The 1920s Woman – Flapper and beyond

By | November 13th, 2019|Categories: 1920s fashion, Fashion, Roaring 20s|Tags: , , , , |

See part one of The 1920s Woman Although the Flapper didn’t truly come into her own in the United States until well into the Roaring ’20s, the term ‘flapper’ has roots in post-World War I Great Britain. Originally, it referred to “a young girl, still somewhat awkward in movement and who had not yet entered [...]

The 1920s woman – a Flapper and so much more!

By | November 7th, 2019|Categories: 1920s fashion, Fashion, Roaring 20s|Tags: , , |

When we think of the fashion and attitude of the 1920s woman, the Flapper is what comes most to mind. But, is that all there was to a decade that defined a generation? Come with us on a journey through the 1920s. Let’s explore the fashions and the defining moments that lead to the changes [...]

Frances Perkins – from Massachusetts to the White House

By | March 25th, 2018|Categories: Edwardian Era, Roaring 20s, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Frances Perkins – “I am extraordinarily the product of my grandmother” Frances Perkins was born Fanny Coralie Perkins. She was born on April 10, 1880, in Boston, Massachusetts. Her parents were born in Maine and although the family eventually settled in Worcester, their roots were firmly planted in Newcastle, Maine. Fanny spent her childhood summers [...]

Halloween Inspiration 2016: 9 Ideas Just for You

By | August 27th, 2016|Categories: Another Period, Downton Abbey, Edwardian Era, Fashion, Roaring 20s, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

So, you're thinking about what to be for Halloween, too? Which character do you want to be? Who do you want to create? Looking for inspiration? Here are some ideas. Downton Abbey – Take your pick of fashions between 1912 and 1925 and your favorite character and 'voila!' Downton Abbey lives again. This masterpiece continues [...]

8 Delicious Tidbits About Halloween

By | August 21st, 2016|Categories: Accessories, Downton Abbey, Edwardian Era, Fashion, Holidays, Old West, Roaring 20s, Steampunk, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , , , |

There still may be a bit of summer left on the calendar, but soon the leaves will be changing color and autumn will be in the air. When that happens, all of our thoughts will turn to... Halloween! Here are some interesting tidbits about one of our favorite holidays that I found at the History [...]

Clara Bow – Defining Roaring 20s Style

By | August 2nd, 2016|Categories: Fashion, Roaring 20s, Uncategorized, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Clara Bow came into my life when I was a teen. My parents had a coffee table book about actors of the first half of the 20th century. It had a provocative cover featuring many stars of early Hollywood. Some I recognized from the old movies shown on television on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, but [...]

From Corset to the First Modern Bra

By | February 12th, 2016|Categories: Fashion, Roaring 20s, Uncategorized, Underpinnings|Tags: , , , , |

By Donna Klein The Online Etymology Dictionary tells us the word 'corset' comes from the Old French word for 'bodice, 'tunic'. The modern name of corset as a stiff, supporting, and constricting undergarment dates to c. 1795. The first undergarment that is truly considered to be a corset dates to the first half of the [...]

Meadow Brook Hall for the Holidays

By | December 3rd, 2015|Categories: Roaring 20s, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

by Donna Klein   Holiday Walking Tour at Meadow Brook Hall   Each Thanksgiving, we go over the river and through the woods and eventually arrives in Rochester Hills, Michigan to share the holiday fun and food with about 30 members of our family. We were looking for something other than shopping to do on [...]

Halloween is Just Around the Corner!

By | September 3rd, 2015|Categories: Ball Gowns, Civil War, Downton Abbey, Edwardian Era, Fashion, Old West, Pioneer Dress, Roaring 20s, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Halloween is Just a Hop-Skip-and-a-Jump Away!   Yes, the calendar just flipped from August to September, and the thermometer is still registering summer temperatures. But, make no mistake, it's almost heeeeeerrrrre! It's time to start thinking about autumn and one of its highlights - Halloween.   Themed parties, no theme parties, and everything in between [...]