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


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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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A Collector of Thoughts: Review of ‘Dries Van Noten: Inspirations’

June 3, 2014 by Julia

The popularity of the fashion exhibition has gained increasing momentum in recent years, transforming itself from selections of historical examples hidden in the darkened recesses of permanent collections, into a rapid succession of lucrative  blockbuster temporary exhibitions highlighting contemporary trends … Continue reading

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Flügel, fashion and cardboard cut-outs: an evening at the Fashion Space Gallery

May 20, 2014 by Alexis

My recent encounter with a woman disguised as a lobster with glittery flippers, brought to mind the psychologist J.C. Flügel’s ideas on protection and clothing. In 1930, he wrote that ‘[t]he desire for protection against human enemies has led to … Continue reading

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Re-Thinking The Experience And Representation Of Dress

May 16, 2014 by Alexis and Katerina

On 6 May 2014, we held a study day at The Courtauld’s Research Forum. This day was a result of a collaboration between the Andrew W Mellon Foundation MA 2013/14: Documenting Fashion: Dress, Film, and Image in Europe and America, … Continue reading

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