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Category Archives: California & The West

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 [...]

CSA Meet-Up at UC Davis: Structures, Signifiers and Society with Mary Schoeser

Yesterday I had the unique opportunity to go to a Costume Society of America Meet – Up (an informal and free event giving CSA members the opportunity to mix and mingle with their fellow enthusiasts) at the UC Davis Design Museum. Organized by past-president, Jo Ann C. Stabb, we had gathered together to see Structures, [...]

Museum of Performance & Design Rummage Sale January 26

  MUSEUM OF PERFORMANCE + DESIGN First Rummage Sale in 20 years!  Saturday, January 26th Veteran’s Building, Fourth Floor, MPD main gallery - Come see what treasures you could snap up for a great deal. Thousands of theatre, dance, music, opera, musical theatre, and film-related books and memorabilia as well as exhibition materials, office and audio/video [...]