Domestic Affairs: Woven Luxuries

Something I’ve learned about fashion and textile exhibitions is that size really, truly doesn’t matter. It is generally the big exhibitions — the Met’s annual gala and accompanying show, the de Young’s Balenciaga exhibition, etc. — that get the press, but I have found it is the smaller, more intimate shows that tend to stay with me and which can genuinely surprise me. Such is the …

Kōrero Kākahu: Air New Zealand at Te Papa

The national museum, Te Papa is having a bumper year with a succession of incredibly successful exhibitions, two of which are still on show. Alongside the blockbuster that is Gallipoli – The Scale of Our War (which provides an opportunity for commemorating the centenary of the Anzac experience) is Air New Zealand 75 Years: Our nation. The world. Connected. Quite a convoluted name for an exhibition that I …

CFP: Making Trans/national Contemporary Design History

Making Trans/national Contemporary Design History ICDHS 2016 Taipei | The 10th International Conference on Design History and Design Studies (ICDHS), Taipei, Taiwan, October 26-28, 2016, hosted by the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. Abstract due: July 20, 2015 We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for ICDHS 2016 Taipei, The 10th International Conference on Design History and Design Studies. Taipei – …

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 …

“This teacher talked about ethics. You’ll never believe what happened next.”

“This is a new generation,” my colleague told me, after I recounted a recent class scenario to her, because I was so surprised about the opinions and attitudes which emerged during a class discussion on a popular fashion brand. Is this generation gap really true? We are only one generation or about 12 years apart, but the gap seems quite prominent. I would be generation …

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 …

You Should Be Reading: Frida Kahlo and Mexican Fashion

1. Bradley, Laura. ‘The Secret Possessions of Frida Kahlo.’ AnOther. 5 May 2015. In 2011, Ishiuchi Miyako was given a unique opportunity to photograph Frida Kahlo’s wardobe and personal objects, at Kahlo’s Blue House in Mexico City. It would be the first time her subject matter had not derived from Japan. She travelled to Mexico City, a frenetic, bustling contrast to her ordered homeland, and began …

CFP: Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion Special Issue

Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion call for papers  Special Issue: ‘Exhibiting Masculinity’  Deadline to submit is: February 1, 2016 The early twenty-first century has witnessed a relative spark, if not an explosion, of museum projects devoted solely or predominantly to the subject of men’s fashion, and has coincided with new emphasis on questioning and examining forms of dressed and embodied masculinity; see for example Vol. …

On Teaching Fashion: The importance of doing things for yourself.

When I began my teaching career I spent so much time putting all my energy into work, taking marking home every night and spending free periods helping and developing students and their projects. This is all very important yes, as teaching a hard job but also very fulfilling. However, when I went on University open days, tours and workshops with my classes I felt suddenly …

Domestic Affairs: Here Comes Summer (Exhibitions)!

With the Met Ball having kicked off last week that can only mean one thing: it’s time to start planning your summer exhibition visits! One exhibition that has been getting a lot of press in the lead up to its opening (no not the Met!) is Richmond, Virginia’s Classical Allure: Richmond Style at The Valentine Museum. This is the inaugural exhibition for Kristen Stewart, formerly of the …

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