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


Smells Like Niche Spirit: Rodin Olio Lusso, Le Labo and Frederic Malle to Join Estée Lauder Companies.

December 9, 2014 by Admin

by Brianna Carr In the space of a calendar month, it is possible that Estée Lauder Companies have completed three of the most important acquisitions that the premium beauty and fragrance industry has seen since its partnership with Tom Ford … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays!

December 2, 2014 by Rebecca

Happy Holidays to All Our Readers! As a special ‘thank you’ to all our readers, we wanted to give you a copy of the booklet (PDF) to go with the Winter Mode display we curated for the Fashioning Winter exhibition currently on … Continue reading

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Skating

December 2, 2014 by Rebecca

Fashion on the Ice and Snow (1940), Prelinger Archive    As this promotional film for Sacony, ‘America’s Number One Name in Sportswear’ attests, winter fashions have long been a preoccupation. And as those of us who are lucky enough to … Continue reading

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From Rationing to Ravishing: The Transformation of Women’s Clothing in the 1940s and 1950s

November 24, 2014 by Lucy

The Museum of Vancouver’s current From Rationing to Fashioning exhibition thoroughly and exhilaratingly takes its viewers through a turbulent interval of history. The glitter and roar of the 1920s had come to a sudden and catastrophic cease, with the Wall … Continue reading

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A precarious balance: Reflections on ‘The 50s: Fashion in France, 1947- 1957’ at the Palais Galliera, Paris

November 24, 2014 by Katerina

1950s couture is characterised by its dramatic silhouettes which ranged from the rounded hourglass, to the stark, boxy H shape.  While the exhibition provided a comprehensive showcase of garments of extraordinary proportions alongside vignettes of fifties style icons, the women … Continue reading

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032c re-present Kirsten and Juergen collaboration for Autumn/Winter 2013/4

November 21, 2014 by Liz

Whilst hunting for photographs to accompany the BA3 course that I am teaching this term at The Courtauld with Dr Rebecca Arnold, entitled ‘Fashion and Photography: viewing and reviewing global images of dress’, I stumbled across an intriguing yet mildly … Continue reading

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A walk through ‘Fashioning Winter’

November 18, 2014 by Fruzsi

Although we have been focusing on our own displays for Fashioning Winter in order to give you some behind the scenes access, now that the exhibition is up and running it is time to introduce you to the fascinating exhibits that make … Continue reading

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War Stories: Voices from the First World War

November 11, 2014 by Rebecca

With the plethora of World War One commemorations this year – and for the next three years – it can become all too easy to become inured to the emotional and individual experiences of this period. While the official events … Continue reading

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Installing ‘Winter Mode’ at Somerset House

November 7, 2014 by Fruzsi

I must admit, rather unprofessionally perhaps, that I was like a child on Christmas day during yesterday morning’s installation of Winter Mode, a display that I am curating with Dr Rebecca Arnold and Alexis Romano for Fashioning Winter at Somerset … Continue reading

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Exhibition update: Goodbye summer, hello winter! Planning ‘Winter Mode’

November 4, 2014 by Alexis

As they design fashion collections, with their clear link to upcoming seasons, designers must continually have the impression of being projected into the future. Fashion’s futurity affects shoppers too, who imagine their bodies in clothing that relates to seasonal elements. … Continue reading

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