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Fashion for All Ages: An Antidote to the UK Referendum

Here in the UK, over the last fortnight, we appear to be experiencing seismic shifts on a daily basis across the nation’s economic, political and social landscapes. The results of our referendum on 23rd June revealed a fractured country with people divided not just by income and political parties but by education, age, geography and leisure. Arguably this is not new news but given that …

Political Dress and the UK Referendum

Yesterday, here in the UK, was the last day anyone eligible to vote in the imminent referendum could register to do so by post. With just over two weeks to go before the actual event, the constant barrage of media discussion and debate concerning whether the UK should reconsider its current European Union (EU) membership is difficult to ignore.  People are talking about it in …

On Teaching: The Socio-economic Impact of Clothing

“Fashion matters. To the economy, to society and to each of us personally. Faster than anything else, what we wear tells the story of who we are- or who we want to be. Fashion is the most immediate intimate form of self-expression.” Frances Corner, Author of Why Fashion Matters (2014). Photo courtesy of The Women’s Room Blog This week I had a student’s parent ask …

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 …

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