One hundred years of nightgowns: from the Victorian era to the 1950s

By | October 3rd, 2021|Categories: 1920s fashion, Edwardian Era, Fashion, Roaring 20s, Underpinnings, Women's History|Tags: , , |

There is something about cooler temperatures that always gets me thinking about pretty and/or comfy sleepwear. Even though it has been just one week of fall here in Denver, I am already dreaming about flannel nightgowns, terry cloth robes, and Uggs. As often happens, I started to think about the evolution of the clothing item [...]

Camille Clifford: Gibson Girl

By | August 26th, 2021|Categories: 1920s fashion, Edwardian Era, Edwardian Fashion, Entertainment, Fashion, Women's History|

After studying the S-curve silhouette a few weeks back, I started thinking about the real women behind the iconic Gibson Girl. Although the Gibson Girl was an illustration, artist Charles Gibson did use real models, and she was meant to portray Gibson’s idea of how a woman should not only look but behave. His own [...]

A chat with the American Prohibition Museum

By | June 23rd, 2021|Categories: 1920s fashion, Roaring 20s, Women's History|Tags: , , |

I recently had the great opportunity to sit down with Travis Spangenburg, creative and production manager for the American Prohibition Museum in Savannah. We had a memorable chat about why the Prohibition Era is such an important part of our country’s history and how the museum is keeping its memory alive. As a Prohibition enthusiast [...]

The history of the suntan: Victorian era to Flapper era

By | June 17th, 2021|Categories: 1920s fashion, Fashion, Roaring 20s, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , |

Summer is here and it is sure to be the best many of us have ever had. It will certainly be a lot more carefree than last year, and that means a lot of time outdoors with loved ones. Last summer I did a fun series on the history of beach culture in America and [...]

The Farmer’s Wife magazine: elevating the rural woman

By | April 3rd, 2021|Categories: 1920s fashion, Old West, Pioneer Dress, Women's History|Tags: , , |

I think that I could look at old copies of The Farmer’s Wife Magazine all day long. They are an idyllic time capsule of the past, and of a yearning on behalf of so many Americans to hold onto a way of life that was slowly becoming obsolete. It is also fascinating to see the [...]

100 years of women's hairstyles: 1830-1930

By | March 19th, 2021|Categories: 1920s fashion, Fashion, Roaring 20s, Victorian Era, Victorian Fashions, Women's History|

We are in an era of “do what you want” when it comes to women’s hair. I think that it is just as common to see a woman wearing a full up-do or otherwise styled hair as it is to see one with a ponytail and no prep at all. But it certainly wasn’t always [...]

100 Years of Winter Coats

By | December 8th, 2020|Categories: 1920s fashion, 1950s Fashions, Fashion, Victorian Fashions|Tags: , , , , |

There is no denying that winter is here. For the past year and a half I have lived in Denver, Colorado and I am still learning about how to dress for the chilli months and I’m enjoying it more than I thought I would. I was raised in Arizona and before moving to Denver had [...]

The Introduction of the Bikini

By | July 12th, 2020|Categories: 1920s fashion, 1950s Fashions, Women's History|Tags: , , , , |

Whether or not you wear bikinis, July is the month most commonly associated with the tiny garment. Have you ever stopped to wonder about how we got from swim machines and wearing tights on the beach to a suit that can fit in a coin purse? There is a lot more to the shrinking of [...]

Swimsuit Police to the Rescue!

By | June 14th, 2020|Categories: 1920s fashion, Roaring 20s, Women's History|Tags: , , |

Last week we took a look at three modern mermaids and their audacity that helped pave the way for us to frolic on the beach today. One of these women was Annette Kellerman, the famous water ballerina. Another was Esther Williams, who would play Kellerman in the biopic about her life. Million Dollar Mermaid covers [...]