Aprons are Back in Style With a Vengeance

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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.

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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.


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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."

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Now Geisel has a business, turning vintage fabrics into aprons. Bree wore the one pictured above on Desperate Housewives.

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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."

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Or you can make your own. There are vintage patterns available, if you want to be historically correct. Or there are so many new ones that look like a lot of fun to make and to wear.

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