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You Should Be Reading: FSJ’s Premiere Issue and Fashion Piracy

Image Credit: makemeadress.blogspot.com The First Issue of the Fashion Studies Journal from Parsons MA Fashion Studies program is available here!  This publication not only features scholarship from the contributors listed below, but also pairs them with essays that briefly delves into a handful of the cultural aspects of fashion. In addition, FSJ highlights the work of emerging designers and artists from Parsons. Enjoy! Featured articles include: Kinnard, Rachel. …

Objektet och Museet: Bodies at the Army Museum

Bodies are inextricably connected to the subject of fashion and clothing, whether involved in ongoing disputes about model body image or the use of mannequins in store windows and museum exhibitions. Most clothing is produced to be worn on living human bodies, and when these objects are shown in static repose, there is arguably something lost. The aura of what we perceive to be “originals”–a …

You Should Be Reading: Considerations on a Gentleman’s Posterior

This week, Worn Through would like to highlight “Considerations on a Gentleman’s Posterior” and encourage you to add it to your reading lists. Cole, Shaun. “Considerations on a Gentleman’s Posterior.” Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture vol. 16, no.2 (2012): 211-234. link to full article About the author: Shaun Cole is the course director for MA History and Culture of Fashion and MA …

We’re Looking for Interns 2012-13

Worn Through is looking for 1-2 qualified interns. Preferably students, especially graduate students, but can be flexible. We can work with you to get college credit. Unpaid. Lots of fun things going on here at the blog and good networking/learning opportunities. Should be familiar with academic/scholarly side of fashion & culture. Writing posts, research, communications, special projects. No picking up dry cleaning. FYI-it doesn’t matter …

You Should Be Reading: Lights, Camera, Fashion!!!

Image Credit: makemeadress.blogspot.com   Here are some journal articles relatively hot off the press that you should consider adding to your reading list:  Image Credit: imdb.com 1.  Brevik-Zender, Heidi. “Let Them Wear Manolos: Fashion, Walter Benjamin, and Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette.”  Camera Obscura, Volume 26, Number 3 78, 2011, 1-33. Sofia Coppola’s film Marie Antoinette (US, 2006) is about fashion and the construction of feminine identity — but not …

Objektet och Museet: Girls on Film

Last night we caught up on a culture show produced here in Sweden, Kobra. The theme last week was Copies, and although they mentioned fashion in passing, it focused more on German villages reproduced in China, Tupac’s second life at Coachella, and the aggressive ubiquity of covers/remixes/sampling/etc in our current music culture. The section on music in the episode brought to mind many parallels to the …

Editor’s Interview: Ted Polhemus

Anthropologist, writer, photographer, lecturer and consultant, Ted Polhemus has been using popular culture as a window on the world for 30+ years. His work has made a huge impact on my career path, as I found his books in late high school/early college and yellowed those pages through endless re-readings. I did not have many mentors initially to figure out how to develop scholarship on …

You Should Be Reading: The Future of Chinese Fashion

This week, Worn Through would like to highlight “The Future of Chinese Fashion” and encourage you to add it to your reading lists. Welters, Linda and Mead, Arthur C. “The Future of Chinese Fashion.” Fashion Practice: The Journal of Design, Creative Process & the Fashion vol. 4, no.1 (2012): 13-40. link to full article About the authors:  Linda Welters  directs the Textile, Fashion Merchandising and Design …

Fashion and Health Symposium: University of Minnesota

This past weekend I attended the Fashion And Health Symposium at the University of Minnesota, my alma mater. This was the first of their “Fashion And…” series, which will be followed by “Fashion and Social Responsibility” for April 2013 (CFP is out now with Dec 14 due date). Worn Through Contributor Assistant Profesor Kelly Cobb also attended and did a presentation entitled BY KIDS ONLY: …

Objektet och Museet: Museum Patterns

I’ve been sewing historically lately, working on a 1912 skirt from La Mode Illustrée as part of the 1912 Project as well as a 1940s two-piece sunsuit–definitely a study in contrasts! So with vintage sewing on the mind, I happened upon two exciting new resources yesterday. Apparently I’m a bit of a Johnny-come-lately, but this is new to me: the Los Angeles County Museum of Art …

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