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is spring in Bellingham, home of Western Washington University. We know
it is spring because among the bright clusters of red and purple
azaleas on the hillsides are the clusters of students in black robes
Do they know they are continuing a fashion trend set in medieval
Europe? Today's robes, stoles, hoods and flat hats were all derived
from 14th-century clerical garb. Most university scholars had some
church or monestarial allegiance, and were required to wear the robes
of their order. Then, as society became more mobile, secular and
economically driven, a wealthy middle class began to emerge. As
more students started sporting robes studded with gems and lined with
ermine, the universities began trying to level the sartorial playing
field (mostly so the nobility weren't left wearing the shabbier
styles). Cost limits were set on student clothing, and 'dress codes'
came into being.
Century by century, the dress codes became more formalized, with styles
and colors being defined more or less locally for schools and
disciplines. By the close of the Victorian era, these codes became more
ceremonial. In 1895, the U.S. became the first country to standardize
academic regalia as we know it today.
To celebrate the graduation rites of spring, we have for you two
remarkable vintage illustrations. Use them to make a special card or
gift for the graduates in your life!
Let's Get Crafting...
J. C. Leyendecker (1874-1951 ) was known for his illustrations of
dashing young men and fashionable women. Advertisers like Arrow Collars
and magazines including Collier's brought him fame and fortune.
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Archie Gunn (1863-1930) was a prolific illustrator. He was known for
his images of beautiful women, which could be found on postcards,
posters and magazine covers. Here, the young graduate is wearing the
traditional garland of flowers.
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Hooray! The 4th of July will soon be
bursting on to the calendar. We plan to offer you a patriotic craft
that will dazzle!
Martin is having the time of his life, singing and dancing in his first
stage production - Annie
Get Your Gun. I promise to get some pictures for you in his
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