Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Halloween: A Look at Dennison's Bogie Book of 1923

Have had some scans of this well-known vintage Halloween pamphlet in my inspiration files for a few years now, and thought to increase its visibility and fame here on Shattered Silk.  Costume, decorating and entertaining ideas fill its pages along with delightful two-tone illustrations.

These books come up from time to time for sale in online auctions or at amazon, and there a some youtube videos by sellers and collectors that show the book in its entirety. The best of which you can view here.

I  must admit not having done much research on its production or makers, so please direct me to any info you may have on it. It is a lovely little window into traditions and celebration of this glorious holiday in the past, and for fashion lovers and researchers it is a great source of some very fashionably 1920s spooky costume ideas. It's not too late to take costume inspiration from them this year, and if you do, please send photos this way!


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Birds of Paradise: The Fashion Film Festival

Promising to be a "major extravaganza in costume spectacle, dance and diabolical glamour," the 3rd Fashion in Film Festival in London, is coming this December 1-12.  Curated by Marketa Uhlirova, the films will focus on the use of costume as a spectacular cinematic element as seen in European and American films from the 20th century.  Included in the programme are many early rare and unseen films, as well as some of the lavishly styled underground films of the mid-century.

Last week I had the pleasure to hear Marketa speak at a fashion media conference at the London College of Fashion.  She spoke in depth about the films and showed us some tantalising preview footage!

Screenings will take place at the BFI Southbank, Tate Modern, The Barbican, and the Horse Hospital. So if you live in London, or will be near London in early December, don't be surprised if "diabolical glamour" abounds.

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Return of Shattered Silk

Welcome back to shatteredsilk.
I hope you have not forgotten it.

Posts will return with regularity, with a focus on imagery, brevity and levity, for the most part.

I will be also posting regular reviews of exhibitions, events and publications in the UK on

See my first post on Thursday October 28th.

And also follow me on twitter at violetreign26 with more links, observations and announcements related to the satirical/sartorial and dress at large.

For today, on all channels of virtual communication, my message to you is this dream of the future past.