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Domestic Affairs: Video Interlude — 100 years of …

Life intervenes, yet again. I am currently focused on my virtual review of the forthcoming Hidden History of Philadelphia Fashion. However, with yet another “100 Years of…” as it pertains to fashion, whether hair, make up or clothes, filling up my social media mentions (I’m sure I’m not alone!), I thought I would digress from exhibitions for a moment to ask, how do Worn Through …

You Should Be Watching: Films by Gianluca Migliarotti

Neapolitan filmmaker Gianluca Migliarotti produced and directed two extraordinarily beautiful full length documentaries on Italian menswear: I Colori di Antonio (2013) and O’mast (2011). These films not only explore the history of tailoring in Italy, but also the artistic spirit of the craft. The interviews with the artisans in both films are insightful musings on the importance of careful craftsmanship even in today’s fast-paced retail …

A virtual tour of London’s Hand & Lock Embroidery Studio

My first post of the year is usually an opportunity to highlight upcoming exhibitions and events.  However, due to travel arrangements over the festive period I am not back in time to do it properly. Instead, here is a video about London’s Hand & Lock embroidery atelier, made by Mode Stories UK in December. Hand & Lock were established in the late 18th century as …

Domestic Affairs Hiatus: Rare Paul Poiret Video!

Due to various circumstances in my life outside of Worn Through, I have not been able to do my usual review post this week. I’ve been reading Ford Maddox Ford’s Parade’s End in my ‘spare time’ (do any of us know what that is, anymore?) and after several of the more descriptive passages about clothing, the fashions of the 1910s have been on my mind. So to …

You Should Be Watching: Tapestry Conservation

A new video from Historic Royal Palaces is making the rounds on social media (assuming your connections include a group of fashion historians). The “February” tapestry, a 17th-century object that is on permanent display in the Kensington Palace privy chamber, is washed in a custom tub at Hampton Court Palace. Having done a small amount of of textile washing in labs during grad school, I …

Domestic Affairs: Vicariously Through the Looking Glass

After my last column rather exhausted the fashion exhibitions up this summer (though if I missed anything, don’t hesitate to tell me what I missed by emailing me or leaving a comment!!), this week I am visiting the Met’s China: Through the Looking Glass from my own home. Like many of you I cannot possible visit all of the exhibitions I would like to, and being in California …

You Should Be Watching: TV Shows Set in Fashion History

In addition to some of the great costume dramas currently airing–Wolf Hall, Outlander, Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey, Peaky Blinders–several series in past decades have specifically focused on an aspect of fashion history. Department stores are a popular setting, likely due to the opportunity for a range of characters and interactions. Mr. Selfridge, a recent, successful show in this genre, has been ordered for a fourth season. If …

You Should Be Watching: Dress and Textile Conservation

For many students, conservation coursework is the most challenging part of a program in historic costume and textiles, but also the most practical and immediately applicable. This work requires research, great attention to detail, patience and caution, and skilled stitches. Below are four fascinating videos detailing the process of conservation projects at museums preparing for fashion and textile exhibitions. The first two are recent videos from …

Under the London Fashion Umbrella: Scandalous Swimsuits of 1898!

Since I can’t be alone in dreaming of swimsuit weather (even here in California, it’s still too chilly!), and am still covering for Emma, I’ve decided to share this wonderful 1898 video from the British Pathé archives. It features several dancers who scandalized the Brighton Council with their “wanton” display of “flesh” in these glorious 1898 swimsuits. We can live vicariously through them in their warmer …

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