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#marcjacobs does it right for #ptownbearweek again #fashionbears #bearweek #ptown #provincetown #redwhiteandbear (at Marc by Marc Jacobs Provincetown)

#marcjacobs does it right for #ptownbearweek again #fashionbears #bearweek #ptown #provincetown #redwhiteandbear (at Marc by Marc Jacobs Provincetown)

#fashionbooks from my fave #ptown bookstore #timsusedbooks #zandrarhodes #bruceoldfield #couturehats #fashionhistoryisarthistory #fashionordie #amenfashion #fashionstudies (at Tim’s Used Books, Provincetown)

#fashionbooks from my fave #ptown bookstore #timsusedbooks #zandrarhodes #bruceoldfield #couturehats #fashionhistoryisarthistory #fashionordie #amenfashion #fashionstudies (at Tim’s Used Books, Provincetown)

#nowonebay for sale: #battleoftheplanets DVD Volume 4. Great condition; Best price on #ebay !! #gatchaman #gforce #japaneseanime #anime #vintageanime #bestgenerationever #japanalia #popculture #japanimation #japanime #botp #vintagecartoon

#nowonebay for sale: #battleoftheplanets DVD Volume 4. Great condition; Best price on #ebay !! #gatchaman #gforce #japaneseanime #anime #vintageanime #bestgenerationever #japanalia #popculture #japanimation #japanime #botp #vintagecartoon

Now available on #ebay : #isaacmizrahi #whiteleather #opentoe slides size 9 #madeinitaly in very good condition; starting bid only $17! #shoegasm #shoeporn #shoelife #designershoes #summerstyle #summerfashion #beachwedding #poolparty #shoestyle (at ebay)

Now available on #ebay : #isaacmizrahi #whiteleather #opentoe slides size 9 #madeinitaly in very good condition; starting bid only $17! #shoegasm #shoeporn #shoelife #designershoes #summerstyle #summerfashion #beachwedding #poolparty #shoestyle (at ebay)

Now available on #ebay : #jimmychoo #opentoe slides in beige and white canvas check pattern. Size 37. Very good condition! Lowest prices!! #shoegasm #shoeporn #designershoes #madeinitaly #jimmychoocruise #nowonebay #forsaleonebay #summerstyle #summerfashion  (at ebay)

Now available on #ebay : #jimmychoo #opentoe slides in beige and white canvas check pattern. Size 37. Very good condition! Lowest prices!! #shoegasm #shoeporn #designershoes #madeinitaly #jimmychoocruise #nowonebay #forsaleonebay #summerstyle #summerfashion (at ebay)

#outfitoftheday @mrsmiramenos styling herself without my help, but with #vintage and #designer pieces I’ve acquired for her, including 1980s #blueleather #vintageskirt , 1950s #vintageclutch in grey #suede, #alice+olivia #wedgeshoes . She did well. #lookoftheday #ootd #thrift #thrifted #thrifting #thriftlife #thriftstore #thriftscore #thriftstyle #thriftfashion #leatherskirt #electricblue #streetstyle #thriftshop #instaglam

#outfitoftheday @mrsmiramenos styling herself without my help, but with #vintage and #designer pieces I’ve acquired for her, including 1980s #blueleather #vintageskirt , 1950s #vintageclutch in grey #suede, #alice+olivia #wedgeshoes . She did well. #lookoftheday #ootd #thrift #thrifted #thrifting #thriftlife #thriftstore #thriftscore #thriftstyle #thriftfashion #leatherskirt #electricblue #streetstyle #thriftshop #instaglam

Saw someone wearing this Tshirt in #NYC last weekend. #jemandtheholograms x #anime x #queenbohemianrhapsody killed me. #eightiesqueens #jem #trulyoutrageous #triplethreat #popculture reference. #showtimesynergy #fashiontees #bestgenerationever #animejemqueen #bohemianrhapsodyholograms

Saw someone wearing this Tshirt in #NYC last weekend. #jemandtheholograms x #anime x #queenbohemianrhapsody killed me. #eightiesqueens #jem #trulyoutrageous #triplethreat #popculture reference. #showtimesynergy #fashiontees #bestgenerationever #animejemqueen #bohemianrhapsodyholograms


Doru Olowu’s curated space of his fashion and other art forms in Salon 94 Bowery, 243 Bowery, NY

Costume Rational

Spring semester was probably my favorite semester. My classes were all about textile/costume history. In one class (Costume Identification), I was able to work with objects in the URI collection and do some bona fide research. Identifying, analyzing and interpreting objects will be the basis of the kind of research I hope to be doing in the future. These are the objects I worked on:

Silk calash, circa 1835. We were supposed to work on an eighteenth century object, but there weren’t that many to go around that hadn’t already been researched. Calashes were used in the eighteenth and into the nineteenth century, so this was my “eighteenth century object”. Pre-twentieth century is not my thing, but I learned words like bavolet. It was a trade-off.image

A turban-style hat, complete with human hair system (bangs), circa 1827. According to the records, this was worn as part of a wedding ensemble. I didn’t research it enough, but I believe that the hat is on the mount backwards. I think we’re looking at the back of the hat, not the front. And yes, that was human hair.image

An infant cape, 1840s-1850s. A lot of the papers talk about the existence of children’s clothes as reminders of infant mortality. Given the quality of this wool cape, I’m going with the theory that this was a treasured item from a special occasion that was continuously used thereafter, based on the numerous pinholes at the neckline, where they would’ve closed it with some kind of pin or brooch.image

A child’s boots, circa 1861. Again, I didn’t do as extensive research as I could have (mostly because there actually isn’t much on mid-nineteenth century children’s clothes out there). but I think these boots were a transitional style from the Wellington boots of yore to what we know of as western boots. You can’t see it here, but the shaft of the boot is very “Western”. These boots belonged to a prominent Rhode Islander who belonged to those “exclusive” Sons of the American Revolution groups which trace their ancestral lineage to the Revolutionary War. Read into that however you like.image


Royal Worcester Company corset,1898. As we near the turn of the century, we start to see what are called ready-mades, which are factory made clothing. These objects have more information on them, due to the garment labels. A no-brainer discovery I made was that although the corset was labeled in the records as 1890s, the label inside indicated that this model was an award winner in the Columbian Exposition of 1898. Therefore, this specific corset could not have been produced before 1898. Additionally, the research I conducted indicated that it was still being sold into the second decade of the twentieth century. Not only was it a good seller, but it had a loyal, long-term “unfashionable” audience, who were not conforming to the mono-bosom styles of the 1910s. The coolest thing for me was the discovery that this model corset combines two different style Royal Worcester corsets that are in the Costume Institute Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Oh, and I got to reference Madonna in my paper.image

Men’s swimsuit From The Outlet department store in Providence, RI, 1920s. Not only did I learn about The Outlet’s transition from department store into the broadcast communications field (their foresight was nothing short of brilliant to name the company “The Outlet”), but also about the evolution of bathing suits, beach culture in Rhode Island, and an exercise how morality relaxes when it is pushed just enough.

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I’m happy to report that my papers got better as the semester progressed. Maybe it was the practice; or maybe because there was more information available. But I like to think that it was because I’m most interested in twentieth century garments, and this exercise proved that.

Coming soon! Blog post of #duroolowu at 243 Bowery #fashion #fashionhistoryisarthistory #fashionisart #lowerbeastside #africonic #globalfashion #worldfashion #salon94 #salon94gallery (at Salon 94 Bowery)

Coming soon! Blog post of #duroolowu at 243 Bowery #fashion #fashionhistoryisarthistory #fashionisart #lowerbeastside #africonic #globalfashion #worldfashion #salon94 #salon94gallery (at Salon 94 Bowery)

This is how it ends, thanks to my wonderful friend Melissa Mooney aka Juniper Disco. #birthday #bday #birthdaygurl #birthdaycupcake #anotheryear #happynameday #makeawishandblow

This is how it ends, thanks to my wonderful friend Melissa Mooney aka Juniper Disco. #birthday #bday #birthdaygurl #birthdaycupcake #anotheryear #happynameday #makeawishandblow

I got this #vintageaquascutum skirt for @mrsmiramenos originally as a two-piece dress but i couldnt bear to buy the top as much as i couldn’t bear to separate them. They’re called #separates for a reason. #sundaystroll #outfitoftheday #vintage 1980s #aquascutum skirt #charlesdavid heels #moschino bag #fashion #fashionordie #summerfashion #summerstyle #streetstyle #ootd #thrift #thrifted #thrifting #thriftshop #thriftstore #thriftscore #thriftlife #thriftstyle #thriftfashion

I got this #vintageaquascutum skirt for @mrsmiramenos originally as a two-piece dress but i couldnt bear to buy the top as much as i couldn’t bear to separate them. They’re called #separates for a reason. #sundaystroll #outfitoftheday #vintage 1980s #aquascutum skirt #charlesdavid heels #moschino bag #fashion #fashionordie #summerfashion #summerstyle #streetstyle #ootd #thrift #thrifted #thrifting #thriftshop #thriftstore #thriftscore #thriftlife #thriftstyle #thriftfashion


Isa Genzken retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. I had a moment of solitude during my research/work trip, which, as an introvert, I prize deeply. I’ve always responded positively to found object art. Probably because I’m more interested in re-creating and re-contextualizing, which is what I do as a stylist and second-hand garment sourcer. Some pieces from this exhibition spoke to me as objects of dress, despite the fact that the textiles used are not always garments, and the mannequins are part of the sculpture.

#outfitoftheday I styled @mrsmiramenos in a #vintage #courreges jacket and matching bag. It’s a little safety vest meets straight jacket, but it was a rare find from this random warehouse storage sale in #vegas back in January. #andrescourreges #ootd #hyperbolebyandrescourreges #vintagefashion #vintagestyle #fashionhistory #hyperbole #fashionhistoryisarthistory #fashionordie #modfashion #fashionfuturism #modstyle #thrift #thrifted #thrifting #thriftscore #fashiondesigner #thriftshop #thriftstore #thriftstyle

#outfitoftheday I styled @mrsmiramenos in a #vintage #courreges jacket and matching bag. It’s a little safety vest meets straight jacket, but it was a rare find from this random warehouse storage sale in #vegas back in January. #andrescourreges #ootd #hyperbolebyandrescourreges #vintagefashion #vintagestyle #fashionhistory #hyperbole #fashionhistoryisarthistory #fashionordie #modfashion #fashionfuturism #modstyle #thrift #thrifted #thrifting #thriftscore #fashiondesigner #thriftshop #thriftstore #thriftstyle

#holeinthewall #bookstore in Chicago had some wonderful #fashiontheory and #fashionhistory books I shall use for #thesis for dirt cheap! #amenfashion #fashionordie #bargainhunting #bargainhunters #bargainhunty #reviewofliterature #fashionhistoryisarthistory

#holeinthewall #bookstore in Chicago had some wonderful #fashiontheory and #fashionhistory books I shall use for #thesis for dirt cheap! #amenfashion #fashionordie #bargainhunting #bargainhunters #bargainhunty #reviewofliterature #fashionhistoryisarthistory


J. Raul Cornier as Busco Mas Sandra Cornier as Mira Menos. Second-hand vintage and designer fashion sourcing. For sale at: www.etsy.com/shop/TheSinEmbargo.