Mimi Berlin SenioR dug up this old marriage photo album, and believe it or not; yes, these are wedding pictures, honestly! The story goes as follows. Mimi Berlin SenioR was all dressed up, almost ready to pick up his bride (also Mimi Berlin SenioR) from her parental home for the ‘ceremony’. But first he had to poke up the fire to add some warmth to the small attic (multitasking here: smoking ànd poking) they would call their Home. Nice detail are the very new shiny pots and pans on the shelf in the kitchen area in the background, must have been THE wedding gift.
(photocredits: Henk v/d Vet)
PS for all you youngsters who don’t know what the f*** they’re looking at:
This is Minimal Living Galore in The Netherlands of yesteryear! The heater runs on coal, which you had to set on fire with matches (and probably a newspaper or something like that). The coal had to be stored in-house. Mind you; Mimi Berlin SenioR lived in a small attic so that must have been quite the ordeal. Un imaginable these days, ain’t it!
One fine day in the week-end during a stroll in the Peoples Park we found out how to get married in Shanghai. Or rather, one of the ways to get married. To speed up the process of marriage, parents advertise their kid’s. They line up their umbrella’s with an attached contact ad. These ad’s are simply stating the height, job, housing, car etc. or whatever their offspring has to offer, below that information is stated what they need in return for their child. Young Chinese have little time for play, they spend most of the time studying, that’s why the parents feel the need to help and find a partner. The children are nowhere to be seen at the park (they rather visit the mall in the little spare time they have) it feels like a meeting place for the parents as well, you see them browsing and chatting to each other in a friendly and relaxed way. Setting up dates for their children. We were told that if the date doesn’t work out, it’s fine, mom and dad will search for another date on the marriage market
Most of the parents didn’t want to be photographed
When you get Married in Shanghai you have to take wedding pictures. We know this for a fact because we took all the pictures below in one evening stroll along The Bund, with it’s magnificent view. Most of the brides wear red dresses which are probably hired, you can see at the back that they don’t always fit; their are either laced up or pinned down, that doesn’t matter it won’t show on the pictures. The photographers are mostly young hipster guys who direct the couple in a severe way, even putting fingers in the right pose, they all have an assistant. It’s really crowded with newly weds getting their picture taken, some very happy and some uncomfortable. Either way it’s a very important day for everybody.
Thoughts on (Historic) Gloves: Alexander McQueen’s Fall 2013 collection was inspired by the early 18th Century Anglican Low Church, which grant great importance to evangelical doctrines, church rituals, and church authority. The designer came up with these modern versions of communion like accessories. We wonder, if these gloves and jewelry will survive 300 years like the antique “souvenir glove”, what people will write about them in the future. This is what The Metropolitan Museum of Art writes about the white glove dating from 1824:
Pearl knuckle-dusters, Alexander McQueen F/W 2013 (via style.com)
Pearl knuckle-duster-gloves, Alexander McQueen F/W 2013 (via style.com)
1824, French leather gloves, 21.9 cm. Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Claggett Wilson, 1946 Accession Number C.I.46.59.15a, b (metropolitan museum of art
“Fashion designates geography, and memories of place are embodied in clothing. A portable art, clothing establishes a sense of locale by means of description, mapping, and memory. We cannot transport or transplant the place (or the experience), but we can use our wardrobes as odysseys and souvenirs. These gloves portray Lafayette and may commemorate his visit to the United States in 1824.” (read more metmuseum)(Images from the Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 2013 runway from style.com)
Marriage in the sixties of the previous century (that’s the 20th century). This is what you would wear and where you would wear it. Lovely white curled furniture to match the perky dresses. Panty-hose in a nice flesh tone to cover your legs underneath. A pristine barbie doll in the flesh!
Taken from “Today’s Girl” 1969 mail order catalog: a young lady modeling. (by thenitetripper, via jeanjeanie61)