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Parisian Insights: La Mode au Moyen Age

It must have been a very long time since I visited an interpretation museum, mostly keeping those pedagogic explorations for my childhood holidays. Yet I challenged my habits by discovering Paris’ Tour Jean Sans Peur’s display dedicated to Fashion in the Medieval Times. A 15th century tower, the Tour Jean Sans Peur now serves as an interpretative center in order to comprehend and reflect upon …

Parisian Insights: Costume and Textile Auction

I am preparing a conference I will be participating to on the 13th February at the Chateau de Versailles – a conference about Marie Antoinette’s influence on contemporary fashion. Among the two other speakers will be Severine Experton-Dard, a textile and fashion expert that closely collaborates with a Parisian auctioneer, Thierry de Maigret. When I first met Severine, not only did we talk about our …

Book Review: Creating Historical Clothes

  As I mentioned in my first book review for Worn Through, I believe the recreation of historical garments is a useful way to get closer to the study of dress, especially as museums tighten their research policies. Both the making and the wearing are direct and physical interactions with the experience of historical clothing, if imperfect for reasons you can read in that first …

Global Mode: Predictable as Candy Corn and Mini Chocolate Bars

Ah, another year, another chance to “discuss” the “problem” of sexyst, racist costumes! The University of Boulder has given bloggers something to write about by encouraging students to make thoughtful, positive choices about their costumes, and to avoid offensive or racist outfits. That which may be deemed offensive is notoriously fluid and the letter written by CU’s Dean of Students Christina Gonzales has, unsurprisingly, attracted accusations of …

Today in Fashion History: October 29

Gentle readers (I always loved that introduction), I’m toying with the idea of starting a new series within the History of Dress section: ‘Today in (Fashion) History’. Of course, some postings will probably be more significant than others and it won’t be every Wednesday, but I thought it would make for some good visuals. Those of you looking for last minute Halloween inspiration, might find …

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