This week Kari of Fabulous After Forty is hosting Fashion Flash! I can sort thru 20 different sunscreens to find the right one for my skin, but when it comes to make-up, I go blank. Fortunately I know Kari and her comprehensive beauty site. On Fabulous After Forty I can track down the best mascara or ask a question about the right summer blush for my skin. Try it out yourself and you will never again waste time and money on make-up failures.
When I was growing up, the rules of fashion seemed to be set instone. Spring meant navy, winter meant blck watch plaid and shoes and bags HAD to match. It was exhausting and restricting. The sixties changed everything and these hard and fast rules seemed to vanish overnight. Today fashion rules are a moving target. Style icons range from minimlist Inges de Fressange, over the top Kardashians and the youthful elegance of Kate Middleton.
How we went from white gloves for any occasion to anything goes is the focus of a new intriguing book, The Lost Art of Dress. The author is a professor of history at Notre Dame, rather than a fashionista and she takes decidedly academic approach to her narrative. She digs deeply into the art and science of dress in America with a emphasis on the history of patterns and home sewing. While her field is history, she comes from a long line of women who sew. A skilled dressmaker herself, she provides a comprehensive history of home sewing and the army of home economic teachers who taught America how to dress.
The book bares its academic roots when it tends to vear off topic as it drills deep into the details of the home sewing movement. I was also a little disappointed in the illustrations. Most of the black and white sketches and color plates did not reflect the fashions discussed in the text. Despite these drawbacks, The Lost Art of Dress is a useful reference for fashion students to understand the traditions behind popular style trends in the first half of the 20th century.