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Domestic Affairs: Royal Hawaiian Featherwork at the de Young

It is extremely difficult to write about the things you are most passionate about. Where do you begin when reviewing an exhibition you have been eagerly awaiting for a year, and then it not just meets but exceeds your expectations? That is how I felt when I left Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Na Hulu Ali’i currently on display at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. …

Guest Post: Immortal Beauty: Highlights from the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume

Worn Through is happy to present this guest post from Clare Sauro. Clare Sauro, curator of the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume collection, joined Drexel in 2008 and has more than 15 years of experience in the field of historic costume and museum environments. She previously served as an assistant curator for the historic collection at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. In addition to …

A Postcard from Abroad: Autumn Activities in the UK

Once September arrives, you know that summer is on the way out.  Not wearing socks begins to feel odd; bare skin becomes less appropriate as we begin to pile on the layers, in preparation for the colder season ahead.  Yet, I always love this time of year because not only is it okay to wear all your clothes but you are encouraged to think about …

Parisian Insights: Jeanne Lanvin

While studying at the London College of Fashion, I had chosen, for one of our papers, to imagine an exhibition focusing on Jeanne Lanvin’s “Robes de Style.” At the time, I discovered with much surprise that no retrospective had ever been dedicated to Jeanne Lanvin and what a major impact she had have not only on fashion but on building a whole lifestyle brand. When …

Domestic Affairs: I Did! at the Lacis Museum

I’ve lost count of the number of wedding dress exhibitions that have come and gone since I entered the world of dress history. This is perhaps because, as one of humanity’s oldest and most universal ceremonies, there is so much to explore and learn. There is also the simple fact that most wedding attire is the height of beauty and craftsmanship in clothing and textile …

Domestic Affairs: Spotlight on FIDM Museum’s Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection

It’s no secret that I am a fan of the FIDM Museum. Excellent collection and exhibitions, with free entry? Yes, please. I loved the museum long before I had the opportunity to work there (some of you may recall my disclaimer at the beginning of my first Domestic Affairs FIDM review). My undergraduate degree is in languages and linguistics and my master’s is in art …

On Teaching: 1960’s Revival

Today was an interesting day. I met an amazing woman who graduated from Central Saint Martin’s in London and is a practicing patternmaker. Now, that introduction may sound underwhelming to you. Many very talented and amazing people have graduated from Central Saint Martin’s. What was amazing was that she graduated in 1960. Sitting before me was a woman who lived her 20’s through the “swinging …

Punk Style in your Library or Classroom?

It’s early July but of course my brain is already thinking toward Fall (typical of an academic person, can’t just chill over the summer!) I’m starting to research the reach of my book Punk Style (2014, Bloomsbury), and try to expand its readership. So far it is in quite a few libraries and has been used in classes as well. Contributors to Worn Through have …

Parisian Insights: Yves Saint Laurent 1971 – The Scandal Collection

It’s always intriguing to observe past scandals when our contemporary eyes have become accustomed to much more outrageous! The Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent has decided to look back into its archives to propose an exhibition dedicated to the French designer’s Spring/Summer 1971 “Libération” or “Forties” Haute Couture collection. At the time, the show had instantly caused much discussion and shock as the six models had nonchalantly and …

Interview with Monica by The Seams

I’ve been getting to know the crew over at The Seams, which is a new podcast developed by NPR contributor Jacki Lyden. As you may remember, we encouraged Worn Through readers to donate to their Kickstarter since the topic of their shows, storytelling about apparel, are certainly something we’d love to hear about more regularly. Recently I did a phone interview with Jacki that was …

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