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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 …

A virtual tour of London’s Hand & Lock Embroidery Studio

My first post of the year is usually an opportunity to highlight upcoming exhibitions and events.  However, due to travel arrangements over the festive period I am not back in time to do it properly. Instead, here is a video about London’s Hand & Lock embroidery atelier, made by Mode Stories UK in December. Hand & Lock were established in the late 18th century as …

Monica Punk Style Talk in Chicago

          FYI Chicago I’ll be doing a talk/discussion about Punk Style at the Chicago History Museum February 9 in the evening. It’s part of their book club where they’re reading Joe Meno‘s (Punk Planet) Hairstyles of the Damned. Drop me a line if you can come out. More details to come. See the link and go to events and scroll down.

On Teaching: Integrating Wearable Tech into Fashion Curriculum

In 2009, Sabine Seymour, the CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Moondial, described fashion technology as “…the intersection of design, fashion, science and technology” (Seymour, 2009). With the continual advances in this area, it does not appear fashion technology is not going away. Clothing has incorporated electronic fibers and nanotechnology. Several wearable-tech accessories have been marketed, tested and are still being developed (Tortora, 2015). For …

On Teaching: The Value of the Fashion Degree

It is a reality we have all had to face for several years now: the American economy is in a slump. Because of this slump, people have considered making different choices, such as not going to college (Adams, 2012). People have voiced their opinion that it is not necessary to spend money on going to college, especially fashion college (Adams, 2012; Hodges & Karpova, 2009). …

What really happened when the V&A Museum refused Margaret Thatcher’s wardrobe?

My last post coincided with the sudden but intriguing news that the V&A Museum had declined an offer to receive Margaret Thatcher’s sartorial archive.  It was an interesting story and given what came to light, I am quite glad I waited to share this with you. The Daily Telegraph, who broke the initial story on 2nd November, claimed that the V&A had refused the offer from the Thatcher family of …

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 …

Museum Life: Film costume onscreen, on the street, and in the museum

Last month I was fortunate to be able to attend and participate in New York University’s second annual conference on film costume, “Film Costume / Rendering Realities”, a collaboration between the Costume Studies and Film Studies departments.  This one-day event brought together film costume scholars, designers, directors, students, and museum, library, and auction professionals to talk about the power of costume and clothing both on and …

On Teaching: Incorporating Ethics in Fashion Education Curriculum- A Request for Dialogue

Last week a student made an interesting revelation in a workshop regarding the concept of ethics and responsibility taught in fashion education. This student voiced that as he studied more about the fashion industry, the more dissatisfied he became with the way the industry in general does business. He highlighted “hot topics” within the industry such as child models, unhealthy body images, and poor manufacturing …

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