A Fine Possession: Jewellery and Identity | Exhibition Review

Jewellery and it’s influence on individuals, societies and cultures throughout history, is what the ambitious exhibition A Fine Possession: Jewellery and Identity at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (or MAAS, formerly known as the Powerhouse Museum) in Sydney Australia has set out to explore. Drawing from items in their own collection, as well as other collections throughout Australia, A Fine Possession “celebrates the …

What to see in the UK during 2016

Sometimes the best thing about January is looking forward to what happens after January.  It’s the perfect time to take stock of the upcoming year because it helps to reduce the present lull in activity. This is often true of the V&A Museum, where January sees the closure of the big autumnal exhibition.  In this case, we say farewell to The Fabric of India after …

CFP: Retailing, Distribution and the Family: Historical Approaches

The Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution (CHORD) When: Tuesday 24 May 2016 Where: Wolverhampton City Campus, University of Wolverhampton Submission guidelines: Individual papers are usually 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion. CHORD also welcome shorter, 10 minute ‘work in progress’ presentations. Please send title and abstract of c.300 to 400 words, specifying whether you are proposing a 10 or a …

On Teaching Fashion: When students tell you ‘I don’t know.’

I have recently met a new group of students, and asked them to discuss with me what inspires them about, art, design, fashion or creative practices. Many, articulated themselves very well, pin pointing their skills, what they enjoy and where they wish to pursue their career too achieve. However, some could not tell me what inspires them, or what they enjoyed and simply answered ‘I …

Domestic Affairs: Here Comes 2016!

It’s only the second week of the new year and already there are some exciting exhibition announcements for fashion and textiles exhibitions! The de Young Museum in San Francisco announced the dates for Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective. Announced last year shortly after the designer’s death, this exhibition will be opening in the textile galleries on March 12, 2016! Currently on display at the …

CFP: Dressed to Kill: Fashion in Victorian Fiction and Periodicals

Dressed to Kill: Fashion in Victorian Fiction and Periodicals Who: Victorian Popular Fiction Association and Liverpool John Moores University Where: Aldham Robarts Library, LJMU, Liverpool, UK When: Saturday 19th March 2016 Submission guidelines: Submit by 5th February 2016. Please send proposals of 300 words and a 50 word biography in Word format to Drs Janine Hatter and Nickianne Moody at: vpfamembership@gmail.com and n.a.moody@ljmu.ac.uk The conference welcomes proposals for 20 minute papers …

Book Giveaway: Dress and Ideology

Contest closed, we have a winner! U.S. replies only please! Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishers, in this post we’re giving away: Dress and Ideology The first reader to email me with the correct answers to the following trivia questions about Worn Through will receive this book! (Please include your mailing address in the email.) Here are the questions. The answers can be found by looking back through …

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 …

Parisian Insights: 2016 Exhibitions

Hello, a very happy new year to all from Paris! For my first 2016 post, I am going to keep things simple and propose a little update of the fashion and textile oriented exhibitions that will be on during the new year and that I am impatient to share with you. What I love about this round up is how diverse the themes are. There is …

CFP: American Quilt Study Group

American Quilt Study Group (AQSG) 2016 Annual Seminar Where: Tempe, Arizona, USA When: September 14-18, 2016 Submission guidelines: 250-word Abstract and CV by February 1, 2016 to Marybeth.stalp@uni.edu Poster Session at AQSG Seminar 2016 Abstracts due May 1, 2016 AQSG will hold a panel paper session at the 2016 Annual Seminar, where participants can present their quilt-related research to fellow Seminar participants. Up to two 90-minute panels …

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