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Fashion Revolution Week: Refocus on Provenance

This week is Fashion Revolution Week, an annual event begun in the UK since 2014, which highlights the importance of people in the production of fashion.  In response to the many lives lost as a result of the collapse of the Rana Plaza complex in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 24 April 2013, Fashion Revolution Week is an opportunity to remind ourselves that all our clothes, and …

Guest Post: Feathers and Fibers Fit for a King

Guest contributor Vanessa Lee-Miller is a freelance journalist specializing in Hawaiian arts and culture. While in Europe, she spends her time scouring museum collections for “lost or hidden Hawaiʻi”. In the Hawaiian language, the proverb “ka wela o ka ua”” describes the intimidating yet striking vision of an assembly of brawny, chanting warriors, long spear in hand and bedecked in feathered cloaks and helmets, preparing …

Review: Queen Street Mill Textile Museum, Burnley, Lancashire

Last year, in the Museums Journal,  I noticed an article outlining proposed closures to several local museums in Lancashire due to funding cuts. One of them was Queen Street Mill Textile Museum, the ‘last working steam-powered weaving mill in the world’. Built in 1894 by Queen Street Mill Manufacturing Company for weaving plain cotton fabric, it was operational until 1982 when it finally closed before …

Parisian Insights: La Mode Retrouvée

Rare are the fashion exhibitions that not only address your literary souvenirs but also real life. At the Palais Galleria, just ended La Mode Retrouvée, dedicated to the Countess Greffuhle’s wardrobe, one of the museum’s most important historical collections. I was very impatient to visit this show as I had often heard about this mysterious collection during my studies at l’Ecole du Louvre and having …

Film and Dress: Celebrating the Costume Designer

Film and dress are probably two of my favourite things in the world so imagine my delight when I recently received a year’s subscription to the new film streaming service offered by the British Film Institute (BFI).  An amazing gift, this resource allows you access to their fantastic archive of British films as well as recent films for which you pay a small additional charge.  …

Parisian Insights: Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton

In 2010, I visited a beautiful Louis Vuitton exhibition at the Musée Carnavalet, in 2012, I enjoyed a Marc Jacobs/ Louis Vuitton display at the Arts Décoratifs and this year, it was time for a gigantic Louis Vuitton presentation at the Grand Palais. That seems like quite a lot of exhibitions dedicated to the same house, no? Although, the Carnavalet display concentrated mainly on the …

Kōrero Kākahu: At the Beach

It is the reality of living anywhere that you cannot make it to every exhibition that you want to see. Such was the case with the most recent exhibition by the New Zealand Fashion Museum (whom I have mentioned before), At the Beach: 100 years of summer fashion in New Zealand. I did actually happen to be in Auckland while this was showing but for the reason of holidaying …

Fashion Utopias at Somerset House, London

Apologies for such late notice but as part of Utopia 2016, a celebration of the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia, Somerset House is hosting a symposium this Friday 19th February entitled Fashion Utopias: Then & Now to accompany the exhibition Fashion Utopias: International Fashion Showcase 2016. The afternoon event will present papers from researchers from the Courtauld Institute of Art History of Dress Research …

On Teaching: Sustainability

I would like to start this post by posing a question; with manufacturing processes changing very little since the industrial revolution, is it realistic to teach students sustainable practices when, in reality, they may end up working within traditional manufacturing or product development? A faculty member in my department recently recommended I watch a movie, True Cost, which discusses the environmental problems created by traditional …

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 …

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