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The mystery of Dressed by Angels

In November, I was looking forward to an exhibition of costumes marking 175 years of Angels the Costumiers, a London based company that make outfits for theatre, television and film. Titled Dressed by Angels, I knew the exhibition had opened in October and would include a history of the company, as told through dress, displays of their well known costumes, including Indiana Jones, Wicked and …

Parisian Insights: Jacques Doucet-Yves Saint Laurent: Vivre pour l’Art

I think I may have already expressed this here but my interest in history of fashion was nourished by my decorative arts courses at l’Ecole du Louvre. As I studied “total art” movements such as the Arts & Crafts, the Bauhaus or the Wiener Werkstatte, I was introduced to garments that responded to artistic aesthetics. I had a teacher, Olivier Gabet who now directs the …

A Fine Possession: Jewellery and Identity|Creating the Exhibition & Behind the Scenes

Following on from my exhibition review of A Fine Possession: Jewellery and Identity at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney,  I had the pleasure of interviewing Rebecca Evans in order to find out a bit more about the process of designing the exhibition. Rebecca is an assistant curator at the MAAS museum and has also written for Worn Through in the past. Sarah: Jewellery is such …

Domestic Affairs: Living for the Moment at LACMA (an unexpected review)

When I was 19 years old, I wanted to be an interpreter. Not just any interpreter, I wanted to interpret Japanese at the UN. Never mind that Japanese is not spoken on the UN floor, because those sorts of details don’t occur to you when you’re 19 and dreaming. This desire was born as much from my love of language and languages, and the Japanese …

A Fine Possession: Jewellery and Identity | Exhibition Review

Jewellery and it’s influence on individuals, societies and cultures throughout history, is what the ambitious exhibition A Fine Possession: Jewellery and Identity at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (or MAAS, formerly known as the Powerhouse Museum) in Sydney Australia has set out to explore. Drawing from items in their own collection, as well as other collections throughout Australia, A Fine Possession “celebrates the …

What to see in the UK during 2016

Sometimes the best thing about January is looking forward to what happens after January.  It’s the perfect time to take stock of the upcoming year because it helps to reduce the present lull in activity. This is often true of the V&A Museum, where January sees the closure of the big autumnal exhibition.  In this case, we say farewell to The Fabric of India after …

Domestic Affairs: Here Comes 2016!

It’s only the second week of the new year and already there are some exciting exhibition announcements for fashion and textiles exhibitions! The de Young Museum in San Francisco announced the dates for Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective. Announced last year shortly after the designer’s death, this exhibition will be opening in the textile galleries on March 12, 2016! Currently on display at the …

Domestic Affairs: Art of the Fold at the Getty

When I heard that the Getty was putting on a show about fabric and clothing and the active roles they played in drawings and works on paper, “excited” really didn’t begin to cover my reaction.  Art of the Fold is very definitely an art history exhibition, not a dress history exhibition. But it is one that demonstrates how intricately — even intimately — the two fields can be …

Exhibition Review: The Fabric of India, V&A Museum

For my last post this year, I promised a review of the V&A Museum’s winter blockbuster The Fabric of India, which is on until 4th January. If you have a chance over the festive break, I strongly recommend a visit to this extensive, detailed and moving exhibition. According to the exhibition’s website, this is ‘the first major exhibition to explore the dynamic and multifaceted world …

Exhibition Review: Shoes: Pain and Pleasure, V&A Museum

In the run up to Christmas, I thought I would treat myself to a double V&A Museum visit and see two current exhibitions that close in the new year.  The first is Shoes: Pain and Pleasure, within the Fashion Galleries, on until 31 January 2016 and the second is The Fabric of India, on until 10 January 2016. Both exhibitions attempt to open a window …

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