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From the Archive: The touch of Vivier

In 2008, Heather looked into the New Yorker September fashion issue which profiles the return of the stiletto, specifically drawing attention to Roger Vivier, French fashion footwear designer who is said to be the creator of the stiletto heel.   The September 1st issue of the New Yorker (the big fashion issue, with the Marc Jacobs interview) did a little profile on the return of …

Film Style: Dressing the Cougar

Pity the tawny mountain lion, its moniker usurped by a 21st century obsession with “women, usually over 40, who hunt younger men, or cubs, and shower them with a tantalizingly experienced kind of love.” I’d been thinking about cougars in film, and then—as I sat on a bench late last Saturday night escaping a distressing evening with visiting parents—Thomas appeared. He made me forget my …

Fashion Bytes

Amidst the pomp and hype of New York Fashion Week, Missoni’s new line for Target was launched, and the demand for the product was so high that it crashed Target’s website, stores were emptied of all stock in a matter of minutes, and customers could be seen queueing for obscene lengths of time just to enter the stores.  USA Today reported the event as proof …

CFP: 33rd Annual Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations

33rd Annual Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations February 8-11, 2012 Albuquerque, New Mexico www.swtxpca.org Proposal submission deadline: December 1, 2011 Panels now forming for presentations for the new subject area Fashion, Appearance, & Consumer Identity. Fashion, Appearance, & Consumer Identity is concerned with the areas of clothing, historical costume, fashion aesthetics, fashion and appearance, fashion marketing, merchandising, retailing, the psychological/ sociological aspects of …

From The Archive: My Interview With Context Clothing-Menswear Experts

In 2009 Monica interviewed Ryan, co-owner of the store Context Clothing. The result is a passionate discussion about the past and future in menswear. Recently I went to the store Context Clothing in Madison, Wisconsin and was blown away. It was a destination location for Harlo, who actively searches the web for stylish, quality menswear and Context is a leader in the movement to bring …

Fashion Bytes

On 8 September, in the lead up to the tenth anniversary of September 11, The New York Times ran an article on the various relics people saved from that day. There is a slideshow of images of the relics, from the artistic to the everyday, and Dan Barry does an exquisite job of weaving together people’s stories with descriptions of the relics and some analysis …

From the Archive: L’Officiel de la Mode, 1921-2008 online

 Originally posted by Heather Vaughan on November 26th, 2008, this incredible Jalou Gallery resource is a must see! Give this database a try and let us know your thoughts. Jalou Gallery has the entire L’Officiel de la Mode available online for researchers (The searchable database is an excellent resource for Fashion Historians).  While I don’t really read or speak French, I found the site to be …

Fashion Bytes

About two weeks ago, The New York Times Online featured a discussion on the globalisation of street fashion.  Valerie Steele, among others, contributed a piece which suggests that with the internet and globalization there has been a homogenization affect on street style. It is no longer unique.  This is a sentiment that seems to be echoed in Rei Kawakubo’s quote this past week that the …

A Festival: Fashion in Film

  September 9-11 Museum of Arts and Design, New York 2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019 In conjunction with fashion week, Vanity Fair, the Museum of Arts and Design and the Film Society kick off “Fashion in Film” this Friday, September 9. Screenings, panel discussions and receptions will showcase “a series of innovative cinematic moments that have expectedly and unexpectedly influenced the worlds of …

From The Archive: Themes in Fashion Theory: Fashion and Narcissus

Originally posted by Lucy Collins in January 2010, this article explores how fashion mirrors society’s narcissism and conformity. Legend has it that a vanity-stricken youth named Narcissus fell so in love with his own image that he drowned himself in a pond while bending down to kiss his reflection. The story of Narcissus (which developed into the modern day affliction known as narcissism) has taken …

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