Brrr. It’s cold here in California on the first day of 2023. There is no better way to stay warm than to bundle up in a great sweater. Here are 4 sweater looks from the mid-century. Specifically, the styles you see are from the September 1964 issue of McCalls magazine. We’ll explore more from this sixties issue tomorrow and spend the week looking at mid-century sweaters.
First up is my favorite. The two-tone bulky turtleneck you see above was made by Kingstone and sold for $33.
The model below is wearing a cashmere cardigan and cowled sleeveless pullover with her tweed skirt. All are made by Dalton. The 3 piece outfit cost about $85 in 1964.
This Jacquard sweater with an extra-long turtleneck collar was made with heavy-gauge wool…
This painting is about the memories of festive occasions in the spring and summer. These gold shoes were worn to a few weddings and out to dinner for graduation. They signify, to me, the sense of hope and cheerfulness that accompany these celebrations. The orchids here, normally live in the window and are in bloom from early spring until late in the fall . I moved them and put them on a tablecloth for a hybrid sort of still life with the shoes being made by the human hand. The image of the two together reminds me of these happy occasions throughout the year.
I have been in desperate need of new pajamas. My last pair bit the dust several months ago and now reside in the rag bag. In fact they bit the dust almost a year ago but I continued to wear them until there was more of me hanging out, than covered. I was so excited to find this Art Gallery Flannel (and a tiny bit intimidated by the print as I cant help but think of 70s curtains).
Despite buying the fabric back in September I only got round to sewing these over the Christmas holidays. And while I have made this pattern a number of times, I felt pretty rusty sitting at my sewing machine. So I took my time and I’d like to say I carefully followed instructions. But alas I was listening to an excellent e-book (Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman) and was easily distracted. So on several…
Katya in blue by the fir tree. A wonderful painting of this name, from the brush of the legendary Zinaida Serebriakova, can be found in the Pushkin Museum. On it is depicted a little girl with bright deep and big eyes. This is Ekaterina Serebriakova, Zinaida’s daughter, her right-hand woman, and the preserver of her artistic heritage. A superb graphic artist, painter and interior decorator, Ekaterina died on August 26, 2014, in her apartment on Montparnasse. She was in the 102nd year of her life.
The world of Russian culture has had an immeasurable loss, said the Russian ambassador to France, Alexander Orlov. The ambassador is indubitably correct – and not just because owing to Ekaterina’s efforts, her mother’s legacy was preserved. Zinaida was one of the greats of Russian art, one of the first women to write her name in bright letters in its history. Ekaterina herself was…
Regen ohne Ende. Soll das der Sommer sein? Na ja, zum Glück ist es wenigstens einigermaßen warm.
Habe als Antwort auf das Wetter meinen Trenchcoat aus den 80er Jahren wiederbelebt und in einem trockenen Moment fotografiert. Er ist oversized geschnitten und daher wieder top-aktuell. Außerdem passt alles darunter, sogar ein Pullover, wenn es nötig ist. Einen solchen Mantel kann man jetzt gut gebrauchen – und er scheint auch ein Hingucker zu sein. Ich habe nämlich schon ein paar Komplimente bekommen. (Ich hätte nichts gegen weitere …)
Never ending rain. Is this supposed to be summer? Well, at least it´s not toooo cold.
As a response to the lousy weather I reanimated my Trench from the 80ies and shooted it at a dry moment. It has an oversized shape and so it´s quite fashionable again. And besides you can wear anything underneeth you need, even a wooly jumper if necessary…
A few days ago, I visited Yves Saint Laurent’s former haute couture house. It is located 5 avenue Marceau in the 7th arrondissement de Paris and from 1974 to 2002, YSL’s designs were created here.
This address is also the location of the Pierre Bergé foundation which aims to conserve YSL’S work.
The first section of the exhibit displays the key pieces of YSL’s style. They are men clothes imagined and rearranged for a feminine clientele. These pieces are a mixture of masculine cuts, comfort and womenly touches of simplicity and elegance.
Prototype of YSL’S first tuxedo. AW 1966 (wool, silk, cotton)During the 1880s, men wore “tuxedos” when they smoked. Tuxedos were donned withbroad silk lapels designed so that the ashes of men’s cigars would slide without leaving any marks. The tuxedo imagined by YSL embodies the emancipated woman who breaks with traditional rules and who makes a…
In 1983, ZZ Top sang about the Sharp Dressed Man. In 1955, Jon Whitcomb illustrated him. The popular artist had a monthly column where he displayed his artistic talents to readers of Cosmopolitan. For the May 1955 issue, he choose the topic of men’s fashion and told about 7 personalities who excelled at dressing sharp. The men you see above are radio executive Ray Hughes, entertainer Perry Como, and Illustrator Alex Ross.
The men you see below were also included on the list. They are advertising exec Gene Davis, personality Tony Martin, Jon Whitcomb (yes, he included himself), and illustrator J. Frederick Smith.
Whitcomb also offered a pithy paragraph that accompanied his illustration. Here, we learn a bit more about each man’s wardrobe, and what he wore to bed. From this TMI, we learn that 5 of the 7 men “sleep raw”.