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Anna’s gearing up for her visit this Saturday, May 7 to the Emma Plus shop in Brighton for a special in-store event. For this one day, the shop will be featuring a number of styles from Anna’s Spring-Summer 2011 collection that aren’t usually available at the store.
Anna herself will be there from 2-5 pm to meet and mingle and offer expert fashion advice. There also will be a special prize drawing for £250 worth of Anna Scholz clothing.
You must pre-register for the drawing, so please visit the Emma Plus forum/blog to register and for detailed information about directions and parking on the day.
We’ve all bought that item of clothing that we couldn’t quite afford or was a bit of a stretch for the image of ourselves that we usually present. It is our prerogative as women to take fashion risks and to treat ourselves to the latest looks.
But imagine a time when stepping out of the house in the wrong garment for your station in life could –quite literally –bring down the fashion police.
In Elizabethan England, extensive Sumptuary Laws were put in place banning “excess of apparel and the superfluity of unnecessary foreign wares.” Such “great abuses” of fashion threatened to “so manifest a decay of the wealth of the realm and to the ruin of a multitude of serviceable young men and gentlemen and of many good families.”
The laws purported to protect family fortunes and to curb extravagant spending of money that could be put to better use within the country, such as acquiring horses. But the laws also served to keep commoners from attempting to look like nobility and to keep everyone easily identifiable. The idea was that if you couldn’t tell a farmer from a count at a glance, the very fabric of society was weakened.
Clauses within the Sumptuary Laws (outlined here circa 1574) go into great detail as to what men and women of different social strata could and couldn’t wear.
For example, no one below the degree of vicountess or baroness or similar rank could wear “cloth of gold, silver, tinseled satin, silk, or cloth mixed or embroidered with gold or silver or pearl, saving silk mixed with gold or silver in linings of cowls, partlets, and sleeves.” But the laws expanded to include “wives of barons and knights of the order” for the wearing of “velvet, tufted taffeta, satin, or gold or silver in any cloak or safeguard.”
For both men and women, the laws also stipulated which servants could wear which items of clothing as would be appropriate for their stations in relation to nobility. As a result, “caps, hats, hatbands, capbands, garters, or boothose trimmed with gold or silver or pearl; silk netherstocks; enameled chains, buttons, aglets” were allowable by nobility as well as “the gentlemen attending upon the Queen’s person in her highness’s Privy chamber or in the office of cupbearer, carver, sewer [server], esquire for the body, gentlemen ushers, or esquires of the stable.”
There was one small note of mercy in all this though, as the laws allowed, “that her majesty’s meaning is not, by this order, to forbid in any person the wearing of silk buttons, the facing of coats, cloaks, hats and caps, for comeliness only, with taffeta, velvet, or other silk, as is commonly used.”
So, the next time you go out on a limb with your outfit, think of what those poor Elizabethan women would have given to walk in your Manolos.
Ever wonder why pink is for girls and blue for boys? It wasn’t always so. In her new book, Pink and Blue: Telling the Girls From the Boys in America, Jo B. Paoletti, an historian at the University of Maryland, explores the cultural shift away from gender-neutral children’s clothing.
For centuries, boys and girls in Western culture both wore little white cotton dresses because they were easy to bleach.
Pastels came into vogue as baby colours after World War I, but up until World War II, Paoletti cites numerous popular culture sources which initially advocated pink for boys and blue for girls. However, by the 1940s, a collective decision and push on the part of manufacturers and retailers set the standard of pink for girls and blue for boys. It was really the Baby Boomers who were first raised in gender-specific clothing.
The women’s liberation movement of the mid-1960s created a bit of a backlash against pink for girls that lasted through the 70s; but, by the 1980s, gender-specific clothing was back in full swing. Paoletti attributes this to advances in antenatal testing that allowed expectant parents to know the sex of their unborn child, and to begin establishing his or her identity right away.
Another reason that girls have continued to be attached to pink and boys to blue, says Paoletti, is that children themselves have become active consumers. Children are the targets of pervasive advertising campaigns and imagery that tend to reinforce social convention. Kids absorb from an early age how “society” thinks a girl or a boy should look.
Paoletti feels that currently there is a rising demand for gender-neutral clothing for children and toddlers, that many parents would like their children to have more options for expressing themselves. The pink and blue divide is becoming less black and white.
To read more about this book and see more photos, visit Smithsonian.com
The German website, Navabi, has done a knock-out job of styling Anna’s current collection on their site.
We always like to see how our stockists envision the collections, and the varied ways they present the pieces. We thought you’d enjoy seeing different women modeling the collection too…oh, and maybe doing a little shopping!
I am amazed and inspired by this website, True American Dog. These art creations are witty, modern and surreal– all at the same time!
It looks like anyone can just send in a photo (preferably of dogs, tigers, bears, scorpions, horses or bald eagles) and a special, crazy newspaper headline scenario might be created from your submission.
Here are a few of my favourites.
During the 1920s, following the end of World War I, a new type of young Western woman emerged: the flapper.
The flapper wore short skirts, bobbed her hair, wore heavy make-up, drank alcohol, smoked cigarettes, dated casually, drove automobiles and danced the night away.
But, in a larger sense, the flapper represented a new rise in women’s independence and forward-thinking. They advocated voting and women’s rights. They challenged Victorian gender roles and embraced consumerism and personal choice.
Flappers also quickly became known for their unconventional appearance and outrageous behaviour. Their style emerged out of French fashions, especially those pioneered by Coco Chanel, and the spread of the popularity of jazz music and the dancing that accompanied it. Hemlines rose and waistlines dropped and loosened.
The increased sexual liberation of the flapper generation ushered in new designs in lingerie that was sexy but allowed movement. The garter belt came into use to keep longer stockings from falling. Bra designs were further developed and perfected (in fact, some flapper bras worked to flatten the chest as a gamine, boyish look was all the rage). Corsetry was dispensed with and more functional bras and undergarments were favoured (of course, much of that work was undone in the 1950s, but hey). Flapper style was organised around movement and independence.
And, like all subcultures, flappers had their own lingo for those in-the-know. Part of pulling off true flapper style was knowing the right vocab. Some of it has survived today, but much of it is a delightful window into an era.
These slang terms and many more were compiled in 1922 in a magazine discovered by an antique book seller behind the blog Book Flaps.
Selection from The Flapper’s Dictionary:
Biscuit—A pettable flapper.
Cancelled Stamp—A wallflower.
Corn Shredder—Young man who dances on a girl’s feet.
Duck’s Quack—The best thing ever
Eye Opener—A marriage
Floorflusher—Inveterate dance hound.
Munitions—Face powder and rouge.
Police Dog—Young man to whom one is engaged.
Rug Hopper—Young man who never takes a girl out. A parlor hound.
Sharpshooter—One who spends much and dances well
Tomato—A young woman shy of brains.
Wind Sucker—Any person given to boasting.
Let’s try it out: Say, this party’s the duck’s quack but what’s a bisquit gotta do to ditch her alarm clock, find an embalmer, and engage is some good old-fashioned barneymugging with her goof?
Give us your best flapper-speak!
Just thought we’d share this lovely photo of the shop window of Emma Plus in Brighton. Looking very chic and summery indeed!
P.S. How much is that doggy in the window….? (sorry, had to be done!)