Talented at 47, and more

☆ Britians Got Talent ☆

Susan Boyle from the UK is 47 years old, unnemployed, and talented. On Britians Got talent, Susan sang "I dreamed a dream" by an artist that is so amazing, that here in the US there is no equivelent to her. Susan nailed it, and got a standing ovation from Piers and Taylor [<= I think that is her name. Simon declared that "[he] knew it from the minute that [susan] walked out of that stage, that [she] was going to be extraordinary." haha. On youtube, "TheUberDeejay" described the event as:

The most stand out audition of the show was that of 47 year old Susan Boyle. Susan first appeared with Ant and Dec declaring that she is a single woman who lives with her cat. Not only has she never been married but she also admitted that she had never even been kissed. Susan looked like your typical batty old aunt, gold dress and all and when she walked on to stage you could just feel the scorn of the audience. Simon Cowell didnt look too hopeful when Susan said she wanted to be a professional singer like Elaine Paige and when she said she would be singing I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables.But then Susan sang and the amazement of the crowd was clear. It was the type of audition that makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck and the tears well in your eyes, it certainly had that effect on Amanda Holden. Piers Morgan called the performance stunning and Simon told Susan she was a little tiger. She seemed a bit baffled by the description.

See the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PPlkOyaqaQ

Anyways.... On with Blogging. :)


IN: cheetah uggs
OUT: lace-up boots

Here at SMB, I will be showing you an interesting "Fashion Timeline", from the website, www.timelines/ws.com . It spans from te 1300's all the way up to the 1900's. :)

Fashion T I M E L i N E

c500-400BC Before the rise of Rome, the Etruscans had the most powerful nation in ancient Italy. The Etruscans (who called themselves the Rasenna) inhabited central Italy and greatly influenced the Romans in terms of language, architecture and even fashion (evidence points to the toga as an Etruscan invention). Unfortunately, no Etruscan literary works survive, so most documentation comes from Greek and Roman literary sources as well as archaeological evidence. Their military and political power was eroded over the course of the 5th century BC with Rome rising as the dominant power on the peninsula in the 4th century BC. (HNQ, 2/8/01)

1310 May 20, Shoes began to be made for both right and left feet. (MC, 5/20/02)

1553 Apr 29, A Flemish woman introduced to England the practice of starching linen. (MC, 4/29/02)

1687 Feb 19, Johann Adam Birkenstock, composer and sandal designer, was born. (MC, 2/19/02)

1715 May 4, A French manufacturer debuted the first folding umbrella. (HN, 5/4/98)

1733 Feb 27, Johann Adam Birkenstock (46), composer and sandal designer, died. (MC, 2/27/02)

1778 Jun 7, George Byran "Beau" Brummell, English wit, was born. He influenced men's fashion and introduced trouser to replace breeches. (HN, 6/7/99)

1784 Jun 16, Holland forbade orange clothes. (MC, 6/16/02)1809 Mar 4, Madison became 1st President inaugurated in American-made clothes. (SC, 3/4/02)

1818 May 27, American reformer Amelia Jenks Bloomer, who popularized the "bloomers" garment that bears her name, was born in Homer, N.Y. (AP, 5/27/99)

1818 Henry Sands Brooks began H. & D.H. Brooks & Co. in mostly rural Manhattan. It became a key military supplier during the Civil War. A 2nd store opened in 1928 and operations grew to the well known chain known as Brooks Brothers. (WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R40)(SFC, 6/29/01, p.A8)(NW, 9/1/03, p.64)

1819 Jul 9, Elias Howe (d.1867), inventor of the sewing machine, was born in Spencer, Mass. Howe, a machinist, developed his sewing machine in 1843-45 and patented it in 1846. Although Howe's machine sewed only short, straight lines, tailors and seamstresses saw it as a threat to their jobs. Unable to market his machine in America, Howe took it to Britain where he sold the rights to an English manufacturer in 1847. Upon his return to the United States, Howe discovered that his patent had been infringed upon by other sewing machine manufacturers, such as Isaac Singer. After a lengthy court battle, Howe's patent was upheld and royalties from sewing machine sales made him a wealthy man. (WUD, 1994, p.689)(HN, 7/9/99)(MC, 7/9/02)

1826 May 29, Ebenezer Butterick, inventor (tissue paper dress pattern), was born. (SC, 5/29/02)

1846 Lt. Harry Lumsden in the heat of India’s Punjab dyed his PJs a tawny color. They were made of cotton and called khaki in Hindi. (NH, 6/96, p.7)

1848 Britain introduced khaki uniforms for British colonial troops in India. (WSJ, 5/28/02, p.B1)

1849 Apr 10, Walter Hunt, a mechanic, patented the safety pin in NYC. He sold rights for $100. Hunt’s other inventions included a new stove, paper collar, ice-breaking boat, fountain pen and nail-making machine. (SFC, 7/14/99, p.3)(SFC, 4/1/00, p.B4)(MC, 4/10/02)

1853 Levi Strauss, Bavarian-born dry goods merchant, arrived in California. and Co. He got his start peddling tough canvas pants to California gold miners. When his canvas ran out he switched to serge de Nimes, which evolved into denim. [See 1873, 1874] (SFC, 1/23/96, p.C4)(SFC, 1/9/99, p.D3)(CHA, 1/2001)

1857 Apr 21, Alexander Douglas patented the bustle. (MC, 4/21/02)

1857 Jun 2, James Gibbs, Va., patented a chain-stitch single-thread sewing machine. (SC, 6/2/02)

1866 Henry Wickham (1846-1928) ventured from Britain to South America hoping to shoot exotic birds and ship home feathers for lady’s hats. This venture failed as the birds exploded from the rifle shots. He returned to the Amazon region and in 1876 gathered seeds of the Hevea brasiliensis tree, which produced latex. Less than 4% of some 70,000 seeds germinated, but this was enough to ship seedlings to Ceylon, India, Malaya and Singapore and begin a global rubber plantation boom. (WSJ, 2/27/08, p.D10)

1873 Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis patented the rivets that adorned their miners' work pants. (SFC, 4/29/03, B1)(SFC, 1/23/04, p.A10)

1874 May 20, Levi Strauss began marketing blue jeans with copper rivets at $13.50 per doz. (HN, 5/20/98)(SFC, 8/28/98, p.B4)(MC, 5/20/02)

1875 Jul 23, Isaac Merritt Singer (63), inventor (sewing machine), died. (MC, 7/23/02)

1877-1957 Edna Woodman Chase, American fashion editor: Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess. (AP, 8/31/97)

1882 Jun 6, An electric iron was patented by Henry W. Seely in NYC. (MC, 6/6/02)

1883 Aug 19, Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel (d.1971), French fashion designer, was born: "My friends, there are no friends." (HN, 8/19/00)(AP, 7/26/99)

1885 May 19, Jan Matzeliger began the 1st mass production of shoes in Lynn, Massachusetts. (DTnet, 5/19/97)

1887 Mar 13, Chester Greenwood of Maine patented earmuffs. (MC, 3/13/02)

1892 Abercrombie & Fitch, clothing retailers, began operations. (Econ, 3/6/04, Survey p.11)

1895 May 24, Samuel I. Newhouse, US millionaire publisher (Parade, Vogue, Glamour), was born. (MC, 5/24/02)

1896 Mar 31, Whitcomb Judson patented a hookless fastening (zipper) in Chicago. (MC, 3/31/02)

1896 Sep 10, Elsa Schiaparelli, French fashion designer, was born. (MC, 9/10/01)

1896 Brooks Brothers introduced button down collars after observing polo players button down their collar points to keep them from flapping during play. (WSJ, 6/23/03, p.B1)

1899 Jan 24, The rubber heel was patented by Humphrey O'Sullivan. (MC, 1/24/02)

1904 Aug 18, [Francis] Max Factor (d.1996), cosmetics manufacturer (Max Factor), was born. His father, Max Factor (d.1938), was born in Lodz, Russia, in 1877 and came to the US with his family in 1902. (MC, 8/18/02)(Internet)

1904-1980 Cecil Beaton, English fashion photographer and costume designer: "The truly fashionable are beyond fashion." (AP, 7/5/00)

1905 Jan 21, Christian Dior, fashion designer (long-skirted look), was born in Normandy, France. (MC, 1/21/02)1905 Jul 2, Jean-Rene Lacoste, tennis champ, alligator shirt designer, was born in France. (SC, 7/2/02)

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