Fashion in Museums !

The monthly edition of the Costume Society of America E-News has just come out, naming a number of valuable exhibits across the country (and even internationally). This is a very truncated list, and I would certainly recommend becoming a member of CSA to stay up-to-date with all that’s going on in fashion scholarship. EXHIBITIONS “AMAZONIA DESIGN, FASHION & SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY” Through July 13 at the …

Networking: LinkedIn, HauteNet & GoodReads

We all know about social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace ( and its fashion specific page: MySpace Fashion), but are you aware that there are now a plethora of professional networking sites to help you with your career goals ? Here are three sites to help expand your networks, and therefore your career and research potential: LinkedIn is a good, general place to maintain …

Rachael Ray’s ad dumped because of ethnic scarf

The black-and-white scarf, alleged to be symbolic of a keffiyeh, a traditional headdress worn by Arab men is now purported by FOX (of all places) to ” symbolize murderous Palestinian jihad.” More here -Heather www.fashionhistorian.net Monica Added: I’d like to write more about this topic later, but I want to direct you toward a post I wrote for WT quite a while back on this …

Calls for conference papers

Going to and speaking at academic conferences is one of the best ways to network, test your research and find work in your field (including book projects!). Though opportunities to speak at conferences specifically geared towards fashion history and theory are rare, its important to find those niche’s where your research will fit. The Costume Society of America is holding their annual symposium in New …

May book Highlight

May book Highlight Custom Kicks by Kim Smits and Matthijs Maat(Paperback – May 15, 2008) The newest in a long line of books on tennis shoes, Custom Kicks, appears to be primarily an art/coffee table book, whereby 150 artists and illustrators were invited to customize a pair of shoes for inclusion. The Amazon description claims that the “main focus is on the artwork but the …

Pop Culture Perspective

I am fascinated by popular culture, in particular, the history of it. Given the fact that at some point every celebrity seems to eventually turn to fashion design to market their personal style (Gwen Stefani, The Olson Twins, Jennifer Lopez), I am always interested in the history of this practice. One early innovator in the transition from Hollywood to Fashion was Natacha Rambova, just prior …

The Future of Fashion?

Now that economists are agreeing that we are indeed entering a recession, fashion historians should watch for new innovations to alleviate some of the increasing financial burdens (especially those caused by the housing market, decreasing food supplies, and increasing gas prices). A recent Time article pointed out that a somber mood in fashion will hit come Fall, focusing on a “dark palette and severe silhouette.” …

April Books: Paris, Africa, London and Hollywood

Spring weather has really hit Northern California, and shopping is on my mind. Oddly enough, that made me think about new books for Spring. The following are four fashion titles due out this month. 1. Paris 1962: Yves Saint Laurent and Dior, Christian Dior, The Early Collections (Rizzoli) by Jerry Schatzberg, and Julia Morton, with an introduction by Patricia Bosworth (Hardcover – April 29, 2008) …

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