More Book Reviews: Knitting, Designers and Chinese Fashion

And now, my continued look at new fashion books for your Holiday enjoyment: The Culture of Knitting (Berg) by Joanne Turney has been a joy to read.  Turney, a professor at the Bath School of Art and Design, presents a thoughtful and insightful study on knitting in all its forms and socio-cultural impacts. The study is extremely engaging, though academic, and I easily became engrossed …

Fashion on iTunes & Anthropology Conference (AAA)

* iTunes and Fashion I know I promised you a plethora of fashion history book reviews over the coming weeks – and they are on their way – but I simply could not pass up this opportunity to share with you some of the amazing educational podcasts available through iTunes (that, and I need time to read some more of these books!). From Universities to …

The autobiography of Mary Léon Bing

As promised, over the next month or so I intend to review many of the new fashion related books that have been published recently (and not so recently). Call it an extended holiday round-up, if you will. First up is what equates to an autobiography by former Rudi Gernrich model (and now writer), Mary Léon Bing. The book, Swans and Pistols: Modeling, Motherhood, and Making …

CSA Western and the Haute Couture at FIDM Museum

On November 7, I was privileged to be able to attend a program set up by the Western Region of the Costume Society of America for a special behind the scenes look at the current exhibition at the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles: High Style: Betsey Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture. Photo: Christina Johnson (Collection Manager, FIDM Museum); …

18th Century Fashion Resources Online

Something in the zeitgeist threw all things related to 18th century fashion my way this past week. So I offer you a number of marvelous exhibits, lectures and online collections currently available to those researching this time period, for academic work; costume design; or just the love of the visual. First up, the Morgan Library in New York has “Rococo and Revolution: Eighteenth-Century French Drawings” …

Costume Society of America Western Region Internship program

Recently, CSA Western region announced: “We will be sponsoring the Jack Handford Student Internship for Summer 2010 with a $2000 stipend for a qualified undergraduate who is entering their senior year or a graduate student in the field of costume history, museum studies, design, or a related area of study. Both students and institutions with costume collections are invited to apply. Please review the application …

Highlights from @FashionHistoria

As I’ve previously mentioned , I have been tweeting (@FashionHistoria) about various fashion history related subjects. However, 140 characters doesn’t give you a lot of room for discussion. So I thought I’d highlight some of my recent tweets: A glorious example of hardcopy media is this visually stunning fashion editorial from the November 2009 issue of Dazed & Confused, reposted on the blog, Haute Macabre …

Inside the Costume Institute at the MET

I’m feeling a bit nostalgic for my former days working with costume collections and I suspect a number of you enjoy looking at the inner workings of costumes and museums alike. I happened upon these videos which provide a wonderful, inside look at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The first video highlights two dresses, one by Madame Gres …

The Lyman Museum in Hawaii

While in Hawaii a few weeks ago, I made a visit to an unassuming little museum in Hilo. To my surprise the Lyman museum, contained a pretty interesting exhibition that included dress and adornment. The museum itself was divided into two sections, the Earth Sciences of Hawaii(on the first floor) and Hawaiian Cultural Heritage (on the second floor). There was also a special photography exhibition …

R.I.P. Irving Penn

Irving Penn, a powerhouse of photography, passed away yesterday at the age of 92. Not only known for his portraits of famous writers, artists and celebrities, he was also well-recognized for his fashion photography. He had a 70-year long successful career. The New York Times obituary noted yesterday, that Penn was “one of the 20th century’s most prolific and influential photographers of fashion and the …

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