International Fashion Category Archives

Parisian Insights: Virgule, etc. Dans les pas de Roger Vivier

After the Chloé. Attitudes  exhibition (which I had the chance to work on), last year, the Palais de Tokyo, a Parisian contemporary art museum, continues its ‘Fashion Program’ with a new display dedicated to the French shoe brand, Roger Vivier. Virgule, etc. Dans les pas de Roger Vivier (Comma, etc. In Roger Vivier’s footsteps) tells the story of the brand and honours its founder, from …

Book Review: “Fashion Scandinavia”

We’ve just moved back to Stockholm from Boulder (whose kick-ass rock-climbing, heli-skiing, mountain-biking citizens were once deemed “Worst Dressed but Best Looking Underneath“), and I am appreciating this fashionable European city anew. I listen to the podcast Stil i P1 (wrote about it here), and one of the episodes from early this year focused on what it means to design Swedish fashion. Is it a …

Seeking New Contributors!

Worn Through is seeking three new contributors! Three of Worn Through’s contributors are moving on and we wish them well, so now we are searching for some more wonderful fashion academics to join our team. 1. Are you a higher education instructor in dress and fashion studies? Preferably in the US. Would you like to share your ideas, lessons, experiences with our readers twice a …

Fashion in the Museum: Clothes Tell Stories

At the recent annual meeting of ICOM (the International Council of Museums) in Rio de Janerio, the Costume Committee launched a website called: Clothes Tell Stories. Intended to assist museum professionals with responsibilities for textiles and dress in museums around the world, this site offers guidance on topics such as care of dress artifacts, how to chose a mannequin,  as well as the use of …

London Fashion Umbrella: Autumn Exhibition Calendar

As the days get shorter here in London, I feel even more inclined than usual to spend long hours at museums. Fortunately, this summer’s generous offering of fashion and textile-related exhibitions continues into the winter months. Here’s a brief round-up of the ones that are sure to cure my summer-ending blues. The Glamour of Bellville Sassoon Fashion and Textile Museum     September 20, 2013 …

Global Mode: The Diesel Niqab

When Diesel’s first ad campaign under its new artistic director, Nicola Formichetti, came out in late August, bubbles of disapproval and disappointment and loathing about one of the many images in the Reboot campaign arose and floated around blogs, Buzzfeed, and The Huffington Post. The discussion circled around a shallow “offensive/edgy” binary deemed innate to the image, which discussion commentators (and commenters) fell into naturally: here is …

Parisian Insights: The Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent Online Archives

As a student and during my early years as a researcher (not a very long time ago!), I tended to be quite suspicious of the internet. Online resources were not always well developed and except for a few museum’s websites, I would mistrust information found on the web: I would only rely on books! I have, fortunately, since, learnt to see online information as an …

Anarchists of Style: Nancy Cunard

  When is a bracelet more than a bracelet? When worn, en masse, by Nancy Cunard (1896-1965), a jazz-age beauty who came to be known for much more than her dramatic presence. Ultimately, the fashion world appropriated Cunard’s signature style—stacks of wood, bone, and ivory bangles collected during her world travels—calling it “the barbaric look.” But if the look was aggressive, more so indeed was …

Parisian Insights: Paul Poiret – Couturier Perfumer

Preparing my holidays in the south of France, I had taken note of an exhibition taking place in Grasse at the Musée International de la Parfumerie celebrating the French couturier, Paul Poiret: Paul Poiret – Couturier Perfumer. Before visiting it, I doubted I could possibly write about this exposition here for two reasons: would it be fashion-related enough? And would it be worth it? To …

Book Giveaway Contest! –ENDED

We have a winner! Thanks to everyone who entered. Congratulations to Michelle! Everyone stay tuned for next month’s book giveaway contest…   We’re giving away one beautiful copy of the book I reviewed last week (contest over!), New Fashion Photography edited by Paul Sloman! You can check out that review here, and if you’re interested, find the contest below: The first person to correctly answer all four of …

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