New accessories from old plaids Especially in a season when everyone is tartan-conscious, plaids left over from your last Highland fling become gay costume extras. A moth-eaten bathrobe and skirt, an outgrown blouse, knee-worn slacks were converted into sparkling new accessories. Hat, cuffs, scarf, bow ties from worn bathrobe The perky pillbox (see diagram above) …

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Rainbow flower crown Good for gay pride events. Or festivals Accessories Hair Accessories

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Parasol, Lyon, 1890-99. The parasol featured here captures the essence of the 1890s with its gay color combination and exuberant lace-covered ruffle at the hem. The detailing of the handle is very engaging. Also, the color combination of the garnet ruffle and the purple lining is indicative of the period and a typical French touch.

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Dress ca. 1890 From the Musée du Costume et du Textile du Québec Check out the Watteau back detail.

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Jacket, ca. 1890s, heavy wool in wine and cream. Tight-fitting, hip-length jacket with stand-up collar. Front attached vest has ornate maroon machine-made embroidery. The same embroidery is found on the shoulder, bottom of sleeves, and on the back. Skirt of the jacket is shaped to fit over a bustle. From the Emily P. Reynolds Historic Costume Collection.

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