Thursday, September 29, 2016

Well shit.

So, I was trying to research how genies are portrayed in popular culture.  When did they become harem girls?  This is not an easy question to answer.  

But then my nanny gave me her 2 weeks notice.  She is going to be a journalist, lest anyone think I ran her away.  So I have work to do.  Like finding another nanny.  Well shit.  So I was thinking about my favorite nannies....since my main requirement is driving Charlotte to ballet, none are actually suited for the position.  Ironic?

Monday, September 26, 2016


So you guys may have thought there was some weird reference/disjointed writing in the last post, it was because I thought I had already hit publish on this one!  

But anyhoo, the 40s cowgirl costume appears to be based on the iconic work of Nudie Cohn.  I threw down a Nudie Cohn reference in my house and it was not picked up.  So on the chance that you are missing this piece of new world design, here you go.

Nudie Cohn, via Wikipedia:

Nuta Kotlyarenko, known professionally as Nudie Cohn (December 15, 1902 – May 9, 1984), was a Ukrainian-born American tailor who designed decorative rhinestone-covered suits, known popularly as "Nudie Suits", and other elaborate outfits for some of the most famous celebrities of his era.[1][2] He also became famous for his outrageous customized automobiles.

Nudie may have started out making undergarments for showgirls (and what tailor named Nudie wouldn't go there first?), but it is his suits are what he is remembered for.  Nudie's most famous suit is the $10,000 gold lame suit that Elvis donned for an album cover.

But the gold lame number is not exactly a "Nudie Suit".  Nudie Suits are the crazy embroidered and embellished numbers favored by country music stars.  Including the band The Burrito Brothers, who I have never heard of but by the time you read this I will be fully versed on their catalogue and history.  He started out with country music, and while he dabbled in other things in the 70s and 80s, country is what he did best.  He started making stage wear for country stars in the mid 40s, after moving to California.  (Oh, and I think he came up with putting giant bull horns on the front of your Cadillac).  

A sampling of Nudie Suits.

Patsy Cline

A dress for Patsy Cline

A dress for  Dale Evans on the Roy Rogers show

He did all of Robert Redford's clothes for the movie Electric Horseman.

Nudie Suits are pretty collectible.  After 1963, Nudie added a bolero to the girl on the label.  Buyer beware.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Where have all the cowgirls gone?

Wondered what the context was for my Nudie Cohn reference?  Well, it's Halloween time and Molly is going to be a 40s Cowgirl, as imagined by Chasing Fireflies.  I clicked buy, and then bought some red cowgirl boots at Target b/c $60 for "costume" quality footwear on Chasing Fireflies seemed high.  A true win would have been these Stella McCartney Kids cowgirl boots.

Killing it.

I did a little research for hair and makeup purposes.  Now what makes a costume "40s cowgirl" as opposed to "50s cowgirl"?  Nothing.  Other than Halloween teaching our children that the 50s are about sock-hops and grease.   Children might be confused if we shove too much into one decade.

Dale Evans is probably queen of the vintage cowgirls.  Married to Roy Rogers, she had plenty of reasons to wear crazy western apparel that is absolutely impractical for actually being a cow hand.

One of her Nudie Cohn dresses :)

Need more vintage cowgirl to start your day?  No problem.

Yep, Veronica Lake in Western wear.  You're welcome.


OK, this is a "Texas Circus", but it seemed visually similar

This stuff is still floating around vintage shops, just waiting to be restyled by hipsters.

And where did all the cowgirls go?  Pills & booze.  Skin cancer.  Plane crashes, car crashes and horse crashes.  It was a hard life.

Unless otherwise marked, images from Google Image Search for "flowers and fringe on vintage western wear" and this Pinterest board.  

Monday, September 19, 2016

Life in Plastic

via Charlotte Olympia's Instagram Feed

So I don't know about your social media feeds, but Charlotte Olympia's #letsgobananas fashion show was lighting up mine.  As well it should--girls in sequin bathing suits, dancing with bananas. That's my kind of show.  But did you know, just weeks ago, the Charlotte Olympia Barbie dropped?  Along with her Barbie inspired foot wear.  Vogue coverage here.

I want this Barbie.  So.  Bad.  I'd be one of those weirdos who leave them in their box and just stare at it.  I priced it, thinking maybe Charlotte would want it and justify my purchase.  $125 from her site.  A little rich for Christmas.  Le sigh.

I mean, she has a tiny ceramic leopard!  It reminds me of the ceramic leopard I had to pass up while antiquing on vacation....I have a lot of non-purchase regrets.  I remember all of them.  But let's talk about the shoes.  While I consider most of her shoes too impractical for me, they remind me of my old shoe-buying self.

And in other news of my morning instagram wormhole, did you know there was a HUGE Barbie exhibit at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris?  It closed Sunday.  

There was a Barbie exhibit here in Indy at the Children's Museum a few years ago.  I wasn't expecting much, but it turned out marvelous--full of Jonathan Adler furniture and ghost chairs.  Plus, there were some pretty cool Barbies...which no one would stare at with me because of all the activities there were.  But if I thought the curation was good here....from what you can catch online this was mind blowing.

Malibu Ken and Malibu Barbie!  via

I really love the vignettes.

Where can I buy tiny gold chivari chairs for the girls Barbies?  Where?

Here is an excerpt from the Musee write up on the show:

Directly inspired by the German advertising doll Lili, Barbie was launched with her own mythology : born in Wisconsin, Barbara Millicent Roberts has a family and clearly identified friends, but her age has deliberately never been specified so that she can embody either an adolescent or a young woman. She successively has been a high school pupil, university student, nurse and airhostess before exercising more than 150 professions, from the most traditional to the most avant-garde. Barbie has been a vet several times, a palaeontologist, computer scientist, racing driver, schoolteacher, doctor, ballerina, policewoman, and even a presidential candidate four times and an astronaut before Neil Armstrong in 1965. Her ever-present boyfriend, Ken has become just as famous. Barbie is more than just a doll, she is a life.

P.S.:  if you missed it, we are about to embark on a new era of normal Barbies--they come "curvy", "petite", and "tall".  I assume they mean 2 types of fat and short legged.  But yay!

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