History of Dress Category Archives

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 …

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. …

Fashion Revolution Week: Refocus on Provenance

This week is Fashion Revolution Week, an annual event begun in the UK since 2014, which highlights the importance of people in the production of fashion.  In response to the many lives lost as a result of the collapse of the Rana Plaza complex in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 24 April 2013, Fashion Revolution Week is an opportunity to remind ourselves that all our clothes, and …

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 …

Guest Post: She’s Got Legs: A History of Hemlines and Fashion

She’s Got Legs: A History of Hemlines and Fashion (Schiffer Publishing, 2016) is a new book exploring fashion history with legs at center stage. The book’s thirteen chapters examine different themes of “legcentric” fashions such as undergarments, pants, swimwear, dance wear, sports clothes, and stockings. With over 300 color images, the book paints, visually and textually, a narrative of changing body and beauty ideals from …

Worn Clothes

It’s been almost two years since Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits and Leanne Shapton, and Worn Stories by Emily Spivack were published.  Both texts set out to explore the significance of clothes and fashion from the perspective of individual wearers, inviting them to share their sartorial histories alongside images of the actual garments.  Somewhere between a museum and a participant observation project, …

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 …

Film and Dress: Celebrating the Costume Designer

Film and dress are probably two of my favourite things in the world so imagine my delight when I recently received a year’s subscription to the new film streaming service offered by the British Film Institute (BFI).  An amazing gift, this resource allows you access to their fantastic archive of British films as well as recent films for which you pay a small additional charge.  …

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 …

Guest Post: Mannequins in Museums

Eleni Holloway is an assistant curator with the Australian War Memorial. She specialises in textiles, reconstruction, handicrafts, fashion and decorative arts, and is currently completing a Master of Studies in Museums and Art History. A perennial issue that confronts the dress and fashion curator is that of the mannequin. The humble dress form has the potential to arouse disgust, fear, empathy or indifference in us. …

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