Caught on Film: A Night Out (1940s)

After three years of book reviews, exhibition reviews, film and fashion history articles, today marks my last post for Worn Through. My first article for Worn Through, highlighting books on Paris, Africa, London and Hollywood, was published in April of 2008, and I can’t believe how the time has flown by. I’ve so enjoyed collaborating and developing ideas and projects with the other contributors. I’ve …

Book Review: Zoot Suit: The Enigmatic Career of an Extreme Style

“In what might be the most fascinating chapter, Zooting Around the World, Peiss follows the zoot suit as it makes its way outside of the United States. From the French zazous, to South African tsotis and the Russian stiliagi, the zoot suit jumped around the world, finding a home among disaffected youth. Peiss credits the international popularity of the zoot suit to the influence of Hollywood films and its striking visual profile.”

Book Review: Mood for Munsingwear: Minnesota’s Claim to Underwear Fame

In the Mood for Munsingwear: Minnesota’s Claim to Underwear Fame. By Susan Marks Minnesota Historical Society Press (April 2011). Review by Jane Farrell-Beck Jane Farrell-Beck is a Professor Emerita, who taught in the apparel program at Iowa State University for 26 years. She has published widely, and has three co-authored books in print, including “Uplift: The Bra in America” (Penn Press, 2002) and “20th-Century Dress …

Book Review: Berliner Chic

Berliner Chic: A Locational History of Berlin Fashion By Susan Ingram and Katrina Sark (Intellect, February 2011) Review by Mila Ganeva Mila Ganeva is Associate Professor of German Studies at Miami University in Ohio. She has published articles on fashion journalism, fashion photography, mannequins, early German film comedies, and Berlin in film. She is author of the book Women in Weimar Fashion: Discourses and Displays …

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 …

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 …

Guest Post: “Hats, Horses, and History”

* I’m pleased to be able to share with you, this guest post by Dr. Kimberly Chrisman Campbell. She is an independent fashion and textile historian and occasional contributor to WornThrough. Her work on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French fashion has also appeared in Costume, Textile History, PieceWork, and Dress, as well as in several books and exhibition catalogs, most recently Paris: Life & Luxury in …

Caught on Film: A 1930s Hollywood Premiere

When one is used to looking at vintage film stills, it’s easy to forget that these actors moved and interacted with one another, and that their clothing moved too. This soundless clip of an unknown film premiere provides a glimpse behind the glamor, suggesting the lives behind the characters and of their off-screen wardrobes. It includes Humphrey Bogart, Norma Shearer, Dick Powell, Joan Blondell, Jeanette …

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