Curator for the Mactaggart Art Collection (Alberta, CA)

Curator, The Mactaggart Art Collection Museums and Collections Services Competition No. – A10013702 Closing Date – Will remain open until filled. The University of Alberta is seeking a Curator for the Mactaggart Art Collection, a world-renowned Asian Art collection. The University of Alberta is one of the largest collecting institutions in Canada with more than 20 million objects and specimens that comprise the University of …

Research Assistant Position (temp) in Richmond, VA

The Valentine Richmond History Center, an AAM accredited institution located in Richmond’s Historic Court End neighborhood, seeks to fill the following position: Position Title: Research Assistant Number of Positions: 1 Tenure: Temporary, part time position, July 2008 – June 2009 (subject to renewal) Hours: 27.5 hours per week, Monday through Friday (Core required hours: 11:30am-4:30pm, Tuesday through Friday) Salary: $10.00 per hour, no benefits General …

WT featured on Coutorture!

Coutorture is featuring WT’s post on the UC Davis Sustainable Fashion Exhibit as a “Must Read.” We’re so pleased they have been picking up on what we’ve been doing. Check out Coutorture for exclusive fashion shoots, news, and the most comprehensive blogroll of fashion and dress sites. Thanx Coutorture! -Heather www.fashionhistorian.net

“Fashion Conscious” Exhibition at UC Davis

(me with the ‘zero waste’ polyester dress by Mark Liu) Over the weekend I was privileged to be on a private group tour of the current exhibit “Fashion Conscious” in the design department of UC Davis (curated by SusanTaberAvila, UC Davis design professor, and Julia Schwartz, author and designer). I learned a tremendous amount about the impact fashion production has on the environment, what businesses …

June Book Reviews Part II.

The Power of the Zoot: Youth Culture and Resistance during World War II by Luis Alvarez (Hardcover – Jun 2, 2008) Based on his dissertation, The Power of the Zoot by Luis Alvarez is already garnering positive reviews and references within the academic community. The online magazine, The Morning News notes that the book: “Diligently charts a culture’s exemplar, the zoot suit, and connects it …

CSA Southeastern Region Call for Papers

  “The Many Layered Meanings of Costume” The Southeastern Region of the Costume Society of America announces its 2008 Annual Symposium October 31st – November 2nd Williamsburg, VA Hosted by: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, The College of William and Mary, and The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Symposium Highlights Include: Juried paper presentations and research exhibits Keynote address by Caroline Weber, author of Queen of Fashion Behind-the-scenes tours …

June Book Reviews Part I.

Fashion v Sport by Ligaya Salazar (Paperback – Jun 1, 2008) Ligaya Salazar’s book charts the history of the connections and business affiliations between the fashion and sports industries (from the Belle Epoch era to the present) and including an examination of high-performance textiles. Salazar is curator at the V&A and given the extremely high quality of their exhibits, I would suggest that this is …

History of the Clothing Swap followup

Related to my post of a few days ago, the New York Times today discusses another alternative to buying direct retail in a struggling economy, now impacting nearly everyone: High End Consignment, “Everyone is feeling the pinch these days or knows people who are feeling the pinch,” said Linda Kenney Baden, a prominent lawyer in New York. “It’s good to buy a used car again, …

History of the Clothing Swap

I was recently asked by a budding radio journalist about the history of Clothing Swaps. She was particularly interested in how different generations have perceived trading clothes and if it were something that had been going on for a long time. I did some research that I found rather interesting and thought I would share with you. Clothing Swaps as they are known today (where …

Dior, YSL, and What’s next?

(YSL following the funeral of Christian Dior in 1957) WWD’s coverage of YSL’s funeral is extensive, and the funeral itself warrants comment as a major event in fashion history (following on Monica’s earlier post). The article suggests it was “one of the most important and biggest French fashion funerals since the death of Christian Dior in 1957.” This makes me wonder if the loss of …

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