Monday, November 28, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
I've been obsessing lately over 40s hand carved wedge sandals from the Philippines. They were bought by soldiers during WWII as souvenirs to bring back home to their gals.
|these are currently for sale, albeit incorrectly marked 70s...click to see|
|still for sale! click to see|
There are a few on ebay right now too! I just bought a pair on ebay for 99 cents last week. They are too narrow for me but GORGEOUS.
Here are two currently listed nice ones:
Monday, November 7, 2011
Hey everyone, I recently got this old nurse uniform from an estate and desperately need help dating it... I am so stumped! The woman I got it from didn't know anything about it and guessed it dated WWI. From the seaming (especially the back bodice seams & very bunched gathering at waist), the tiny buttons, the high neck, and the length I would say the same - 1910s. However, I can't find an exact match anywhere online or in old red cross photos, etc. The hat it comes with looks more like the WWII style; it isn't as nunnish (yes I made that word up) as the WWI hats seem to have been. And the patch style looks just like the nurses aide patches from WWII. I know there were Red Cross nurses aides during WWI too and perhaps they used the same patch (I just couldn't find any photos). Also I am stumped by the breast pocket, which looks so 30s to me... can anyone help?
Photos below are WWI era. They seem to match, kind of, but not exactly...
Thank you for any help!!!!!!
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
While at LEILA'S HAIR MUSEUM in Independence, Missouri, I discovered a new hair art antiquity to collect..... baby portraits. They are a lot like the hair postcards I've already been maniacally collecting, except maybe a teensy bit spookier. They are centered around these kind of stock portraits (often those by Annie Benson Muller) of peaceful looking babies, and then decorated with perfect curls of real human hair, and surrounded by glued on fabric to represent sheets (mostly satin) and little baby garments (puffed sleeves, usually). There are often cute little extra touches too, like embroidery on the sheets, carefully laid wrinkles in the fabric for added realism, tiny bows, and cute wallpaper backgrounds.
|ILOVE THIS ONE...the red hair! the ruffled pillow! those tiny blue bows!|
It's so different to see them in person because of the beautiful fabrics and textures and almost everything has its own 3d puffiness, all except the face and hands...
|this ones a good example of an illustrated paper background|
|this one looks so goofy and so rudimentary ... so great|
|this ones mine!!!|
There doesn't seem to be an official name for these, at least not that I have heard. I'm also a little unclear about certain specifics such as, were they made to memorialize a newborn? Are they mourning pieces? Is the hair that of a real baby/At what point in the baby's life are they made? Cause yknow, it doesn't seem like babies have that much hair to spare, right? If you guys have any info please let me know!!
|I WANT THIS ONE SO BAD BUT ITS WAY WAY EXPENSIVE!!!!!!!!!|
Monday, May 9, 2011
Last week I finished my favorite dress of the few I've made so far! It is made entirely of lace, unlined. I love it and have worn it with a black slip and black tights and with a nude slip and no tights and it's lovely both ways. The lace was difficult to sew and I had to make the buttons non-functioning because the stress would tear the lace around them... I put snaps underneath instead and it closes on the side with snaps as well.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Stumbled upon these two INCREDIBLE postcards on ebay while searching for my beloved hair postcards.....
SOMEONE PLS BUY THEM FOR MEEEE??
SOMEONE PLS BUY THEM FOR MEEEE??
Sunday, May 1, 2011
I just spent nearly 100$ on a book of photographs: E.J. Bellocq's STORYVILLE PORTRAITS. They are the most beautiful photographs I have ever seen, so I don't feel bad. The Mr. and I just watched a documentary about Storyville, the infamous red-light district in New Orleans from 1987 up until WWI. It was pretty good, as far as those kinds of documentaries go (it's streaming on Netflix, if anyone is interested...), but I think I was most pulled in by the numerous amazing Bellocq photographs that were used. Gorgeous, fascinating, unusual photos of Edwardian southern prostitutes. Isn't it unreal???
Thursday, April 21, 2011
SO sorry I've been so MIA lately, no excuse really..... but I wanted to share some exciting news.... I'm going to Kansas City! Usually when the Mr. goes on tour I try to go on a little vacation myself, and this time me and the BFF are packing up and flying to Missouri! We were there once before (albeit only for a 1.5 days) a few summers ago when we completed the age-old cross-country trip to spend the summer in LA helping my friend make his first feature-length movie ( I was in charge of wardrobe and so got to scour the thrift stores all over the US on the way!! It was pretty much a thrift store tour of America). We really liked KCMO and decided to go back, in part because of my more recent obsession with victorian hairwork, and the queen of the collector's resides there and operates what I believe is the ONLY museum dedicated to this lost art. So basically the whole trip is centered on that, Leila's Hair Museum in Independence, MO.
Seriously, you guys, this lady is pretty much my idol. She has over 400 hair wreaths and over 2,000 pieces of hair jewelry. Not only that, but she collects all sorts of other hair-related things, such as hair postcards!! I'm going to be a total dork about it and try to have her sign my Collector's Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry (!!!), in which her collection is featured extensively.
I PROMISE I'll write more about hair jewelry soon, there's just SO MUCH to say about it, you know? I only have two pieces so far, but I just love them love them love them. Every piece is so unique and fascinating and had such a history....I'm REALLY excited!!!
Any other things to do in the Kansas City area? We want to do lots of vintage shopping of course! Any other recommendations would be much appreciated!!