1. usnatarchives:

    This document is the cover of a pamphlet for Mrs. Moody’s Patent Self-Adjusting Abdominal Corset, manufactured by the Boston Corset Skirt Company of Boston, Massachusetts. In the broadest terms, a corset is a close-fitting piece of clothing that has been stiffened by various means in order to shape a woman’s (or a man’s, but very rarely) torso to conform to the fashionable silhouette of the time. The style of corset that was popular in the late-19th century was known as the pear-shaped spoon busk: it got its name because it bends inwards to compress the stomach region, then outwards over the belly, an in again over the lower abdomen. If laced tightly, a spoon busk forces the softer parts of the stomach, occasionally including the internal organs, downwards – and during the 1890s, tight-lacing becomes so popular that physicians had to alert wearers of potential bodily damage.

    National Archives Identifier: 4700177.

    (via todaysdocument)

    Tagged #corsets
  2. thedesigncenter:

    Adrian dress, 1940s

  3. Menu Design in America from Taschen

  4. fitdesignerfiles:

    Collection: FIT Library Designer Files

    Designer: Patou, Jean, 1880-1936

    Historical Period by Decade: 1930s

    City of Runway Show: Paris

    Apparel Category: Women’s clothing

    Apparel Category: Dress accessories

    Name of Publication: Harper’s Bazaar

    Publication Type: Magazine

    Title of Article or Illustration Caption: Patou’s New Colors

    Date of Newspaper or Magazine Article: 1933 Apr. 

    Pages of Article: p. 59

    Item ID: patou_1933_f01_04

    Filename Identifier: lb_df_paj_000044

    Work Type: Designer file

    Description: Fashion illustration

    Resource: lb_df_paj_000044.jpg

    Type of Garment: Outerwear

    Type of Garment: Dresses

    Type of Garment: Eveningwear

    Year of Runway Show: 1933

    Nationality: French

    For full access, members of the FIT community may log in here: http://fitdil.fitnyc.edu/

    Please note the online collection is not available to the public.


  5. stuffaboutminneapolis:

    Dayton’s style show at State Theater, Minneapolis (1920’s)

    (Source: mnhs.org, via missanthropicprinciple)

  6. strandbooks:

    Script found in a book.

    Reporter: Meaning no disrespect A-1, do you really think that you could do this wonderful thing?

    A-1: Back on Mars, I always said that if I could get these 3 great men together I could make peace in one half hour…

  7. missanthropicprinciple:


    August 28th 1955: Emmett Till murdered

    On this day in 1955, the 14-year-old African-American boy Emmett Till was murdered in Mississippi. While visiting family in the state, Till allegedly flirted with the young white shopkeeper Carolyn Bryant while buying candy. Bryant told her husband and a few nights later he and his half-brother abducted Till and brutally tortured and murdered him. His mutilated body was found three days later in the Tallahatchie river; Till’s face was unrecognisable, but he was identified by the ring he wore engraved with his father’s initials that his mother gave him before he left for Mississppi. The viciousness of this unprovoked, racially-motivated crime sent shockwaves throughout the nation. The case drew attention to the oppression of African-Americans throughout the nation and provided a name and a face to the threat of lynching. Till’s mother Mamie, a highly educated woman who went on to become a devoted fighter for African-American equality, insisted on an open-casket funeral in order to show the world what was done to her young son. Thousands attended the funeral and thousands more saw the horrific images of Till’s body. Due to the fierce reactions the murder had engendered it was a particularly painful, but sadly expected, outcome when the all-white jury in Mississippi acquitted Till’s killers, despite Till’s great-uncle openly identifying them in court. A few months later the killers, now protected by double jeopardy laws, sold their story to Look magazine and openly confessed to the murder in chilling detail. Taking place a year after the Supreme Court outlawed school segregation in Brown v. Board of Education, the outrage over the murder galvanised the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement. 100 days after Emmett Till’s murder Rosa Parks, on her way back from a rally for Till hosted by the then-unknown Martin Luther King Jr., refused to give up her seat for a white man on an Alabama bus. This sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, thus beginning the movement that would result in the dismantling of the system of Jim Crow segregation and win successes in promoting African-American social and political equality.

    I heard Nikki Giovanni talk about this. This breaks my heart.

  8. hommesjurent:

    Halston & Warhol: Silver & Suede

  9. livelymorgue:

    June 3, 1953: “In the tramp of ten thousand marching feet the oldest among the spectators heard an echo of the might and majesty of the greatest empire that the world has ever known,” a breathless reporter for The New York Times wrote on the occasion of Queen Elizabeth II’s crowning. “Only the British, among all the peoples of the earth, could have staged such a display and every moment of it seemed to be savored by an appreciative public drawn from the four quarters of the globe and from virtually every nation and people under the sun.” A far cry from these days, when it seems the only thing keeping the monarchy from receding into obscurity is a single tiny baby. Photo: The New York Times

  10. guardianmusic:


    Now that the only likeable manic pixie dream girl in the history of the world is playing live for the first time in 35 years, expect a lot of our music coverage to centre around her return. Just for a couple of days, mind.

    If you weren’t lucky enough to nab tickets to her series of shows, live vicariously through Alexis Petridis’ five-star review (and Harriet GIbsone’s liveblog from night one, yesterday).

    (via guardian)