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


‘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

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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

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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

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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

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MA Study Trip to New York City: The Dress Archive at the Museum of the City of New York

March 20, 2015 by Rosily

The Museum of the City of New York archive is an absolute treasure-trove of old clothes. Unlike the majority of other archives we have visited as a group, both in New York and London, the clothes are not wrapped in … Continue reading

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MA Study Trip to New York City: High Fashion in Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s La Revue Blanche

March 17, 2015 by Lauren

Our MA New York City study trip fortunately coincided with ‘The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters’ exhibition currently on view at the MoMA. As the name suggests, an amalgam of images capturing bustling fin-de-siècle Parisian culture through Lautrec’s lens … Continue reading

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MA Study Trip to New York City: The Museum at FIT

March 13, 2015 by Nicole

In February the MA History of Dress students had a week long study trip to New York to visit archives and museums. The next six posts will share various aspects of the trip and the objects we saw.  On a … Continue reading

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The End of Fashion (Again)

March 10, 2015 by Rebecca

On 1 March, dezeen.com reported on leading trend forecaster Li Edelkoort’s statement that ‘This is the end of fashion as we know it.’ In an interview, that drew upon her recent talk at Design Indaba in Cape Town, she set … Continue reading

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Fashion Food: Designer Bread Bags

February 24, 2015 by Lauren

The internet went into hysterics after pictures surfaced of actress India Menuez sporting a cream-cheese bagel as a purse at the premiere of Baz Luhrmann’s Chanel No.5-inspired film, The One That I Want.  It was not the carb couture itself … Continue reading

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Bill Cunningham

February 20, 2015 by Rosily

When studying the History of Dress, there seems to be a tendency to focus on the clothes featured by designers in fashion shows and magazines and worn by the most famous and wealthiest members of society. There is, of course, … Continue reading

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