One of the (many) highlights of my trip to the US was visiting Lauren of Wearing History: we shared patternmaking tips, played ‘date the vintage garment’, geeked out over fashion history, and generally had a fabulous time. She let me go through her vintage magazines, and we laughed over the advice columns and sighed over the fashion plates.
In her McCall’s Magazine from March 1916 I found something of particular interest: a fashion history terminology quiz!
Lauren kindly offered to let me share it with you, so you can see the fun:
Lauren & I collaborated to finish the quiz, and then, when we were pretty sure we had it right, flipped to page 115 for the answers….
….only to find a message advising us to write to the editor for them!
Oh wailey wailey!
Still, we think we got them. Do you think you can?
Leave your answers in the comments (no peeking!). Don’t be afraid to be honest and fess up if you collaborated or had to use google – it took Lauren & I together to (probably) get it.
We’ll come back in a week and tell you what we think the answers are!
In case you have trouble reading the image, the questions are:
- What coat is named for an inventor?
- What dress for a character of Dickens?
- What overskirt for a Polish dance?
- What coat for an English Prince?
- What colours for President’s daughters?
- What coat for the Crimean hero?
- What wrap for a famous singer?
- What blouse for a patriot?
- What opera for an apron?
- What hat for celebrated races?
- What jacket for soldiers famous in Civil War?
- What collar for an artist?
- What ruffle for a Queen?
- What wrap for a famous nurse?
- What cap for a character of Burns?
- What jacket for an English School?
And as a hint, here is an image with the answer to #2:
UPDATE: Lauren & I think the answers are…
- What coat is named for an inventor? Macintosh
- What dress for a character of Dickens? Dolly Varden
- What overskirt for a Polish dance? Polonaise
- What coat for an English Prince? Prince Albert (a double-breasted frock coat)
- What colours for Presidents daughters? We know of Alice Blue, after Alice Roosevelt, and Helen Pink, after Helen Taft (this one is clearly inspired by the popularity of Alice blue, but just as clearly didn’t take). Helen pink is probably named after the (slightly unusual for a White House deb) colour she wore for her debutante event at the White House. We kinda cheated on this one, in that I guessed it would be named after Taft’s daughter, and would be pink, to balance Alice’s blue, and went looking for mentions of it based on that. So there may be more, but I very much doubt it.
- What coat for the Crimean hero? Cardigan (read my terminology post about it here)
- What wrap for a famous singer? the Sontag, after Henriette Sontag (earlier versions were known as Bosom friends)
- What blouse for a patriot? Garibaldi
- What opera for an apron? HMS Pinafore, of course!
- What hat for celebrated races? Ascot
- What jacket for soldiers famous in Civil War? Zouave
- What collar for an artist? Van Dyke
- What ruffle for a Queen? We’re pretty sure this is a Queen Anne ruffle or a Marie-de-Medici collar/ruffle (taking into account that it was reasonably common to call collars ruffles in the 1910s)
- What wrap for a famous nurse? A Nightingale wrap
- What cap for a character of Burns? Tam O’Shanter
- What jacket for an English School? Eton