Yay! Huge props to Sewingbird on LJ for pointing out that the long-awaited final Janet Arnold book (Patterns of Fashion: Cut and Construction of Linen Shirts, Smocks, Neck and Headwear, Etc., C. 1540-1665) is now available for pre-order on Amazon UK (it’s coming out in November). And Laracorsets on LJ found a book (Corsets: Historic Patterns and Techniques) that sounds very promising; also available for preorder on Amazon UK.
In addition to the Vivienne Westwood exhibit that starts in March, the de Young museum in San Francisco has just opened an exhibit on historical corsetry: Elegant Distortions. It runs through June. Yay!
Last weekend I went to the Oakland Museum’s White Elephant sale where I only bought a pearl necklace and a 40’s style olive green suit ($10)… only to get home and on a hunch, start poking around and realize that my 40’s style suit is actually a vintage Women’s Army Corps uniform (minus all its buttons). Yay! So now I’m wandering around ebay trying to find buttons and all the other insignia that it’s missing.
And I’m teaching two classes this weekend at GBACCG’s Costume Academy — one is an overview of 18th century costume, the other is on draping the 18th c. bodice. In doing so, I came across the sketch Nancy Bradfield includes in Costume in Detail of 1780s bum rolls/pads. That’s the only evidence I’ve seen for these, and since I love the 1780s, I thought I’d just go see if I could find the original she redrew that from… behold! I’ve ordered the catalog on ILL so I can see a better version. Anyone know of any other documentation for bum rolls in the late 1780s?
This will go into the next Real Women’s Clothing directory update, but it’s too good to wait! Ever wondered what some of the V&A costumes look like from other angles? Well look no further — Fashion in the Round.
An interview with Jacqueline Durran, oscar-nominated (cough) costume designer of the recent version of Pride & Prejudice. And an article in the Oakland Tribune about San Francisco-based corset couturiers Dark Garden (congrats on the quote, Heather!).
Oh, and, um, yes, I have been sewing (well, embroidering) — I’ve just been SO LAZY I can’t pick up my camera, and I always think it’s pointless to post updates w/out photos. Especially when the update is “so I’ve been embroidering.” Soon.