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White Tie & Tails: Men’s Formal Wear for 1936

September 30, 2014

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Originally posted on witness2fashion:
Correct Formal Dress for Men, from 1936 Delineator Magazine If you’re wondering why a site devoted to everyday fashion is featuring “white tie, top hat and tails,” it’s not just because I love old Fred Astaire movies. The 20th century was often a more formal place than the 21st century.…

Dress in the Dominion: Historical Canadian Etiquette

July 24, 2014

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The historical paucity of genuine Canadian etiquette guides originally led me to wonder how much my ancestors’ sense of propriety was effected by our culture’s most predominant influences: our British founders and our American neighbours. If the content of the Toronto Reference Library’s collections is any indication, U.S. publications were clearly the preferred choice whether […]

From the Vaults: Jet-Set Styling

July 22, 2014

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Last of a series featuring highlights of my recent research at the Library of Congress. The Jet Age was definitely a mixed bag when it came to formal fashions.  The late 1950s and early 1960s marked a transition from the limited experimentations of the relatively conservative 1930s into the anything-goes attitude of the sixties and seventies.  The styles shown in […]

From the Vaults: Soviet Evening Wear

July 18, 2014

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Part of a series featuring highlights of my recent research at the Library of Congress. In my youth I was always fascinated by the bizarrely Orwellian nature of life in the Soviet Union.  An article on Communist sartorial propaganda in the May 1959 issue of GQ reminded me just how perversely fascinating the USSR was. The article’s introduction sets […]

From the Vaults: Silk Evening Shoes

July 17, 2014

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Part of a series featuring highlights of my recent research at the Library of Congress. William Skinner and Sons was a very successful silk cloth manufacturer with roots dating back to the 1850s.   Their earliest ads in Apparel Arts often promoted their quality silk linings for robes, suit jackets and tuxedos and occasionally for lapel facings and […]

From the Vaults: Apparel Arts

July 16, 2014

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Part of a series featuring highlights of my recent research at the Library of Congress. My most exciting discovery at the Library was really more of a re-discovery: the priceless fabric swatches contained within the pages of Apparel Arts magazine. For those unfamiliar with the publication, it began in 1931 as a resource for the American menswear […]

The Sartorial Art Journal Fashion Plates: Summer Formal Wear

June 19, 2014

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In the second half of our review of the Costume Institute’s incredible collection of digitized Sartorial Art Journal fashion plates, we look at the eveningwear illustrations that supplemented various summer issues.  While evening tailcoats were regularly featured in November and December plates, they were very rarely worn in the hot summer months.  Thus, the only […]

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