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John Maxwell & 21 Irrefutable Laws

We hope you remember that this blog, Fashionnation1on1, is designed as a repository of links to information that has the potential to guide the interested and motivated learner to the how-to of the apparel world.

One way we get in a leadership role is to live leadership. John Maxwell wrote the book, so to speak. His 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership is worthy of the time it takes to study and learn. Here is a brief summary.


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Surfing in the dark…

Although the hour is late, there are some things so wonderful they insist on being shared.

Have a good time with The Secret World of Haute Couture – BBC Documentary. It is 45 minutes of insider views of the world of the haute couture. We found this video after watching a nicely done video on Coco Chanel. I am sure you will find some wonderful videos as well.

How Vogue Got Modern could be an enlightening bit of reading. It is a good idea to track the historical movements that will be made as more people have a voice – even if only in dollars. We found this article at Racked.

The Business of Fashion has both a free but limited subscription and paid subscriptions for people with an industry “need to know”. We are playing on the free sub and found loads to read and watch.

And finally, before we leave, let us recommend a book that looks great for its take on draping and the fashion history that it pulls in to teach the concepts. So check out Draping – The Complete Course by Karolyn Kiisel (Author).

And remember, links may “go old” but the words of any post with a quick internet search will help you find what you are looking to find and more. Nitey-night.

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WWII wedding dress made from a life-saving parachute

Can you tell that we absolutely love Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things?

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Wedding dress made from a parachute that saved the grrom during World War Two.

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Rococo [ruh-KOH-koh]: florid or excessively elaborate

We are thinking of creating some doll scale costumes from this lively and lovely time period. We also love this Blog… so head over there to read much more on the history of our favorite topic.

History of Costume

A significant shift in culture occurred in France and elsewhere at the beginning of the 18th century, known as the Enlightenment, which valued reason over authority.  In France, the sphere of influence for art, culture and fashion shifted from Versailles to Paris, where the educated bourgeoisie class gained influence and power in salons and cafés.  The new fashions introduced therefore had a greater impact on society, affecting not only royalty and aristocrats, but also middle and even lower classes.  Ironically, the single most important figure to establish Rococo fashions was Louis XV’s mistress Madame Pompadour.  She adored pastel colors and the light, happy style which came to be known as Rococo, and subsequently light stripe and floral patterns became popular.  Towards the end of the period, Marie Antoinette became the leader of French fashion, as did her dressmaker Rose Bertin.  Extreme extravagance was her trademark, which ended up majorly fanning the flames of the French…

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Children not looking at modern art

If you have time to read this, please do. The author makes such great points in a world of rules where children lead the way.

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Two little girls captivated by looking through a vent instead of the modern art on the museum walls.

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Preserved loaf of bread discovered at Pompeii

When we used to visit the Boston Museum of Art, one object always touched us. It was an Egyptian honey cake in a small metal pie pan. Here we have found that we are not the only ones who love and obsess over ancient pastries. Read on… and thanks to Ridiculously Interesting.

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Photograph of a preserved circular loaf of bread discovered at PompeiiThis is the ultimate piece of toast: a loaf of bread made in the first century AD, which was discovered at Pompeii, preserved for centuries in the volcanic ashes of Mount Vesuvius.

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New Directions in Black Western Studies (CFP)

Miquel Juarez, another amazing El Pasoan, posted an email he received this week. Congratulations, Miguel. We love you!!

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New Directions in Black Western Studies

Western History Association Conference

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01-04 November 2017


We are seeking proposals for the 57th Western History Association Conference workshop and American Studies Special Issue: “New Directions in Black Western Studies.”

Though several scholarly historical treatments of Blacks in the North American West exist, few engage with what Black Western Studies means in a contemporary context. Over the past decade there has been a return to the west in intellectual and artistic production at a rate not seen since the 1970s. Several critically acclaimed television series, films, music albums, and literary texts are rooted firmly in western historical legacies. Likewise, the relationship between Blackness and western geographical and cultural identity has been explored in various disciplinary genres. From film, music, literature, and art to theatre, architecture, and museum studies, These possibilities drive several questions undergirding…

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