Kōrero Kākahu: Carmen

Carmen: An exotic New Zealander is an exhibition that has recently opened at the national museum, Te Papa. To describe it as an “exhibition” is a bit of a stretch actually as it is only one case featuring five collection objects that were gifted to the museum by Carmen herself. As a bit of background, Carmen was born Trevor Rupe in small-town New Zealand in …

CFP: International Journal of Costume and Fashion

The Korean Society of Costume, International Journal of Costume and Fashion, December 2015 (Vol. 15, No. 2) Deadline for submissions: November 20, 2015 International Journal of Costume and Fashion (IJCF), published biannually in every June and December since 2001, has been one of the representative academic journals of the Korean Society of Costume. Academic, industrial, and multinational research findings are published through the journal. IJCF is now inviting papers for …

Cyborg lecturer

  My former university, Central Saint Martins in London, where I did my MA in “Textiles Futures” has firstly renamed the course to “Material Futures” and also invited a cyborg practicioner-in-residence. This cyborg is Neil Harbisson, a remarkable man who sees the world in greyscale due to a condition called achromatopsia but can hear colours thanks to a brain implant. Below you can see his …

Review: Yves Saint Laurent: Eternal Style

I still remember seeing my first Yves Saint Laurent outfit; it was on one of my many visits to the V&A Fashion Galleries, long ago when they were hidden away in the museum’s basement, when I was a teenager.  It was a dress from the Mondrian collection.  I was struck by the combination of a simple shift dress and a homage to the well known …

Book Reviews: Sustainable Fashion

“Once a revered commodity, fashion is now all too often considered disposable.” (p. xvi) Jennifer Farley Gordon and Colleen Hill’s Sustainable Fashion: Past, Present and Future is a book that delivers to fashion-loving consumers everywhere a clearly written, concise, and well-researched reminder that our current system of clothing production and consumption is dangerously broken.  Sustainable Fashion makes abundantly clear, chapter after chapter, that there are no …

CFP: The Place of Fashion Studies in Academia

Association of Art Historians (AAH) Annual Conference When: 7-9 April 2016 Where: University of Edinburgh Submission deadline and requirements: Email paper proposals to the session conveners by 9 November 2015. Conveners for this session are Alessandro Bucci and Chiara Faggella. More detailed submission information can be found on the session webpage. Call For Papers: Fashion Studies is a field of knowledge with deep historical roots within History …

On Teaching Fashion: Running Wardrobe.

A career pathway for students with fashion skills and knowledge can transcend into Costume and Running Wardrobe. I have had many students progress onto Costume degree courses from their fashion studies or wide Technical Theatre programmes. Currently working within a Production Arts department I am regularly guiding students through running wardrobe on live theatre performances. Many skills are transferable from fashion such as hand mending, …

Book Giveaway: Indian Fashion

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

Domestic Affairs: African Adornments

This week’s review is a bit of a cheat, as I’m reviewing an exhibition that closed on Monday. However, it was too wonderful not to share with Worn Through readers. This exhibition was a wonderful breath of fresh air for me. I have little to no knowledge about African textiles, and so this was that rare opportunity where I am not only writing my Worn …

Museum Life: The museum and shopping

It is nearly impossible to separate a visitor’s personal tastes and perceptions from an exhibition narrative of costume or dress. This is how many visitors connect with clothing on display, which may seem either very familiar (a Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress, for example), or completely foreign to our contemporary bodies (an 18th century robe à la française). Shopping and commerce are already very much a part …

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