Dressed: The History of Fashion

Dressed: The History of Fashion

With over 7 billion people in the world, we all have one thing in common. Every day we all get dressed. Join Dressed as we explore the social and cultural histories behind the who, what, when of why we wear.... Show More

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May 28, 2020 15 min

This show would not be possible without our wonderful listeners! This week we celebrate YOU by highlighting some of your fashion histories shared with us through listener mail.

Detroit oral history project: https://detroit1967.detroithistorical.org/items/show/453

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This week we learn about the history and techniques of historical hatmaking with Rachel Frost, one of only a handful of hatmakers using sixteenth century European techniques in the entire world.

See more of Rachel's work at www.thecraftybeggards.org.

For more from the Tudor Tailors see www.tudortailor.com.

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So many of you have asked for book recs for what to read during your extra time at home, this week we re-air our past minisode on our favorite fashion books.

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Nurses, we love you! In an episode dedicated to healthcare workers everywhere, this week we explore the history of the nurse uniform.

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May 14, 2020 22 min

This week we check out some disturbing historic beauty advice, a collection of the world's rarest pigments, alternative leather made from cacti, and get to the bottom of what Christian Dior was up to in 1949.

Sources:

  • a collection of the world's rarest colors https://liveplayeat.com/the-worlds-rarest-colors/
  • Dior 1949 collection https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6xD-jKli-_qIYXDTsNv4dw
  • Desserto https://desserto.com.mx/.
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    Past Dressed guest Tony Vaccaro just beat COVID-19. In celebration, we air our past interview with the 97 year-old photographer whose prolific career photographing fashion, celebrity and World War spans seven decades.

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    In lieu of this week's FHM, we bring you a special interview with Amy Yeung, founder of Orenda Tribe. Using the colors of the rainbow as her guide, Amy breathes new life into old clothing and textiles with a sustainable, ethical approach to design that both celebrates and supports her indigenous heritage and community. One hundred percent of sales from Orenda Tribe's Spread Love and Shine Light campaign is going towards cri...

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    On the heels of our Downton Abbey episode, this week we explore the dress of the downstairs set. What did domestic servants really wear?

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    April 30, 2020 20 min

    From golden mending games to Advanced Style inspiration, this week's episode is full of suggestions for fun fashion history related activities you can do on and off line and with the whole family!


    Recommendations:

  • www.advance.style
  • www.firstamericanartmagazine.com
  • www.goldenjoinery.com
  • www.colornames.org
  • https://www.metmuseum.org/art/metpublications
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    This week, we speak with Anna Mary Scott Robbins, the costume designer behind one of the most beloved television series, and now films, Downton Abbey.

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    To celebrate a quintessential rite of passage being canceled en masse this year due to the pandemic, we bring you a brief history of Prom.

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    Join us for our second installment on the stories and symbolism lovingly stitched into the GoT costumes.


    RECOMMENDED READING:

  • Clapton, Michele and Gina McIntyre. Game of Thrones: The Costumes. San Rafael: Insight Editions, 2019.
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    April 15, 2020 19 min

    This week we issue a couple of challenges! Recreate works of art at home! Help April get to the bottom of Pierre Cardin-designed uniforms for the Chinese army?! Also check out the instagram accounts @whatalexiswore and @izabelapriorattire for a full serving of fashion history fun!

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    We obsessed. We cried. We stood in awe of the epic saga that was Game of Thrones. Join us for an extra delicious episode where we break down the stories and symbolism lovingly stiched into the GoT costumes.

    RECOMMENDED READING:

  • Clapton, Michele and Gina McIntyre. Game of Thrones: The Costumes. San Rafael: Insight Editions, 2019.
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    A feat of Indian craftsmanship and British colonial pageantry, the "peacock dress" was worn by Lady Curzon, Vicereine of India, to the 1903 Delhi Durbar commemorating King Edward VII's ascension to the British throne. Today, we learn why it is still celebrated as as one of the most beautiful and masterfully constructed gowns in the history of fashion.


    Recommended reading and viewing:

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    In celebration of our one hundredth episode, we welcome to the show Mary Wilson, founding member of The Supremes and author of the book Supreme Glamour. Ms. Wilson joins us to discuss the evolution of the group's now iconic wardrobe and the integral role that fashion--and supreme glamour--played in the success of one of the greatest singing trios of all time.

    Recommended reading:

  • Supreme Glamour (Thames and Hudson, 2019)
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    April 2, 2020 32 min

    Topics in this week's episode include the Contemporary Muslim Fashion exhibition, eighteenth century wig building, the origins story of the N95 face mask, and the wonder of online fashion exhibitions on the Google Arts & Culture App.


    Fast Company article:

    https://www.fastcompany.com/90479846/the-untold-origin-story-of-the-n95-mask

    V&A's Design a Wig:

    https://www.vam.ac.uk/designawig/

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    What happens when French haute couture meets Thai glamour and elegance? This week, Melissa Leventon joins us to discuss the sartorial legacy of Queen Sirikit of Thailand.

    Recommended reading:

  • Melissa Leventon's Fit for a Queen: Her Majesty Queen Sirikit's Creations by Balmain (River Books Press, 2016) and In Royal Fashion: The Style of Queen Sirikit of Thailand (River Books Press, 2013)
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    How did a practical device for catching fish become a coveted and controversial fashion staple? This week, we explore the fascinating thousand-year plus history behind fishnets.

    Recommended reading:

  • https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/the-history-of-hand-knitting
  • https://www.vintag.es/2019/01/fishnet-stockings.html
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    En pointe and en vogue, the ballerina has inspired many a fashion designer. Dance and fashion have long had a symbiotic relationship, and this week we speak to Patricia Mears about her sublimely beautiful exhibition which highlights the mutual love affair between ballet and high style.

    Recommended reading:

  • Mears, Patricia et al. Ballerina: Fashion's Modern Muse. New York: Vendome Press, 2019.
  • Clip from the Red Shoes (1948): https:...
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