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A Postcard from Abroad: London HighLights

This week, in the UK, most people have returned to school or work so, in respect, our weather looks very autumnal with grey skies and the occasional showers. But, all is not what it seems.  The temperature is ridiculously warm, humid in fact.  Everywhere you go, there are exposed limbs and sandalled toes.  I keep wanting to eat salads and ice-creams while sneaking suspicious glances at my …

Guest Post – Researching & Writing ‘Making Edwardian Costumes for Women’

Guest contributor Suzanne Rowland has a background as a theatrical costume maker. She is a lecturer at the University of Brighton where she is about to start a PhD looking at the development of the ready-to-wear fashion industry in the 1910s using the blouse as a case study. She is sharing her experience researching and writing her book Making Edwardian Costumes for Women available from Crowood Press. This was my first …

Parisian Insights: Fashion Forward – Three Centuries of Fashion (1715-2016)

Each time a fashion exhibition opens somewhere in the world, the great and timeless debate concerning the legitimacy of such displays is questioned. Does fashion deserve to be in museums? Is fashion, art? Are fashion blockbuster exhibitions purely mercantile? When are exhibitions intelligent versus commercial? I must say, I usually apprehend these debates because as an art and fashion historian and curator, to me there …

A Postcard from Abroad: Duro Olowu and Nicola Thorp

This is my last post until September – time to take a little summer break! However, just before I go, here’s two interesting events during August that represent both the everyday and the out of the ordinary aspects of fashion and dress. Making and Unmaking is an exhibition drawing the work of over 70 artists spanning the last two centuries together with an emphasis on …

Socialist Fashion for Beginners: Modna i już! Moda w PRL-u

Guest contributor Dominika Łukoszek is a PhD graduate from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and freelance researcher. She is interested in fashion theory, fashion exhibitions and fashion history during the socialist period in Poland. Since February 2011, she has been also running a blog on fashion – Modologia (‘fashionology’). Vintage mania has many faces. In Poland it is the face of nostalgia for designs of …

Fashion for All Ages: An Antidote to the UK Referendum

Here in the UK, over the last fortnight, we appear to be experiencing seismic shifts on a daily basis across the nation’s economic, political and social landscapes. The results of our referendum on 23rd June revealed a fractured country with people divided not just by income and political parties but by education, age, geography and leisure. Arguably this is not new news but given that …

Political Dress and the UK Referendum

Yesterday, here in the UK, was the last day anyone eligible to vote in the imminent referendum could register to do so by post. With just over two weeks to go before the actual event, the constant barrage of media discussion and debate concerning whether the UK should reconsider its current European Union (EU) membership is difficult to ignore.  People are talking about it in …

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 …

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 …

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