The automobile’s social impact was revolutionary. The sale of millions of automobiles created “car culture” in the United States. Motoring garments such as the duster were essential in protecting travelers from the elements. This motoring duster coat was made between 1910-1915, though the maker is unknown. It was gifted to the Museum at FIDM in 2007. Silk Dusters in 1915 cost around $10 (Los Angeles Times 1915, 15). Learn more in my book, Artifacts from American Fashion (ABC-CLIO).
The automobile’s social impact was revolutionary. Up through the teens, love songs began to involve the automobile, including the notable In My Merry Oldsmobile (1905). Valentines in the shape of cars that hinted at honeymoons, postcards showing joyrides, and other similar products further cemented the car into American culture. Learn more in my book, Artifacts from American Fashion (ABC-CLIO).Heather Vaughan Lee is the founding author of Fashion Historia.
The longer we wear masks, the more they seem to become a part of the fashion production system. I got curious about the masks worn in California during the 1918 Flu Pandemic, and how they compare to what we’re wearing today. Learn more at the link below for what I discovered...