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March 22, 2012


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Hana - Marmota

Actually, they remind me of Claudia Cardinale as Jill McBain in Once Upon A Time In The West. But then, I'm biased towards Sergio Leone and totally missed out on the Madonna craze. And I wrote a paper on that film and the history and clothing behind it in the last year of Grammar School. And the black mitts were part of that research.
I wish I had your mention of the 1873 Harper's Bazaar article back then. That's approximately the time I nailed the film to.


Cyclical indeed! Re freedom of movement - I wonder what trends were being adopted (perhaps crochet?) that required fingers that were freer?

Jean Kincaid

I have a picture of my grandmother made when she was about 10 years old in the early 1890s. She is shown wearing fingerless gloves with a frilly cuff. What was the purpose of these fingerless gloves.

FIDM Museum

Hi Jean,

What a beautiful picture that must be! As the post suggests, it is difficult to ascertain the exact purpose of these gloves - sometimes trends exist solely for aesthetic reasons! We can assume that mitts covered hands for reasons of propriety, but also were fashionable and allowed more movement than full gloves. Also, the sheer, fingerless style highlighted delicate fingers - a desirable feature of women in this period.

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