|Virginia Pope 1885 - 1977|
You may be wondering who Virginia Pope was and what she did that a sewing blog would be interested in. When I first started looking into her, I found that there hasn't been much written about such an icon.
Virginia Pope was born in Chicago in 1885. I found no information on her early life but the story picks up in 1925 when Ms. Pope joined the New York Times at the age of 40. By 1933, she had been named the Fashion Editor for the Times. She remained Editor until her retirement in 1955.
Ms. Pope was a well respected figure in the fashion world. She has Carte Blanche access to every New York fashion house and a reserved seat at every fashion show. She was well known for her extensive collection of hats.
|1963 Pattern Catalog and Sewing Guide|
After retiring from the New York Times in 1955 at the age of 70, she became the Fashion editor for Parade Magazine. It was at Parade magazine that she expanded her horizons. She began writing the the introduction to the upcoming year's fashion trends for the home sewist in Parade's Dress and Needlework Pattern Book.
She remained active as an influential member of the press and as a fashion "expert" until shortly before her death in 1977.