Terminology Tuesday #11 Quirky and curious fashion terms: Apres ski

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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
photo source: theartofcostume.wordpress.com

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.

Patons knitting book 3 p18 Ski-High

Patons knitting book 3 p18 Ski-High photo source: theartofcostume.wordpress.com

Ski and sail by Villawool front cover.  photo source: theartofcostume.wordpress.com

Ski and sail by Villawool front cover.
photo source: theartofcostume.wordpress.com

Ski and Sail by villawool p6 photo source: theartofcostume.wordpress.com

Ski and Sail by villawool p6 photo source: theartofcostume.wordpress.com

Ski and sail by Villawool p10 photo source: theartofcostume.wordpress.com

Ski and sail by Villawool p10
photo source: theartofcostume.wordpress.com

Ski and Sail by villawool p11 photo source:theartofcostume.wordpress.com

Ski and Sail by villawool p11
photo source:theartofcostume.wordpress.com

Ski and Sail by Villawool p18 photo source:theartofcostume.wordpress.com

Ski and Sail by Villawool p18 photo source:theartofcostume.wordpress.com

I just love that female model’s
ah ha oh i’m having such a good time out here, opened mouthed look.
So natural!
This is more like the look for the slopes…
Sports style 1950's to 1960's

Sports style 1950’s to 1960’s from FASHION the ultimate book of costume and style. Dorling Kindersley photo source:theartofcostume.wordpress.com

“Après-ski Boot.
“Bulky insulated boot often calf length and made of long haired, shaggy fur worn for warmth after skiing.”
definition from:
The Fairchild Books Dictionary of Fashion 4th Edition by Phyllis G.   and Sandra J. Keiser
vacation knits by Villawool p9 detail

Vacation Knits by Villawool p9 detail photo source: theartofcostume.files.wordpress.com

Check these babies out!!!!! These are my dad’s from the 60’s. What a groover!
Mum’s were almost exactly like the ones on the left in the picture above.
She still has them… somewhere….
The only sad thing is that we are pretty sure they are made of seal fur.
🙁
not so happy clappy.
Poppy's 60's apres ski boots 4

Poppy’s 60’s Apres-ski boots photo source: theartofcostume.wordpress.com

“Apres-ski Slipper.”
also called slipper socks”
“Bulky knit socks, frequently handmade with lightweight leather or urethane soles, worn after skiing or around the house. Also called Mukluk slippers or Flokati.”
“Mukluk”
“Boots reaching to lower calf worn by alaskan Eskimo’s, made of walrus hide or seal skin in moccasin construction, tanned with the hair left on. Copied for winter wear for men, women and children in the same style since the 1960’s.”
definition from:
The Fairchild Books Dictionary of Fashion 4th Edition by Phyllis G.   and Sandra J. Keiser
vintage tan mukluk boots

Seriously cute vintage tan mukluk boots. photo source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/24281034@N00/5872737265/

Mukluks

Mukluks: beaded, worn by a man in Dawson, Canada. photo source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/arthurtlabar/12663528144/

“Flokati”
“Handcrafted Greek slipper sock in above-ankle length, made of fuzzy wool in bright colours and used as after ski slipper.”
definition from:
The Fairchild Books Dictionary of Fashion 4th Edition by Phyllis G.   and Sandra J. Keiser
see shoe on right in “Vacation knits by Villawood detail p9”

 My mum also had some socks like this that she knitted for herself for wearing in the lodge. From memory, Mum’s had no elastane knitted into them and they would fall off! Ah the technological advances of today.

Log cabin socks Handkint holidays

Log cabin socks Handkint holidays from Handknit Holidays by Melanie Falick. photo source: theartofcostume.wordpress.com

They are from this gorgeous book called Handknit Holidays by Melanie Falick that a friend of mine gave me (thanks Jo!). Also in the book are these little beauties……

Over the knee socks Handknit Holidays

Over the knee socks from Handknit Holidays by Melanie Falick. photo source: theartofcostume.wordpress.com

Nutcracker slippers Handknit Holidays

Nutcracker slippers from Handknit Holidays by Melanie Falick. photo source: theartofcostume.wordpress.com

And now to round out our vintage ski scene vision, here’s one from that oracle of all things for the 1950’s women, Women’s World” by M.A.White (that has no publishing date on it!!)

Skiing tips Woman's World photo source: theartofcostume.wordpress.com

Skiing tips Woman’s World
photo source: theartofcostume.wordpress.com

“every girl looks ten times prettier than normal when she has a snow-inspired bloom in her cheeks”

Oh dear, love the fashion but am seriously glad I’m bringing up daughters in a different world.

So in conclusion, my Mum tell’s me that all of this must be enjoyed with a mug of Mulled Wine in hand or we are simply not doing things properly!

So here is a my mum’s Mulled Wine recipe

Mulled Wine

2 bottles red wine

250g Castor Sugar

orange and lemon rind

lemon slices

In a muslin bag: 6 cloves, 1 nutmeg, 2 sticks of cinnamon

Pour wine into a saucepan, add sugar, rind and muslin bag containing spices. Stir well and heat until nearly boiling. remove bag and rind and ladle into wine glasses.

Enjoy with a log fire, cute jumpers, warm socks and excellent company.

mulled wine cup

Mum’s favourite Mulled Wine Cup from the ski fields of the 60’s. photo source: theartofcostume.wordpress.com

 

Happy Tuesday

Bella

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

FASHION: The Ultimate Book of Costume and Style. Dorling Kindersly

Woman’s World by M.A. White

 

2 Comments on “Terminology Tuesday #11 Quirky and curious fashion terms: Apres ski

  1. That woman is definitely wearing my seal skin boots! And is that my Woman’s World you refer to? Love this post – brings back lovely memories, but yes, it’s good that today’s girls are being brought up differently

    • Yes, it is your Women’s World, although you were always a bit more strident in the female equality department as a parent. Perhaps it had a reverse psychological effect on you? It’s a bit of a Mother’s day post! Happy Mother’s Day!

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