Hiatus

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.

Intense Blue and Chocolate Reversible Silk Chinese Jacket

The theme once more is blue. But also chocolate, because this jacket is reversible. That seems to be common with these Chinese jackets: I posted about a reversible blue/gold silk jacket a week ago, and this red silk jacket is also reversible, with solid red on one side, and black with red circles on the other. When I posted about it, I remarked on the intensity of its dye. The colour here is if anything more intense. It makes anything else I wear it over look shabby.

Intense blue and chocolate reversible silk Chinese jacket.
Intense blue and chocolate reversible silk Chinese jacket.
Intense blue and chocolate reversible silk Chinese jacket.
Intense blue and chocolate reversible silk Chinese jacket.
Intense blue and chocolate reversible silk Chinese jacket.
Intense blue and chocolate reversible silk Chinese jacket.
Intense blue and chocolate reversible silk Chinese jacket.
Intense blue and chocolate reversible silk Chinese jacket.

Vintage Labels

The Vintage Fashion Guild website has a "label resource" at https://vintagefashionguild.org/label-resource/ . 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 Frank Usher: 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 contact form. 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.

Agnes b blue and yellow cropped jacket Agnès b

Arrow top, with Vogue print Arrow

Benetti blue-purple printed shirt Benetti

Colorpoint shirt, with aliens printed Colorpoint

Eastex Liberty-print shirt Eastex

Elegance printed jacket Elegance

Falabella indigo velvet jacket
Falabella indigo velvet jacket Falabella

Fosby multicoloured cropped velvet jacket Fosby

Frank Usher pink silk top Frank Usher

Gerry Weber pink silk jacket Gerry Weber

Heather Valley printed shirt Heather Valley

His Lordship green velvet jacket His Lordship

Jacques Vert multicoloured top Jacques Vert

Jake cropped paisley-on-black velvet jacket Jake

Klaus Rheiner orange velvet jacket Klaus Rheiner

Kuku sequin-striped bolero jacket Kuku

Nina Boutique striped silk top Nina Boutique

Oakland fruit-and-flower printed velvet waistcoat Oakland

Ravi Sehgal red velvet jacket Ravi Sehgal

Tian Bao Gong peacock-printed black kimono Tian Bao Gong

Tracery bolero jacket Tracery

Wallis striped linen blazer Wallis

Wow! embroidered velvet top Wow!

Ship-Street Psychedelic

Here are some more experiments in style transfer using DeepArt, to follow 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.

Group of drab tourists in Ship Street Oxford, repainted in a psychedelic style.


Group of drab tourists in Ship Street Oxford, repainted in a psychedelic style..
Group of drab tourists in Ship Street Oxford, repainted in a psychedelic style..
Group of drab tourists in Ship Street Oxford, repainted in a psychedelic style..