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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 …

Father’s Day and Ties

Last weekend I was quoted in the Washington Post on why ties are a persistent gift for Father’s Day. Quite a bit of my research has been on workplace dress, and you can check it out in the Clothing and Textiles Research Journal (Punk workplace dress) and Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management (young men’s workplace dress). Overall, some of the findings have discussed that …

Book Review teaser: London Society Fashion

Book Reviews is on break this month, but here is a preview of sorts for next month’s review, London Society Fashion, 1905-1920: The Wardrobe of Heather Firbank, also mentioned in Michelle’s summer reading post earlier this month. The introduction to London Society Fashion states one reason why Firbank’s clothing is so noteworthy: “Clothing from this period is often fragile and is as ephemeral as the …

Review: Riviera Style Resort & Swimwear Since 1900, FTM, London

A recent visit to the Regency seaside resort St Leonards on Sea along with a renewed interest in swimming, courtesy of my local lido, meant I just had to start the summer with a visit to the exhibition Riviera Style: Resort & Swimwear Since 1900 at the Fashion and Textile Museum (FTM) in London this week.  Billed as a celebration of clothing worn in and …

A Postcard from Abroad: Summertime in the UK

Hello!  It’s nice to be back, and be able to bring you a summery round up of fashion related events and exhibitions in the UK over the next few months.  My last Worn Through contribution was in early spring and I must say a massive thank you to our Managing Editor Brenna Barks for covering in my absence with some great videos; that last one …

Domestic Affairs: Woven Luxuries

Something I’ve learned about fashion and textile exhibitions is that size really, truly doesn’t matter. It is generally the big exhibitions — the Met’s annual gala and accompanying show, the de Young’s Balenciaga exhibition, etc. — that get the press, but I have found it is the smaller, more intimate shows that tend to stay with me and which can genuinely surprise me. Such is the …

Under the London Fashion Umbrella: Scandalous Swimsuits of 1898!

Since I can’t be alone in dreaming of swimsuit weather (even here in California, it’s still too chilly!), and am still covering for Emma, I’ve decided to share this wonderful 1898 video from the British Pathé archives. It features several dancers who scandalized the Brighton Council with their “wanton” display of “flesh” in these glorious 1898 swimsuits. We can live vicariously through them in their warmer …

Parisian Insights: Déboutonner la Mode at the Arts Décoratifs

To be very honest, Déboutonner la Mode (Unbuttoning Fashion) is probably one of the fashion-related exhibitions I was least excited about this season. Not that the subject did not interest me (being obsessed by the fact of looking at garments from behind, buttons surely occupy a prominent place in my passion) but rather was I worried to find its presentation a little boring. Not easy to …

Domestic Affairs: The Eighteenth Century meets Movie Costumes at the FIDM Museum

    It’s no secret that I love the FIDM Museum. This is not just because I have worked there. I loved the museum long before I worked there simply because of the quality exhibitions they produce. Their annual Art of Motion Picture Costuming exhibition and the ever-changing Helen Larson historic collection displays are no exception. With the V&A’s Hollywood Costume having overlapped with the …

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