Category Archives: Purses

Handbags and Gloves, 1960

The straw purses on the lower left remind me a lot of Barbie’s purse.

Suburban Shopper


My mother never carried one like that, but some of the ladies at Sheridan Road Baptist Church did, and I thought they were so glamorous.

Polka-dot gloves? I had to look twice to make sure. A girl would’ve had to have been very confident to wear something that outrageous and snazzy. Even though these are 52 years old – they’re new to me.

After having had the measles, it never occurred to me than spots on the hands could be stylish.

Images taken from the Spring/Summer Montgomery Ward Catalog, 1960
and
Barbie – Four Decades of Fashion, Fantasy, and Fun by Marco Tosa

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Shoes, 1960

High heels ~

And flats ~

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The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947 – 1957

While we were in Nashville a few weeks ago, Joe took me to the Frist Center to see The Golden Age of Couture Exhibit, organized by London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. The Frist is the only place the exhibit will be shown in the United States.

Postcard of Evening dress in silk taffeta by Crisobal Balenciag;, Paris, about 1955

Below are a few of the first pages of the Guide Book, giving a brief overview of some of the features of the exhibit. (Clicking on the pictures will enlarge them enough to read, and clicking on the magnifying glass will increase the size even further. Please excuse the notes I made.)

The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947 – 1957 will run through September 12, 2010. According to the Frist website, the exhibition broke all records when it opened at the Victoria & Albert in 2007. It was a wonderful exhibit and if Nashville is at all accessible to you or you are especially interested in fashion history or beautiful clothes, it is well worth the trip.

One added bonus was getting to “people watch”. It was an interesting mix of attendees, and I did notice that several of the younger women were more attractively dressed than most of us who can remember this time period.

Over the next few days, please check back to see photos from the lovely book I bought in the gift shop.

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1968 Sears Spring Summer Catalog: Purses, Shoes and Gloves

If these photos had been from a Nieman Marcus catalog, or even a Spiegel, I probably would have said “handbags” instead of purses. But the source is Sears, and we called them “purses”.

I have always loved these green high heels.  If they were still available and I was 30 years younger, I’d buy them.  And did you notice that there was a purse to match every color?

The ubiquitous daisy, even in black and white.

One difference in footwear is that there were only a page or two of sandals then.  They weren’t nearly as common then as they are now.

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