Because you can't have depths without surfaces.
Linda Grant, thinking about clothes, books and other matters.

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Credit crunch haberdashery

In a rush this morning, I advise you just to read this, about the new credit crunch haberdashery - the make do and mend de nos jours.

5 comments:

Toby Wollin said...

Of course, it does help if you have a wardrobe of plain things that you can 'gussy up' in this way. This is very 40s wartime advice - I have a book by an actess from the 30s and 40s called "The Way We Wore" and I recall there is a whole page of a photo shoot she did in the 40s with what we'd now call an LBD, ringing all the changes with jewelry, hats, flowers at the waist, a lace collar etc. etc.

Deja Pseu said...

Hmm, I'm having bad flashbacks to the 80's and "Desparately Seeking Susan" and those Molly Ringwold movies where everything was ribbons and lace, which inspired a lot of real-life embellishing among women 16-60 with glitter or beads or lace. The hot glue gun reigned supreme. It was horrible.

rosaria said...

Is it an Urban Myth...that women drew black lines down the backs of their legs during WWII to give the illusion they were wearing stockings?

Linda Grant said...

Not, it isn't. They wore leg paint and drew lines down each other's legs - tricky. There are lots of pictures of them doing it.

tynegal said...

Gok Wan is doing this on tv every week to smarten up high street clothes to rival those from the expensive designers.