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I used to have a trunk (or foot locker, if you prefer) where I planned to display all my travel stickers. However, I spent some time living in some tiny one bedroom apartments, so I ended up throwing it out to save room. I was avoiding the bigger evil of using the trunk as coffee table with a blanket over it for a few years until I had big enough closets to stash it in.

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I’ve always loved luggage stickers. If I had a foot locker today, It would have stickers on it.
Luggage stickers above from Dover Clip Art.

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Probably won’t be posting too much lately since I’m frantically:
1. Getting rid of extra junk and prepping for yard sale
2. Painting the entire upstairs
3. Hiring roofer and carpeter
4. Putting house on market
5. Studying for final exams
6. Getting ready to move and start a new job.

I won’t have too many sewing projects up lately since I’ve got to figure out a place to stash it when showing the house. But maybe I will post pics of the new curtains I made once we get the upstairs painted and cleaned.

In the meantime, here’s a new post:

I love all Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies. I especially love Ginger’s ostrich feather dress in Top Hat.

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Grace Kelly was in some of my favorite movies (the Alfred Hitchcock ones and High Society) and she always looked gorgeous.

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Just some photos that I like of Elizabeth Taylor.

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More Fashion+History

Since reading

The Audrey Hepburn Treasures,
I learned what a remarkable person Audrey was, beautiful in every way.

I made a collage of some of my favorite Audrey looks. I love google image searches.

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Although I think the bathtub couch would be really difficult to recreate, it does inspire me to be more creative in my home decorating projects.

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Disclaimer: I’m going to be very careful posting this because most of the content is copyrighted, and the copyright owner has (wisely) limited what you can post on your website. If you are really interested in learning more about how to share the info, please check out the links below.

Back in November 2004, I was lucky enough to be in Chicago to witness the Field Musem‘s exhibit Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years, Selections from the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum. However, the Field Museum doesn’t allow you to post any of their photos from the exhibit online, so I had to be resourceful and use photos from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, whose copyrights and terms of use are slightly less stringent, and their website for the exhibit is just as good.

Here are my favorite dresses:

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Jacqueline Kennedy and her sister, Lee Radziwill, during a daytime boat ride on Lake Pichola, Udaipur, India, March 17, 1962. Dress (1962) in apricot silk ziberline by Oleg Cassini (b. France 1913). John F. Kennedy Library and Museum.

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Evening Dress, 1961
Oleg Cassini (b. France 1913)
Shell pink silk-georgette chiffon embroidered with sequins
Worn by Jacqueline Kennedy to dinner at the Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, where she met Soviet premier Khrushchev, June 3, 1961
John F. Kennedy Library and Museum

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Evening Dress
Oleg Cassini (b. France 1913)
Celadon silk jersey
Worn by Jacqueline Kennedy at a White House dinner honoring Nobel Prize Laureates of the Western Hemisphere, April 29, 1962
John F. Kennedy Library and Museum

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Evening Gown, 1962
Oleg Cassini (b. France 1913)
Azure blue silk crepe Giselle by Asher
Worn by Jacqueline Kennedy to a Foreign Ministry reception, Mexico City, June 29, 1962
John F. Kennedy Library and Museum

After a few more years of learning to sew, hopefully I’ll be brave enough to attempt an evening gown. Even if I can’t make one quite this complicated, it would be fun to make a dress made of some fancy silk.

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Back in 2001, I went to an inspiring exhibit at the RISD Museum. RISD inherited the contents of an old Providence dressmaking shop.
Here’s a photo collage of some of the best pieces:

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It makes me think I need an opera coat.
More information here: The Tirocchi Dressmakers Project Website

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