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On Teaching: 1960’s Revival

Today was an interesting day. I met an amazing woman who graduated from Central Saint Martin’s in London and is a practicing patternmaker. Now, that introduction may sound underwhelming to you. Many very talented and amazing people have graduated from Central Saint Martin’s. What was amazing was that she graduated in 1960. Sitting before me was a woman who lived her 20’s through the “swinging …

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 …

Global Mode: CIAD

Based in the UK, the Costume Institute of the African Diaspora (CIAD) is devoted to the study of those rich, diverse, and colorful cultures that resulted from the migration–voluntary or otherwise–of natives of African countries. The national costume and traditional dress of these places–Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica, and so many others–is at once sharply defined and easily confused, distinctly of its own …

Book Review: Luella’s Guide to English Style

It has been nearly six years since I moved to London from New York City, and despite close involvement the realms of fashion here in the UK, I still am bemused by many aspects of British style. I find myself wondering how layering of disparate garments became an English style trope, or why so many conservative-looking businessmen wear pink shirts and ties? Luella’s Guide to …

Student Showcase: London College of Fashion MA Show 2011

In London, the MA Fashion show has the reputation of being a starmaking showcase with the potential and  history of launching the careers of the capital’s most promising and exciting new designers. Galliano, McQueen, Hussein Chalayan, Stella McCartney and Gareth Pugh are among those London-trained designers whose graduation presentations cast them into the fashion media, and retail spotlights.  For students enrolled in fashion design programmes …

London Recap pt. 3: Contemporary Wardrobe Punk Clothes

London was a whirlwind of sight seeing, attending shows, and dancing our feet off. But it also was a research trip for my academic work on punk style. One of the best places we went was The Contemporary Wardrobe. It is run in conjunction with the Horse Hospital which is a fab gallery and event space.  This is how they describe it: “The Contemporary Wardrobe …

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