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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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A Biography of Objects: Second Floor: The Private Apartment of Coco Chanel by Sam Taylor-Johnson

October 24, 2014 by Julia

“Little events, ordinary things…imbued with new meaning. Suddenly they become the bleached bones of a story”- Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things Haunting, evocative and profoundly intimate, Sam Taylor-Johnson’s series of photographs of the private apartment of Coco Chanel, … Continue reading

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Wearable Technology

October 14, 2014 by Lucy

During the summer of 2014, the Barbican staged its Digital Revolution – an exhibition that celebrated technology. From the humble home computer of the 1970s, to innovative special effects and interactive artworks of the present and future, it highlighted the … Continue reading

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Fashioning the Little Mermaid c. 1935

September 26, 2014 by Katerina

Hans Christian Andersen’s 1837 fairytale, ‘The Little Mermaid’, is in many respects about a subordinated being who dares to seek a future that defies her society’s expectations. The eponymous protagonist rescues a Prince who falls overboard, and then vows to … Continue reading

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FASHIONING THE FUTURE

September 19, 2014 by Fruzsi

Sci Fi references come in and out of fashion as futuristic aesthetics periodically capture designers’ imaginations. However, references that may seem forward thinking at first can turn out to be retro-futuristic on closer inspection. Unravelling these unexpected connections is one … Continue reading

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