I've borrowed the idea of adding TG-themed captions to clip art from the "In the Pink" series of single-panel cartoons that are at the back of all the TG story chapbooks from Sandy Thomas. It looks like roughly half of them use clip art, about 40% are probably original art, and a small percentage looks like they are recaps.
There really was a group in England called the Men's Dress Reform Party that was founded in 1929 and lasted until 1937. They wanted to replace "stiff collars, tightly knotted ties and trousers...[with]...relaxed, decorative shirts and blouses, and shorts or breeches." ("20th Century Fashion" by Valerie Mendes and Amy de la Haye ISBN 0-500-20321-0)
The images that I've used are from "120 Great Fashion Designs: 1900-1950, CD-ROM and Book"
by Tom Tierney, Dover Publications, ISBN 0-486-99504-6. The graphics on the CD-ROM can be used "free and without special permission, provided that you include no more than ten in the same publication or project."
The big problem that I had with incorporating a group of images from the CD-ROM, like I did this time, is that all of the art work is from the group of paper doll books that Tom Tierney did for Dover publications, so there are always several images that have the exact same face and pose. (The paper doll books are usually 2-8 paper dolls, and 3-16 outfits per doll.) I didn't notice until I had finished this project that the 'ladies' in the green and red dresses in the back are based on the same paper doll. Also, the ones in the yellow and blue dresses, as well as the black dress on the far left, are based on the same paper doll, but the yellow one is mirrored, so I hope that the similarities are not too obvious (notice the head pose and the feet).
[The other problem the CD-ROM collection has is that all the images look very posed, as if they were from fashion magazines or fashion shows, so that makes it harder to think of a good caption.]
I also recently purchased Dover's "140 Great Fashion Designs: 1950-2000" and "Everyday fashions of the 20th Century", so I'll have to see if I can come up with some more clip art captions.
Question: Is this okay as it is, or should there really be some sort of background added?
P.S. I hope that this is the right category for this post. I couldn't decide if it should go here or under "The Write Stuff".
The Men's Dress Reform Party