Eight Le Chic fashion magazines are currently patients in the Book Conservation Lab. The magazines came to us from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Library. They date from the early 20th century and were published in Vienna, Austria. The fashions are reminiscent of the costumes seen in Downton Abbey or Mr. Selfridge!
The Hirshhorn Library has had the benefit of receiving creative, non-traditional items from generous contributors that reflect a playfulness with format and materials found in contemporary art. One such unexpected gift was that of the art and fashion periodical Visionaire , which has been published three times a year in limited quantities since 1991. Each issue has a particular theme that is illustrated in some form or another through the collaboration of Visionaire with contemporary artists and fashion designers from around the world.
In 1892, for 50 cents or 2 shillings, you could have purchased this month’s Cultural Heritage Library selection and wowed all your friends with the latest and most comprehensive guide to knitting on the market to date. The Art of Knitting (1892) was published as a companion to The Art of Crocheting and contains simple instructions for beginners as well as more complex fancy stitches and patterns for more seasoned craftsmen. As it stands, however, we are well into the Electronic Age and you can impress your friends and save your cash by downloading this title for free from the Internet Archive!
What do you think of when you hear the words, Kentucky Derby? Hats, maybe? Because the Kentucky Derby is this weekend and since hats are associated with it, we decided to feature a trade catalog focusing on hats.
With warmer weather just around the corner, we decided to feature a trade catalog showing Spring and Summer clothing. John E. Kaughran & Co.’s Illustrated Catalogue, Spring and Summer, 1884 takes us back to the late nineteenth century to show us the latest in fashion for the 1884 seasons.
Wondering what to don for that fabulous New Year’s eve bash you are attending this evening?
Maybe some suggestions from the Libraries’ Galaxy of Images fashion collections might help … Chinchilla … I don’t think so. Maybe faux fur? You have to admit she looks awfully stylish changing that light bulb. You’ll definitely turn heads in that shiny chapeau. Just be sure whatever you choose is suitable for dancing. Happy New Year!
The weather is definitely getting colder, so this seemed like a perfect time to feature a trade catalog illustrating winter fashion from the late nineteenth century. John E. Kaughran & Co.’s Illustrated Catalogue, Fall and Winter, 1884-85 has several pages showing ladies’ cloaks, coats, and jackets.