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Fashion Utopias at Somerset House, London

Apologies for such late notice but as part of Utopia 2016, a celebration of the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia, Somerset House is hosting a symposium this Friday 19th February entitled Fashion Utopias: Then & Now to accompany the exhibition Fashion Utopias: International Fashion Showcase 2016. The afternoon event will present papers from researchers from the Courtauld Institute of Art History of Dress Research …

Guest Post: Fabric of India

Jasleen Kandhari is a textiles & art historian specialising in the artistic and material heritage of  South Asia & the  Punjab. She will be lecturing on Indian textiles on the Royal Academy of Arts tour to India from 2016: Treasures of the Punjab & ‘Little Tibet’  As a textiles historian and lecturer and tutor of Indian & Asian textiles at the University of Oxford, department of …

Domestic Affairs: Spring Line Up

It’s going to be a busy Spring for fashion exhibitions and events (hurrah!). The FIDM Museum’s 24th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costuming exhibition opened yesterday and will be open until April 30. As their Instagram feed revealed recently, it features costumes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens as well as many other films up for Academy Awards for costumes. Also in Los Angeles, the …

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 …

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