Documenting Fashion

Category Archives for Commentary

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


Questioning the value of my Jean Cocteau scarf: modern art, memory, and self

September 16, 2014 by Rebecca

Found in a brocante market in Cannes a few years ago, my Jean Cocteau scarf is a treasure that links me to the Côte d’Azur and modern art throughout the year. Wrapping it round my neck, I feel the warmth, … Continue reading

Categories: Commentary, Summer, Uncategorized | Comments Off


SENSATION AND COSTUME IN SWIMMING STUDIES BY LEANNE SHAPTON

September 11, 2014 by Katerina

Fashion-orientated depictions of swimming primarily focus on appearance. Swimwear histories and the annual beachwear magazine features alike, discuss the shapes of swimming garments and how the exposed body should look or has looked over time. Appearing before strangers wearing nothing … Continue reading

Categories: Commentary, Uncategorized | Comments Off


Florence: Italian Fashion’s Forgotten Capital

September 5, 2014 by Julia

Nestled in a Tuscan valley, the ancient terracotta cityscape of Florence boasts a rich history as the birthplace of Renaissance art, literature and architecture, yet its starring role in the evolution of Italian fashion has long been overlooked and disregarded. … Continue reading

Categories: Commentary, Summer, Uncategorized | Comments Off


Made in Mexico: the rebozo in art, culture and fashion

August 22, 2014 by Liz

No chance to escape the city for sunnier climes this summer? The Fashion and Textile Museum, located in Bermondsey, South London, may hold the answer… Made in Mexico: The Rebozo in Art, Culture and Fashion  (6 June-31 August 2014) traces an extensive … Continue reading

Categories: Commentary, Summer, Uncategorized | Comments Off


Adorned in Myth: The Significance of Mythology in Chanel Jewellery

August 19, 2014 by Julia

The jewellery designed and worn by Coco Chanel and, by extension, the modern-day incarnation of Chanel Fine Jewellery, presents a precise reflection of her overarching mythology, weaving together the three crucial components of this myth – design, biography and contemporary … Continue reading

Categories: Commentary, Uncategorized | Comments Off


The Ethics of a Fashion Label

August 8, 2014 by Lucy

All opinions are the author’s own.  On 24th June 2014, Rebecca Jones posted a photograph on Twitter, addressed to the low cost clothing retailer, Primark. Her navy blue top, sprinkled with a neat grid of white polka dots, and worn … Continue reading

Categories: Commentary, Uncategorized | Comments Off


The Red Hat Society

July 14, 2014 by Jessica

The Red Hat Society (RHS) is a social organization originally founded in 1998 in the United States for women aged 50 and beyond, but is now open to women of all ages. As of 2011, there are over 40 000 … Continue reading

Categories: Commentary, Uncategorized | Comments Off


A Juxtaposition of Femininity in The Great Gatsby (2013)

July 4, 2014 by Julia

The representation of fashion in the 2013 film adaptation of the novel The Great Gatsby, directed by Baz Lurhmann, has raised a number of significant questions with regard to both its role in the portrayal of key notions of femininity … Continue reading

Categories: Commentary, Uncategorized | Comments Off


Chris Marker: Visualising women post-war, post-apocalypse

June 20, 2014 by Katerina

The French documentary filmmaker Chris Marker wrote of the women he photographed on his travels: ‘I stare at them, but not enough, not long enough’. Paraphrasing the poet Valery Larbaud he mused: ‘perhaps, if I could catch up with them … Continue reading

Categories: Commentary, Uncategorized | Comments Off


sculptural forms, lush silks and hidden contrasts: the rediscovery of a Charles James dress

June 17, 2014 by Rebecca

The first thing that strikes you is the sheer volume of fabric. Dove grey silk taffeta – and lots of it. Packed into a suitcase, this Charles James dress was a complete surprise. And a wonderful treat for my students … Continue reading

Categories: Commentary, Uncategorized | Comments Off

← Older posts