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OK! I admit it…. this is a thinly disguised excuse to share this knitting pattern with you!!!! Oh how I laughed when I found this one!  But as the saying goes…. things come around. Perhaps I’ll be seen sporting a pair of these some time soon?? Ok, not likely…

It’s Terminology Tuesday again and this week in the spotlight is…

Hot Pants…. of the particularly 70’s variety…

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theartofcostume.wordpress.com Terminology Tuesday no. 12

Hot Pants

“A slang term coined by fashion industry newspaper Women’s Wear Daily in early 1971 to describe women’s short shorts made of luxury fabrics and leather. Often worn with coloured tights and fancy tops as evening wear and on city streets.”

Definition:

The Fairchild Books Dictionary of Fashion 4th Edition by Phyllis G. and Sandra J. Keiser

theartofcostume.wordpress.com terminology Tuesday no.12

theartofcostume.wordpress.com terminology Tuesday no.12

theartofcostume.wordpress.com Terminology Tuesday no. 12

theartofcostume.wordpress.com Terminology Tuesday no. 12

theartofcostume.wordpress.com Terminology Tuesday no 12

theartofcostume.wordpress.com Terminology Tuesday no 12

theartofcostume.wordpress.com Terminology Tuesday no. 12

theartofcostume.wordpress.com Terminology Tuesday no. 12

theartofcostume.wordpress.com Terminology Tuesday no.12

theartofcostume.wordpress.com Terminology Tuesday no.12

theartofcostume.wordpress.com Terminology Tuesday no.12

theartofcostume.wordpress.com Terminology Tuesday no.12

theartofcostume.wordpress.com Terminology Tuesday no.12

theartofcostume.wordpress.com Terminology Tuesday no.12

theartofcostume.wordpress.com Terminology Tuesday no.12

theartofcostume.wordpress.com Terminology Tuesday no.12

theartofcostume.wordpress.com Terminology Tuesday no.12

theartofcostume.wordpress.com Terminology Tuesday no.12

"I'm ready for my close up Mr De Mille" theartofcostume.wordpress.com Terminology Tuesday no 12

“I’m ready for my close up Mr De Mille” theartofcostume.wordpress.com Terminology Tuesday no 12

theartofcostume.wordpress.com Terminology  Tuesday no.12

theartofcostume.wordpress.com Terminology Tuesday no.12

theartofcostume.wordpress.com Terminology Tuesday no.12

theartofcostume.wordpress.com Terminology Tuesday no.12

Hoping that gave you a jolly good giggle too.

Happy Tuesday

Bella

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* Bibliography: The Fairchild Books Dictionary of Fashion 4th Edition by Phyllis G. and Sandra J. Keiser

 

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Whoa!!!! I’m getting ahead of myself this week! It’s only Autumn but I get so excited when I see something that twigs my hopelessly romantic imagination. So prepare for a little winter treat….

It’s Terminology Tuesday again and this week in the spotlight is…

Après Ski…

Vacation Knits by Villawool p9 circa 1960 photo source: theartofcostume.wordpress.com

Vacation Knits by Villawool p9 circa 1960
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Vacation Knits by villawool p21 circa 1960 photo source: theartofcostume.wordpress.com

Vacation Knits by villawool p21 circa 1960 photo source: theartofcostume.wordpress.com

“A French term pronounced ah-pray’ meaning “After Skiing.
“In fashion it describes clothing and accessories typically worn when relaxing after skiing. This look first became popular in the 1950’s at famous resorts such as Sun Valley, Lake Placid, and San Moritz. As more people began to ski, the look increased in popularity. Elements included colourful, glamourous sportswear items such as vests of fur or embroidery, pants of velvet, printed fabrics, and suede, as well as sweaters in jacquard knits and unusual boots. “
definition from: The Fairchild Books Dictionary of Fashion 4th Edition by Phyllis G.   and Sandra J. Keiser
Here are some fab 50’s – 60’s knits I dug out of my collection. How’s that for a little silly…I think I have covered off on most craft techniques at some point or other in time but I still can’t knit or crochet. Yet I love vintage knitting patterns and can’t help but collecting a few.
Never mind.
Pictured here on the ski field although I think in reality this clothing is more like lodge wear. not particularly water resistant.

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It’s Terminology Tuesday (well actually it’s Wednesday! sorry.) again and this week in the spotlight is…

Buskins…

Or are they? You know this is what I find so fascinating about concepts of fashion and image. Firstly, in fashion circles each season we see another round of the “new look”. But of course hardly anything is REALLY new but the context in which it is presented might be new. Feet haven’t changed much over the centuries, they are still funny looking, sticky outty bits that hold us up and move us around. Susceptible to damage by their shape and utilitarian nature they need to be protected from their environment. Over time we have come up with some pretty good basic ways of doing that, which still work today.
Secondly concepts of fashion and image are deeply personal and susceptible to interpretation based upon one’s own life experiences. For instance, take these boots and just make the topline a little more rounded and perhaps add pull tabs and the boot is looking more “cowboy”.
Or instead add some buckles and zips and your headed more for “biker”.
Make it shiner, neater, higher and you have a “military” style “riding” boot.
Or keep it low, make it tighter and add elastic gussets at the side and you have a “Chelsea” boot.
But of course the nature of fashion is to try and invent something new and reinterpret the old so there is often such a fine line between looks or in fact it becomes a hybrid of looks.
Now getting back to the name “Buskin”, not a name currently in great circulation. It caught my eye when trolling through my fashion dictionary looking for inspiration for todays post. Here is why…

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There have been so many clever, insightful things said about dress…

Here are just a few…

“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society.”
~ Mark Twain, quoted in More Maxims of Mark, Johnson, 1927

“It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes.”
~Henry David Thoreau

“The whole art of living is mirrored in fashion..”
~ Cecil Beaton

“Each age seeks its own image, the mirror of that image being the mirror of truth.”
~ Christian Dior

cheers,

Bella

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It’s Terminology Tuesday again and this week in the spotlight is…

the Annette Kellerman swimsuit…

You might have heard of her? Hopefully you have. I definitely had but was still amazed to learn of the extent of the influence she had on the lives we now live.

Pictorial post card, Miss Annette Kellermann, Champion Lady Swimmer and Diver of the World

Pictorial post card, Miss Annette Kellermann, Champion Lady Swimmer and Diver of the World. State Library of N.S.W. photo source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/statelibraryofnsw/6940033817/

Annette Kellerman (originally Kellermann), (1887 – 1975) was an Australian athlete, vaudeville and movie star and successful entrpreneur. In fact she was one of the most famous women of her time. Suffering from Rickets as a child, a condition which often results in weakened and deformed legs, Kellerman took to the water upon medical advice once her steel braces were removed. She learned to swim despite her initial fears and contrary to social norms of the time. In the Victorian era, European and American societies did not generally partake in swimming for pleasure. Most women were unable to swim and even if they were inclined were expected to wear heavy cumbersome clothing and not actually swim, just wade. However in Australia, women had adopted men’s swimming attire although strictly only for competitive swimming.

Holiday bathing dresses

Holiday bathing dresses. photo source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/27413256@N06/4546707945/

The Weir, Nepean at Penrith by Arthur Judges (c.1910)

The Weir, Nepean at Penrith by Arthur Judges (c.1910). photo source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pellethepoet/10340153424/

 

 

 

 

 

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