Monica D. MurgiaArt, creativity, and fashion
“The dress was a bridesmaid dress from my mother’s wedding 1948. She was one of NYC’s top models and Hollywood starlet so she had a big wedding…plus she married someone from a very aristocratic family. Also her wedding dress is in our storage unit and last time I say it a couple years ago , it was in perfect condition but in a box so it’s crinkled…it may be by Castillo also or maybe Dior since she modeled wedding dresses for Dior.”“I attached photos of my mother ….one of her in her wedding dress! She had thousands of clothes and we had a huge sale in NYC in 2009…her name was Frances Ward when she was a Power’s model in the 40’s and 50’s. She started modeling at age 15.”
“Wedding Bells Chime – sweet harmony as Frances Louise Ward weds piano-heir Charles Kohler White in St. Aloysius Church, Great Neck, Long Island. Charles beams with pride – Frances looks luscious. Her cream-smooth complexion? A, that’s Woodbury’s beauty trick. ‘It’s been a daze’ chuckles Charles, ‘since Frances danced into my life!’ Courtship kept him hopping. Yale! New York! Carolina plantation!”
Many thanks go Susan for sharing these great images of her mother. She is currently working on conserving the Castillo dress and will provide some photos when she is finished. If you have any additional information on Frances Louise Ward, please leave a comment.
“The flow of life . . . you are going along with it whether you want to or not. Like people in a stream, you can swim against it. But you’ll still be moved along by it, and all you’ll do is wear yourself out in futility. But if you swim with the stream, the whole strength of the stream is yours. Of course, the difficulty so many of us have is finding out which way the stream is going.” – Alan Watts
And they asked, “How do you get to the paradise land?” He said: “It will not come by waiting for it. It will not be a matter of saying ‘here it is ‘or ‘there it is’. Rather, the paradise land is spread out upon the earth and you do not see it. What you seek is inside of you as much as it is outside of you.” Gospel of Thomas
“When you plant seeds in the
garden, you don’t dig them up
every day to see if they have
sprouted yet. You simply water
them and clear away the weeds;
you know that the seeds will grow
in time. Similarly, just do your daily
practice and cultivate a kind heart.
Abandon impatience and instead be
content creating the causes for
goodness; the results will come
when they’re ready.”
– Thubten Chodron -
“Do not despair. If your heart can be broken, that means that it still works.”
“The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” – Gerard van der Leeuw
Today’s post is courtesy of my reader, KC. My previous writing on Fred Braun has developed a coterie, commenting on their fond memories of the iconic footwear. Everyone is mystified as to what happened to Fred Braun and why the brand disappeared. Several readers are even interested in reviving the brand themselves, and don’t know where to start. KC, a relative of Fred Braun, stumbled on my blog and shared the following information in the comment section:
I found this article looking for more information about Fred Braun the man and his history. There is very little online. I found a newspaper article about his and his shoe company from 1961 among my grandmother’s old pictures. Based on the information in the article and other pictures we have, I believe Fred Braun is an Americanized name and that he was originally Frederick Braunschweig, my grandfather’s brother. The family was all in the leather business (tanners, hide salesmen, shoe distributors) in Germany before fleeing the Nazis. I’d be happy to share the article and pictures I have of him and if you find any more information about him or the company, I’d be interested.
I contacted KC, eager to learn more of what happened to Fred Braun. He shared this New York Times article from August 15th, 1961:
“I’ll never forget the woman who told me that a certain bag made her face look too square. Up until then, being a mere man, I had thought that handbags were only for carrying things.”
Please feel free to comment below with any additional information that you may have. Thank you, KC, for sharing this wonderful article and information!
Image and article courtesy of the New York Times.