Book Review: Dyes from Kitchen Produce

Dyes from Kitchen Produce: Easy projects to make at home By  Setsuko Ishii , photographs by Makoto Shimomura The Images Publishing Group (January 16, 2011) Review by Senior Contributor, Lauren Michel Senior Contributor Lauren Michel has been writing for Worn Through since 2009. She has previously taught university level courses on fashion and dress, often emphasizing global dress and textile history as well as hand …

Win a copy of “Fashion: The 20th Century”

Interns Brenna and Melissa will be working on a new ‘reader appreciation’ project with me – Book Giveaway Contests! I’m happy to bring you the first of this collaborative project: As we begin New York City Fashion Week, we would like readers to comment on what they see on the runways for Fall 2011. In consideration of Icons Of Fashion: The 20th Century, what designers …

Book Review & Releated Event for “FashionEast: The Spectre that Haunted Socialism”

Today I am pleased to bring you an exciting double hit on Socialist Fashion – first the author’s lecture by Djurdja Bartlett will take place Feb. 4 at F.I.T. and second, a  book review by Worn Through’s own, Katherine Lapelosa. Lapelosa is an independent scholar interested in connecting fashion and culture in an anthropological sense. Her research includes Communist and post-Communist fashion cultures of Central …

Fashion Hunt: 1930s Quilted Eveningwear

I am currently on the hunt for additional examples of a specific style of 1930s evening gown with quilting as decoration. I’ve recently come upon two remarkably similar pieces, suggesting that a single designer was experimenting with this style. I’m hopeful that those of you who work in museums, or auction houses or who are vintage collectors might have come across these types of gowns …

Isabelle de Borchgrave’s Fashion History in Paper

Opening February 5, and running through June 5, 2011, the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Legion of Honor will play host to the work of paper artist Isabelle de Borchgrave. What visitors will see at Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave is not any kind of typical wearable fashion made out of paper – but something more. These special pieces seem to …

Book Review: How the Watch Was Worn

How the Watch was Worn: A Fashion for 500 Years by Genevieve Cummins Antique Collectors’ Club (June 16, 2010) Review From Meghan Grossman Hansen Meghan Grossman Hansen is the Registrar at the FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, and she received her Master of Arts at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Fashion & Textiles: History, Theory, and Museum Practice. Her …

Caught on Film: A critical eye of Hippie Style (1967)

Here, for your consideration is a historical report dating to 1967 on the “Hippie” movement of San Francisco. It includes a highly analytical discussion of the appearance and dress of hippies, as well as the Grateful Dead and their connection to drug culture. The narrator, Harry Reasoner (though clearly biased) claims that the movement is  “Style without content.” His comments at the end are particularly …

History Snapshot: The First Female Governors (1925)

With all the talk this week of new elected officials taking office – especially the return of Jerry Brown in California –  I thought a few quick facts on the first women to be elected as  governor(s) in the United States might be in order. In January of 1925, two women made history: Nellie Taylor Ross and Miriam Amanda Wallace Ferguson became the first women …

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