On Messy Nessy Chic: Saving China’s Memories from the Trash, One Kodak at a Time

What do giant sharks, gymnastics, and a banana-eating competition have in common? They all inhabit the fantastic world of “Beijing Silvermine.” For almost a decade now, this has been the curious project of French photographer Thomas Sauvin, who has been on a tireless mission to rescue and revive the millions of 35 mm negatives floating around Beijing’s black market recycling plants. And it’s almost impossible not to fall in love with the enigmatic band of characters and places it brings together…
Via Messy Nessy Chic.

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Pastel pistachio green, rusty red and beige floral pleated skirt

Pastel pistachio green, rusty red and beige floral pleated skirt

 

This is a Japanese 1970’s floral knee-long skirt. The upper part of the skirt is finely pleated and the lower part less so, making for an interesting and elegant design so specific to Japanese vintage clothes. The skirt opens with a zipper on the side. Easy-wear and light, it is perfect for spring and summer time, and will fit straight hips in particular.

 

Japanese size on the label:  M  (estimated size more like an S. Might also fit XS depending on your waist measurements)
Material:  polyester – polyester lining
Made in Japan – No 532533
Condition: excellent
Care:  easy

 

Waist (elasticated):  12″1/2  –  32cm (can be slightly extended)
Hips (pleated):  about  20″  –  51cm
Hem (pleated):  about  27″  –  68cm
Length:  20″  –  51cm

Available on Etsy.

 

Pastel pistachio green, rusty red and beige floral pleated skirt

 

Pastel pistachio green, rusty red and beige floral pleated skirt

 

Pastel pistachio green, rusty red and beige floral pleated skirt

On Collectors Weekly: Losing Ourselves in Holiday Windows

As the deadline approaches for ordering last-minute gifts online, most of us must finish our Christmas shopping the analog way—walking into stores and picking things out by hand. If you’re lucky enough to live in a city with an old-fashioned department store, you might get a glimpse of their fantastic holiday displays, packed full of animated elves and artfully piled gifts. But in most places, such scenes are extinct, remaining only in childhood memories.
Via Collectors Weekly, with a nice collection of vintage shop window pictures.

On Messy Messy Chic: The Woman who staged a Private Revolution from her Photo Studio

The Woman who staged a Private Revolution from her Photo Studio

For decades after her death, Marie Høeg’s secrets remained hidden, until the 1980s, when a box of 440 glass plate negatives marked “private” was found inside a disused barn in Oslo, Norway.
The discovery revealed the near-forgotten rebellion of a group of women and friends experimenting with gender in an era of strict conventions surrounding sexuality and identity. In 1895, Marie and partner, Bolette Berg, both students of photography, opened a portrait studio in the naval base town of Horte. Customers came looking for fairly conservative scenic and portrait postcards, but when the last tourist souvenir had been snapped and the studio closed up shop, it became a different place entirely…

Via Messy Messy Chic.

Kumikyoku sleeveless wool pencil dress with roll collar

 

This is a stylish 1980’s sleeveless pencil dress by Kumikyoku, Japan. The fabric is a rich wool blend (88%) tweed with shades of beige, brown and grey, lined with polyester. The very elegant cut is further emphasized by the roll collar and the subtle slit on the left/front side of the dress. Opens with a long zipper at the back.

 

Estimated size:  S
Material:  88% wool / 12% nylon  –  polyester lining
Label:  Kumikyoku
Condition:  excellent

 

Shoulders:  14″1/4  –  36.5cm
Bust:  16″3/4  –  42.5cm
Waist:  15″1/4  –  39cm
Hips:  18″1/2  –  47cm
Hem:  19″  –  48cm
Length:  36″1/2  –  93cm

 

Available on Etsy.

 

Kumikyoku sleeveless wool pencil dress with roll collar

 

Kumikyoku sleeveless wool pencil dress with roll collar

 

Kumikyoku sleeveless wool pencil dress with roll collar

 

Kumikyoku sleeveless wool pencil dress with roll collar

 

Kumikyoku sleeveless wool pencil dress with roll collar