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Category Archives: History in the Making

Punk Style: An Interview with Monica Sklar

In this interview with Punk Style expert Monica Sklar, she explains the history and trajectory of Punk fashion, suggesting that perhaps, “mainstream acceptance of more diverse appearances is a “win” for a battle punk was fighting against repression and conformity.”

Four New Fashion Journals from Intellect (Download for Free!)

Intellect publishers has just announced that they will be publishing four new journals dedicated to the study of clothing and fashion (Clothing Cultures; Fashion, Style & Popular Culture; Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion plus, coming soon International Journal of Fashion Studies). They’ve also announced that you can download the first issue of each for free! [...]

Weekend Reading: Smithsonian’s 101 Objects that Made America

For a special issue of Smithsonian Magazine, 101 objects were chosen to represent the American History-which includes articles of clothing, accessories, and flat textiles of significance. What did they get right and what did they leave out?

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 [...]

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 [...]

CFP: 5th Global Conference Fashion

  5th Global Conference: Fashion Monday 9th September – Thursday 12th September 2013 Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom Call for Presentations Fashion is a statement, a stylised form of expression, which displays and begins to define a person, a place, a class, a time, a religion, a culture, subcultures, and even a nation. This inter-disciplinary [...]

W: The First 40 Years

Despite my qualms with the organization and layout – this is recent fashion photography history at it’s best, and fills in some of the gaps left after Nancy Hall Duncan published History of Fashion Photography in 1979.

Lee Alexander McQueen: Love Looks Not With The Eyes

For thirteen years, Anne Deniau was the only photographer allowed full and complete access to the backstage antics of Alexander McQueen’s haute couture shows. With “Love Looks Not with the Eyes”, you can easily fall in love with McQueen all over again or for the first time.

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 [...]

That Medieval Bra Business…

A comparison of articles covering the sensationalistic medieval ‘bra’ and a recommendation on the article that people should read to get a better education on the subject, written by Beatrix Nutz, a researcher at the Institute of Archaeology, University of Innsbruck (She is writing her thesis on the textiles from Lengberg)