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You Should Be Watching: Versailles ’73

Over the years, Worn Through has featured numerous fashion related videos and documentaries. The slew of new documentaries out this summer season reminded us of what a powerful tool video can be when teaching fashion and conducting costume research. In a similar manner to Worn Through’s You Should Be Reading, we have decided to launch You Should Be Watching. You Should Be Watching will introduce …

London Fashion Umbrella: Spotlight on Auction Catalogs Part 2

Last week, I re-posted a series of images I scanned from  a pair Christie’s Auction Catalogs from 1978 and 1981. The aim of the post was to challenge myself to do some research into fashion and costume images as represented in the auction catalogs; to get curious about some new topics; and to see what other questions the answers might raise. I limited myself to …

You Should Be Reading: Collegiate Style

Vassar students captured in Vogue, 1957. Because the next few weeks mean back-to-school for many college students, today’s “You Should Be Reading” column focuses on a topic that’s been cropping up a lot in recent fashion scholarship: the impact of collegiate style throughout history. These three articles examine campus fashion trends from the twentieth century, starting with the Princeton men of the 1910s and 20s, …

London Fashion Umbrella: Spotlight on Auction Catalogs

This week I’ve been sorting through the fashion artifacts I’ll be posting in the coming weeks and discovering new avenues for research into dress history. While I get my research plans together, I thought I’d re-publish this archive post from two years ago that took old auction catalogs as a starting point for dress history research. Enjoy and watch this space for a fresh batch …

Rat Race: Bibliographies

When I started my PhD, I was urged by my supervisor, fellow students, and peers on twitter and elsewhere, to start to record my bibliography early and thoroughly. My supervisors showed me the myriad of box files on his office bookcases, neatly categorised and ordered, and encouraged me to create a similar system, advocating the usefulness, and indeed necessity of this level of organisation. Amidst …

London Fashion Umbrella: Artifact Focus on the ILGWU

Occasionally in the past I have written posts about fantastic little things that say much about the history of fashion. Looking back, these are some of the posts that received the strongest response from readers, and were the most enjoyable and fulfilling for me to research and compose. Writing about objects related to fashion history, sometimes indirectly, always manages to reinforce my philosophy that we …

Guest Post — ReFashioning Race by Tove Hermanson

Tove Hermanson, a former Worn Through contributor and Editor, is a fashion culturalist whose work has been featured on the Huffington Post and Gaga Stigmata, among other publications. In addition to writing on her own fashion culture blog Thread for Thought, she is working on a book about fashion and revolution. Presented by the Asian / Pacific / American Institute at NYU and Museum of …

You Should Be Reading: Fashion and Religion

Worn Through would like to highlight a popular topic of research in our field: the relationship between fashion and religion. While early studies focused primarily on the role of ceremonial vestments, contemporary research has begun to explore how fashion itself intersects with religion. These three recently published articles are examples of this new trend in research; they include examinations of fashions in 1950s Italian Catholic …

Rat Race: The Upgrade Process

Academia is full of daunting processes and challenges, and perhaps the most significant I have faced so far this year was the upgrade. In the UK, the majority of universities require their humanities PhD students to go through an upgrade process, either in their first or second year. The student is initially enrolled as an MPhil student, before being ‘upgraded’ to PhD status, having demonstrated …

Rabble Rouser Review: Mistaken Identity

Rabble Rouser as a regular column is still on hold, but here and there when something interesting pops up I’ll still post on it. This past week a news article came across my screen about t-shirts with potential gang logos sold at local malls. Possibly known or unknown from the designers at Urban Outfitters (although they get in trouble about annually or so with people …

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