8.05.2011

HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE: FASHION MOMENT!


And one last thought: Fashionista alert! Isaac Mizrahi, I'm talking to you! Could we please see the return of the cloak as soon as possible? These three styles, hanging in the Shaker sewing room, are as good a place as any to start. Cloaks and capes (and I think the only difference is that a cloak has a very useful attached hood, but I may be wrong here) are among the world's most useful garments; they wrap over just about any style of clothing, including heavy suit jackets or opera gowns. They're terrifically warm, and they have a charming swing to them. I bought a wool one in Vienna many years ago. It is one of the only items of clothing about which I am regularly stopped in New York City streets with inquiries as to where I purchased the item, and how beautiful it is. Clamoring for more capes and cloaks, here, on behalf of my sisters.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

I still love the Austrian green loden coat at San Francisco Clothing.

Anonymous said...

I needed some beauty in my life today--and it was a delight to work my way through the Shaker photos--I especially love the color they used; I hadn't really realized that about their design; I thought of it as plain--but plain WITH color, how rich and invigorating. Thank you Dominique for the visual gifts you give me.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

They are sometimes hard to find, but I wear them all winter! Nothing more romantic, and comfortable at the same time.

Anonymous said...

And who can ever forget the sight of wild-eyed Meryl Streep walking the moors in that long hooded cape, The French Lieutenant's Woman. I had to have a hooded cape after seeing that movie [purple], and another one after that [camel]. Let's all get capes!

-Flo

Lisa Stockwell said...

I still have my green loden cap from Salzburg I purchased 40 years ago. Bring back the style and I may dust it off and wear it again. But the issue I always had is how to carry a large purse. The Shakers didn't have to worry about such things.

Jessie said...

Oooh. I have always wanted a long cape or cloak. Never finding exactly what I want I think, "I'll make one!" and somehow that never happens either. But I can see it and feel it in my mind's eye. One of these days....

betsy said...

Speaking of cloaks- I once watched a diminuitive, very elderly lady fingering a cashmere cape at the consignment shop. The salewoman wanted the lady to buy it, but the old lady shook her head. "I can't wear that," she said."I would look like a bug beneath a leaf"' Now that is fashion wisdom.

Eulalia (Lali) Benejam Cobb said...

Let's hear it for cloaks and capes! I hate the swaddled feeling I get when I'm stuffed into a winter coat. I hope Isaac M. listens to you.

profA said...

Folkways patterns, anyone? They had a lovely cape similar to the Shaker cloaks. Tres, tres Little Red.

When I was pregnant for the first time 37 years ago!, in the Netherlands, I had a red loden cape that I wore to walk the dog in June and July. Wat 'n Wind, zeg! It never let up. I finally gave the cape away after years of using it for Halloween, answering the front door with pointy hat, silly putty nose, and broom!

Linda B.

bluemoon329 said...

That red cape is gorgeous, but I see it and think "Handmaid's Tale"

Leslie Bacon said...

Am I so old that I am the only person who saw "Don't Look Now" with Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland? If you saw it, you would never look at a red cape again in the same way.....but there is also a most fabulous love scene -- sex edited in the most erotic way, and is a love letter to Venice at the same time. Rent it. Buy a green cape.

Anonymous said...

"Folkways patterns, anyone?"

WHOA.oh.my.gosh.

these are FABULOUS!

withneckoptionscape: http://www.folkwear.com/207.html

hidemultitudeofsinsdress: http://www.folkwear.com/107.html

gotohellpants: http://www.folkwear.com/119.html

-Flo

profA said...

Ah, yes. FOLKWEAR patterns. I confused them with Folkways recordings! Sigh. Sorry folks, but thank you. Flo for providing the links to the storied treasures.
I am going to the garage to find my stash. Never could bear to part with them I made the Prairie Dress for my girls several times. Was always going to make the Afghan coat, but....
So nice to know that these beautiful patterns are still available.
Linda B

Anonymous said...

Some friends of mine have enjoyed these, although I regard them more as an oversized duffel coat:

http://www.cascobaywoolworks.com/

Anonymous said...

BREAKING!

Antonio Berardi heard your call, Dominique! From his pre-Fall collection:

http://www.style.com/fashionshows/complete/slideshow/2011PF-ABERARDI?event=show2202&designer=design_house102&trend=&iphoto=11#slide=11

and,

http://www.style.com/fashionshows/complete/slideshow/2011PF-ABERARDI?event=show2202&designer=design_house102&trend=&iphoto=1#slide=1

Peter VE said...

Men can wear capes and cloaks also. I have had a cape for many years, and was recently seduced in Venice by a velvet cape.

Dominique said...

Wow O Wow, great stuff here, I'm going to explore all these links...and imagine the seduction by red velvet...oh! wait! you didn't say red, you just said velvet...and off we go, it has to have been red...

MsAnthrope said...

dom dear! the sunday times this week had TWO CLOAKS; one in the fashion mag by J.Crew and the other in a big Sak's ad!!

You were on to something!

from your admirer in Sonoma County, CA

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