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Lecture -  "On Cameos: From Antiquity to Present"

Lecture - "On Cameos: From Antiquity to Present"

... The only difference between hand-carved cameos made today and those made in antiquity is that modern machinery is electrified, while the ancients used a pedal-powered system similar to a treadle sewing machine ...
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Exhibit Visit - "Dressing Downton" at Biltmore Estate

Exhibit Visit - "Dressing Downton" at Biltmore Estate

... An excited gift-shop employee, captivated by the exhibit and my outfit, asked: "Is this what you used to wear?" To which I responded, laughing: "How old do you think I am?" ...
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Repairing a Vintage Hand Fan

Repairing a Vintage Hand Fan

... The shards had torn through the silk in several spots of nearly every section. Some were hanging from one edge. Others had completely detached. Sob ...
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Making a Parasol Bag

Making a Parasol Bag

... I'd seen a single example of a parasol bag, and that was for at-home storage. But that didn't mean a carried version never did or could exist. Surely some enterprising woman had whipped one up back when, right? ...
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In a Box, With Tissue Paper

In a Box, With Tissue Paper

... Recently, however, I've been buying both reproduction and original antique garments and accessories. Not for collecting. I intend to wear and use them ...
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Lining an Edwardian Reticule

Lining an Edwardian Reticule

... Have I mentioned that I am not the world's most confident seamstress? Nor the most patient? But I was determined to do a fine job and most important to "first, do no harm."  ...
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Events and Adventures - 8/13 thru 7/14

Events and Adventures - 8/13 thru 7/14

... Other times, an annotated photo album will suffice. In those cases, I prepare a slide show of sorts, and post it as an album on the Better Dresses Vintage Facebook Page. You don't need to "Like" us to view them (although we hope you do!). Here is a sampling of some of those albums ...
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The No. 1 Ladies' Costume Designer - BDV Interviews Jo Katsaras

The No. 1 Ladies' Costume Designer - BDV Interviews Jo Katsaras

... JK: I think clothing is your first aura, it's what the world sees of your personality. My characters in the show all reflect that. The cheating husband costume on the character that David Oyelowa plays, for example. His costume just spelt man-on-the-prowl ...
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These are a size 2?!

Vanity Unfair -- What's Up With Modern Sizing?

... But back to the present. First, I'd like to know why a size 00 exists. What kind of cockamamie designation is "00?" And if that 00 (or you could call it xxxs) has a 30" waist, then what size do you wear if your waist is 27" or 25" or a truly extra-small 23"? Size "fetus?" Size "nano?" Do we move into negative numbers? Or just go to Baby Gap? ...
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Silent Movie - "The Loves of Pharaoh"

Silent Movie - "The Loves of Pharaoh"

... I wondered how different things were when The Loves of Pharaoh was thoroughly modern. Had any of those now-laughable aspects of the film struck the 1922 audiences as funny? What scenarios from our current dramatic cinema will send future audiences into fits of giggles, while wondering what our long-ago reaction had been? ...
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Fashionable Silhouettes at the Mint Museum

Exhibit Visit - "Fashionable Silhouettes" at the Mint Museum

... Each hall contained a U-shaped display, and I read every word as I walked along, drooling. The first side of the first horse-shoe spanned 1745-90. Here are a few more images from that part of the timeline ...
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The Lady With 400 Long-Sleeved Blouses

The Lady With 400 Long-Sleeved Blouses

... Just beyond the front door, in her mid-century home's living room, I was greeted by towering stacks of clothing arranged along a sizable sectional sofa, a coffee table, and a wing chair ...
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