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Book Review: Patriots Against Fashion

In the second half of the eighteenth and the early nineteenth century, various countries in the Western world underwent both revolutions and reforms that are especially noteworthy for dress history. The French Revolution and its effects on the clothing of the upper class is well documented, a touchstone for the concepts of protest dress, trickle-up fashion, political fashion, and more. Although I couldn’t find a caption for …

Book Review: I Love Those Earrings

A pop history of collectables so often blends nostalgia and personal experience with historic research. The author falls in love with Legos, buttons, LPs, etc in his or her youth, saves up for the first or the elusive, and the rest is publishable material. I Love Those Earrings, by Jane Merrill and Chris Filstrup, is a love story to the earring. The typical pop history approach reminded …

Book Review: Wiener Chic

 The thrust of the collection is decidedly local. While some international designers are represented … they are dwarfed by items associated with notable Viennese personalities, such as one of Maria Theresia’s cashmere shawls, a pair of ballerina Fanny Elssler’s shoes, one of playwright Johann Nestroy’s dressing gowns, a parasol from the opening of the Suez Canal, boots belonging to Helene Vetsera… (117) And on and …

Book Giveaway Contest! –ENDED

We have a winner! Thanks to everyone who entered. Congratulations to Lizzie! Stay tuned for next month’s book giveaway contest…   We’re so excited to be able to offer another book giveaway! (Contest over!) Remember months ago when I reviewed A Cultural History of Fashion in the 20th and 21st Centuries and hinted at a future contest? It’s here! This book could be yours. Just like …

Book Review: Dress and Identity in British Literary Culture, 1870-1914

Dress and Identity in British Literary Culture, 1870-1914 By Rosy Aindow Ashgate (October 2010) Book Review by Sara Bernstein Today’s book review comes from Sara Tatyana Bernstein, whom I was lucky enough to meet at graduate school (NYU, 2004).   She is a Doctoral Candidate in Cultural Studies at UC Davis, currently completing her dissertation, ‘From Little Black Dress to Little Blue Vest: Fashion, Film …

Origins of Los Angeles Fashion Week

Los Angeles Fashion Week 2008, which kicked off on Sunday, October 12 and wrapped up Thursday, October 16, opened with the announcement that IMG will no longer be backing it (more here). This turn of events seemed like a good time to take a look at the origins of Fashion Week in Los Angeles, which as the Los Angeles Times points out, “has never really …

Belated Book Notes, Part I.

I am woefully behind in my book reviews and thus, we have something of a list for books published in July. Here’s the first set: Corsets: Historical Patterns & Techniques by Jill Salen. Publication Date: July 2008. Including “20 historically correct corsets, ranging from the 1750s to 1950” I suspect that this is more geared towards the re-enactor or costume shop consumer. It would be …

Self Portrait in a Velvet Dress: The Fashion of Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo, in a Tehuna costume, with her pet hawk, 1939. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art currently has an exhibit of Frida Kahlo’s work (on view through September), which consists primarily of self-portraits creating a sort of narrative of her emotional life (as that was often the focus of her art). Kahlo with her self-portrait, ‘Me Twice’ in 1939 The exhibit also explored …

Sharing slides – Would You?

Through the blog Dress A Day I discovered Slide Share, a program that allows you to upload your PowerPoint presentations and share them with others. I think this is a great way for academics to share their research, and for independent historians such as myself – a great way to show potential employers some of your work. Of course this does bring up many questions …

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