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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July 9, 2020 28 min

Today, the bicycle is a ubiquitous summer pasttime for many of us, but in the 1890s it was a new social and cultural phenomenon that took the world by storm. As with any social activity in the nineteenth century, "cycling" required its own etiquette. This week, we explore the 1890s do's and don'ts of how to ride a bike and what to wear while doing it.

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  • https://www.google.com/books/edition/Social_Eti...
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    Living historian and educator Cheyney McKnight joins us for part two of this episode to discuss African diasporic dress and fashion in the US during the 18th and 19th centuries, particularly women's headwraps.

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    July 2, 2020 20 min

    This week we discussed the future of fashion customization, the conservation of Queen Elizabeth I's funeral corset, the discovery of a 2,300 year old boot and Crayola's new Colors of the World release due out this month.

    Recommended reading:

  • https://www.cnn.com/style/article/calvin-klein-pride-campaign-jari-jones-trend/index.html
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5416629/Queen-Elizabeth-415-year-old-funeral-corset-res...
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    Living historian and educator Cheyney McKnight joins us this week to speak about the profession of historic interpretation and specifically about her research and work interpreting the periods of slavery in the US during the 18th and 19th centuries.

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    In this week's mini-sode we answer a listener question about the history of the wedding garter and examine how wedding traditions of the Middle Ages and Renaissance relate to customs practiced today.

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    This week, we bring you part two of our two part episode with Anna Jackson, curator of the V&A exhibition Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk, the first major exhibition on the kimono in the UK's history.

    Additional resources:

  • https://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/kimono-kyoto-to-catwalk
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    June 18, 2020 36 min

    This week, we bring you part one of our two part episode with Anna Jackson, curator of the V&A exhibition Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk, the first major exhibition on the kimono in the UK's history.

    Additional resources:

  • https://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/kimono-kyoto-to-catwalk
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    This week, we bring you part two of our 2018 interview with Monica L. Miller, author of the book Slaves to Fashion: Black Dandyism and the Styling of Black Diasporic Identity.

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    June 4, 2020 20 min

    Cassidy and April discuss current events as they relate to the fashion industry and the field of Fashion Studies, highlighting where the industry and field need to go and the important POC scholars, historians, and activists who are working to get it there.


    WEBSITES:

  • Kimberly Jenkins: www.fashionandrace.com
  • Cheney McKnight: www.notyourmommashistory.com
  • Dr. Jonathen Square: www.fashioningtheself.com, www.jonathansquare.com
  • Dandy Welli...
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    History is more important now than ever. This week, we revisit our illuminating two-part series on the cultural history of black dandyism with Monica L. Miller, author of the book Slaves to Fashion: Black Dandyism and the Styling of Black Diasporic Identity.

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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.thecraftybeggars.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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