Occasionally a blog post forces me to confront uncomfortable truths. Today I realized I own nearly twenty pairs of women's gloves.
I pick up a pair here and a pair there -- usually from the same flea market vendor who sells them for a few dollars apiece -- and suddenly, I have a collection. I own red gloves and blue gloves, pink opera length, lavender shirred, and white faggoted. I have silver and gold metallic gloves, kid gloves, satin gloves, and velvet gloves, but most of them are nylon.
I know dress gloves are a frivolous accessory harking back to the days when a "lady" was supposed to have hands as soft as rose petals. Once women joined the work force in large numbers, gloves no doubt seemed archaic. And yet Vogue Patterns was still showing them (mainly with their Couture Originals) as late as 1969.
Cathy rarely appears without gloves, if only to hide a bad case of contact dermatitis.
While Mad Men-inspired cocktail dresses, 50's Kelly bags, and black liquid eyeliner have all come back, what of the glove? I fear the dress glove is gone for good outside the occasional frou-frou wedding. Do you have evidence to the contrary? If so, please share it.
If you're interested, read about Daniel Storto, a glovemaker who actually works in what was once the glove-making capital of the world, Gloversville, New York. I also found this site that sells dressy gloves of many types, for the glove-hungry among you.
In closing, what's your take on dress gloves? Do you ever wear them? What do you think led to their demise?
Am I the only one who longs for their return? (Wouldn't it be gloverly?)
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught sewing fanatic! I've been sewing obsessively since 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!