Documenting Fashion

Category Archives for Work in Progress

Our research, our current ideas, and what we’re thinking about now


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

Categories: Commentary, Work in Progress | Comments Off


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

Categories: Uncategorized, Work in Progress | Comments Off


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

Categories: Commentary, From the Collections, Work in Progress | Comments Off


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

Categories: Commentary, From the Collections, Work in Progress | Comments Off


Favourite Online Resources

October 21, 2014 by Rebecca

As the new academic year starts, we got together to choose some of our favourite online and digital resources for researching dress history.  We wanted to share these with you, and to give you examples of some of our best … Continue reading

Categories: Work in Progress | Comments Off


Motion, modernity and flux in Thayaht’s illustrations of Vionnet fashions

August 26, 2014 by Rebecca

Recently, I’ve been looking through the copies of Gazette du Bon Ton in our collection, trying to find some cold-weather fashions for our upcoming display for Somerset House’s Winter Festival. In the process, I have come across several plates drawn … Continue reading

Categories: From the Collections, Uncategorized, Work in Progress | Comments Off


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.

Categories: Uncategorized, Work in Progress | Comments Off


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

Categories: From the Collections, Uncategorized, Work in Progress | Comments Off


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

Categories: Uncategorized, Work in Progress | Comments Off


‘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

Categories: Uncategorized, Work in Progress | Comments Off

← Older posts