If you read this regularly, you’ll have noticed that my last post was quite some time ago. I’ve been busy looking for research grants. Writing those proposals takes a lot of time, hence my lack of activity here.
But also, I’m hoping to move from the virtual collection here to a physical site, and set up a museum of vintage clothes in Oxford, and I’ve been working on that. On the off-chance that anyone would like to donate, I’ll point out my Contact page. Submit the form there if you want to know more about the project. More on that later: I’m currently working out some costs.
This is, as the title says, a pink velvet jacket. As its hang in the first
photo shows, the fabric is very soft.
Vintage Fashion Guild
website has a "label resource" at
This is an alphabetical index of pages, each linking to a list
of labels under its letter. Some pages have as many as 50 brands,
or even more. Brands that I looked at included
their page showed labels from the 1950s,
1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, plus one fake,
a knockoff from India.
I thought I'd list the labels I've photographed,
in case it's any help in adding to such resources. I can't
vouch for the dates of any of my items, but I'm
sure there are experts who will be able to give
good estimates. If you want to use any
of the photos on your own site, please let me
know via my
Below, there's a photo, with label, of each item for which
I had a label. The little hand to the right of the brand name
links to its original blog post. The
WordPress link http://www.chromophilia.uk/blog/category/labels/ also points at those posts, plus this one.
Agnès b ☞
Frank Usher ☞
Gerry Weber ☞
Heather Valley ☞
His Lordship ☞
Jacques Vert ☞
Klaus Rheiner ☞
Nina Boutique ☞
Ravi Sehgal ☞
Tian Bao Gong ☞
Here are some more experiments in style transfer using DeepArt,
Ship-Street Salvatore. I tried making my drab tourists psychedelic
by using the album cover from Yellow Submarine as the styling image.
In the first attempt, I
submitted the cover picture unchanged. The result is surreal, though I do like it. The walls and windows have undergone some distortion, and I can see fragments of lettering and other twiddly bits mixed in with the psyechdelised tourists.
The ground has inherited some styling from the mound that
the Beatles are standing on.
I then tried reducing this distortion by removing the mound, leaving
only people, a few twiddly bits, and a kerb or gutter
in my second styling image; and the original walls plus a more representative
group of psychedelic people in the third. (I didn't really want the white gaps between
walls and people, but as I complained on Friday, Gimp's "intelligent scissors" are anything but.)
My results are below, arranged in the same way as before. One interesting thing is the
way some tourists in the third result have gained black Beatle shoes.
As well as colouring
clothing pictures with style transfer, one can decolour. I tried the same DeepArt submissions as before, except that I swapped the styling and content images. So now, my drab Ship-Street tourists have leached colour from the Ferragamo collection:
Here are the individual results: