Issue 3 - Spring/Summer 2002
oscarFor those of us who are modern but nostalgic, Issue 3 celebrates the development of "style freedom". Cultural changes led the way to style freedom, which became evident during the Elizabethan era when women gained the right to appear on the theatrical stage, wearing their own clothes. Unlike the days of La Belle Epoque, it is now completely acceptable, even chic, for women to choose what styles to wear by shopping for themselves in various places - from street markets to traditional up-market boutiques. Some women even choose to search second-hand shops to achieve a Vintage as New look. With the liberation of women's hair, Hair Ornaments have become less important as an essential and superficial part of one's dress, and cherished more for their exquisite design and intrinsic value. As more women were able to buy ready-made clothing and participate in activities outside the home, the quiet art of sewing became appreciated more for its decorative tools like elaborate Sewing Kits and Thimbles. Perhaps these freedoms inspired some to challenge Conventional Dress for Men as well.
La Belle Epoque

labelleColin Lawton Johnson contributes his research on the fashion of the day. The late Victorian era - the beginning of an era known as "la belle époque" or "the beautiful period" (1890-1914) - is a fascinating period for women's fashion.

Hair Ornaments

combSarah Perkins detangles the topic of hair combs and ornaments. Popular designs in jewellery often reflect the fashions of the day. Necklace design is limited by the current trend in necklines, and bracelets tend to be out of favour when cuffs are heavily frilled. The popularity of hair ornaments was affected by two main factors: hairstyles & hats.

Daring to Challenge
daring_smUntil recently, women were considered more fascinating for the personalities they could assume through dress. Nancy Lyons discovered that men, too, have not always suppressed their other - more charismatic - personalities.
Thimble Collecting
Bridget McConnel shares her passion for the imagination and delicate artistry found on antique thimbles and sewing tools. Thimble collecting is exciting, fun, and covers a wide price range. Each thimble is a perfect miniature display of art, invention and craftsmanship.

Vintage as the New Look
vintageSmThose of us who have always enjoyed vintage clothing are not surprised that buying vintage is fashionable again. Itís hard to believe that not long ago, only "eccentrics" shopped in vintage shops.
Elizabethan Clothing

Jenny Tiramani, Associate Designer for Shakespeare's Globe in London, gave a fascinating introduction to the clothing worn by actors of the 16th and 17th centuries. Nancy Lyons reports that clothing worn on stage represented what was commonly worn by people of the Renaissance period.

Fashion History in the 20th Century

histfashionsmAlthough its scope is narrowed by a limited time frame, this rather slim volume attempts to cover an undeniably huge subject. A History of Fashion in the 20th Century manages this feat in only 8 chapters which are concise but thought-provoking: "Beginnings of Haute Couture," "The Roaring Twenties," "Fashion in Times of Crisis," "The New Look in Full Swing," "Fashion Revolutions," "Flower Power," "Dress for Success," and "Fin De Siecle".


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