Saturday, October 02, 2004

1930's-Those were the Days!

Since most of you uncultured males don't seem to appreciate the finer points of historical costume, I will now beat you over the head with actual pictures!

Check this out-"Gay Washable" dresses, er I mean "Frocks". Hey, where's MY 89 cent "Frock" store!

"Ensembles that Stimulate Your Outdoor Personality"; Let's think about that for a moment. Yep, It's the first thing I think of when I want to go campin'. Looking gorgeous for the apres-ski crowd at the lodge....

Actual photo of 1934 dames, wearing the more real "cluttered look" rather than the clean, sporty lines of the above-pictured ladies!

Anyone wishing to donate to Ladybug's "Historical Costume Reconstruction Project" will receive an authentic photo of the costume you've sponsored! Pick from Ren-Faire Garbe, Old Europe, Fur-Trader Era North/Native American, Traditional Japanese Kimono or 20th Century Vintage! You'll be glad you did!


The Moody Minstrel said...

Hey, dress-up is the ultimate form of role playing!

I remember a woman in my Oral Presentation class at Oregon State giving a speech talking about how she and her friend put on 1920s vintage clothing one evening and romped around Seaside. I'm almost afraid to admit it, but I thought it sounded like fun!

Japanese and Native Americans tend only to wear their traditional attire at festive or formal events, but because of that they can still call it current rather than vintage (though the kimono shops here can truly make a killing! Those things are EXPENSIVE!!!!). I actually envy the Japanese that put on truly historical costume, such as Heian Era garb for a traditional poetry reading event down at one of the main temples in Kyoto.

I only wish vintage American pioneer, revolutionary, or colonial costume were as colorful.

DewKid said...

Just dress like Kid Rock and you'll be STYLIN like a good American.


DewKid said...

So let me get this straight, Moody. You want to romp around Seaside in a 1920's dress? That could be interesting.... :-P

ladybug said...

Hey, Moody-got some info; maybe you could shed some light on the subject?
Seems the traditional kimono and it's artisanal makers are on the way out (see my Native Costume post for the link/discussion on the difference b/w German "Tracht" and the "Dirndle/Lederhosen" for background). Seems the new hip thing is to have cheaper, cool designs see this link: 

Don Snabulus said...


Here is a Snabulus blog entry  ripping in the Rock man for defacing the flag. I upped my Marzipax(TM) dosage so I don't get those negative urges anymore.

The Moody Minstrel said...

Yes, it's true that "cheaper, cooler" kimono designs seem to be coming into fashion, but it could be a passing thing. Similar trends have come in and gone back out again during the century since Commodore Perry forced Japan to open its ports fully to the West (causing their government and culture to spontaneously combust within a decade).

I assure you, the traditional kimono is in no danger of disappearing, as the new kimono shops I've seen open in my area attest. Hip and traditional hang side by side.

The Moody Minstrel said...


I meant dressing up in vintage clothing and bopping around town sounded like fun. I never said anything about putting on a DRESS!

Come to think of it, though...ah, never mind.

DewKid said...


Yes, I remember your article on Kid Rock. Apparently Kid Rock's fans now like to wear the American flag poncho at concerts.

But I digress. Lets talk about "Gay Washable" dresses some more. I mean, what the Frock?

DewKid said...



Don Snabulus said...

A $1.89 for the "Lady Lou?" How chintzy. Golly, I'd need a pay raise to 15 cents an hour to pay for that. Schucks, that watch I wanted costs almost a buck. Good thing movies are still a nickel!

Oops, my mistake. It's 1934. We're living off of SOS and brains'n'eggs and splurging on carrots to throw in the cabbage soup. Only a few of us could afford to buy a used dress, let alone a new one. Still, those dresses look mighty good on those dames. Gee whillackers!

The Moody Minstrel said...

And then there's that family in the big house over by Charlottesville. It seems like every time something happens there, this really syrupy music starts to play.

Time to slam some o' Pa's recipe and crank up the Model A.