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Category Archives: Friends and Colleagues

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 [...]

The Future of Tradition: Weavers of Oaxaca, Mexico Connect Their Future with Their Past

On Thursday, May 10 at 12pm, The Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco will play host to the Chavez Santiago family of the “famed weaving village of Teotitlan de Valle presents its story of this ancient art form, a family, a culture and preserving a way of life across generations.” The New York Times [...]

CFP: New Fashion Journal- Fashion, Style & Popular Culture

There seems to be a growing roster of peer reviewed academic fashion journals, and the newest is Fashion, Style & Popular Culture (Intellect Ltd). Its inaugural issue will appear in October 2013 (see the call for papers here). Reading the description on Intellect’s website, it seems that the journal might have grown as a subset [...]

Today @FashionHistoria: Live Tweeting the Gaultier exhibit

This morning at 10:30am (Pacific) I’ll be live-tweeting from the press preview of the de Young Museums, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk. The exhibit opens to the public this Saturday, March 24; with a gala celebration tomorrow. Today’s press preview will provide an insiders look at the [...]