London Fashion Umbrella: Autumn Exhibition Calendar

As the days get shorter here in London, I feel even more inclined than usual to spend long hours at museums. Fortunately, this summer’s generous offering of fashion and textile-related exhibitions continues into the winter months. Here’s a brief round-up of the ones that are sure to cure my summer-ending blues. The Glamour of Bellville Sassoon Fashion and Textile Museum     September 20, 2013 …

London Fashion Umbrella: ILGWU continued

A few weeks ago, I posted about my paternal grandmother’s ILGWU card, and how it was a key to dress and social history research as well as personal family genealogy. The post opened up a dialogue among my own family, and those of friends whose forebears also worked in the garment industry in the USA in the last century. This conversation took place virtually, here …

London Fashion Umbrella: The Cheapside Hoard

This autumn, following the Spring 2014 catwalk shows around the globe, London’s eyes will be set on glittering jewels and gems. Exhibitions around the capital will feature historic jewelry. At the V&A, Pearls, opening on September 21st will examine ‘the beauty and allure of pearls across centuries and cultures,’ and is sure to ignite fashion trends for both high-end and fashion costume jewelry. At the Museum …

London Fashion Umbrella: Associated Artifacts

In an effort to curb my propensity to hoard, and to focus my collecting practice towards potentially cohesive groups of dress and textile artifacts, I collect mainly thematically. In the internet age, collecting according to specific themes is pretty easy – and generally no less exciting than finding that perfect thing in a shop or sale in the real world. For roughly the past five …

London Fashion Umbrella: Spotlight on Auction Catalogs Part 2

Last week, I re-posted a series of images I scanned from  a pair Christie’s Auction Catalogs from 1978 and 1981. The aim of the post was to challenge myself to do some research into fashion and costume images as represented in the auction catalogs; to get curious about some new topics; and to see what other questions the answers might raise. I limited myself to …

London Fashion Umbrella: Spotlight on Auction Catalogs

This week I’ve been sorting through the fashion artifacts I’ll be posting in the coming weeks and discovering new avenues for research into dress history. While I get my research plans together, I thought I’d re-publish this archive post from two years ago that took old auction catalogs as a starting point for dress history research. Enjoy and watch this space for a fresh batch …

London Fashion Umbrella: Artifact Focus on the ILGWU

Occasionally in the past I have written posts about fantastic little things that say much about the history of fashion. Looking back, these are some of the posts that received the strongest response from readers, and were the most enjoyable and fulfilling for me to research and compose. Writing about objects related to fashion history, sometimes indirectly, always manages to reinforce my philosophy that we …

London Fashion Umbrella: Modern Cultural Curators on Film

While I was on my hiatus from Worn Through, much of my waking hours were spent working alongside Art Director and Set Designer Simon Costin. I have occasionally written posts related to experiences gained behind the scenes of fashion as Simon’s assistant, but not specifically about him or his work. Thankfully, Another Magazine has featured him in a quirky and informative film, the third in …

London Fashion Umbrella: Summer Exhibition Calendar

At last, London Fashion Umbrella is back to its weekly Wednesday schedule! While I have been on hiatus from the column, so many exciting exhibitions have sprung up in and around London, so my first order of business is to round up some highlights.  I’ll be periodically publishing a calendar like this one of dress-related exhibitions and events with vital info and brief commentary.  I …

London Fashion Umbrella: David Bowie Is – Video Preview

I’m back in London this week, after being in utopic Auckland, New Zealand for a month, where I did catch a few dress-related exhibitions of note. However, coming home to England, I was greeted with the news that advance tickets to the Victoria & Albert Museum’s current retrospective of the career of David Bowie, in sound and vision, were sold out! Thankfully, my room-mate and …

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