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LACMA “Reigning Men” Exhibition Curator Discussion With Monica

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 Curated by Sharon S. Takeda, Kaye D. Spilker, and Clarissa M. Esguerra from LACMA’s Costume and Textiles department. Thru August 21, 2016 From the press release: Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 is a major survey exploring the history of men’s fashionable dress from the 18th to the early 21st century. …

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 …

Worn Clothes

It’s been almost two years since Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits and Leanne Shapton, and Worn Stories by Emily Spivack were published.  Both texts set out to explore the significance of clothes and fashion from the perspective of individual wearers, inviting them to share their sartorial histories alongside images of the actual garments.  Somewhere between a museum and a participant observation project, …

Semi-Annual Research Award!

We are happy to announce our Semi-Annual Research Award! This year we have decided to distribute two awards: one to a student (MA or PhD) and one to a professional researcher (individual, not whole institutions). Each award will be for $200. US applicants only, please. Application Deadline: April 1, 2016. Awards will be decided by May 1 and distributed by May 15, 2016. Please note: Anyone …

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.  …

Semi-Annual Research Award!

We are happy to announce our Semi-Annual Research Award! This year we have decided to distribute two awards: one to a student (MA or PhD) and one to a professional researcher (individual, not whole institutions). Each award will be for $200. US applicants only, please. Application Deadline: April 1, 2016. Awards will be decided by May 1 and distributed by May 15, 2016. Please note: Anyone …

Domestic Affairs: Video Interlude — 100 years of …

Life intervenes, yet again. I am currently focused on my virtual review of the forthcoming Hidden History of Philadelphia Fashion. However, with yet another “100 Years of…” as it pertains to fashion, whether hair, make up or clothes, filling up my social media mentions (I’m sure I’m not alone!), I thought I would digress from exhibitions for a moment to ask, how do Worn Through …

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 …

The mystery of Dressed by Angels

In November, I was looking forward to an exhibition of costumes marking 175 years of Angels the Costumiers, a London based company that make outfits for theatre, television and film. Titled Dressed by Angels, I knew the exhibition had opened in October and would include a history of the company, as told through dress, displays of their well known costumes, including Indiana Jones, Wicked and …

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