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‘A Good Old-fashioned Head Lock’: Sport and Slimming Aids Battle it out in the Pages of Vogue

February 6, 2015 by Emma

As I was buried in old issues of British Vogue at the British Library this week, I came across an illustrated column called ‘Daily Dozens for Débutantes’ in a September issue from 1925. The column covered the topic of sports … Continue reading

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East Village Eye: New Wave Fashion of the Recent Future

February 3, 2015 by Rebecca

East Village Eye – a magazine published between 1979 and 1987 – shows the medium’s power to encapsulate a moment and to convey the excitement of collaboration, in terms of its contributors and of the collages of text and images … Continue reading

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Cosmetics: Women’s Freedom in a Tube

January 27, 2015 by Nicole

The inter-war period signalled a time of change for many women as they were granted more responsibility within society. As more women inhabited the office as a place of work during the 1930s, a new sense of freedom was also occurring. Women were … Continue reading

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In Conversation With…

January 20, 2015 by Lisa

On the 3rd December last year, Dr. Olga Vainshtein, a Senior Researcher, and Ksenia Gusarova, a Ph.D. student and fellow lecturer from the Russian State University for the Humanities, joined our History of Dress MA class via Skype for our … Continue reading

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Readdressing Black Photographic History in Victorian Britain

January 16, 2015 by Liz

Last week I accompanied my ‘Fashion and Photography: viewing and reviewing global images of dress over the last one hundred years’ undergraduate class to see the recent exhibition, co-curated by Renée Mussai and Mark Sealy MBE, at Autograph ABP, who … Continue reading

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How Ginger Got the Job!

January 13, 2015 by Lauren

When researching American fashion advertising in the interwar period, I came across a J.C. Penney advertisement located in a 1939 edition of McCall’s Style News. The ad employs a comic book format, synthesising text and image to relay a narrative … Continue reading

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Midcentury Modelling Techniques

January 6, 2015 by Katerina

The model agent Matthew Dessner wrote that modelling had ‘something of the spirit of the dance’ because models could express ‘their personalities in its graceful accentuated steps, its swirling turns and pivots, its musical timing.’ Dessner here attempted to imbue the … Continue reading

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Complicating Portraiture and Ethnography in a Photograph from National Geographic, August 1926

January 2, 2015 by Liz

Whilst flipping through a copy of National Geographic from August 1926 as part of my PhD research, which examines globalization and the representation of Brazilian dress in the magazine, I came across an intriguing image. It was of a man … Continue reading

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How to Get In and Out of Taxis Wearing a Kimono

December 19, 2014 by Lisa

To a certain degree the way we move is dictated by our choice in dress and clothing. The way we walk is governed by our choice in footwear. The way we carry our bodies is guided by the way we … Continue reading

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‘Unfit for Ladies’: A sensorial reading of Keats’ The Eve of St Agnes

December 16, 2014 by Emma

Whilst recently browsing through Entwistle’s The Fashioned Body I came across a passage describing the shortcomings of the costume museum with regards to the understanding of a garment: “What it cannot tell us is how the garment was worn, how … Continue reading

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