03 Apr 2008
in Art, Event Fashion, Fashion Designers, Fashion History, Fashion Trends, Formal Events, Movie, Photo Galleries, Photos, Red Carpet Fashion, Special Events, Vintage Fashion
Tags: Academy Awards, Ancient Art, Art, Egypt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Vintage Fashion, Zac Posen
08 Mar 2007
in Camera, Contests, Couples, Dances, Event Fashion, Event History, Fashion History, History, Photos, Prom, Prom Dresses, Prom fashion, Prom gown, Vintage Fashion
Oh dear this will be fun to see! If you are in the Des Moines area send in those vintage photos and you could “win a dinner for two at Centro to relive old prom memories with your date.”
For those of us not in the area we can enjoy looking at those old Prom pictures!
The oldies but goodies.
Got a photo of yourself in a dated dress?
- Submit it to the Register at DesMoinesRegister.com/promphotos. Further instructions are on the site.
- You can also mail them to Prom Dress, Des Moines Register, P.O. Box 957, Des Moines, IA 50309.
- Questions? Call 284-8438
02 Mar 2007
in Event History, Event Theme, Fashion History, Interesting Links
The History of Homecoming
Dartmouth Bonfire: Homecoming is a tradition that has grown slowly through the decades. It is a time when students from different classes gather together to celebrate school spirit. In 1888, students from all four classes of Dartmouth College in New Hampshire built a bonfire to celebrate a baseball victory.
The Daily Dartmouth wrote: “It disturbed the slumbers of a peaceful town, destroyed some property, made the boys feel that they were being men, and in fact did no one any good.” Seven years later it was made official to celebrate class spirit. One visitor to the famed bonfire in 1914 was a young Winston Churchill.
18 Dec 2006
in Fashion History, History, Prom, Prom fashion
The Prom started in the 1920’s in the US and is the classic American rite of passage for students from all walks of life. One of the functions of the prom, planned from almost the very start, is to bring together people from all financial standings and heritage. Of course there have been controversies thoughout its history. Same sex and interracial couples have had to fight in court to get barriers to attending together removed. Photo, wpi.edu, 1950’s Prom Queen
25 Nov 2006
in Fashion History
The T-shirt is something that has not always been around. It was introduced to the USA in the early 20th Century. Back in World War II US soldiers saw workers in Europe wearing them and fellow European soldiers had them on under their uniforms. When summer came these soldiers would take off their top shirts and wear only the cotton “T” shirt underneath. US soldiers had wool shirts on, even in the summer, so of course they wanted that lightweight cotton shirt too. Its popularity spread quickly and soon became a standard piece of underwear in the US when they started bringing them home.
As early as the 1940’s politicians printed slogans on them. What really made the t-shirt cool was the movie industry. In Hollywood, actors like John Wayne, James Dean and Marlon Brando (he actually tore his t-shirt off in the film “Streetcar Named Desire”), dared to wear their “underwear” out in the open and made it look so good that people imitated them.