vintage fashion

Ginger Odes

i’ve been trying to get my inbox organised (which, as everyone besides the obsessively organised know, is a task). there are many emails in my ‘starred’ folder from myself to myself reminding me of things, websites, interesting stuff i’ve come across… an inbox bookmarks folder if you will. i decided to clean it up and do some much needed deleting, which is when i found a reminder from over a year ago to post about photographer Ginger Odes. no time like the present.

Born in Cape Town in 1924, Ginger’s career was rooted in the air force as a reconnaissance and aerial photographer during World War II. After the war, he returned home to set up a photographic studio in Parliament Street, Cape Town … He soon made a name for himself for his work in fashion for clients including Harper and Vogue, who published a South African edition at the time.

read more about Ginger Odes here. images courtesy of Gallery F and PapaSA.

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Female Short Pants

these gals look like they’re having a good time, hanging out in their female short pants – which is the only description life magazine could give me for this set of photos. date unknown… mid-fifties i’m guessing?

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Hermès

so … Bukowski’s. i can’t help myself. had a major browse through their Vintage & Jewellery catalogue which auctioned two days ago. tons of items from designer labels like ysl, louis vuitton & chanel (including chanel no.5 brooch which i thought was pretty cool) and you know, it’s all very beautiful – but what i was most interested in was the scarves. particularly the Hermès scarves, which i have always delegated to old lady territory until i became intrigued by the possibility of wearing head scarves last winter.

of course, wearing them around your neck is probably a good idea too. though i have never mastered the art of tying a delicate square silk scarf without it looking like a complete mess. and besides, you want to see the amazing prints right? these would go straight into frames on my walls, hypothetically. they sold for between € 150-350 each by the way…

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Princeton, 1969

It was in 1969 that Princeton University first admitted women as undergraduates. 148 women, consisting of 100 freshwomen and transfer students of other years, entered Princeton on September 6, 1969 amidst a frenzy of media ogling and ribbing. Scores of women’s papers and magazines, like Woman’s Wear Daily, featured articles on what the stylish Princeton freshwoman wore on campus, and practically every woman student was featured in her hometown newspaper.

These photographs were taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt for Life Magazine . Story here.

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teen fashions

images from life magazine, taken in the mid to late 1940’s by nina leen. not much has changed.

“teenage girl wearing blue jeans and large checkered shirt which is usual after-school costume. 1944″

“closeup of teenage girl’s wrist covered with six different identification bracelets which are as popular as the milk shake she is enjoying at a soda fountain. 1944″

“teenage girls wearing blue jeans hang out in friend’s living room, eating and drinking Cokes. 1944″

“teenage girl wearing her brother’s slacks and shirt. 1944″

“teenage girls wearing new animal pattern sweaters. 1945″

“madeline calcar modeling teen-age fashions, a short-sleeved sweater and black corduroy skirt. 1949″

“madeline balcar wearing a classic simple blue polka-dot dress. 1949″

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