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June 19th, 2010
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Fabric of society.












Sometimes when you leave the house early enough good things happen.

Last year at the Fabricabrac stash redistribution exercise fabric sale I bought the purple and gold sari that became the lining of my recent coat. Today at the Fabricabrac stash redistribution exercise fabric sale I bought another purple and gold sari from the same lady that sold me the last one. It seems that I am destined to own at least one sari at all times - at this rate I'd better learn how to actually wear one.

I also bought a few metres of black satin with lace appliqué, and when I told the woman who sold it to me of a vague plan to turn it into a Victorian-esque skirt she gave a flyer for a talk on the classical influences, via the finds at Herculaneum and Pompeii, on Western fashion, from 1770 to 1920 or so.
It was given by fashion historian Leimomi Oakes - that's her in stola and palla at the far right of the first two pictures. No Powerpoint at this presentation though - it was all illustrated with accurate reproduction garments, and we were invited to inspect them up close afterwards. The models were most obliging when it came to having their vintage undergarments examined.

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From:fatfred
Date:June 19th, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC)
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Now, that's the way to learn about materials and fashion!
I wish someone around here would do things like that!
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From:dianavilliers
Date:June 20th, 2010 01:26 am (UTC)
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I didn't know that there was anybody here doing stuff like this before yesterday morning.
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From:wcg
Date:June 19th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
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That is beautiful in so very many ways.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:June 20th, 2010 01:25 am (UTC)
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You'd have loved it, Bill. I was thinking that the whole way through.
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From:sarahdotcom
Date:June 19th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
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Wow!
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From:dianavilliers
Date:June 20th, 2010 01:29 am (UTC)
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Yeah. The sheer amount of work here, let alone the research, is incredible. And heck, where on earth do you store a hoop skirt?
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