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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 Admin

by Emma ParnisEngland 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 … Continue reading

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‘Addressing Images,’ Brown Bag Discussion Group

December 15, 2014 by Rosily

collage image by Alexis Romano   Friday 6 February, 2015 12:30-14:00, Research Forum South Room, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 0RN This series of brown bag events opens up discussion of dress’ significance within imagery – … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays!

December 2, 2014 by Rebecca

Happy Holidays to All Our Readers! As a special ‘thank you’ to all our readers, we wanted to give you a copy of the booklet (PDF) to go with the Winter Mode display we curated for the Fashioning Winter exhibition currently on … Continue reading

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Skating

December 2, 2014 by Rebecca

Fashion on the Ice and Snow (1940), Prelinger Archive    As this promotional film for Sacony, ‘America’s Number One Name in Sportswear’ attests, winter fashions have long been a preoccupation. And as those of us who are lucky enough to … Continue reading

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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