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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September 24, 2020 35 min

This week we explore the symbiotic relationships between modern women, fashion, and cars at the dawn of the twentieth century.

Recommended reading:

  • Georgine Clarsen's Eat My Dust: Early Women Moderists
  • Emily Remus's A Shoppers’ Paradise: How the Ladies of Chicago Claimed Power and Pleasure in the New Downtown
  • A'Lelia Bundles's On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker
  • Dorothy Levitt's 1909 guidebook ...
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    This week, we meet some of the muses of Ari Seth Cohen's Advanced Style and Advanced Love series who join us to share the myriad of lessons and philosophies they've learned from their many years of getting dressed.

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    Cassidy and April "sit down" with Hamish Bowles, fashion historian, couture collector, Vogue editor, and new host of the podcast In Vogue: The 1990s.

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    Style knows no age. In part one of this two part episode, photographer Ari Seth Cohen joins us to discuss Advanced Style, his street style blog turned international movement celebrating "the stylish senior set."

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    September 10, 2020 24 min

    We cover everything from smart wool to stylin' penguins in this week's discussion that also includes what is happening in the world of online fashion auctions, vintage department store catalogs, and must watch docu-series.

  • Knit for Nature: https://scoop.upworthy.com/109-year-old-spent-his-final-years-knitting-tiny-sweaters-for-injured-penguins
  • Smart Wool: https://www.seas.harvard.edu/news/2020/09/wool-material-can-remember-a...
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    September 8, 2020 49 min

    This week we honor the work of costume designer, fashion historian and expert on the history of paper patterns, Joy Spanabel Emery.

    RECOMMENDED READING:

  • Emery, Joy Spanabel. A History of the Paper Pattern Industry: The Home Dressmaking Revolution. New York: Bloomsbury, 2014
  • Commercial Pattern Archive https://copa.apps.uri.edu/
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    This week we answer a listener question about past predictions of fashion's future; from wearable tech to smart phones and air conditioning a surprising number which are part of our every day lives were predicted a nearly century ago...


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    Iman. Tyra. Naomi. Marcellas Reynolds, author of the book Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion, joins us to discuss the legion of black models who have transformed and defined the fashion industry over the past seventy five years.

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    August 27, 2020 27 min

    Would you wear Chipotle?! This week we discuss a new clothing initiative by the fast food chain, the YouTube series Black Girl in a Big Dress, what's happening in a Taiwanese laundry, and address some listener mail.

    To Follow: @wantshowasyoung

    To Read: Sweatpants Forever, Polish MPs, Chipotle

    To Watch: Mucho Mucho Amore: The Legend of Walter Mercado (Netflix), Black Girl in a Big Dress (YouTube)

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    This week Andrea Lauer joins us to discuss the utilitarian and utopian history of the jumpsuit. A favorite fashion staple of the 21st century, the jumpsuit is a surprising site of discourse on economics, class and gender.

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    How do Louis Pasteur, Thomas Edison and an enigmatic French Count factor into the history of one of the most widely used textiles on the planet? Tune in to find out!

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    Vanessa Brown joins us this week to discuss the ways in which sunglasses have been used in the construction of cool and celebrity glamour.

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    This week we are joined by Amber-Dawn Bear Robe, the producer behind Santa Fe Indian Market's annual fashion show, which goes virtual this year for the first time. We learn about the show's history and this year's featured designers.

  • Learn more at https://swaia.org/haute-couture-fashion-show/

  • Designers:

  • OrlandoDugi.com
  • Korina Emmerich www.emmerichny.com
  • Patricia-Michaels.com
  • CatherineBlackburn.com
  • Delina White iamanishinaabe...
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    Thanks to a plethora of literature and Hollywood films, the American West holds an almost mythic-like place in the popular imagination. Its mere mention conjures images of legendary gunslingers and heroic homesteaders, among many other revered tropes. Lesser known and explored, however, is the American West's queer history and the many individuals who challenged and transgressed society's sexuality and gender binaries on th...

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    August 6, 2020 22 min

    On this week's minisode, we discuss listener mail about Princess Beatrice's upcycled Norman Harnell wedding dress, bicycling etiquette art, magical magazines, and SCAD museum's virtual fashion tours!

    Instagram accounts mentioned:

  • @diktats_bookstore, @simpsonsruinart, @faeriemagazine, @followmeaway
  • Other recommendations:

  • https://enchantedlivingmag.com, https://www.scadfash.org/events/see-top-selects-alaia-ad...
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    This week Dr. Jonathan Michael Square joins us to discuss some of his object based research into Brooks Brother's coats worn by enslaved servants during the 19th century.

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    This week we answer a listener query about when and how did shorts enter women's wardrobes.

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    During the 1920s and 30s, white fashion magazines and designers marketed ethnicity to white women as something that could be put on and taken off at will. Dr. Victoria Pass joins us to discuss the colonialist underbelly of modern fashion's "ethnic masquerade" and its contemporary incarnations.

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    In honor of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the iconic fashion flick Clueless, we bring you a special interview with the film's costume designer Mona May.

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    This week we examine the career of American Vogue editor Jessica Daves who presided over the magazine during the 1950s, a golden age of fashion photography and modernism. Why is it that Daves remains lesser known today in comparison to the editors who preceded and followed her?

    Recommended reading:

  • Tuite, Rebecca C. 1950s in Vogue: The Jessica Daves Years, 1952-1962. London & New York: Thames & Hudson, 2019.
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