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Parisian Insights: La Mode au Moyen Age

It must have been a very long time since I visited an interpretation museum, mostly keeping those pedagogic explorations for my childhood holidays. Yet I challenged my habits by discovering Paris’ Tour Jean Sans Peur’s display dedicated to Fashion in the Medieval Times. A 15th century tower, the Tour Jean Sans Peur now serves as an interpretative center in order to comprehend and reflect upon …

Kōrero Kākahu: Hākui

The award-winning exhibition Hākui: Women of Kāi Tahu at Otago Museum is yet another exhibition that I have had to get to know through catalogues and online write-ups due to its geographic distance (a whole island away!). Last week I attended the inaugural Museums Australasia conference (first time that Museums Aotearoa and Museums Australia had held a joint conference), followed by the Kāhui Kaitiaki hui (a smaller conference aimed …

A Postcard from Abroad: UK Summer Stuff !

Despite the May rain here in old Blighty, a few amazing days of sunshine and warmth encourages me to look ahead to what’s happening with all things sartorial and summery across the country. And here’s what I found… Fashion & Freedom at Manchester Art Gallery until 27 November is an exhibition of work from British fashion colleges and big name designers inspired by the impact …

Parisian Insights: Antoinette Sasse – Rebelle, Résistante et Mécène

What I love most about my job is that I learn something new every single day. How lucky I am to discover at all times, a new artist, an unusual personality, an extraordinary story or an interesting space. By visiting the Antoinette Sasse exhibition, I got the chance to combine all four. The exhibition whose title is quite explicit (Antoinette Sasse – Rebel, Resistant and Patron) …

Book Giveaway: The History of Modern Fashion

In honor of both the Gothic to Goth: Romantic Era Fashion and Its Legacy exhibition currently on display at the Wadsworth Atheneum of Art, and the nomination of The History of Modern Fashion‘s being nominated for a Millennia Davenport award, the winner of which will be announced at the upcoming Costume Society of America National Symposium at the end of next month (May 24 – 29), we …

Kōrero Kākahu: Women of Empire

As a colonial nation, being in the centenary years of the Great War means a great deal to New Zealand. Just yesterday, 25 April, is known as Anzac Day and is recognised both in New Zealand and Australia as a day of remembrance for our war dead. It also means that the war-related exhibition Women of Empire: the untold stories of New Zealand and Australian women in …

LACMA “Reigning Men” Exhibition Curator Discussion With Monica

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 Curated by Sharon S. Takeda, Kaye D. Spilker, and Clarissa M. Esguerra from LACMA’s Costume and Textiles department. Thru August 21, 2016 From the press release: Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 is a major survey exploring the history of men’s fashionable dress from the 18th to the early 21st century. …

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 …

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