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Category Archives: California & The West

Southeastern European Folk Dress: A CSA Event with Dr. Elizabeth Barber

Earlier this month I had the rare pleasure of taking a Costume Society of America (CSA) Western Region tour of  Resplendent Dress from Southeastern Europe: A History in Layers, the current exhibition on at UCLA’s Fowler Museum, with one of the world’s foremost historians on the earliest known clothing. Dr. Elizabeth Barber is an expert […]

New Resources on Early Hollywood (Book Round-Up)

Over the past few months some books have landed on my desk all surrounding the same topic: dress and appearance in early Hollywood. Here’s a quick round-up of these newly available resources (all still on my ‘to read’ list): Go West, Young Women!: The Rise of Early Hollywood (January 2013, UC Press) By Hilary Hallett […]

San Francisco Fashion & History: The Women’s Architectural League

“In one of the bedrooms of the Nixon house on Chestnut-st., which will be one of six local residences shown on a centennial home tour Wednesday by the Women’s Architectural League, Judith Kirby catches the spirit of last century San Francisco living by stretching her toes for a glimpse of herself in a hoop-skirted gown […]

Guest Book Review: “The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson”

Today’s book review of The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson* (November 2012, Insight Editions) by Michael Bush comes from Tove Hermanson, a Brooklyn-based fashion culturalist, interested in the intersection of politics, economics, gender, race, and pop culture. She is a contributor to Worn Through, the Huffington Post, and her own Thread for Thought, where […]

San Francisco Fashion History: Lotta Crabtree

San Francisco Fashion History: Shoe store opening in 1953

“GRAND OPENING–With a king-size pair of shears, actress Marilyn Maxwell severs the tape to open the new Chandler’s Shoe Store in Stonestown. Watching, from left, are Al Hoffman, store manager; W. E. Polley, sales manager for the Edison Brothers Stores Inc.; Henry Stoneson, developer of Stonestown, and Roy Haydel, executive supervisor of the Edison stores. […]

Gypsy or Egyptian, Which? (March 21, 1937)

San Francisco Fashion History: Fashion Oscars of 1950

“For their work in bringing national attention to San Francisco’s apparel industry, these folk last night won ‘Fashion Oscars’ at a banquet of the Manufactures & Wholesalers Association. Left to right, front row, Cyril Magnin, vice president of Joseph Magnin Stores; E. C. Lipman, president of Emporium-Capwell Corp.; Miss Joan Bennett (who won a special […]

Flappers of Chinatown (May 27, 1923)

Researching ‘Hollywood Sketchbook’: An Interview with Natasha Rubin (Part 2)

If you enjoyed the brief look into  Hollywood Sketchbook: A Century of Costume Illustration from last week, you’re going to love “Part II” of my interview with Natasha Rubin, who contributed a fascinating essay to this book: Heather Vaughan: Who was your favorite person to interview for this project? Natasha Rubin: “Deborah interviewed the vast […]