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Guest Post: Feathers and Fibers Fit for a King

Guest contributor Vanessa Lee-Miller is a freelance journalist specializing in Hawaiian arts and culture. While in Europe, she spends her time scouring museum collections for “lost or hidden Hawaiʻi”. In the Hawaiian language, the proverb “ka wela o ka ua”” describes the intimidating yet striking vision of an assembly of brawny, chanting warriors, long spear in hand and bedecked in feathered cloaks and helmets, preparing …

Review: Queen Street Mill Textile Museum, Burnley, Lancashire

Last year, in the Museums Journal,  I noticed an article outlining proposed closures to several local museums in Lancashire due to funding cuts. One of them was Queen Street Mill Textile Museum, the ‘last working steam-powered weaving mill in the world’. Built in 1894 by Queen Street Mill Manufacturing Company for weaving plain cotton fabric, it was operational until 1982 when it finally closed before …

Parisian Insights: La Mode Retrouvée

Rare are the fashion exhibitions that not only address your literary souvenirs but also real life. At the Palais Galleria, just ended La Mode Retrouvée, dedicated to the Countess Greffuhle’s wardrobe, one of the museum’s most important historical collections. I was very impatient to visit this show as I had often heard about this mysterious collection during my studies at l’Ecole du Louvre and having …

Domestic Affairs: Philadelphia in Style at the Michener

Philadelphia is one of my favorite cities. I love the history, the atmosphere, and (of course) the museums. So when the Michener Art Museum contacted me about their new exhibition, Philadelphia in Style, which examines “clothing and accessories created, worn, and sold in Philadelphia from 1896 to 1994”, I leapt at the chance to do a “virtual” review in the lead up to the exhibition’s …

Parisian Insights: Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton

In 2010, I visited a beautiful Louis Vuitton exhibition at the Musée Carnavalet, in 2012, I enjoyed a Marc Jacobs/ Louis Vuitton display at the Arts Décoratifs and this year, it was time for a gigantic Louis Vuitton presentation at the Grand Palais. That seems like quite a lot of exhibitions dedicated to the same house, no? Although, the Carnavalet display concentrated mainly on the …

Exhibition Review: Power of the Pattern

I was lucky enough to escape from Boston winter to enjoy a few weeks in the Australian summer over the holidays. While in Adelaide, I visited the The Art Gallery of South Australia, where I saw an exceptional exhibition on Japanese textile dyeing techniques called “The Power of the Pattern.”  The exhibition displays pieces from the Ayako Mutsui private collection, never before shown to the …

Kōrero Kākahu: At the Beach

It is the reality of living anywhere that you cannot make it to every exhibition that you want to see. Such was the case with the most recent exhibition by the New Zealand Fashion Museum (whom I have mentioned before), At the Beach: 100 years of summer fashion in New Zealand. I did actually happen to be in Auckland while this was showing but for the reason of holidaying …

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 …

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