May Monthly Archives

Exaggerated Mexican Pointed Toe Cowboy Boots – A Medieval Menswear Revival?

I’m sure it would be no great challenge for Worn Through readers to call to mind some extreme feminine fashions that both epitomise their eras, and have enjoyed occasional recurrences in modern styles. A corset here, a leg’o’mutton sleeve there, whether as an ironic homage or adapted “improved” new version. However, it is a bit more difficult to cite similar examples of historic men’s fashions …

Book Review: Dress and Identity in British Literary Culture, 1870-1914

Dress and Identity in British Literary Culture, 1870-1914 By Rosy Aindow Ashgate (October 2010) Book Review by Sara Bernstein Today’s book review comes from Sara Tatyana Bernstein, whom I was lucky enough to meet at graduate school (NYU, 2004).   She is a Doctoral Candidate in Cultural Studies at UC Davis, currently completing her dissertation, ‘From Little Black Dress to Little Blue Vest: Fashion, Film …

Fashion Bytes

“What is often lost in translation here is that unveiling does not always signal freedom, democracy, modernity, women’s rights, whatever — even if it might gesture toward these things in this particular moment. And there is no reason to believe that ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’ should necessarily –or even ideally– look identical to Western discourses or practices of them.” – Mimi Thi Nguyen, 13 June 2009 …

CFP: SUSTAINABILITY MARKETING CLAIMS AND CONSUMER BEHAVIOR

Call For Manuscripts Focused Special Issue of the Clothing and Textiles Research Journal (CTRJ) SUSTAINABILITY MARKETING CLAIMS AND CONSUMER BEHAVIOR Editors: Dr. Jung Ha-Brookshire, University of Missouri, habrookshirej@missouri.edu Dr. Laurel Wilson, University of Missouri, wilsonl@missouri.edu The purpose of the focused issue is to encourage research and to provide a specific outlet for researchers to share empirical findings concerning sustainability-related labels, claims, and indices and consumer …

Balenciaga and Spain: Exhibition Review

Pictured above:  Pink silk taffeta evening dress, Winter 1957, from the collection of the Museum of the City of New York, worn and given by Mrs. Peter Baumberger Open now through June 17th at San Francisco’s deYoung Museum is the exhibition Balenciaga and Spain, curated by Vogue magazine European editor-at-large Hamish Bowles.  Showcasing about 130 pieces from a variety of sources around the world, including …

Behind the Scenes: ‘Washed Up’ at Selfridge’s Project Ocean

I’m sure there are many fans of the 1987 film Mannequin reading this.  Or if not fans, then at least a population familiar with the quintessentially 1980s comedy starring Kim Cattrall as an Ancient Egyptian who travels forward in time to become a store mannequin in New York City. A twentieth century take on Pygmalion, with plenty of camp, musical montages and shoulder pads.  If …

Book Review: Glamour (new in paperback)

Katie Netherton earned her Masters degree from New York University in Material Culture: Costume Studies in 2002. Most recently she has worked on the historic documentation project at the Brooklyn Museum, and is currently an independent costume historian working with the Gordon Conway archive at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin. Book: Glamour: Women, History, Feminism Author: Carol Dyhouse Book …

Shoe Factories and Lost Opportunities

Though I don’t generally think of myself as a shoe fetishist, I do have a soft spot in my heart for Fluevogs. In their latest e-newsletter was a video of a Fluevog shoe being made (I must add the disclaimer that though I truly love Fluevogs, I truly hate the style in this particular vignette): I have loved seeing the process of how things are …

Fashion Bytes

The Guardian had an article on Sunday about the effect budget cuts to education in Britain are having on schools’ abilities to fund museum trips for their students.  Since the museums cited within the article — The Natural History Museum, for example — only charge entrance fees for special exhibits, what the schools are struggling to fund is transportation and the pay of substitute teachers …

CFP: Significance of Color in the Humanities and Social Sciences

  Feb. 24-26, 2012 North Georgia College and State University Dahlonega, GA For most of us colors are ubiquitous in our lives, from colorful language to the natural and material worlds that we inhabit and (re)create. Colors are used to persuade consumers, or to affect our mood. But they can also become symbols in political and social struggle, from international relations to the envisioning of …

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