a while: I’m working on a creative textile project. So whether I’ll pick back up with On This Day In Fashion remains unknown, but right now it’s looking unlikely that I will find the time in the near future. Check back occasionally and see what’s happening, otherwise, it’s been great sharing fashion history with you!!
A few days ago I taped our third segment for the radio program “KUOW Presents;” this one was about teen fashion, the bottom-up theory and two films that demonstrate the evolution and growing influence of street style versus designer style. The piece just aired, and it’s always kind of wild for me to listen to the conversation edited down after the fact. (I also have to say there is nothing weirder than listening to myself talk about teenagers and my students like I’m some hip old broad who’s totally down with “kids these days.” I’ve no doubt that every 13-year-old who is forced to hear this segment while trapped in their parents’ car will label me a majorly out-of-touch nerd.) Still, I feel like there’s so much more I can say (and clarify, natch) about this topic! But host Jeannie Yandel did an awesome job catching the core ideas behind the films, as well as my own gushing reaction to one of my favorite films when I was a teenager: Valley Girl.
I just returned from taping a super fun fashion-in-film segment for “KUOW Presents,” a Seattle-based NPR affiliate. This time around I talked about the trickle-up theory in fashion as demonstrated in the films, Rebel Without a Cause and Valley Girl, and how these movies serve as pinpoints on a timeline of teenage-specific fashions. They are hoping to air it this Friday or Saturday; I’ll be sure to post a link when they do.
On a recent trip to Walla Walla, Washington, I took a break from the wineries and epic scenery to duck into a few vintage and antiques stores to comb for sweet scores. In Waitsburg I found a mint stack of early 1970s issues of Look—score! (I actually prefer 1960s-era issues of Look, as fashion spreads seem to have become less of a priority for the magazine in the 1970s, but when Look does do fashion, they do it well.) Case in point: The “Money” issue published on this day in 1972 includes a spread titled “Fashion Now: Black Pow!” that homes in on the wave of black fashion designers and their Read More »
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