Instead I browse Pinterest.
And the other day it hit me. I've come across some extant pieces of clothing that aren't actually that unique. There are doubles. Two of the same. Or at least very similar pieces, in different collections.
Like these hats from the Kyoto Costume Museum and the Met:
|These two are not exact copies but the style is very similar. (Source: KCI, Met)|
Or these spencers, both from the Met:
|The material, the decoration, the time period... They all match. These would be identical if it weren't for the sleeves.|
And because I've been on a 1920s fashion binge all week, let's take a time-warping jump, 100 years forward:
|Again, not an exact match, but remarkably similar. The dress on the left is from the Museum of Vancouver collections, the one on the right is at the Museum at FIT|
|These two are listed on antique/vintage clothing auction sites, here http://www.thefrock.com/FW_page6_main.html and here https://www.pinterest.com/pin/562527809682184862/|