Tuesday, April 21, 2015

From Dustbowl to Grammy Stage : The Feedsack Dress

Life on America’s farms in the 1930’s (dustbowl) meant hard work and frugal habits. With feed sacks and flour bags, farmwomen took thriftiness to new heights of creativity, transforming the humble bags into dresses, underwear, towels, curtains, quilts, and other household necessities. Feed sacks, scraps and old clothes were given new life and transformed into things like day dresses and quilts.

Taylor Swift wore a dress during her 2012 Grammy performance that looked like her stylist dug up an 1930’s feed sack and made her a dress. The color seems to be different from the photo, but it is hard to tell. The print of Taylor’s dress is floral and many feed sack dresses were solid or floral pattern.  The length is about the same as the little girl’s dress in the picture.

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