Lost Splendor

Past and present by an archives student and new Bostonian. @freifraufitz

London Punks, ca. 1980s via Reddit
Miss American Vampire: Palisades Park, New Jersey ca. 1970s via Imgur
Philadelphia, 1947 via Imgur
Leave it to knife pleats to make for a sufficient rainy-day lunch-date getup.
After years as a Teenage Goth, it is known that red and black reign supreme as outfit color combinations. That said, I was feeling rad about today’s work outfit which accompanied me through an afternoon in the special collections.
New grownup lunchbox by carriedawaybags finally arrived!
United Kingdom c. 1937 via Imgur
One of these days I need to throw practicality to the wind and take these two out on the town.

Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire - October 21, 2014-February 1, 2015 | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

"Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire, The Costume Institute’s first fall exhibition in seven years, will be on view in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna Wintour Costume Center from October 21, 2014 through February 1, 2015.  The exhibition will explore the aesthetic development and cultural implications of mourning fashions of the 19th and early 20th centuries.  Approximately 30 ensembles, many of which are being exhibited for the first time, will reveal the impact of high-fashion standards on the sartorial dictates of bereavement rituals as they evolved over a century.”

Stroll Sequence by Eadweard J. Muybridge, 1880s (by George Eastman House)

"Glamour of the Allies": French Postcard Set c. 1917 via Tuckdb

Give me the strength not to go write essays about these immediately.

Coco Chanel, c. 1929 via History in Pictures on Twitter

Coco Chanel, c. 1929 via History in Pictures on Twitter

Hussar Uniform, England, 1870s. Private Collection.
As previously mentioned, an appreciation for history-things is something that runs in the family. Specifically, an appreciation for the design of historical militaria. This late nineteenth century hussar uniform is a longtime favorite fondly revisited with every return home. Favorite is a clear understatement - best described through the lens of a specific anime; if I were to bond consciousness with a garment to rise to greatness or defeat powers that be through a gratuitous transformation sequence - this would be that garment.
Spoilers; there’s also an incredible cap with a plume that couldn’t be fit in the picture. Plumes, yo.
Interwoven Socks: The Saturday Evening Post, 1921 by J.C. Leyendecker via mattsko.wordpress.com
At the Races, date unknown: Doomben Racetrack Fashions via State Library of Queensland