1920: Top 5 Changes that started the Decade of Change

By | December 30th, 2019|Categories: Recollections, Roaring 20s, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

A lot was happening in America 100 years ago, perhaps as much as there is now. The 1920s were an exciting time to be alive and remain a popular topic of interest and time from fashion history. Here are the top five changes in chronological order that started off the Decade of Change, the Roaring [...]

Veterans Day: Recognizing American Women in WWI

By | November 12th, 2018|Categories: Edwardian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , |

While today we celebrate Veterans Day to honor all who have fought in our country’s wars, it was originally established as Armistice Day in 1919 to recognize and honor those who had recently served in World War One. What was a bit overlooked then, and still sometimes now, was the widespread contributions of women in [...]

Gertrude Bell

By | March 11th, 2018|Categories: Edwardian Era, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , |

Gertrude Bell - 20th-Century Middle East Influencer Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell was born on July 14, 1868, in Washington New Hall, County Durham, England. Her father was the industrialist, Sir Thomas Hugh Bell. Her grandfather was Sir Isaac Lowthian Bell, a Parliamentarian who worked with Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. She was destined to lead an [...]

Veterans Day and World War I

By | November 11th, 2016|Categories: Edwardian Era, Fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

Paul Poiret – Fashion Revolutionary

By | January 29th, 2016|Categories: Fashion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

By Donna Klein Seeds of a Fashion Revolution Paul Poiret was born into a house of modest means in Paris, France, in 1879. From the time he was a youngster, he had a large opinion of himself. So much so, that according to Bowles, his parents apprenticed him to an umbrella maker, hoping this would [...]