Guest Post: Developing an Online 20th Century Fashion History Curriculum

Guest Contributor Jennifer M. Mower earned her PhD from Oregon State University’s School of Design and Human Environment. Her research interests include late 19th and early 20th century dress, historic and contemporary consumer behavior and visual merchandising. This past June, I had the opportunity to attend Erica Hoelscher’s professional development session entitled “Teaching Costume and Dress History in a Virtual Classroom” at Costume Society of …

Fashion Bytes — Face-kinis

Fellow Worn Through Contributor, Arianna, forwarded a link to me a few weeks ago on the latest fashion trend to hit beaches in China: the face-kini. It seems that while the beach-goers are as keen as playing in the sand and catching the waves as any other visitor to the seashore around the world, Chinese beach-goers have an aversion to one of the “usual” pursuits …

Man Ray’s Heartbreak and Lee Miller’s Genius at the Legion of Honor

Attributed to Man Ray (1890 – 1976) Fairground, c. 1930 Vintage postcard print, 9 x 11.9 cm The Roland Penrose Collection, England For most people, Man Ray is far more well-known than Lee Miller. He even makes an appearance in Woodie Allen’s Midnight in Paris, but his muse, lover, and student, Lee Miller, is conspicuously absent. Perhaps this is because their relationship did not begin …

Fashion Bytes — Ziggy Stardust at the V & A

Several weeks ago, the Victoria & Albert Museum announced a new exhibit for next year focusing on David Bowie. At first it looked like Bowie himself was going to be involved, possibly co-curating the exhibit which looked at his career and its influence on fashion, but a New York Times piece last week announced that Bowie has no involvement whatsoever beyond making the David Bowie …

TECHstyle Art and Innovation in San Jose

It is unfortunately the case that very few museum exhibits anymore actually challenge a patron’s perceptions, or redefine an artform. In the constantly connected digital age of smartphones and the internet it is depressingly normal to hear about how it has all been done before and that nothing is new. Which is why the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles‘s second International TECHstyle Art …

Fashion Bytes — Gravitas vs Personal Expression… & Comfort

Joan Smith of The Independent wrote recently about the difference between men’s and women’s dress and a party she attended in The City in London. She appropriately called her piece “Unbutton that jacket, and let freedom reign“, and she focuses on the lack of freedom the men at the party — and men in general — have in their choice of dress. She particularly highlights …

Fashion Bytes — Gabby Douglas

Last Thursday, Gabby Douglas became the first African-American to win gold in the all-around gymnastics competition, not to mention only the second black woman to make the American gymnastics team in history. This is an unbelievable accomplishment, even more so when you take into account that Miss Douglas is only sixteen years old. So, like many, I was extremely surprised to learn that all Twitter …

Fashion Bytes — Fashion Finance

  Two weeks ago The Guardian announced the buy out of couturier Valentino by Mayhoola, an investment company believed to be backed by the Qatari royal family. The article then lists a number of other fashion houses — Jimmy Choo, Doctor Martens, Gianfranco, Pringle of Scotland, etc. — which have suffered similar fates of being bought out by large investment corporations, which usually means that …

Fashion Bytes — Petitioning Teen Vogue

As reported by both The Guardian and New York Daily News, a group of teenage girls staged a protest outside of Teen Vogue last week. Staging a “red carpet fashion show”, and armed with a petition signed by 28,000 other young women they were hoping to change Teen Vogue‘s tendency to airbrush photos, and show only extremely slender models, of limited ethnicity. A similar protest …

Fashion Bytes — Fashion as a Political Campaign Tactic

The New York Times entitled its analysis of Ann Romney’s campaign style “Writing Her Own Dress Code“. The article goes on for two pages, looking in detail at not only Mrs Romney’s clothing choices and their implications and the messages they send, but at the clothing of Hilary Clinton, Michelle Obama, and the usual attire of “women on the stump”. Siobhan Bennett, president of the …

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