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Pauline Weston Thomas

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www.fashion-era.com is based in the United Kingdom and is a sister site of www.computerperformance.co.uk.  Fashion-era  looks at women's costume and fashion history and analyses the mood of an era.  Changes in technology, leisure, work, cultural and moral values, homelife and politics have all contributed to lifestyle trends which influence the clothes women in particular choose to wear.  These are the changes that make any era of society special in relation to the study of the costume of a period.

New eras always herald new fashions. New fashions are invariably old fashions with a fresh twist, be it a new fabric or a new way of wearing or accessorizing an outfit. We look at fashion and accessories, beauty, makeup, hair and body adornment, jewellery and materials, and other innovations which highlight the new trends and define the era in which we live.

We suggest British museums to visit, paintings to view and contemporary books to read.  If you teach we provide some costume silhouettes and outlines for you to download and duplicate for school use in history and craft lessons.  We give you tutorial tips on making fashion workboards or storyboards for college interviews.  We encourage you to experiment and try fashion sketching and send in your sketches to display in the fashion galleries.

About Pauline and Guy of www.fashion-era.com

Picture of Pauline Weston ThomasPauline Weston Thomas has been an honours Dress, Textiles and Design graduate and British qualified teacher since the 1970s.  At university she also gained 2 distinctions in her subject field and was 3rd year student prize winner.  She has been interested in women's fashion, textiles and costume in history since age 3.  From 1979 she taught practical and theoretical aspects of fashion, garment construction, costume and fashion history, textile science and consumerism to students as well as to teachers and lecturers of the subject within Great Britain.

Current interests include developing web site and web graphic design skills.  Other interests include creative fashion design, tailoring, pattern drafting, machine embroidery, computer linked machine knitting, reading, interior design and making soft furnishings, sugar craft, cooking and entertaining.  Her favourite sport is shopping until she drops.  Her other favourite sport is people watching for trends.

Costume history has been a real passion since she saw a museum exhibition of costumes made for the BBC production The Six Wives of Henry VIII in the early 1970s.  Growing up, Pauline loved historical costume productions on TV especially serializations of the Dickens and Austen novels.  She adored Irene's famous sexy, black lace dress in the original black and white version of The Forsyth Saga and was thrilled with the costumes in the colour production of the Pallisers and the Onedin Line.  Nowadays she finds it hard to sit through a TV production without analysing a sleeve or a silhouette, or feeling alarmed at the inappropriate use of synthetic fabric which drapes differently to the natural fibres found in authentic costumes. Apart from working on her website in the past few years, Pauline has also found time to verify antique costumes from Castle Howard. 

Pauline is very happily married to Guy who also taught her to build the website.  They spend their spare time being together sitting two feet apart computing on their own computers, whilst listening to sloppy love music at the same time.  Bliss.  They like working on new projects together and have been developing ebooks for both Pauline's site www.fashion-era.com and Guy's site www.computerperformance.co.uk in the past year.  To relax they like watching a good detective, historical or forensic production or combination of all three ideas together.

Read further below Pauline's account of how she developed her websitePhoto of Guy Thomas

Guy Thomas is a Science graduate, qualified teacher and for the past decade a software trainer. Now a Microsoft Certified Software Engineer, Microsoft Certified Trainer, he specialises in training current Microsoft products such as Windows 2008 Technical courses. Guy is also an MVP one of Microsoft's selected Microsoft Valued Professionals.

You can visit the website of Guy Thomas -  particularly useful if you are interested in getting the best from your computer or require training in new Microsoft products. 

His free newsletter tips and ebooks on scripts are hugely popular in the global IT community.  He has many computer troubleshooting ebooks for sale and offers a free sample ebook to all visitors and online consultancy advice.

In 2004 Guy started to develop a new fun website called www.guy-sports.com/ which has free clean humour.  By June 2010 there were over 1100 humour pages of pictures and jokes.

Why I developed this site

Just before the millennium, and for about 5 years I kept saying I was going to build a web site, but I made no move to do so.  After watching the world wide web develop for many years, I came to the conclusion that the sites I liked best were content rich and full of meaty information with relevant illustrations that served a purpose. 

I have found nothing more frustrating than going to a site and finding there was very little to interest me, or brief text and irrelevant pictures.  In 2000 I noticed too that fashion/fashion history sites fell into several categories with many being either totally illustrative with minimal written explanation, or academic with no illustrations, or restricted to an interest in a single costume topic.

Current fashion sites are also often directed to the very young hip consumer with funky ideas that are great when you are 18, but not so relevant as time moves on.  I wanted to fill that gap.

I got started after listening to some tapes by Anthony Robbins that I had bought my husband in 2000.  He loves motivational tapes and they suit a man who is difficult to buy for! One the main theories is one I have always agreed with, that by repetition you learn something or achieve something. Persistence pays off.  You just have to remind yourself that slow and steady wins the race and keep plodding away - getting started is the first step. 

Getting started on the Website

So having started with serious intent it took me a year in 2001 to produce the first 90 pages of this site.  I knew nothing about web building so spent about a month reading downloaded web articles on approaches to building a site, understanding affiliates and methods of giving information for a niche market. Together my husband and I simply tried to understand the long term impact of the internet on the world and how we could contribute to it in a meaningful and useful way.

After a brief introduction to the HTML editing software called FrontPage, I wrote up the initial content of over 130,000 words by typing - as many do, with two fingers.  (By 2004 the site content was double that and by December 2005 there were 508 detailed public access pages. Technically there are now thousands of pages underpinning the website.)

I had a lot of existing material and a teacher had been used to planning courses.  I had a vision of how I saw the whole, so writing about something I knew was probably the most straightforward aspect of building the site.  I decided that rather than have lots of pages in progress I would aim to finish over 90% of the initial planned pages before launching.  From that initial plan I could see lots of strand areas suitable for future development.

Learning Paint Shop Pro

Next I had to learn a graphics package and decided to buy Paint Shop Pro 7 software. I found it frustrating and was going around in circles for a few days.  The solution again was to download stacks of free PSP7 tutorials from the web, print them out and study them for hours. I worked my way through most of the tutorials.  After about 2 weeks I had grasped the mechanics of it and spent a couple of months just playing with it, trying out techniques and learning how to clean up illustrations and have fun with graphics.

Paint Shop Pro 7 is, in my opinion, worth about five times the basic price.  I love working with PSP which enhances my design ability way beyond my normal aptitude.  I particularly like the layers feature of PSP.   Understanding layers in important when making original web pages. After this, several months work went into refining and resizing images into JPEGs for application in FrontPage.  Everything always takes much longer to do than you think, however many web experts out there tell you it can be done instantly.

N.B. If you want to learn more about PSP please use the search facility with Google and the words PSP tutorial since I will be unable to correspond on this.

If I could start again tomorrow it would be done totally differently now I know some of the problems and some of the answers.  For now this is the mark 1 version that will stay, but it will eventually get changed around as time permits.  It's even something I'm looking forward to - a little like having a new outfit.

In January 2002, exactly a year to the day that I bought the web name www.fashion-era.com my husband showed me how to upload the material to a host server.  For the technophobes reading this, it took me about six goes to absorb how to do it confidently on my own.  Since then we've moved host servers 3 times and now happily use Third Sphere Hosts which enables us to keep great statistics of the site.  Along with having broadband the whole process of uploading is much simplified and much faster than when I first attempted it. 

Now that the site is much larger than when I first built it, it has become even more complex to keep modifying and add new pages ensuring all links are good.  Tweaking the site and amending little errors seems to take forever.  If you find any howlers or broken links please mail me at the address below.

2002-3 As the year 2002 progressed I became quite unwell.  There came an enforced break from developing the site when I had occult primary head and neck cancer treatment from mid 2002.  In 2002 I could find little pictorial internet information, so I decided to write up the experience and you can read about and see photos of the effects of radiotherapy treatment when applied to the head and neck. See more links below of this information, which was once very hard to find back in 2002. 

2003 I started real work again on the fashion-era website in late Spring 2003 and launched a Windows OS compatible Fashion Illustration Templates ebook.

2004 In January and February 2004 I launched printable ebooks.  For example, The History of Undergarments.

My priority now is to add and develop new web pages of missing information and expand areas that are lacking whilst developing new personal areas of interest.  If you want details of any new pages or special offers and ebooks on launch, please sign up for the newsletter.  All new pages are listed at the top of the fashion-era sitemap every week.

December 2004.   Seasons Greetings to everyone and thank you for visiting the site again and again.  What a busy year.  In recent months I've added sections on cloaks and capes history, mourning dress and christening dress history, another section on pattern drafting a skirt block, a Christmas section of 18 pages and other costume history additions on many topics.  In October 2004 the fashion-era forum was added.  This has given me an opportunity to pass comment on ideas related to the broader aspects of the site subject matter. 

15 March 2005

The year has started briskly with me adding some 50 new web pages to fashion-era since the start of 2005.  This includes a large section of my personal hints and tips about selling and buying vintage on the internet.  A new section with a timeline of 40 years of silhouette dress changes from 1900 to 1940  showing line drawing illustrations I've made.  I hope people will find these drawings useful for all sorts of projects and another section explaining how to date old photographs using costume as a guide.

I've also started to review films with costume interest and have added some new fashion drawing galleries of visitor's work.  October 2004 also saw the launch of our fashion forum called the fashion-era forum. 

20 November 2005

This year I have added many more pages especially extra images of the 1920s,1930s, 1940s, and 1950s.  As well as this, there are extra new pages in the Christmas section, my personal experience of finding hair extensions, lots more Hats & Hairstyles, a large new section about Fashion Plates History and also a look at artisan Indian Fashion and Accessories.  The Fashion Trends section has also been updated twice this year and new Fashion Design Galleries have been added. 

Always check the Sitemap weekly if you seek new information or use the search facility on site if you are lost!  Hopefully you are navigating the site more easily since we changed most pages to drop down (Milonic) menus.  We have more work to do on this next year to make it even more user friendly for you.

I continue to work on the website with enthusiasm and have plenty of ideas and areas I wish to develop further. My husband Guy has also been very busy developing his original website www.computerperformance.co.uk  He has also created a newer site guy-sports.com with a great new clean humour section. The former has lots of computer scripting information and the latter has clean, but amusing jokes and funny images.

As Thanksgiving Day 2005 approaches, despite the fact that we do not celebrate the event in Britain, I remain a very thankful person and thank God for a chance to continue with my life, my husband Guy, and my web work.  Happy Thanksgiving to you all.  With Christmas just around the corner I hope you will also have a very enjoyable festive season - and of course I hope you are able to shop until you drop, then rest up browsing fashion-era.com's latest pages. 

2006

The Fashion-era Forum has grown to over 1000 members with new members joining daily. Spring Trends 2006 have been added. New pages include a few pages on Queen Elizabeth's clothes until 1977, plus 3 pages with pictures of fashions from the mid 1970s.

Recent site improvements include replacement of our old red header list.  Now we have new spring out Milonic style navigation. This should help you navigate areas more easily, as the site has now has 550 pages including some costume image colouring in pages for children's clothes.

28 July 2006

The first 10 pages of a new fashion trends section for Autumn Winter 2006/7 was added.

August  2006

20+ new pages in the 2006/7 Trends section.  Recent additions include wedding pages about fashion history old photographs from the C20th.

Feb 23 2007

The site has some new spring summer 2007 fashion trend pages

Late Summer 2007

I nursed my mother much of 2007 until her passing, and slowly restarted web work whilst sorting related personal tasks.  We began with a page on key fashion trends for autumn winter 2007-2008 and we hope more new exciting pages will be added in due course.

October 2008

This has been a year of very slowly getting back on track for me.  New pages include fashion trends and more analysis of old wedding photos. Look out too for pages on Egyptians,  Ancient Greeks and Romans.

July 2009

15 new pages added containing 100 free line drawings related to C20th fashion history silhouettes from the wartime 1940s fashion era - 1940-1950.  In August new Autumn/Winter trends for 2009/10 were added.

November 2009

In the month of October 2009 www.fashion-era.com had over 1 million unique visitors and over 50 million hits.

June 2010

Global communication is speeding up fashion so much that seasonal differences in what is in or out of fashion have merged.  Now I am concentrating more on specific micro trends. Looks such as the Maxi Dress and influences such as Mad Men Fashions are micro trends at some point. At the early stage these micro trends so often sink, but many can and indeed do become must-haves and thus become major fashion trends - fashion history in the making.

Kindest regards and greetings to all our site visitors - Pauline Weston Thomas & Guy Thomas.
About Us was last edited Jan 2013.

Pauline Thomas

Current number of text pages 890, 1 January 2013

Cancer Diary Links

This is totally unrelated to the fashion and costume aspect of the site and is a personal diary of my head and neck cancer treatment.  All prayers from all over the world have been most welcome.

 



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Fashion-Era.com looks at women's costume and fashion history and analyses the mood of an era.  Changes in technology, leisure, work, cultural and moral values. Homelife and politics also contribute to lifestyle trends, which in turn influence the clothes we wear.  These are the changes that make any era of society special in relation to the study of the costume of a period.Fashion History

Fashion-Era.com can take no responsibility for any information on the site which may cause you error, loss or costs incurred from use of the information and links either directly or indirectly.  This site is owned, designed, written and developed by author: Pauline Thomas and Guy Thomas. This site is designed to be viewed in 1024 X 768 or higher.

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