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A Postcard from Abroad: Autumn Activities in the UK

Once September arrives, you know that summer is on the way out.  Not wearing socks begins to feel odd; bare skin becomes less appropriate as we begin to pile on the layers, in preparation for the colder season ahead.  Yet, I always love this time of year because not only is it okay to wear all your clothes but you are encouraged to think about …

You Should Be Reading: Kimonos

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts recently faced controversy over an event promoting La Japonaise, a 1876 Monet painting of his wife, Camille, wearing a kimono. The museum invited visitors to try on a kimono for a photo op in front of the painting. When snapshots from “Kimono Wednesdays” surfaced on social media, the MFA was swiftly accused of cultural insensitivity, appropriation, and racism. Of those …

Occupational dress: what to wear to work?

In The Social Psychology of Clothes (1996), Susan B. Kaiser frames occupational dress within a discussion about uniforms and various organisations related to work.  Kaiser suggests that our expectations of how someone should dress within an organization are based not just on their role but also on the type of organization they belong to.  In an organisation involving many people, where it is impossible to …

Final call for Interns 2015-16

We will be seeking two new interns for the 2015-16 academic year. There is no pay, however, we can help you get college credit if needed and of course it’s great networking and experience. We need help with CFPs, some column research, a bit of behind the scenes blog details, and running our book giveaways (among other projects as they emerge). Also you’re instrumental in …

You Should Be Reading (and Watching): Fashion, Masculinity and the Dandy

I must apologize for last week’s absence of a You Should Be Watching column, as I found myself without internet access and unable to contribute a post. In return, this week I offer a super-sized column encompassing both film and text on fashion, masculinity and the well-dressed man. From Beau Brummel to the members of Roxy Music and today’s modern incarnations, the following videos and articles provide …

Punk Style in your Library or Classroom?

It’s early July but of course my brain is already thinking toward Fall (typical of an academic person, can’t just chill over the summer!) I’m starting to research the reach of my book Punk Style (2014, Bloomsbury), and try to expand its readership. So far it is in quite a few libraries and has been used in classes as well. Contributors to Worn Through have …

New Interns Needed 2015-16

We will be seeking two new interns for the 2015-16 academic year. There is no pay, however, we can help you get college credit if needed and of course it’s great networking and experience. We need help with CFPs, some column research, a bit of behind the scenes blog details, and running our book giveaways (among other projects as they emerge). Also you’re instrumental in …

Interview with Monica by The Seams

I’ve been getting to know the crew over at The Seams, which is a new podcast developed by NPR contributor Jacki Lyden. As you may remember, we encouraged Worn Through readers to donate to their Kickstarter since the topic of their shows, storytelling about apparel, are certainly something we’d love to hear about more regularly. Recently I did a phone interview with Jacki that was …

Costume Society Election

If you’re in the Costume Society of America you’ll see that the regional elections for the new boards are taking place. They close tomorrow July 1. Please do participate in your regional and national elections of the societies you are a part of to help move them in the directions you’d like to see. **UPDATE: I was elected to the board. Thank you.** I have …

You Should Be Reading: Designer Memoirs

Some of the most vivid primary sources for historic fashion research are autobiographies and memoirs of great designers. Several of the books listed below were required reading for a fashion history course in my M.A. program. They can be entertaining and intimate, and help historians make a stronger connection with these figures whom we associate primarily with their work and their legacies, but not their voices. Poiret amuses with …

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