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Parisian Insights: Jacques Doucet-Yves Saint Laurent: Vivre pour l’Art

I think I may have already expressed this here but my interest in history of fashion was nourished by my decorative arts courses at l’Ecole du Louvre. As I studied “total art” movements such as the Arts & Crafts, the Bauhaus or the Wiener Werkstatte, I was introduced to garments that responded to artistic aesthetics. I had a teacher, Olivier Gabet who now directs the …

Domestic Affairs: Living for the Moment at LACMA (an unexpected review)

When I was 19 years old, I wanted to be an interpreter. Not just any interpreter, I wanted to interpret Japanese at the UN. Never mind that Japanese is not spoken on the UN floor, because those sorts of details don’t occur to you when you’re 19 and dreaming. This desire was born as much from my love of language and languages, and the Japanese …

Kōrero Kākahu: TVNZ’s fashion-focused foibles

Something curious is happening at New Zealand’s state-owned broadcaster. In documents released to a nationwide paper, the New Zealand Herald, it was revealed that management had chosen to usher in the new year by imposing a new dress-code for its presenters that is arguably more critical of its female staff members than its male presenters. Under the guise of taking a more relaxed approach to reflect our laidback …

Exhibition Review: The Fabric of India, V&A Museum

For my last post this year, I promised a review of the V&A Museum’s winter blockbuster The Fabric of India, which is on until 4th January. If you have a chance over the festive break, I strongly recommend a visit to this extensive, detailed and moving exhibition. According to the exhibition’s website, this is ‘the first major exhibition to explore the dynamic and multifaceted world …

Kōrero Kākahu: A Real feast for these Modern Eyes

On one of my many visits to my Nan, who was born in 1933, we began talking about her youth. In recounting earlier years of her life she remarked about how much pressure there was to always look perfect. She said this while eyeballing the messy bun atop my head (which was on-trend thank you Nan). I have always found this aspect of life in the …

Parisian Insights: Korea Now

Before writing about the Korea Now exhibition, I would like to share a few personal words as it would have felt quite strange, coming back here and speaking about fashion, like that, out of the blue. You obviously know I live in Paris where we have faced terrible terrorist attacks on the 13th November. I must admit I had planned to skip my post today …

Guest Post: Global Fashion Capitals Conference Review

This week’s ‘Domestic Affairs’ is a guest review by Tessa Maffucci of the Global Fashion Capitals Conference held last month at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Tessa Maffucci is a Master’s Candidate pursuing a dual track in Fashion Studies and Digital Humanities at The Graduate Center at the City University of New York. Her current research focuses on the intersection of fashion and digital media, with …

Parisian Insights: Helena Parada-Kim – Costume and Identity

It seems as though art fairs fuel my quest for novelty. After having discovered Shozo Shimamoto’s splattered clothing at Art Paris – an experience I had shared here – I came across an interesting art work during my visit at Paris’ new fair dedicated to asian art: Asia Now. Amongst the exposition’s impressive findings, I noticed an intriguing painting, Sonae by Helena Parada-Kim. The gallery …

Domestic Affairs: Fleurs: Botanicals in Dress at FIDM Museum

An exhibition dedicated to flowers and botanicals in dress seems so obvious in retrospect. Flowers and nature have long been popular themes in all the arts, especially textiles. Yet noticing and focusing on what seems obvious only in hindsight is exactly the sort of quiet genius I have come to expect of the FIDM Museum. As I mentioned in my post highlighting the Helen Larson …

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