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Capsule Wardrobe

July 29, 2014 by Rebecca

I love packing for my summer holidays. I realise that may seem an odd, even slightly masochistic statement. But no, for me, packing is a pleasure – it taps into my innate enjoyment of organization and neatness – and more … Continue reading

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5 minutes with… Aline Peeters

July 25, 2014 by Elisa

Whilst back in Belgium I thought to myself, why not ask my dear friend – and fellow Art History student from the University of Leuven – about her views on style, femininity and the key to feeling confident. Can you … Continue reading

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Textile Fragments at the Courtauld Institute of Art

July 22, 2014 by Alexis

Three woven fragments, each composed of similar red and gold threads in a design of kufic or pseudo-kufic characters, seemingly formed a complete textile at one time. Today, labelled and sewn side-by-side onto linen matting, with no documentation in reference … Continue reading

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5 Minutes With… Syed Ahsan Abbas

July 18, 2014 by Katerina

What are you wearing today? Yohji Yamamoto coat and trousers, a black Comme des Garçons t-shirt, a white Ann Demeulemeester shirt, and black Converse. Most of my wardrobe is Yohji Yamamoto, when I first tried it on, it just felt … Continue reading

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Congratulations Dress History Grads!

July 16, 2014 by Rebecca

Congratulations to the graduates of the Andrew W Mellon Foundation MA 2013/14: Documenting Fashion: Dress, Film and Image in Europe & America, 1920-45 at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

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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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Winter Modes

July 11, 2014 by Fruzsi

Although summer is well under way, a few of us are already thinking several seasons ahead. Our department has been asked to contribute to Somerset House’s Winter Festival exhibition, which will feature a series of small displays on the theme … Continue reading

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Dress in Autobiography and Autobiography in Dress: A Brief Exploration of Irene Castle’s Dress in Castles in the Air

July 8, 2014 by Jennifer

“The clothes I wore were practical for me and that is the reason I wore them,” explained ragtime social dancer Irene Castle in her memoir and autobiography Castles in the Air. An icon of the Progressive Era, Irene is remembered … 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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‘Bravo la confection française!’ Researching French Ready-to-wear, 1947-1957

July 1, 2014 by Alexis

On 11 April 2014 I presented a paper at ‘Couture, Fashion and Consumption: Britain/France, 1947-1957’ held at Paris’ Institut d’Histoire du Temps Présent (CNRS). This was the latest study day in the ongoing cross-cultural collaboration between dress history researchers from … Continue reading

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