Category Archives: Fashion History

The Tissue of Dreams: Paper Patterns in the Tailoring Trade

In the opening chapter of her book A History of the Paper Pattern Industry: The Home Dressmaking Fashion Revolution, curator and scholar Joy Spanabel Emery cites the October 1916 issue of Designer magazine: “There is nothing so cheap & yet … Continue reading

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Shoes to ‘Chutes: The Wartime Story of I. Miller & Sons

On January 12, 1945, the Grand Ballroom of the luxurious Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City was packed full as a thousand pair of curious eyes looked on as shoe industry executive George Miller and Lieut. Col. Harold L. Lister … Continue reading

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Emergency Mode: The Wartime Hats of Sally Victor

Promptly at 3pm on December 18, 1941, members of the American fashion press gathered at the legendary Rainbow Room in New York City and patiently awaited their introduction to emergency mode. A fundraiser to benefit the British Ambulance Corps, the … Continue reading

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