Thursday, February 28, 2013

Gail Carriger Bids Goodbye Fur Stole

So I reported recently about the loss of my brown fur stole, it ripped while I was down in Palo Alto.

Since I bought it for about $15 at  Bon Marche Thrift store several years ago and almost never wore it I'm not too upset. Although it was lovely and warm. I'm not certain what bread of fuzzy animal it started out as but whatever it was it died a very long time ago., probably 1950s.

I actually prefer fake fur if I'm buying new, it's easier to clean and maintain, and doesn't shed on everything. Aside from a gift of a proper critter mink, inherited from a friend of my mother's grandmother... I believe this stole was my last piece of real fur.

As you can probubly tell I tend not to get wrapped up (snort) in the fur debate, but I do live in the Bay Area, land of PC for the sake of it, and I don't want to be covered in paint so I don't even wear the fake ones that much. 

 Still, here's an ode to my little fur stole, some modern ways I might have worn it but didn't.

And some vintage fur looks.

1944 Evening Cape  Charles James  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 1955  Norman Norell  The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Fur in Victorian Times 

From Godeys Dec 1872

Something for Ivy

1870  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Something for Felicity

1871 Dolman  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Something for Prudence

1890s  The Goldstein Museum of Design

Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.


  1. My mom had one of those "critter minks" from my great-grandmother--used to give me the heebie-jeebies when I had to rummage through the closet and came in contact with those dessicated critter toes.

  2. I would totally wear that Ivy hood! Since I live in Canadaland, I wear a toque pretty much all winter, and my favourite one (right now) is one styled like a red panda, complete with fuzzy ears and striped tail. I get a lot of compliments on it. My favourite was the bus driver who asked me if I was aware that I had an animal on my head. Hee.


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