I’ve wanted to go to the Lizzie Borden House (Now a B&B and house museum) for quite some time, but I could never justify the drive to Fall River for this one thing. But then I learned about a fashion exhibition in a nearby New Bedford house museum, so I killed those two birds last weekend. First stop: The Lizzie Borden House.
I was fascinated by the story when I first learned about it, like many people. There’s something to be said about the sensationalism of a story whose mythology holds strong for over 120 years. Maybe its the comedy of errors during the investigation. Maybe its the lingering ghosts of the parents. Or maybe because the murder was never solved.
It was a fairly large tour group, about a dozen people. Maybe the proximity to Halloween makes it a destination, like Salem. The house is a very well appointed Victorian home. Although all the furniture is replacement furniture and not original to the Borden family, it is period furniture. It’s clear that whoever acquired the furniture on behalf of the museum had a good eye for matching details of their original furniture, seen in the crime photos. Some of the original Borden family objects include a family bible and shards of china found in the outhouse.
We toured away, room by room, hearing about the cast of characters, factoids, trivia, and debunked rumors. There wasn’t much fashion going on, except for the pictures of the Borden family from the 1860s through the 1890s, and then one of Lizzie as an elderly woman. However, the house museum is in possession of the costume Elizabeth Montgomery wore in the 1975 TV film The Legend of Lizzie Borden.
The gift shop had a corkboard with autographed photos of the various ghost hunting shows that have filmed at the house. But one unsigned photo caught my eye.
It was Chloe Sevigny!!
The gift shop had directions to the other Borden locations, including the Fall River Historical Society, which houses objects from the crime scene, the location of Lizzie’s post-acquittal home, and the Borden final resting place in the local cemetery. They apparently get a lot of visitors, because some unidentified white arrows were painted onto the asphalt, directing visitors to the Borden plot.
Maybe I’ll decided to return on an August 4th in the near future, which is when they reenact the murder. But this was enough murder mystery to last me for a while.
Another #halloweentableau : framed devil #vintagemask #diadelosmuertos diorama, #vintagetoy rubber bat and spider. #vintagehalloween #vintagedevil #happyhalloween #halloweenkitsch #halloweendecorationideas
Latest collection of #fashionbooks I’m also interested in #mensfashion #gruau book given to me by my bestie @i_esp and others were #thriftedbooks or on sale. #artistrebeldandy #fuckyeahmenswear #gruaumen #thegentryman #amenfashion #fashionhistoryisarthistory #fashionordie #fashionillustration #instabooks #
- Zero by Maria Cornejo empire waist dress
- Diane von Furstenberg suede platform heels
- Vintage 1940s crochet bag with lucite handle
- H&M acrylic and slivertone choker
- Sterling silver cuff bracelet
Using #ikea ghost lamps as decoration for my other #halloweentableau #happyhalloween #halloween #urbanhalloween #boo #yourghost #ghost #halloweendecoration
The #halloweentableaus have begun: #nightmarebeforechristmas #jackskellington #sallyragdoll #lockstockandbarrel #zeroghostdog #nmb4xmas #nightmarebeforexmas #halloweendecoration #happyhalloween #urbanhalloween
Shift to Fall
Not everything I acquire for Mira Menos is thrifted. Fashion clothes at a good price is my game, and my playpens include department stores, discount stores, boutiques, and the internet, as well as thrift stores, and consignment shops, yard sales, and estate sales.
I didn’t realize that when I put this look together for her, all the pieces were contemporary, not vintage. But there’s a vintage sensibility of the mod-style shift dress, which is part of her style. A complementary bag and darker sexy shoe will not only take the color palate to an interesting place, but is also a good transition from summer to fall on those really warm fall days, and it keeps the dress from looking dowdy.
- Diane von Furstenberg shift dress
- Diane von Furstenberg suede platform heels
- Rebecca Minkoff leather bag
- Goldtone “bamboo” earrings
JUST SOLD! From #etsy store The Sin Embargo #ducttape wallet that my 9-year-old niece makes in #punkrockgirl style #ducktape #ducttapelife #craftlife #craftykid #ducttapestyle #ducttapewallets (at www.etsy.com/shop/TheSinEmbargo)
The extent of my sewing experience consists of half a school year in eighth grade home economics, and most recently in grad school (hand sewing for the conservation of historic textiles). As much as I was interested in sewing, I was too afraid of gender-based parental disapproval, even though I was well aware of the existence of tailors. My sister, however, was able to follow her interests. We were in the same junior high sewing class, but she went on to take sewing in high school. We both had to make the same things, but mine were always a mess. The final project was a sweatshirt with pockets. While I chose a masculine “sweat gray” jersey with white for the cuffs (a boy’s color, I thought in my head), she chose pink fabric with black for the cuffs and pockets. (She might look back and think that she was channeling Chanel, but I think a more realistic reference was someone like Lisa Lisa or the cast of The Facts of Life). But while her sweater was a proud example of her sewing progress, my sweater was a sartorial disaster.
One thing we both enjoyed doing was taking a trip to the local fabric store. George’s Textiles was in Downtown Lowell, and we often went with our mom for her sewing projects. There was something exciting about watching the clerk take a flat bolt of fabric and unfurl it on the cutting table. Then came crisp, finite sound of the fabric scissors (with the cast iron handles), cutting fabric. As much as I loved watching this, my favorite section of the store was the remnants. Maybe it was about finding something that was no longer being sold, and the anticipating of having something unique, but there I could find affordable pieces of fabric that my mother could use to make something small for me, like clothes for some of my toys (which were never intended to have fabric clothes). There was a time when I asked my mother to make something for me, but my lack of textile knowledge left the end product not exactly as how I imagined it. (Think of a hoodie with woven cotton instead of a jersey, with a pool ball motif a la Kid n’ Play).
Through school and my sister’s continued interest in sewing, I’ve recently rediscovered the joys of the fabric store. My understanding is that George’s Textiles is still there, but the focus of their business is exclusively on re-upholstery fabric. I live near an independent fabric store, but the standard for fabric shopping is Jo-Ann’s, where one of the locations is near my sister’s home. So we decided to go together, unbeknownst to us, for the first time in possibly over 20 years.
- St. John short-sleeve sweater
- Ivan Grundahl nylon cargo skirt
- YSL platform heel loafers
- Fendi monogram baguette
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FOR SALE ON ETSY: Here’s a closer look at the #handmadewallets my niece makes using #decorativeducttape by #ducktape #comicbookstyle Now available at etsy.com/shop/TheSinEmbargo #etsy #ducttapewallets #ducttapelife #tapelife #ducttapestyle #bam #pow #tobecontinued #craftykid #craftlife #instacrafts #buyme (at www.etsy.com/shop/TheSinEmbargo)
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