Making Movies: My First Year as an Extra

Posted On: Jun 19 2015 | 7 comments

Last June, Kat suggested I join her in applying to be a movie extra. She instructed me to submit, or respond as instructed to the casting call. This meant providing the casting company with an arra...

A Vintage Tribute - "L'armadio di Elia"

Posted On: May 21 2015 | 4 comments

I met Maryelle on the film set of a mutual friend. Months later, she invited me to a memorial for her recently deceased mother Elia. Maryelle, with sister Christine and cousin Cinzia, had assembled...

Lecture - "On Cameos: From Antiquity to Present"

Posted On: Apr 04 2015 | 2 comments

A few nights ago I attended another lecture at Emory University's Carlos Museum. No matter how esoteric the topic, these free and open-to-the-public presentations always draw an enthusiastic cro...

Exhibit Visit - "Dressing Downton" at Biltmore Estate

Posted On: Mar 18 2015 | 6 comments

Atlanta is woefully lacking in costume-related exhibits and events. So I was very excited to learn that Dressing Downton was headed to Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Even better, my ...

Repairing a Vintage Hand Fan

Posted On: Jan 20 2015 | 6 comments

I purchased this celluloid-and-silk hand fan on eBay from the original owner's daughter. It was a real bargain, and in near-perfect condition with only a single, tiny tear in the silk. Here's one o...

Making a Parasol Bag

Posted On: Dec 05 2014 | 0 comments

I use this mid-Victorian folding parasol often. It came to me with one horizontal slit in the exterior silk. The lining was in perfect, but fragile, condition. I know I'm "supposed" to use a ...

In a Box, With Tissue Paper

Posted On: Aug 28 2014 | 3 comments

If you visit the Better Dresses Vintage Facebook Page you know I've been cobbling together a variety of outfits to wear to various costumed events, reenactments, and casting calls. Much of this act...

Lining an Edwardian Reticule

Posted On: Aug 25 2014 | 3 comments

I recently purchased this lovely Edwardian hand-embroidered linen reticule* from this Etsy shop. The friendly owner told me it had belonged to her grandmother.  It was in perfect condition, but ...

Events and Adventures - 8/13 thru 7/14

Posted On: Jul 23 2014 | 0 comments

I try to visit as many exhibits, lectures, and events related to vintage, fashion, design, style, and history as I possibly can. Sharing my experiences with you is a big part of the fun. Sometimes...

The No. 1 Ladies' Costume Designer - BDV Interviews Jo Katsaras

Posted On: Jun 07 2014 | 8 comments

I recently discovered the charming 2008 HBO series “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency,” based on novels by Scottish author Alexander McCall Smith. Jill Scott plays Mma Precious Ramotswe, a fledgli...

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