Full Bloom

In the spring of 1989 Bacon Department Store of Louisville, Kentucky ran a television ad  hawking the gentle washed pastel florals of Jessica McClintock's designs for Gunne Sax. "Spring is in Full Bloom --- and Little Girls make memories ..." A few years before the commercial ran on Louisville t.v. stations, I was dreamily wafting … Continue reading Full Bloom

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Tab!

Tab Hunter, who died in the summer of 2018 at age 86, lived a confidential life, cloaked and out, bearded and naked for the world to see. The Netflix documentary, Tab Hunter Confidential, produced by Tab's long-time partner, tells the complicated story of the "real" Tab Hunter. He was a gay man -- an utterly gay guy … Continue reading Tab!

All part of being first lady

Asked if she ever imagined being "first lady" of the United States in a November 11, 2017 CNN interview, First Lady Melania Trump instead answered an unspoken question of her own. "It's a lot of things that we need to take care of, and a lot of responsibilities," said Trump, "And it's all part of being … Continue reading All part of being first lady

Farm Girls

Women on farms did wear a kind of uniform in the 1930s, during the depression and before the War: print cotton dresses, heeled oxford shoes (Cuban heels, these were called) or sandals, flat little sturdy hats, and very little jewelry. Below are women at a 4H fair, so dressed up a bit "for town". But … Continue reading Farm Girls

I Resisted

"I resisted all the way: a new thing for me, and a circumstance which greatly strengthened the bad opinion Bessie and Miss Abbot were disposed to entertain of me.  The fact is, I was a trifle beside myself; or rather out of myself, as the French would say: I was conscious that a moment’s mutiny had already … Continue reading I Resisted

Caped avengers

For the last several months, I've been longing for this tshirt.  From Universal Standard, it is called "The Volga". I dream of owning it, imagining myself .... imagining what? It's an oddity of the tshirt world, a caped tee.  In my mind, my longing for this shirt is tangled with my anger, my fury, really, … Continue reading Caped avengers

Cold-Shoulder Warriors

On October 17, 2017, Reese Witherspoon spoke at the Elle Magazine's Women in Hollywood event, and she explained that she, like so many stars in Hollywood and women in the larger world, was sexually assaulted -- for her, as a young teen girl. Ms. Witherspoon is best known for her 2001 role as Elle Woods … Continue reading Cold-Shoulder Warriors

What (I wore when it) Happened

In June 2016 Hillary Clinton accepted the nomination in a white pantsuit designed by Ralph Lauren. The outfit echoed a man's suit jacket, with widened lapels, a deeper v-cut in the front, and a wider skirt to the jacket. She wore white on white on white, a deliberate reference to the deployment of white by … Continue reading What (I wore when it) Happened

Nerves

Update posted below (August 9, 2017, 11:33 a.m., EST) Watching Seth Meyer's bit on August 3rd, 2017, titled "A Closer Look/Trump in Crisis" this image struck me, because the posture, pose, and gestures of the President of the United States suggest a man in fear. It's a surprisingly vulnerable image: Trump overlaps his hands, clasping … Continue reading Nerves

Freedom’s in Fashion

These little ole' gals are Thomas Kinkaide's "Freedom in Fashion" figurines -- each named for a stanza in the National Anthem. Most women are familiar with the lazy fashion spread/advertisement featuring patriotic-themed clothing. As with Kinkaide's fashions, most of these designs offered to women shoppers are riffs on the American flag, or, simply featuring the … Continue reading Freedom’s in Fashion