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    Hi! Welcome to the AD inspiration pinboards, where I collect every lovely historical thing I find interesting, from shoes, to hats, to gowns, hairstyles, and kn

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    Ladies “Macaroni” jacket and embroidered skirt. Late 18th century. French. Silk.

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    silk jacket, French, late 18C (dimensions: length at CB: 21 1/2 ins) Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

    Okay, STOP THE PRESSES because these incredible boots are up for sale on Ebay right now. Right here AND, always a plus, they’re a wide enough that you won’t have to worry about straining the fabric if you want to be bad and try them on. They’re 3", which is the standard shoe width today and a size 9 which I imagine is very rare since smaller average person = smaller average foot. Just don’t stand in them or any antique shoes you may have unless they’re in...

    Dress, Elizabeth Bertch, Youngstown, OH, ca. 1920s. Gray silk crepe embroidered with geometric pattern in blue thread, tarnished silver floss, & seed beads. Round front neck, stand collar with embroidered back. Unfitted bodice with embroidered panel on front & left shoulder snap closure. Attached vest-like overwrap. Embroidered hip band & loop with snap closure at left hip; lightly gathered skirt with embroidered ”floating panels” lined with chiffon. Kent State Univ. Museum

    Cape Date: ca. 1770 (made) Museum number: T.37-1958 Descriptive line English; Ivory, silk, scalloped and pinked trim, hooded | V&A

    John Kelly’s Fine Shoe’s shoes – John Kelly’s Fine Shoes

    Boots French, Shriner & Urner Date: 1915–25 Culture: American Medium: leather, wool Dimensions: 6 1/2 x 12 in. (16.5 x 30.5 cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Brooklyn Museum Collection Accession Number: 2009.300.2937a, b

    1890-1900 British Boot (one of two) at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London - From the curators' comments: "Half-boots (ankle boots) were popular for men from the 1830s right up to the Depression in the 1930s....Boots were still more commonly worn than shoes by men throughout the 19th century, and were regarded as more formal for day wear. Half-boots were usually worn under the trousers."

    Mens' High Button Shoes, Germany, C. 1910, Augusta Auctions, April 9, 2014 - NYC

    1920's brocade opera coat with fur trim $750

    1920s gold lame brocade opera coat with fur collar and cuffs, lined in purple velvet

    clutch coats, they were clasped together with the hand, or fell open to reveal the dress underneath. Period fashion illustrations often picture women grasping both sides of their coats, while also holding a small purse tucked under the arm.

    Coat, 1920's, cotton velvet, inside brocade, Dorotheum Vintage,

    Overcoat, ca. 1923. Silk brocade, ribbon and velvet, fur. Lucile, Ltd., France.


    Evening coat (image 4 - back) | culture unknown | 1920-25 | silk brocade, fur, velvet | Staten Island Historical Society | Catalog #: CO1.3398

    Evening coat, back detail by Mariano Fortuny early 1920s in silk and fur from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    The Merry Dressmaker: Flapper Style at Kent State Museum of Fashion - Pink and lame silk brocade cape

    Brocaded satin cocoon evening wrap, c.1917-20, from the Vintage Textile archives

    Mariano Fortuny: Green Stencilled Velvet Long Coat

    Evening coat by Maria Gallenga, ca. 1920s, silk

    Evening Coat Designed By Mariano Fortuny (Spanish, Granada 1871-1949 Venice) - Italian c. Early 1920's - The Metropolitan Museum Of Art