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.

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April 15, 2021 60 min

Parents rejoice! This week fellow Dressed listener Jonathan Joseph joins us to speak about his new fashion ed-tech start up for kids and teens.

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202 embroiders. 28 countries. 1 dress. Artist Kirstie Macleod joins us to share the stories behind the The Red Dress Project, an eleven year collaboration empowering women artisans from around the world to share their stories through embroidery.

  • https://reddressembroidery.com
  • www.kirstiemacleod.co.uk
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    Band leader, vintage aficionado, and style activist Dandy Wellington joins us to discuss the power and joy of vintage dressing today.

    More on Dandy's work: www.dandywellington.com

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    Today we are joined by fashion educator, researcher, and activist Dr. Ben Barry whose work on refashioning and cripping masculinities challenges and redefines dominant definitions of fashion.

    For more on Dr. Barry's work:

  • www.refashioningmasculinity.com
  • www.crippingmasculinity.com
  • www.fashionstudies.ca
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    Join Cassidy as she tries to fool April--and vice versa--with wacky facts and fictions from fashion history.

    RECOMMENDED READING:

  • Golbin, Pamela. Couture Confessions. New York: Rizzoli, 2016.
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    This week Ayaka Sano joins us to discuss the early years of the career of Japanese designer Hanae Mori, the first Asian woman to be admitted to the ranks of French haute couture.

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    March 25, 2021 28 min

    Today we continue our conversation by one of our favorite designers, Norma Kamali, who has been a defining force in American fashion for more than five decades.

    RECOMMENDED READING:

  • Kamali, Norma. I Am Invincible. New York: Abrams, 2021.
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    March 23, 2021 47 min

    This week we are delighted to be joined by one of our favorite designers, Norma Kamali, to chat about her role in defining American fashion for more than five decades.

    RECOMMENDED READING:

  • Kamali, Norma. I Am Invincible. New York: Abrams, 2021.
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    March 18, 2021 33 min

    This week, we make our recommendations for digital fashion history resources.


    Instagram accounts:

    https://www.instagram.com/matching.melania/

    https://www.instagram.com/noraesdollhouse/


    Victorian Mourning Practices:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5w2wN301Lk


    Slow Factory Open Education:

    https://slowfactory.foundation/open-education


    The Roaring 20s and Swinging 60s:

    https://exhibitions.fitnyc.edu/roaring-20s-and-swinging-60s/exhibition/


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    How did the Vietnamese come to dominate the multi-billion dollar nail industry? Filmmaker Adele Pham joins us to discuss her film Nailed It, which explores the history of Vietnamese nail salons in America.

  • https://www.naileditdoc.com
  • https://vimeo.com/ondemand/nailedit
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    In anticipation of this week's Fashion History Now, we revisit one of our very first episode's in season one where we met the men behind the fashion: Étienne de Silhouette (1709-1767) and Jules Leotard (1842-1870).

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    What treasures lie in the Chicago History Museum's 50,000 piece dress and textile collection? From Abraham Lincoln's belongings to rare Parisian haute couture, Jessica Pushor is back to share some of the collection's highlights and surprises.

  • https://www.chicagohistory.org/collections/collection-contents/costume-and-textiles/
  • https://images.chicagohistory.org
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    Today, we are joined by "librarian of clothing" Jessica Pushor, collections manager of the Chicago History Museum's 50,000+ piece dress and textile collection. Pushor takes us behind the scenes and back in history in part one of a two-part episode on Chicago's fashionable past.

    https://www.chicagohistory.org/collections/collection-contents/costume-and-textiles/

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    Beloved by sirens of the stage and screen for her curve clinging creations, this week Nany Deihl joins us to discuss Zelda Wynn Valdes. We also bust a few myths about who designed the Playboy Bunny costume.

    RECOMMENDED READING:

  • Deihl, Nancy, ed. The Hidden History of American Fashion: Rediscovering 20th Century Women Designers. New York: Bloomsbury, 2018.
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    This week we celebrate the life and legacy of Mary Wilson (1944-2021), founding member of The Supremes and author of the book Supreme Glamour. Ms. Wilson joined us on season 3 to discuss her book, 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.

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  • Mary Wilson's Supreme Gl...
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    This week we speak with one of our favorite contemporary artists, Fabiola Jean-Louis, who rewrites history by photographing women of color in the historic silhouettes she painstakingly recreates from paper.

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    In the second installment of this episode, we speak about Bonnie's unique design lexicon and how her working methods blazed new territory in the fashion industry.

    RECOMMENDED READING:

  • Lake, Stephanie. Bonnie Cashin: Chic is Where You Find It. New York: Rizzoli, 2016.
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    From tight-lacing to sitting in a bustle, Christine is back to discuss the realities of wearing historical dress, smashing some popular fashion history myths in the process.

  • Christine's website: https://sewstine.com
  • Her YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClE05Q8Hh939-3BY8p9MPoQ
  • Inclusion in the Costuming Community: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3tdjRLBcdo
  • "Why Bridgerton is Problematic" panel: https...
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