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Research Award Guest Post: The Fashions of Early Modern London

Worn Through Research Award winner, Sophie Pitman is a second year AHRC-funded PhD student of History at St. John’s College, Cambridge, supervised by Ulinka Rublack. Her dissertation, ‘Tailoring the city: the making of clothing and the making of London, c.1560-1660,’ uses material, visual, literary and archival sources to explore the ways clothing contributed to the development of early modern London and, in turn, how London’s …

You Should Be Reading: Fur in Fashion

In one of my favorite holiday films, the 1945 classic “Christmas in Connecticut,” viewers are first introduced to Elizabeth Lane (played by Barbara Stanwyck) as she receives an exciting delivery at her New York City apartment – her first fur coat. She tells her friend Felix that she needed the coat, despite it costing six months of her salary. “You need it?” he asks. “Nobody …

Research Award Guest Post: Discovering Bob Bugnand

Costume and textiles scholar, and Worn Through Research Award winner Susan Neill has eighteen years of experience as a museum curator and has also practiced independently. She holds an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology; has curated more than a dozen exhibitions of textiles, ethnographic dress, and historic fashion; and has presented her research at national and international symposia including the Costume Colloquium in Florence, Italy. Her current …

Book Giveaway 2 – 1940s

Shire Books generously provided us with some titles to give to our readers during this month. U.S. only please to save on my shipping. I’ll set up another that is international–thank you! In this post we’re giving away: Fashion in the 1940s by Jayne Shrimpton The first reader to email me with the correct answer to the following trivia question about Worn Through question can …

Museum Life: fashion studies and material culture

In October, I had the opportunity to attend the 4th annual Fashion Now & Then conference at LIM College in NYC. This three-day conference involved a good mix of participants–designers, industry entrepreneurs, librarians, archivists, and professors–that resulted in a wide range of topics discussed.  Sessions were concurrent and it was not possible to attend every one. Some good presentations and resultant discussions included the state …

Book Giveaway 1 – Shakespeare

UPDATE: WE HAVE A WINNER. THANK YOU Shire Books generously provided us with some titles to give to our readers during this month. In this post we’re giving away: Fashion in the time of William Shakespeare by Sarah Jane Downing. The first reader to email me with the correct answer to the following trivia question about Worn Through question can have this book! Here is …

You Should Be Reading: Fashion Gets ‘Normal’

This week’s You Should Be Reading marks a slight departure for the column, as Worn Through turns to a contemporary trend in fashion. The three articles, all chosen from online newspaper and magazine sources rather than academic journals, examine the trend of ‘normal’ dressing, or ‘normcore.’ First identified by trend forecaster K-Hole and now seen everywhere from international fashion weeks to the Gap’s ‘Dress Normal’ …

Punk Style Book Coupon Code

This is the time when everyone starts to go a little wild with holiday shopping on the brain, often not knowing what to buy. Perhaps your list has a fellow fashion-minded friend or colleague, or maybe someone who has always had an interest in subculture? You could consider picking up my book Punk Style! It features chapters on history, cultural analysis, merchandising, and identity, with …

Domestic Affairs: Princely Traditions

This week’s post is a bit of a cheat, since I will be discussing an exhibition that closed over a month ago. But the exhibition was so wonderful, despite being small and tucked in amongst LACMA’s South Asian and Middle Eastern permanent displays, that it absolutely deserves a mention even if it is no longer open. Back in September when I visited the Los Angeles County Museum …

You Should Be Watching: Fashion Curation

As fashion exhibitions at museums and galleries become increasingly popular around the world, new ideas in curation are emerging to challenge what a fashion exhibition can offer to the increasingly informed museum visitor. Here are three videos on new ideas in fashion curation that Worn Through would like to highlight for their innovation and unique perspectives. Have you been to any exhibitions recently that engaged or …

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