1960s linen dress ($155)
Pearl necklace ($95)
Pleather stone detailed clutch ($42)
1970s paisley maxi ($165)
1950s beaded cocktail dress ($245)
When it comes to dating women’s fashion between 1720 and 1920, it’s mostly about the skirt shape. I recently found a history book at The Monkey’s Paw, complete with old ads and periodical clippings, about women’s dress and the styles that reigned supreme: the hoop, the bustle, and the sheath. Of course details and fabrics changed, these styles coming in and out of vogue at different points, but the silhouettes were a constant.
The hoop (also known as a bell-shaped skirt) places the wearer dead centre, unlike the bustle that’s fitted in the front and built up with padding in the back. The sheath is almost cylindrical and uses very little fabric in comparison to the other styles.
While the sheath had a bout of popularity in the late 1700s, it wasn’t until the early 1900s that the style came to the fashion forefront. With the sufragette movement in full swing, women found themselves fighting for both political and physical rights.
No longer would painful corsets leave women short of breath; no longer would cumbersome petticoats restrict women’s movement in the public sphere. Hemlines also started to creep upwards after 1910, women showing off their ankles and calves (not to mention newly acquired rights).
It’s no surprise that owner Paul Mercer is an art history graduate. The lofty shop is a treasure trove of historical relics that transport you to different worlds, whether it be a 1920s beachside carnival, a turn of the century apothecary shop, or a smoke hazed gentleman’s parlour
This crate of World War I helmets was especially moving. Euan asked if he could buy just a few of them, but Paul refused, “They’ve been together for over one hundred years. I can’t break them up now.” I really loved that.
I was scouring the book stacks at The Monkey’s Paw today and found both a fashion dictionary and The Wonderful World of Ladies’ Fashion, edited by Joseph J. Schroeder, Jr. The later is an illustrated history of women’s fashion, from the mid-19th century until the end of the first World War. The compilation is a visual feast of fashion illustrations, cartoons and advertisements from various old books, periodical, and catalogues. I’ll be sharing it with you over the next few weeks, so I hope that you enjoy lace-lined history!
In conjunction with the annual POP Montreal music festival, Puses POP celebrated its sixth anniversary last weekend at St. Michaels Church (corner of St. Urbain and St. Viateur).
The two day crafter’s market showcases the work of over one hundred local and international artists, designers, and indie record labels and has become the largest market of its kind in the city.
There were so many talented companies being featured, but I found that a lot was geared towards parents and their children.
I have little use for toys, baby clothing, and/or whimsical decor items, but that little church basement was just teeming with positive energy.
Portrait of a Young Lady was done by Picasso in 1958. He had tacked a reproduction of a painting by Lucas Cranach to his studio wall and it became the basis of this linoleum cut.
Violet Obsession by Yayoi Kasama is one of a series called “Accumulations” that the artist has been making since the 1960s.
Biowall is a woven scaffold that becomes a partition when colonized by living plants.
One Hundred Lavish Months of Bushwhack by Wangechi Mutu
My Vows by Annette Messager
Walking House by Laurie Simmons