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Parisian Insights: The 50s Fashion in France. 1947-1957

This weekend ended the Palais Galliera’s glamorous exhibition dedicated to the 1950s fashion in France. We often think that because we know all about the New Look, the Bar ensemble imagined by Christian Dior in 1947, we know everything about the 1950s fashion. Yet this display demonstrates how versatile the stylistic silhouettes proposed by the designers of the decade were. Within its splendid 19th century …

Global Mode: Thanksgiving

As a former wardrobe intern at Plimoth Plantation, I can assert with the most expert certainty that the above is not traditional 1620s dress worn in any American colony. Working with the public at that museum is an exercise in patience, as a good portion of the interpreting done by front-line staff is damage control, dispelling seemingly indestructible forefather myths and attempting to build the …

London Fashion Umbrella – Designing Women: Post-War British Textiles

As I have chronicled in recent posts, London’s art and culture antennae have been tuned to the mid-century period – an era characterised by post-war regeneration efforts which included support for the creative production of British artists and designers. The anniversaries of the Festival of Britain, the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II have inspired a particularly strong wave of nostalgia for design from the early …

Video Post: London Umbrella Fashions

One of the exhibition and research ideas that keeps me awake at night, or daydreaming on grey London days, is a history of the umbrella. (If you are researching or have done work on this topic – get in touch!) So although the weather here has taken a turn for the bright and dry, I  thought it would be an opportune time to share this …

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