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Our comments on current or past events, projects, writings, and topics in dress history and fashion


Beauty Industry: A Call for Attention

August 28, 2015 by Brianna

It has been over a month since clicking ‘print’ on my desktop and witnessing the birth of the most important document in my academic career. Immortalising three months worth of research, the 10,000 word document is, without sounding too dramatic, a cathartic ode … Continue reading

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Lisa Milroy

August 25, 2015 by Lisa

I first came across the artist Lisa Milroy in an art class at school – we were told to look at how she arranged everyday objects into groups and grids and created contemporary still life paintings of plates, hardware, tyres, … Continue reading

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Dress and Movement in the work of Sonia Delaunay

August 18, 2015 by Rosily

Somewhat embarrassingly, I only managed to make it to the Tate’s Sonia Delaunay exhibition in its last week, but I was so glad that I did. I went not knowing much about Delaunay prior to stepping through the door, and … Continue reading

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Ekocycle: Make Do and Mend for the 21st Century?

August 11, 2015 by Rosily

‘Will.i.am is building a whole new world, one recycled micron at a time.’ That is the claim made by the website of Ekocycle, the brand he founded in collaboration with the Coca-Cola Company to promote, design and sell clothing made … Continue reading

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Shoes: Pain and Pleasure Review

August 7, 2015 by Rebecca

As the title  - Shoes: Pleasure & Pain - indicates, the V&A’s latest exhibition aims to grab the viewer’s attention. If not through the appeal of footwear itself, then by the suggestion of eroticism that is underlined further by the choice of Helmut … Continue reading

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Fashion and Art Collide in Yves Saint Laurent’s Love Cards

July 28, 2015 by Rosily

Anyone who knows anything about fashion has heard of Yves Saint Laurent. But what people may be less familiar with is his informal career as an artist. Hidden away in the Jardin Marjorelle in Marrakech, which Saint Laurent bought in … Continue reading

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Faces, Phases and Dress: Zanele Muholi at the Brooklyn Museum

July 17, 2015 by Alexis

In a portrait of Marcel Kutumela, beneath the brim of a fedora hat, her cool gaze extends toward and beyond the viewer. It at once implores attention and inserts distance between subject and spectator. Her hat and layered garment cover … Continue reading

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Revson’s Revlon

July 14, 2015 by Brianna

Gucci Westman, Global artistic director at Revlon, has recently announced that she will be leaving the brand after a seven-year tenure. Since joining Revlon in 2008, Westman has been credited with raising the cosmetic house’s contemporary profile, ironically by returning … Continue reading

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Everyday Dress

July 10, 2015 by Lisa

This month the Tanz Wuppertal Pina Bausch company presented their annual season at the Sadler’s Wells theatre in London. The company continues to stage and tour the work of the late choreographer, this year presenting ‘Ahnen’ from 1987 and ‘Auf dem Gebirge hat man ein Geschrei’ (On the Mountain A Cry Was Heard). I … Continue reading

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‘L’Origami du Monde’: 032c Turns Ethnographic Gaze Onto National Geographic

June 30, 2015 by Liz

As I approach the last six months of my thesis, I’m currently in the process of piecing together a coherent visual narrative from the hundreds of pages of images I’ve examined over the last two and a half years. And … Continue reading

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