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Film Costume Auction! Focus on Superheroes

Profiles in History, an auction house in Southern California is having their annual memorabilia sale Thursday and Friday August 31 and July 1, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. Following in the wake of the Superheros exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, Costume Institute, not to mention all the bru-ha-ha about summer super-hero/action movies right now, the auction house is focusing on that topic as well. …

The passing of Iconic Model Dorian Leigh.

(Dorian Leigh in Piguet evening dress, Paris, August 1949. Photograph Richard Avedon. Courtesy The Richard Avedon Foundation. Copyright © 1956 The Richard Aveden Foundation.) For more on this model made famous by her work with Richard Avedon, Louise Dahl-Wolfe and Irving Penn, see theses news articles: Dorian Leigh, Multifaceted Cover Girl of the ’40s, Dies at 91 The New York Times Dorian Leigh – model …

Mini-History of the Maxi-Dress

(Attendee at the San Francisco Jazz Fest on July 4th Weekend) and (Grace Kelley loving the Maxi in 1970) Just a quick post for today, as I’m short on time. While out at the San Francisco Jazz Festival this weekend I saw a number of people in the new summer hit, the Maxi-Dress. The press (nation-wide) is agog over the new Maxi-Dresses: “The maxi might …

Historical Context for Galliano’s Dior Couture

(From recent Galliano for Dior show) Alice Wyllie’s article in The Scotsman indicates that Galliano’s Couture show flys in the face of the current economic position we all find ourselves in. His heavy reference of the extravagant Dior post-war ‘New Look’ makes one question the timing, in comparison to when Dior first presented the iconic silhouette and in relation to the economies then and now. …

The Life and Death of the Fanny Pack

I was recently contacted by a reporter to comment on the Fanny Pack trend for an article.* After looking into the ‘current trend’ it became blatantly obvious that the resurrected style has died, yet again. Along with the fashion for all things 1980s, the urban hipsters began reevaluating the fanny pack around 2004 (as noted by a number of publications at the time, out with …

History of the Clothing Swap

I was recently asked by a budding radio journalist about the history of Clothing Swaps. She was particularly interested in how different generations have perceived trading clothes and if it were something that had been going on for a long time. I did some research that I found rather interesting and thought I would share with you. Clothing Swaps as they are known today (where …

Dior, YSL, and What’s next?

(YSL following the funeral of Christian Dior in 1957) WWD’s coverage of YSL’s funeral is extensive, and the funeral itself warrants comment as a major event in fashion history (following on Monica’s earlier post). The article suggests it was “one of the most important and biggest French fashion funerals since the death of Christian Dior in 1957.” This makes me wonder if the loss of …

Pop Culture Perspective

I am fascinated by popular culture, in particular, the history of it. Given the fact that at some point every celebrity seems to eventually turn to fashion design to market their personal style (Gwen Stefani, The Olson Twins, Jennifer Lopez), I am always interested in the history of this practice. One early innovator in the transition from Hollywood to Fashion was Natacha Rambova, just prior …

The Future of Fashion?

Now that economists are agreeing that we are indeed entering a recession, fashion historians should watch for new innovations to alleviate some of the increasing financial burdens (especially those caused by the housing market, decreasing food supplies, and increasing gas prices). A recent Time article pointed out that a somber mood in fashion will hit come Fall, focusing on a “dark palette and severe silhouette.” …

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