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


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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Genevieve Antoine Dariaux, Elegance: A complete guide for every woman who wants to be well and properly dressed on all occasions (1964)

June 26, 2015 by Brianna

  Summary  Elegance: A complete guide for every woman who wants to be well and properly dressed on all occasions, written by Genevieve Antoine Dariaux, directrice at Parisian fashion house Nina Ricci, in 1964.  Dariaux, used her status as an authority within the haute couture scene, to construct … Continue reading

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Paul Poiret, En Habillant l’époque (1930)

June 24, 2015 by Katerina

  Summary  Paul Poiret’s memoirs ‘En Habillant l’époque,’ which literally translates as ‘Dressing the Age,’ were written in 1930, almost two decades after the height of his fame. At the end of his manuscript, Poiret wrote that though he continually felt ideas for new dresses germinating ‘under his skin,’ his … Continue reading

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M.P. Verneuil, Etoffes et Tapis Etrangers (1925)

June 23, 2015 by Lucy

Summary Etoffes et Tapis Etrangers, by M.P.-Verneuil, was published in 1925 by Albert Levy, as part of the documentation and celebration of the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes – the World’s Fair held in Paris, from April … Continue reading

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Old English Costumes from the Collection Formed by Mr. Talbot Hughes: A Sequence of Fashions Through the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (1913)

June 19, 2015 by Lisa

  Summary  Old English Costumes from the Collection Formed by Mr. Talbot Hughes: A Sequence of Fashions Through the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries was published in 1913 and presents a selection of the vast costume collection of the artist Mr. Talbot … Continue reading

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H.R Haweis, The Art of Beauty (1878)

June 17, 2015 by Lauren

Summary In The Art of Beauty (1878), English writer H.R Haweis synthesises a series of previously published articles centred on the importance of beauty, dress and physical appearance. The work can be characterised as an ardent apology for the significance … Continue reading

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