Guest Post: Fabric of India

Jasleen Kandhari is a textiles & art historian specialising in the artistic and material heritage of  South Asia & the  Punjab. She will be lecturing on Indian textiles on the Royal Academy of Arts tour to India from 2016: Treasures of the Punjab & ‘Little Tibet’  As a textiles historian and lecturer and tutor of Indian & Asian textiles at the University of Oxford, department of …

Domestic Affairs: Spring Line Up

It’s going to be a busy Spring for fashion exhibitions and events (hurrah!). The FIDM Museum’s 24th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costuming exhibition opened yesterday and will be open until April 30. As their Instagram feed revealed recently, it features costumes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens as well as many other films up for Academy Awards for costumes. Also in Los Angeles, the …

CFP: The Materiality of Mourning

The Materiality of Mourning: A 2-Day Interdisciplinary Workshop Where: The University of Warwick, UK When: 19-20 May, 2016 Submission guidelines: Academics and practitioners across all disciplines are warmly invited to offer papers exploring the research questions outlined above. PhD candidates and Early Career Researchers are particularly welcome. Send a title and brief abstract (up to 200 words) to Zahra.newby@warwick.ac.uk by 29 February, 2016. Papers are invited for this …

On Teaching: Sustainability

I would like to start this post by posing a question; with manufacturing processes changing very little since the industrial revolution, is it realistic to teach students sustainable practices when, in reality, they may end up working within traditional manufacturing or product development? A faculty member in my department recently recommended I watch a movie, True Cost, which discusses the environmental problems created by traditional …

Book Giveaway: Shoes: An Illustrated History

*Contest closed, we have a winner!* U.S replies only please! Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishers, in this post we’re giving away: Shoes: An Illustrated History The first reader to email me with the correct answers to the following trivia questions about Worn Through will receive this book! (Please include your mailing address in the email.) Here are the questions. The answers can be found by looking back …

The mystery of Dressed by Angels

In November, I was looking forward to an exhibition of costumes marking 175 years of Angels the Costumiers, a London based company that make outfits for theatre, television and film. Titled Dressed by Angels, I knew the exhibition had opened in October and would include a history of the company, as told through dress, displays of their well known costumes, including Indiana Jones, Wicked and …

Parisian Insights: Jacques Doucet-Yves Saint Laurent: Vivre pour l’Art

I think I may have already expressed this here but my interest in history of fashion was nourished by my decorative arts courses at l’Ecole du Louvre. As I studied “total art” movements such as the Arts & Crafts, the Bauhaus or the Wiener Werkstatte, I was introduced to garments that responded to artistic aesthetics. I had a teacher, Olivier Gabet who now directs the …

CFP: Frills and Furbelows? Textile Ornamentation and Dress Adornment in Museums and Historic Houses

Frills and Furbelows? Textile Ornamentation and Dress Adornment in Museums and Historic Houses hosted by The Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution (CHORD) When: 9 June 2016 Where: Wolverhampton City Campus, University of Wolverhampton, UK Submission guidelines: Please send title and abstract of c.300 to 400 words to Laura Ugolini by 1 March 2016. Individual papers are usually 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion. CHORD also welcomes …

A Fine Possession: Jewellery and Identity|Creating the Exhibition & Behind the Scenes

Following on from my exhibition review of A Fine Possession: Jewellery and Identity at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney,  I had the pleasure of interviewing Rebecca Evans in order to find out a bit more about the process of designing the exhibition. Rebecca is an assistant curator at the MAAS museum and has also written for Worn Through in the past. Sarah: Jewellery is such …

Domestic Affairs: Living for the Moment at LACMA (an unexpected review)

When I was 19 years old, I wanted to be an interpreter. Not just any interpreter, I wanted to interpret Japanese at the UN. Never mind that Japanese is not spoken on the UN floor, because those sorts of details don’t occur to you when you’re 19 and dreaming. This desire was born as much from my love of language and languages, and the Japanese …

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