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Women Make Fashion/ Fashion Makes Women Conference

March 19, 2015 by Rosily

Our conference celebrating 50 years of dress history at the Courtauld is drawing closer, and we can now reveal the programme for the event, which will be taking place on Saturday 16 May. Speakers will explore the relationship and significance … Continue reading

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Documenting Fashion: A Dress History Blog is now on Instagram!

January 29, 2015 by Rosily

Follow us @documentingfashion_courtauld for daily snippets of dress history, fashion photography, contemporary style, and to keep up with the Courtauldians!

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“Sweeping Guineas off the Vogue counter”: Art and Fashion, Then and Now

December 30, 2014 by Emma

On the 12th December 2014, the V & A, in collaboration with the Photographers’ Gallery London, hosted a conference entitled ‘Inventing Elegance: Fashion Photography 1910-1945’. The presented papers placed the careers of Edward Steichen, Horst P. Horst, Louise Dahl-Wolf, Cecil … Continue reading

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Women Make Fashion/Fashion Make Women conference on 16 May 2015

December 9, 2014 by Rosily

Please join us to celebrate fifty years of History of Dress at the Courtauld! As part of our celebration, this one-day conference, ‘Woman Make Fashion/Fashion Make Women’, explores the relationship and significance of women in designing, wearing, promoting, curating and … Continue reading

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From Rationing to Ravishing: The Transformation of Women’s Clothing in the 1940s and 1950s

November 24, 2014 by Lucy

The Museum of Vancouver’s current From Rationing to Fashioning exhibition thoroughly and exhilaratingly takes its viewers through a turbulent interval of history. The glitter and roar of the 1920s had come to a sudden and catastrophic cease, with the Wall … Continue reading

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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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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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Paris, capitale prestigieuse de la mode…

November 14, 2014 by Alexis

Tone on tone, an image of two fashion models placed against the faded backdrop of Paris reveals multiple layers of reality, space and modernity. I discovered it as I studied materials in the archives of the Parisian department store Galeries … 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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The Power of the Cult Model

October 31, 2014 by Elisa

For the casting of the SS15 show, and the 125th anniversary of the House of Lanvin, Alber Elbaz looked back through the model archive. The designer explained: “I did not want it to feel like a coming-back-type-of-thing, but almost like … Continue reading

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