Thank You and Good Night…

At the end, you think about the beginning. I distinctly remember applying for an internship at Worn Through during the late Summer and early Autumn of 2010. I was just about to graduate from the University of Edinburgh, and was (it turns out) unjustifiably confident in my skills as a dress historian since I’d just submitted my master’s dissertation and finished an internship for the …

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 …

Book Giveaway: The History of Modern Fashion

In honor of both the Gothic to Goth: Romantic Era Fashion and Its Legacy exhibition currently on display at the Wadsworth Atheneum of Art, and the nomination of The History of Modern Fashion‘s being nominated for a Millennia Davenport award, the winner of which will be announced at the upcoming Costume Society of America National Symposium at the end of next month (May 24 – 29), we …

Guest Post: Feathers and Fibers Fit for a King

Guest contributor Vanessa Lee-Miller is a freelance journalist specializing in Hawaiian arts and culture. While in Europe, she spends her time scouring museum collections for “lost or hidden Hawaiʻi”. In the Hawaiian language, the proverb “ka wela o ka ua”” describes the intimidating yet striking vision of an assembly of brawny, chanting warriors, long spear in hand and bedecked in feathered cloaks and helmets, preparing …

Domestic Affairs: Philadelphia in Style at the Michener

Philadelphia is one of my favorite cities. I love the history, the atmosphere, and (of course) the museums. So when the Michener Art Museum contacted me about their new exhibition, Philadelphia in Style, which examines “clothing and accessories created, worn, and sold in Philadelphia from 1896 to 1994”, I leapt at the chance to do a “virtual” review in the lead up to the exhibition’s …

Domestic Affairs: Video Interlude — 100 years of …

Life intervenes, yet again. I am currently focused on my virtual review of the forthcoming Hidden History of Philadelphia Fashion. However, with yet another “100 Years of…” as it pertains to fashion, whether hair, make up or clothes, filling up my social media mentions (I’m sure I’m not alone!), I thought I would digress from exhibitions for a moment to ask, how do Worn Through …

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 …

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 …

Domestic Affairs: Here Comes 2016!

It’s only the second week of the new year and already there are some exciting exhibition announcements for fashion and textiles exhibitions! The de Young Museum in San Francisco announced the dates for Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective. Announced last year shortly after the designer’s death, this exhibition will be opening in the textile galleries on March 12, 2016! Currently on display at the …

Domestic Affairs: Art of the Fold at the Getty

When I heard that the Getty was putting on a show about fabric and clothing and the active roles they played in drawings and works on paper, “excited” really didn’t begin to cover my reaction.  Art of the Fold is very definitely an art history exhibition, not a dress history exhibition. But it is one that demonstrates how intricately — even intimately — the two fields can be …

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