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A copy for me! Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style

I’ve just received my very own copy of Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style (DK publishers – and the Smithsonian)! It’s so exciting to see ones name in print, especially alongside such well-respected and well-known historians, authors and researchers. It really is an amazing resource, and very well done (covering the history of […]

CSA Western Event: Mission Vestments at the de Saisset Museum

Join Costume Society of America Western Region for a presentation and tours of the richly-textured, exotic and clandestine histories of the Vestment and Liturgical Garments used in Alta California’s Missions

Call for Papers: Fashion and Re-collection (Due 10/26)

Fashion and Re-collection: A Postgraduate Symposium with Keynote Speakers London College of Fashion, 29th January 2013 Keynote Speakers: Professor Caroline Evans and Dr. Linda Sandino CALL FOR PAPERS Fashion can be understood as ‘poised ambiguously between present and past’, as noted by Elizabeth Wilson (2003).  Indeed, the 2009 inaugural issue of Vestoj, Journal of Sartorial […]

News Alert: Museum of Craft & Folk Art to close December 1st

Thursday September 20, 2012 SAN FRANCISCO’S BELOVED MUSEUM OF CRAFT AND FOLK ART (MOCFA) CLOSES ITS DOORS AFTER 30 YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE The Museum of Craft and Folk Art (MOCFA) on Yerba Buena Lane announces that it will be closing its doors on December 1, 2012 at the end of the run of its […]

Special Issue of Textile: Trade and Transformations of Secondhand Clothing

Ever wondered what happens to your clothes beyond the charity bag? Edited by anthropologists Lucy Norris and Julie Botticello, this special issue of Textile reveals the enormous scale, value and impact of the international secondhand clothes trade, a global economy that most know very little about. The topic is approached from a variety of disciplinary […]

My CSA Western Presidency: The first three weeks

A brief overview of my work as president so far, plus a call for papers for the National Symposium, and a reminder on the ‘Designing Women’ program at The Autry on August 11.

I’m in Print: Sunday Times of London (History of High Heels)

A few weeks ago, Matt Rudd of the Sunday Times of London asked me for a statement on the history of high heels. Though he didn’t quote me exactly, he did quote me first in his column, “God of Small Things” yesterday. For your reference, here’s the complete version of what I told him: High […]

Cult of Beauty Catalog: Winner!

We had another good set of entries for this contest to win the Cult of Beauty exhibition Catalog, with some good photo entries. I’m planning on doing more of these in the coming months – so keep your eyes open for more opportunities. The Winner is…. Lauren!  

Tapestry Symposium: Melissa Leventon to speak at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

Melissa Leventon, former curator of Costume & Textiles at the De Young Museum of San Francisco, as well as a past president of the Costume Society of America, Western Region will be part of a Tapestry symposium on artist Mark Adams being held on Sunday, June 24, from 1-4:30pm. Hope to see you there! Mark […]

My New Job at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.

It all began in 1977, when the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association opened in a Los Altos storefront. Now in its permanent home in downtown San Jose, the collection houses “850 quilts, garments and ethnic textiles, and a research library of more than 500 books on the history and making of quilts and textiles.” If […]