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July 17th, 2010


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12:23 pm - Construction
Because it is so ungodly hot here in the subtropics (and humid with only 10% chance for rain, which seems desperately unfair), I am wearing an oversized shirt over my workout shorts and grey Converse.

(Yet I am compulsive enough to match my earrings and my hair-clip to my slob wear. Pls don't judge.)

But, although I require loose clothing in the subtropical heat, my heart is given to more constructed clothing. Hence my excitement upon reading this article by Hilary Alexander about the "Return of Worth."

The Worth in question is Charles Frederick Worth of the House of Worth -- 19th-century couturier. But the Alexander article includes a slide-show of the most amazing new creations in the Worth spirit: sleek, architectural jackets, heavily embellished. I'll never have cause to wear one -- but oh, the construction!

What's your favorite construction? (Define as you will. [grin])

Whatever it is, may you find it this weekend!

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From:anne_d
Date:July 17th, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
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(Yet I am compulsive enough to match my earrings and my hair-clip to my slob wear. Pls don't judge.)

I am not judging, I am impressed. You have inspired me to put earrings in the other three holes, and maybe even change from the little niobium hoops that stay in most of the time.

I dunno about those jackets - they look more like sculpture than garment, and they're really all the same shape, interesting but not wearable.

Personally, I favor ethnic clothing anyway; kimono, peasant blouses and the like. Hence the several boxes of Folkwear patterns in the bedroom bookcases. Although they also do historic patterns including 20th Century, come to think of it.

I'm going to go be-earring myself before I get distracted again.
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From:anne_d
Date:July 17th, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
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An afterthought: I'm also very fond of the Empire period, for both women and men. My wedding dress was an Empire gown I made when I was trying to get into Regency dancing (two left feet, not so successful).

I have earrings in all five holes now; I didn't change out the hoops, but I did put on the pendant I bought as a 25th anniversary commemoration. So thank you for the inspiration to adornment.
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From:laurawise
Date:July 17th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
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Oh, that's a fabulous dress! You like long fluid lines, don't you. [nods]

And hurrah for cool earrings and pendants!
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From:laurawise
Date:July 17th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
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EDITED TO USE PROPER JOURNAL[blush]:

With your love of kimonos, peasant blouses etc, you'd get along with one of my friends here who can rock the HELL out of that kind of clothing. (I like it on other people, not on me. :-))

And yes, I can't imagine wearing those jackets, but they strike me as cool all the same.

Happy Saturday!
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From:mamculuna
Date:July 17th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
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I saw an exhibit of Mrs.Potter Palmer's clothes at the Chicago Historical Society (sadly, slide show is gone) and they were magnificent--in a museum. I can't myself imagine wearing them.

I think I like the construction to go into the actual fabric: design, weave, dye, even patchwork, applique, and embroidery--so that the clothes themselves can be simple and loose and let me be cool and move easily. But I have seen some beautiful tailoring that was great for other people, just not me!
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From:laurawise
Date:July 17th, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I admire but do not seek to wear these silhouettes. Except for riding jackets, which I still crave. ;-)

I too need to be able to move in my clothes. [nods]

But hurrah for fine clothes, past and present!
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From:julia_here
Date:July 17th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
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Struck with memories: an aquaintance of the protest years once bought a sealed, unlabled barrell at a lost property auction which proved to contain a set of Worth mourning clothes from perhaps 1890-95. It's the kind of thing that may have happened once or twice or ten times at the most, world-wide, so I feel lucky to have seen them.

Julia, avoiding the start of another strenuous day, and so commenting, bad me.
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From:laurawise
Date:July 17th, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
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Oh WOW, that's a find indeed -- and hurrah for your getting to see them.

Happy day, Julia!
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From:wildrider
Date:July 17th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
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Hot and humid here in the low deserts, too (with very little chance of rain today, thus I HAD to do some laundry). Even inside with air conditioning, any time I start doing anything I'm immediately drenched in sweat. Bleah.

But OH! Style from one of my absolute favorite periods -- I know, horribly heavy and constrictive clothing for women, but oh so lovely! Everything through the Victorian era I just adore, from the crinolines to the bustle! I have to browse through the slideshow some more. Beautiful!

{hugs} for keeping cool on a Saturday!
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From:laurawise
Date:July 17th, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
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Desert and subtropics dwellers have very great impediments to wearing fab clothes in the summer, I just want to say!

But I'm so glad you like this era of clothing and these images. Hurrah, and happy Saturday!
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From:paratti
Date:July 17th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
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Remembers the Worth at the V&A exhibition:)

The Taj Mahal.

((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:July 17th, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
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I was just thinking about that V&A exhibition, and how glad I am to have gone with you! :-)

Am v impressed at your construction choice, too.

Happy Saturday!
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:July 17th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
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Those are very elegant constructions indeed.

Personally I like vintage, veteran and Edwardian cars, with a special shout-out for my beloved Sheffield Simplex (if only it were truly mine).
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From:laurawise
Date:July 17th, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
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Oh, that CAR! Style indeed, and a marvelous choice.

Happy Saturday, S_C, with lots of adventures!
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From:stateless82
Date:July 17th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
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Those are gorgeous, the sleeve ruffs (?) are kind of fascinating. (I am such a sucker for embellishment-did you see the Givenchy? The back of the gold jacket is something else.)

I'm spending my last vacation day inside, hiding from the heat. Looking out the window, it's a beautiful day, but opening the door is a bad, bad thing.
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From:laurawise
Date:July 17th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
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I wanted to like Tischi's collection for Givenchy, but most of it didn't quite work for me. You're right that the gold was amazing, though!

And I sympathize entirely with hiding from the heat, and I send you hugs and ice cream and good thoughs. :-)
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From:gwynnega
Date:July 18th, 2010 05:11 am (UTC)
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It's been too hot in LA for me to even think about constructed jackets--but those are pretty amazing ones!

:hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:July 18th, 2010 12:50 pm (UTC)
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Yes, perhaps summer is not the best time to ponder constructed jackets. ;-)

Happy Sunday, plus hugs!
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From:laurawise
Date:July 18th, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
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Oh, fabulous! Yes, it's a lovely dream, if not perhaps a summertime dream... :-)

Thank you, C, and a happy Sunday to you!
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From:mobile_alh
Date:July 19th, 2010 12:17 am (UTC)
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Worth dresses always appeared in the most unlikely fiction. whenever someone mentions Worth I am reminded of Elizabeth Enright's Goneaway Lake where trunks full of vintage clothes from that period are available for modern children (well, mid-twentieth century modern) to use for dress-up and the elderly lady who wore them in her youth is still there to explain about Worth.

::fans self, both for nostalgia and heat::

plus, the downstairs shower has backed up just in time for us to have no chance to call a plumber before we leave. tra la, tra la.

Today my favorite construction is working modern plumbing.
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From:laurawise
Date:July 19th, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, I haven't thought of Elizabeth Enright in years! But you're right -- part of my connection to Worth is reading mid-twentieth-century children's fiction. What a cool reminder, ALH!

I send sympathies and hugs for yesterday's plumbing disaster, and good thoughts for your journey and San Diego time. Happy Monday!
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From:mobile_alh
Date:July 19th, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the good thoughts! A judicious application of drain cleaner appears to have ameliorated the problem...for now, at least.

And we're off!

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