The name alone drew me to this D'armee dress from Anthropologie. Since my dissertation focuses on the history of military recruitment via mass media, I have internalized the aesthetic values of all sorts of military-inspired pieces. Olive (aka army) green is one of my favorite neutrals. And although my local store didn't have the the khaki iteration of this dress, I was glad to figure out which size I needed so that I could include it in my "birthday wants" wishlist. The fit was true to size and I am wearing an 8 above. It is lightweight enough that it will transition easily to spring. The fabrication seems unworthy of the retail price. But now that it is on sale, it is reasonable. In other news, I am working on my conference presentation for Cultural Studies 2011 in Chicago.
(image I took of an archival ad from the NMAH)
I am excited to be writing about the bizarre, somewhat misguided patriotism of the diamond industry during WWII. I hope to get a lot of feedback on this manuscript so that I can submit it for publication this summer.