Documenting Fashion

Category Archives for Commentary

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


‘Dress and History Since 1965′ from Women Make Fashion/ Fashion Makes Women Conference, May 2015

May 26, 2015 by Rosily

Dr Rebecca Arnold delivering her paper at the ‘Women Make Fashion/ Fashion Make Women conference’ On 16 May we held our conference ‘Women Make Fashion/Fashion Makes Women,’ to celebrate our 50th Anniversary, and we wanted to share the introductory lecture … Continue reading

Categories: Commentary | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off


Beneath the Corset

May 22, 2015 by Lisa

The corset is a highly problematic garment that represents a multitude of signifiers. Imbibed with connotations of gender, history, and sex, the corset is an example of how dress can transcend mere sartorial choice, and come to represent more than … Continue reading

Categories: Commentary | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off


War, Women and Lipstick

May 19, 2015 by Brianna

In recent months, countless hours perusing the US Vogue database has enabled, or rather become an outlet for, my intense cosmetics and advertisement addiction. There is much pleasure to be had in tracing the origins of what we now consider … Continue reading

Categories: Commentary, Work in Progress | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off


Nick Waplington at Tate Britain

May 8, 2015 by Rebecca

You may not have noticed, but there are currently two exhibitions on in London about Alexander McQueen’s work. While the V&A’s ‘Savage Beauty’ has garnered most of the headlines, and ticket sales, Nick Waplington’s display of photographs he took of … Continue reading

Categories: Commentary | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off


De Djess: A Cinderella Story for MiuMiu

May 5, 2015 by Katerina

The Ninth Women’s Tale for MiuMiu’s Spring Summer 2015 collection is told from the perspective of a newborn dress, or ‘djess,’ according to the film’s fictitious gamelot. In Alice Rohrwacher’s film, the dress, animated by stop-motion, is no mere piece … Continue reading

Categories: Commentary, Fashion Now | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off


The White Wedding Dress in ‘For Richer, For Poorer: Weddings Unveiled’ at the Jewish Museum

May 1, 2015 by Lauren

The Jewish Museum recently opened a small but evocative exhibition showcasing the history of Jewish weddings in Britain from the 1880s to the mid-twentieth century. When walking through the exhibition I came across intimate, precious and rare objects relating to … Continue reading

Categories: Commentary | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off


‘Maroc: Land of Wonders’….French Elle visits Morocco, 20 April 1953.

April 21, 2015 by Liz

My colleague Alexis passed on an interesting Moroccan-themed photoshoot that was published in French Elle in 1953, 3 years before Morocco received independence from the French colonial administration that was in place from 1912 to 1956. It featured “3 women … Continue reading

Categories: Commentary | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off


MA Study Trip to New York City: Voices from the past, visions for the future: a visit to Condé Nast’s New York archive.

April 7, 2015 by Emma

One has only to scan the bibliographies of most major academic fashion articles to see that Vogue maintains a position of the highest authority in sartorial research, particularly concerning the interwar years. This is not to say that other contemporary … Continue reading

Categories: Commentary | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off


MA Study Trip to New York City: The Fashion Institute of Technology Archive

April 3, 2015 by Lisa

On one of our museum visits in New York, we were lucky enough to be shown a selection of objects from the Fashion Institute of Technology Archives. On arrival, we were greeted by an alumnus of our course, Emma McClendon, … Continue reading

Categories: Commentary | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off


MA Study Trip to New York City: A Different Kind of Beautiful Thing: Helena Rubinstein, Beauty is Power

March 24, 2015 by Brianna

Graham Sutherland’s portrait of an 85 year-old Helena Rubinstein can be viewed as an ode to her legacy, which was built upon the deliberate rejection of convention. Rubinstein’s sagging neck and jawline, sallow complexion and thin hair offer a genuine … Continue reading

Categories: Commentary | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

← Older posts