This Old Thing?

28 06 2017

-003-smallAnother vintage dress from my collection – hieroglyphs and female figures, including Hathor, in a black, olive/gold, and white colorway. A relaxed fit with casual open neckline above fabric-covered buttons, empire waist, and front slit at bottom. Reminiscent of Paganne, but there is no label so I assume it was a successful home creation. Alas – not my size.

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Anti-Shrinkage

10 06 2017

Behind every strong man is a woman helping him get dressed in the morning…or so Lion of Troy’s advertising department decided. This ad is probably from 1945 – the Vivien-Leigh-as-Cleopatra movie had just been released, and this illustrated vixen bears a striking resemblance to that movie star. The text states “Of course no shirt can wear as long as the Pyramids, but it is a scientific fact that many Egyptian excavations have disclosed fine, strong fabrics, woven of Egyptian cotton in the days of the Pharaohs, still in good condition.” Thus, modern shirts made from imported Egyptian cloth. Which, additionally and most importantly, are “Sanforized against shrinkage.”

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Fly Guy

27 02 2017

This enameled pendant probably belongs to the 1970s. There is a nice modernity to how the perspective of the headdress is flattened.

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Best Foot Forward

21 01 2017

This advertisment was published in Vogue in 1963. Featuring Marquise shoes, the design emphasizes the shoes (offered in combinations of matte and shiny black fabrics) by using understated line art to establish the Egytpianizing theme – Cleopatra the seductress. Although, I’m pretty sure she only had sandals to wear…

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Grateful Fashion

13 06 2016

This hieroglyphic tie is from the Jerry Garcia Grateful Dead collection. Rock on.

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DaGroovy

30 03 2016

This polyester shirt from the 1970s is patterned with ancient Egyptian maidens. The red, white, and blue coloring adds an unexpected pop to the extra-severe linear design. I might just have to bust this out for the Fourth of July.

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Memories of a Far-Off Land

25 01 2016

This cute plastic pin featuring the Sphinx (with nose) and a pyramid is most likely a souvenir piece circa the 1940s.

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