The Working Reading List: Fashion History in the Workplace

by Rachel Yeomans | February 3rd, 2012   

Happy Friday! We hope that your week is wrapping up well, and you’re gearing up for a fantastic weekend. Here is our weekly wrap-up and recap of what we’ve been reading on business and business fashion throughout the inter webs. This week I fed into my obsession a bit with the movie Midnight in Paris and the TV series Downton Abbey. By looking at fashion history in the office, I compiled this list of articles on how those styles influence current fashion, and how this current fashion can be brought into the workplace!

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The Working Man: Downton Abbey Dapper with Ian Kelly & Mr. Porter (TheWorkingWardrobe): How do you stay dignified and dapper with baby food on your lapels? Ian Kelly lets us in on his secret – as interviewed by Mr. Porter.

The Vintage Secretary: The Working Wardrobe (Halcyon): What would the wardrobe of a working woman in the 1930s have looked like? Perhaps not as glamorous as that portrayed on the Silver Screen. Not everyone could afford the stylish looks of Adrian and Edith Head. I was interested to come across a section in the book ‘Clothing’ (Latzke and Quinlan, 1940) which lists the estimated annual budget a single working woman needed to live on in New York in 1937, along with what was seen as her minimum wardrobe requirements.

The US Cult of Downton Abbey (BBC): Downton Abbey has become a cult hit in the US, but what is it about this tale of life in an Edwardian country house that appeals?

Today’s Coveted Working Look: Nanette Lepore Lace (TheWorkingWardrobe): Lace often looks too bridal or innocent, but not with these brightly colored Nanette Lepore lace dresses and coat!

Midnight in Paris: Nostalgia Fashion (Clothes on Film): A rose tinted view of the Roaring Twenties, Sonia Grande’s costume design for Midnight in Paris (2011, directed by Woody Allen) offers everything we expect of the era, e.g. achingly fashionable female trends and the increasing Anglophile influence in male suits, yet does not become bogged down in a precise timeframe.

Dress Like the Ladies of Downton Abbey (msnbc): For many “Downton Abbey” fans, the British miniseries is as enjoyable to watch for its period fashion as it is for its compelling story.

Aprons: Once Symbol of Repression, Now Fashion Accessories (Montreal Gazette): When Diane MacLeod Shink began to collect vintage aprons in earnest, she’d often find 10 or 15 at a time at places like Village des Valeurs and pay no more than 50 cents apiece.