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Category Archives: Friends and Colleagues

Southeastern European Folk Dress: A CSA Event with Dr. Elizabeth Barber

Earlier this month I had the rare pleasure of taking a Costume Society of America (CSA) Western Region tour of  Resplendent Dress from Southeastern Europe: A History in Layers, the current exhibition on at UCLA’s Fowler Museum, with one of the world’s foremost historians on the earliest known clothing. Dr. Elizabeth Barber is an expert […]

Researching ‘Hollywood Sketchbook’: An Interview with Natasha Rubin (Part 2)

If you enjoyed the brief look into  Hollywood Sketchbook: A Century of Costume Illustration from last week, you’re going to love “Part II” of my interview with Natasha Rubin, who contributed a fascinating essay to this book: Heather Vaughan: Who was your favorite person to interview for this project? Natasha Rubin: “Deborah interviewed the vast […]

CSA Meet-Up at UC Davis: Structures, Signifiers and Society with Mary Schoeser

Yesterday I had the unique opportunity to go to a Costume Society of America Meet – Up (an informal and free event giving CSA members the opportunity to mix and mingle with their fellow enthusiasts) at the UC Davis Design Museum. Organized by past-president, Jo Ann C. Stabb, we had gathered together to see Structures, […]

Museum of Performance & Design Rummage Sale January 26

  MUSEUM OF PERFORMANCE + DESIGN First Rummage Sale in 20 years!  Saturday, January 26th Veteran’s Building, Fourth Floor, MPD main gallery – Come see what treasures you could snap up for a great deal. Thousands of theatre, dance, music, opera, musical theatre, and film-related books and memorabilia as well as exhibition materials, office and audio/video […]

Researching ‘Hollywood Sketchbook': An Interview with Natasha Rubin (Part 1)

Deborah Nadoolman Landis recently released the fantastic resource, Hollywood Sketchbook: A Century of Costume Illustration (Nov. 2012) as a follow-up to her Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design (2007). My dear friend Natasha Rubin has a marvelous essay in the book that provides depth as well as some unique insights into the research process […]

9th North American Textile Conservation Conference in SF

CONFERENCE: “Conserving Modernity: the Articulation of Innovation,” 9th North American Textile Conservation Conference San Francisco, California November 12th – 15th, 2013 Synthetics. New ideas to old problems. Wearable art. Creative treatment solutions. Evolving installations. Collaborations with contemporary artists. These are some of the topics that will be addressed in two days of papers and posters […]

Dec. 1: Monarchy Lecture and Royal Tea (FIDM in Los Angeles)

Katherine Hepburn’s Costumes: A Book and An Exhbition

Katherine Hepburn: Rebel Chic Jean L. Druesedow, director of the Kent State University Museum and former curator at the Costume Institute, has provided a marvelous essay in Katherine Hepburn: Rebel Chic, the new marvelously illustrated book out on the film-stars on and off-screen style. Druesdow’s essay, “Working Relationships: Costume Design and Katherine Hepburn,” is an […]

Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty (Volume 1) Brief Review

Edited by UC Davis professor Susan Kaiser (along with Efrat Tseëlon of the University of Leeds and and Ana Marta González of the University of Navarra); this publication – part book and part journal – seeks to further the Fashion Studies debate with both interdisciplinary and international slants. Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty is […]

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 […]