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Shaping Prêt-à-Porter in the Fourth Republic (1946-58): The Paris/New York Dialogue

August 14, 2015 by Alexis

The following is an excerpt from a paper I presented last month at Fashion: the 84th Anglo-American Conference of Historians, held at London’s Institute of Historical Research. It was included in a panel on ”Collaborations, Conversations and Peer Relationships in Fashion,” which featured individual papers by the four co-founders of the Fashion Research Network that drew on their doctoral research. Each pair of papers fell under one … Continue reading

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Brazilian Tropicalia Fashions Embedded in Life Magazine, November 1971

August 4, 2015 by Liz

I recently came across an interesting photograph that was published in Life magazine on 12 November 1971, accompanying an article written and photographed by John Dominis and entitled ‘Taming the Green Hell: Brazil Rams a Highway Through The Wild Amazon.’ … Continue reading

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‘”Chic” Was To Art The Same As Sex Appeal Is To Love’: Four Things I Learnt While Reading Cecil Beaton’s Memoirs of the 40s

July 24, 2015 by Rebecca

One of the many delights – and distractions – of research is the things you read along the way to your real goal.  While my focus is on Beaton’s wartime photography, for a forthcoming paper at the Museum of London, … Continue reading

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The Re-Presentation of Western-style Dress in National Geographic, September 1971

July 21, 2015 by Liz

Three female subjects stand side-on in a forest clearing, next to the remains of a smoldering fire. They do not look at the photographer but appear to be posing for another photograph, which is being taken by someone to the … Continue reading

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When War Meets Fashion Photography: Lee Miller and Marlene Dietrich

July 7, 2015 by Nicole

Lee Miller, born Elizabeth Miller (April 23 1907) started her career as a successful fashion model after a fateful run-in with Condé Nast on the streets of New York City during the 1920s. Such a crossing of paths resulted in Miller landing her first modelling job for American Vogue, and she became … Continue reading

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‘L’Origami du Monde’: 032c Turns Ethnographic Gaze Onto National Geographic

June 30, 2015 by Liz

As I approach the last six months of my thesis, I’m currently in the process of piecing together a coherent visual narrative from the hundreds of pages of images I’ve examined over the last two and a half years. And … Continue reading

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Ready-to-wear, rupture and continuity in the space of Elle magazine post 1968

May 26, 2015 by Alexis

The student protests of May 1968 brought focus to Paris’ streets on national and global levels, and this was echoed in French fashion imagery. A ready-to-wear editorial in the 2 September 1968 issue of Elle by Claude Brouet and Marie-Thérèse … Continue reading

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War, Women and Lipstick

May 19, 2015 by Brianna

In recent months, countless hours perusing the US Vogue database has enabled, or rather become an outlet for, my intense cosmetics and advertisement addiction. There is much pleasure to be had in tracing the origins of what we now consider … Continue reading

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Zuzu Angel

May 12, 2015 by Liz

I’m currently researching a paper that I plan to give at the conference we are holding on the 16th May, ‘Women Make Fashion/Fashion Makes Women’. My paper is entitled ‘Zuzu Angel: Fashioning Resistance to the Brazilian Military Dictatorship, New York, 13th September, 1971’ and concerns the … Continue reading

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Women Make Fashion/ Fashion Makes Women: Planning our Conference to Celebrate 50 Years of Dress History at the Courtauld

April 24, 2015 by Liz

The last few weeks have been increasingly busy for Dr Rebecca Arnold, Lucy Moyse and myself, as we’ve been finalising the last few details of our conference, entitled ‘Women Make Fashion/ Fashion Makes Women’, which takes place on Saturday 16th … Continue reading

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