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Category Archives: Museums & Exhibitions

The Kimono: Two Exhibits, Two Reviews

* Right now two major museums, on opposite coasts of the United States, both have exhibitions on the Kimono. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has Kimono for a Modern Age (through October 19, 2014) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has Kimono: A Modern History (through January 4, 2015). This […]

Fall Book Notes and Previews (Biba, Art Noveau, and the 19th Century)

The books just keep coming! And not surprisingly, there were many released in time for the new school year. The vast majority of these are museum publications, however, reflecting the ever-increasing popularity of fashion exhibitions in museums. The Biba Years, 1963-1975 By Barbara Hulanicki and Martin Pel (September 23, 2014, V &A Publishing) A revealing […]

Guest Exhibition Review: “Exposed: The History of Lingerie”

EXPOSED: THE HISTORY OF LINGERIE MUSEUM @ FIT JUNE 3-NOVEMBER 15, 2014 Guest Exhibition Review By Nadine L. Stewart Exposed: The History of Lingerie explores a fashion story that often takes a secondary place in the fashion history—what’s been worn underneath our clothes. These are the pieces that give our bodies the current fashionable silhouette […]

Fashion Books of Summer 2014: Turquoise, Dress Patterns, Luxury, Branding, and the Kimono

This summer saw a number of fashion-related titles published from both University and traditional Trade publishing houses. Here’s a quick round-up of some of those titles you might want to add to your fall reading list: The Sky Blue Stone: The Turquoise Trade in World History by Arash Khazeni (UC Press, May 2014) This book […]

Exhibition Review: Civil War Quilts at the New York Historical Society

Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts and Context in the Civil War at the New York Historical Society ends August 31, 2014 Guest Review by Nadine Stewart “Cotton thread holds the Union together; unites John C. Calhoun and Abbot Lawrence. Patriotism for holidays and summer evenings, with music and rockets, but cotton thread is the Union.” –Ralph […]

“Hips Don’t Lie” at the Asian Art Museum (San Francisco)

“There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.”– Nietzsche

Guest Exhibit Review: Bill Cunningham’s Facades at New York Historical Society

“Though the pictures were taken 37 years ago, they show a clear relationship between architecture and fashion that informs us today. They are not simply historical dress-up.”

Important New Books on Fashion in Museums from Yale

The pace of fashion publishing continues to impress me. When I was in graduate school, new and important fashion history books were few and far between. But now, it’s hard to keep up! Yale Press, in particular, continues to set the bar high for new and necessary books for the fashion historians library. Aside from […]

Charles James: Beyond Fashion (Exhibition Review)

I’m extremely excited to have this exhibition review from fashion historian Nadine Stewart, of the brand new show “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibit opened last week and runs through August 10, 2014. For those not able to make the trip, there is  the exhibition catalog, Charles James: Beyond […]

Last Minute Exhibit Review: 1930s Fashion at the Museum @ FIT

I’m happy to share with you this last minute, guest exhibition review of Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s, from historian Nadine Stewart. On view at the Museum @ FIT through tomorrow (April 19, 2014) the exhibition catalog is available for those unable to see the show in person. ELEGANCE IN […]