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Style Imitating Art Fashion Challenge – “Young Betsy Ross’

July 2, 2024

I’m back again taking the Style Imitating Art Fashion Challenge after my previous attempt interpreting Mary Koop’s “Summer Sales Quickly Reached by Underground”. My attempts were well received and the consensus was that I nailed the brief. Here is the link to my post if you missed it – Style Imitating Art Fashion Challenge

What is the Style Imitating Art Fashion Challenge?

Style Imitating Art is a great idea to get creative and learn about fashion and art. It’s about pairing fashion with art. Earlier this year, Marsha joined Shelbee and Salazar as curators for SIA. They begin with a piece of art, create looks based upon that art, and share them on our blogs. Think of it as fashion meets art museum! Anyone and everyone is welcome and encouraged to join in on the fun. You don’t have to be a blogger to participate, either! Shelbee is the curator for this round of SIA. I hope you’ll find some inspiration in this painting (or is it a drawing)!

Shelbee chose this artwork because

“Since we are posting our outfits the week of our nation’s birthday, I chose a patriotic painting…Young Betsy Ross by Paul Stahr. This oil on canvas painting was created for the July 1927 cover of The Elks magazine.”


This week’s Style Imitating Art

As mentioned, this week’s SIA selection was from curator Shelbee (Shelbee on the Edge) who has chosenYoung Betsy Ross’ by Paul Stahr. This print is obviously very patriotic with the inclusion of the American Flag and as 4th July is Independence day in the United States of America, it is a fitting choice by Shelbee.

Who was Paul Stahr?

Paul Carl Stahr Jnr(1883 – 1953) was an American illustrator, creating many posters, books and magazine covers. His work, ‘Young Betsy Ross’ graced the cover of Elks magazine in July 1927.

He studied art at the National Academy of Design where he graduated with honors. In 1905 he also studied at the Arts Students League. In 1913 his drawings were published in the People’s Home Journal, and this began his career as a magazine illustrator. Stahr’s work would go on to appear in several other magazines like LIFE, The Saturday Evening Post, and Collier’s regularly.

During World War I, Stahr began painting posters for organizations like the Red Cross, Liberty Loans, and National Defense. Starting in 1924 he spent 10 years creating pulp magazine covers for Argosy Magazine. He also painted a few book covers, including The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler. He died at the Long Beach Hospital in January of 1953.

Source: Saturday Evening Post Archives

Who was Betsy Ross

My research revealed that Betsy Ross (1752 – 1836) was born as Elizabeth Griscom and the eighth of seventeen children. Betsy was a very interesting woman who became a patriotic icon in the late 19th century when stories began to surface that she had helped George Washington with the design of the first American flag and sewn the stars and stripes in 1776. I actually learned a new word in my research, ‘apocryphal’ which means ‘(of a story or statement) of doubtful authenticity, although widely circulated as being true’. This relates to the story of whether Betsy did indeed sew the U.S. flag. She did sew flags for the navy but did she really sew the first American Flag? Many would like to believe so.

Here are a couple of links if you are interested in reading more about Betsy Ross.

Biography: Betsy Ross (

Betsy Ross – Flag, Biography & Children | HISTORY

My Style Imitating Art

Although I live in Australia and don’t celebrate Independence Day, it was fascinating reading about the American Revolution and learning more about Betsy Ross. The American Flag and the Australian Flag have the same colours but alas, I didn’t have a flag to wave.

I was inspired of course by the red, white and blue colours and luckily these colours provided a few wardrobe choices. I selected my red pants and jacket with a navy and white striped top. I also added a red hat! It’s a modern take on the flag.

So here is my take… you think I interpreted the prompt correctly? I looked at the image and of course immediately thought of the colour theme and then remembered my photo from 35 years ago with a different take on the prompt.

For the ‘era’ I found an old photo of myself, probably about 35 years ago taken at a “Murder Mystery Dinner Party’. I think it is similar to the fashion of the day (or near enough) so feel I’ve ticked another box in the challenge.

What would you select for the Style Imitating Art – The Basket of Flowers challenge? I’d love to see your photos or comments.

Please take a moment to pop over to see how the hosts have interpreted the prompt.

Sue Loncaric

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  • Reply Retirement Reflections July 3, 2024 at 03:47

    Hi, Sue – You did a brilliant job with this prompt. I love the bold, vibrant colours. And that photo from 35 years ago is an absolute treasure. Beautiful both then and now!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 3, 2024 at 06:35

      Hi Donna, I’m not a fan of photos of me in the past but I hunted this one out because I remembered it and thought it was appropriate for the prompt. It was a last minute idea. I’m enjoying this challenge because I’m learning about artists and using my creativity to try to emulate it in some way. Thanks for your compliments and friendship. Looking forward to catching up. x

  • Reply Debbie July 3, 2024 at 11:23

    What a great take on the prompt Sue! You look lovely in red and that ‘old’ photo brings back memories of the ‘off the shoulder dress’ I wore to me final Year 12 celebration and it was in apricot too. I found it just the other day and laughed because my daughters had scribbled over the boy i was with as it wasn’t Grant! You’re doing great with these prompts, such a fashion icon!

  • Reply marsha57 July 3, 2024 at 13:01

    I love both of your looks…old and new! And, I really appreciate you participating for a US holiday! I think it’s very interesting that it was well after the American Revolution that her grandson came forward to say she’d made the flag. It’s unfortunate women weren’t well documented back then.

  • Reply shelbeeontheedge1 July 3, 2024 at 20:14

    Thanks so much for joining us, Sue! You did an amazing job once again. I love this bold and vibrant red outfit and the way the stripes really stand out against the all red. From one hat lover to another, your hat is absolutely brilliant! And I am dying over your gown from way back when. That is such a wonderful addition to this style challenge! I also really enjoyed reading your Betsy Ross information. The modern day speculations about her role in creating an early version of the U.S. flag is so fascinating to me.


    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 11, 2024 at 08:05

      Hi Shelbee, I tried to channel you for this one and found the photo of myself from many moons ago. You made a very interesting choice and I hope to join in next month. x

  • Reply mireille July 4, 2024 at 01:17

    Oh wow ! Perfection: the red, white and blue outfit and that picture of you in that gown. Love it!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 11, 2024 at 08:02

      Thanks so much Mireille for your positive words. I’m enjoying the SIA challenges. x

  • Reply Toni Pike July 5, 2024 at 15:46

    You look gorgeous, Sue – I loved your striped outfit, and seeing you in that gorgeous dress!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 11, 2024 at 07:53

      Thanks, Toni. It was fun putting the post together and I was glad I found the photo in the period dress. x

  • Reply Gail Is This Mutton July 9, 2024 at 16:58

    I think red is one of your best colours! Lovely to see the pic wearing a flowy dress similar to Betsy’s. I’m open mouthed that she was one of 17 children! Thanks for linking Sue

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 11, 2024 at 07:49

      I can’t imagine having 17 children, Gail! Two was certainly enough for me. x

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