Guest Post – Researching & Writing ‘Making Edwardian Costumes for Women’

Guest contributor Suzanne Rowland has a background as a theatrical costume maker. She is a lecturer at the University of Brighton where she is about to start a PhD looking at the development of the ready-to-wear fashion industry in the 1910s using the blouse as a case study. She is sharing her experience researching and writing her book Making Edwardian Costumes for Women available from Crowood Press. This was my first …

Review: Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu

It is not often that I walk into an exhibition space and get goosebumps. The current exhibition at Auckland War Memorial Museum, Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu,  is one of those few shows that make you feel a sense of something deeper to the objects on display.  Working with mainly historical objects as part of my day job at Auckland Museum, it is very refreshing to see a …

Upcoming Conference: Out of the Dark and into the Light? Dress in the Early Modern Period and the Age of Enlightenment, 1400–1800

Tickets are now on sale for The Association of Dress Historians’ (ADH) annual conference, featuring twenty-five papers presented over two concurrent panels, and titled:: Out of the Dark and into the Light? Dress in the Early Modern Period and the Age of Enlightenment, 1400–1800 International Conference of Dress Historians Saturday, 5 November 2016 The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT, United Kingdom …

CFP: New Research Conference

New Research Conference  Who: The Association of Dress Historians When: Saturday, 25 February, 2017 Where: The University of Brighton, Grand Parade: City Campus (near the Royal Pavillion), Brighton, United Kingdom Submission Guidelines: Submissions are due by 1 October 2016. Please submit your proposal for a fifteen–minute paper presentation to jennifer.daley@kcl.ac.uk as a .doc or .docx file (saved as firstname_lastname) that includes a descriptive paper title, a 200–word abstract, a 100–word biography, …

On Teaching fashion: A New Year and a new start.

Customarily at this time of year I reflect on previous years’ successes. However, for me, in September I will be in a new position, in a new school, with a new curriculum to grasp and new students to teach. I am entering the next academic year with excitement, as, however much there may be challenges ahead- I enjoy delivering different courses and projects, and I …

Parisian Insights: Fashion Forward – Three Centuries of Fashion (1715-2016)

Each time a fashion exhibition opens somewhere in the world, the great and timeless debate concerning the legitimacy of such displays is questioned. Does fashion deserve to be in museums? Is fashion, art? Are fashion blockbuster exhibitions purely mercantile? When are exhibitions intelligent versus commercial? I must say, I usually apprehend these debates because as an art and fashion historian and curator, to me there …

On Teaching Fashion: Feedback through Student Surveys

Image source here.   Last week, I was given a fantastic German book on personnel development by the Swiss author Martin Tschumi. This book inspired me to apply some of its very insightful tactics and create a student survey, to be distributed at the end of a module which I have been teaching for the third semester in a row now. This is because I …

CFP: Utopia and Fashion

Utopia and Fashion – Special issue of Utopian Studies (28.3, 2017)  Who: Utopian Studies, a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal of The Society for Utopian Studies, publishing scholarly articles on a wide range of subjects related to utopias, utopianism, utopian literature, utopian theory, and intentional communities. Contributing authors come from a diverse range of fields, including American studies, architecture, the arts, classics, cultural studies, economics, engineering, environmental studies, …

A Postcard from Abroad: Duro Olowu and Nicola Thorp

This is my last post until September – time to take a little summer break! However, just before I go, here’s two interesting events during August that represent both the everyday and the out of the ordinary aspects of fashion and dress. Making and Unmaking is an exhibition drawing the work of over 70 artists spanning the last two centuries together with an emphasis on …

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