Posts tagged fashion
I suppose I should admit I am a collector - so many of us who wear vintage dresses almost exclusively are, as it makes sense to construct entire outfits as they were originally intended to be worn. Layering is not only for prepsters. For my Brooklyn people, I will share my favorite Flea purveyors, just ask -
My favorite part of this piece is:
Every time I see a woman’s patterned underwear through her dress, or watch her try to keep a flowy skirt from sticking to the back of her thighs, I have to resist the urge to approach her and ask, in my most grandmotherly voice, “Honey, have you ever tried a slip?”
Fashion editor Madge Garland in a great bathing suit, photographed in the late 1920s.
Garland is one of the subjects of Lisa Cohen’s new book All We Know, along with friends Esther Murphy and Mercedes De Acosta. The three were ambitious, idiosyncratic, larger-than-life women.
In addition to their professional accomplishments, these women were what would be known today as connectors — they got around. While each married, they all had primary involvements with other women, and took part in early twentieth-century lesbian transatlantic circles (think La Ronde with an all-female cast). Murphy, with her endless thirst for conversation, seems to have been friends with everyone, from Janet Flanner to Edmund Wilson to Natalie Barney to F. Scott Fitzgerald; De Acosta’s career as a seductress is well known; and, according to Garland’s former lover, the British novelist Sybille Bedford, “everyone was one of Madge’s old flames.” The three knew each other, gossiped with each other, and shared friends and lovers. In this sense, “all we know” might also be understood to refer to a social world, to the utopia of ever-expanding social networks: Esther Murphy, Mercedes De Acosta, Madge Garland, and Everyone We Know.
Image from Lisa Cohen’s Tumblr.
Also, this deliciousness.
Gown by Christian Dior, 1950s.
Now this is a fashion photo. There is a narrative, a point of view, a graceful line the eye follows - and the gown and hair are part of that without being all of it.
Photo by Brian Duffy for French Elle, 1975.
Look at those flared wrist cuffs. She is leaning against a beach wastebasket, and it is fabulous.
Welcome back to Dallas, y’all. (Here’s the post from last week to catch you up.)
Oh, what an episode of fashion the second hour of GCB has for us to explore. Are you ready for a wardrobe malfunction, guns, glitter, and that gloriously gif-able Cricket Caruth-Reilly (Miriam Shor)? Excellent. We’ll press ahead.
My second post on lady power-dressing is up over here on the Third Wave Fashion blog. It’s good campy fun.