Inez Milholland (Boissevain) – Champion of Suffrage

By | March 22nd, 2017|Edwardian Era, Fashion Eras, Uncategorized|

Inez Milholland was born on August 6, 1886, and died less than four months following her 30th birthday.  Her life was short but she packed a lot of living into it. Although she didn't live to see her native New York approve suffrage in 1917 or ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, [...]

The Colors of Women’s Suffrage

By | March 20th, 2017|Edwardian Era, Fashion Eras, Uncategorized|

Throughout history, color has been a way to provide instant visual recognition. The colors associated with women’s suffrage represented the many sides of the cause. The British women's suffrage colors were purple, white, and green. Purple, white, and gold were the colors of the American suffrage movement. So, why these colors and why the difference [...]

Madam C.J. Walker – entrepreneur, self-made-millionaire, philanthropist, activist

By | February 22nd, 2017|Edwardian Era, Fashion Eras, Victorian Era|

We’re always looking for interesting stories about the women and fashions of the historic eras that inspire our designs. Today we look at a female entrepreneur and someone whose name lives on in hair care to this day, Oh, and she was among the first women in the United States to become a self-made millionaire! [...]

Valentine’s Day 2017 Crossword Game Clues Day Six

By | February 14th, 2017|Fashion Eras, Holidays, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|

Welcome to day six of our Valentine's Day 2017 Crossword Game. It's a crossword without clues. We started with two letters. Each day we've been adding more letters. Today we are adding four letters to the puzzle. We'll keep adding letters until someone submits all of the correct words. Think of it like one of [...]

Valentine’s Day 2017 Crossword Game Clues Day Three

By | February 11th, 2017|Fashion Eras, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|

Welcome to day three of our Valentine's Day 2017 Crossword Game. It's a crossword without clues. Instead, we are giving you two letters to start you off. Each day we'll add more letters until someone submits all of the correct words. Think of it like one of the games they play on Wheel of Fortune. [...]

Beyond Little Women; 8 Tidbits about Louisa May Alcott

By | November 29th, 2016|Civil War, Fashion Eras, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|

November 29, 2016 marks Louisa May Alcott’s 184th birthday (1832). Today, she is best remembered for her book, Little Women. Here are some interesting tidbits you might not have known. Louisa May Alcott started publishing poems, short stories, thrillers, and juvenile tales in 1851 under the pen name Flora Fairfield. She also wrote under the [...]

Women in the Civil War

By | November 15th, 2016|Civil War, Fashion Eras, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|

Nothing challenged Victorian ideology in the United States more than the Civil War. Women living during Antebellum America were the epitome of domesticity. The industrial revolution changed the way men worked. Men increasingly spent their work time away from home, moving into factories, offices, and shops. In what historians call ‘the Cult of True Womanhood,’ [...]

Veterans Day and World War I

By | November 11th, 2016|Fashion Eras, Uncategorized|

If you look at an old American calendar from the late 1930s or early 40s, you will see November 11 marked as Armistice Day, not Veterans Day. Armistice Day was first celebrated on November 11, 1919 to mark the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Hostilities ceased on the 11th hour of [...]

Sarah Josepha Hale – 19th Century Influencer Part 2

By | November 8th, 2016|Fashion Eras, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|

Sarah Josepha Hale – Poet, Novelist, Editor Within five years of David's death, Sarah published a novel, Northwood. In the novel, she describes the character and manners of New Englanders. One of the traditions she described in her book is very familiar to Americans. Baker shares Sarah's words with us. ”The table, covered with a [...]

Sarah Josepha Hale – 19th Century Influencer Part 1

By | November 5th, 2016|Fashion Eras, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|

Becoming Sarah Josepha Hale I was researching Godey's Lady's Book for a blog post and found Sarah Josepha Hale who was a large part of the success of this 19th-century publication. She also advocated for girls' education reform (although she was not a suffragist) and the establishment of Thanksgiving as a national holiday through her [...]