Aprons are Back in Style With a Vengeance
Image from Sugar Baby
In the "old days" every woman wore an apron in the kitchen. They were a sensible way to protect your clothes while cooking. Then the hapless apron fell into disfavour; they became a symbol of women's drudgery and being tied to the kitchen when men were out having a life.
And now aprons are back--with a vengeance. Think Betty Draper on Mad Men and Desperate Housewives. Let's face it--they protect your clothes and they look great--the vintage ones are carefully made out of wonderful old fabrics and prints . And maybe if we wear an apron like our grandmother did, we will be able to hearken back to those days and make a pie too.
Image from 180mag.ca: Leave it to Beaver
Old aprons have a history and heritage to them: the fabrics, the styles, the patterns that were used. EllynAnne Geisel became so interested in them that she has collected more than 800 old ones.
Image from Apronchronicles
She also created a photographic exhibition of women talking about their memories of aprons. Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections was the outcome of interviews with young and old women (and some men) about their associations. The aprons are a strong link to the past. One girl said "I believe my aprons keep me with my grandmother all the time, even when someday she's gone forever."
Image from apron memories
Not to be outdone, Canadians are into them too. A woman from British Columbia is working hard to change the apron's dowdy image and "put the sexy back into the housewife." Inspired by the Dick Van Dyke show, and I Love Lucy, she makes them and models her own. This one is called "The Party Girl."
Image from sovintagepatterns