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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October 22, 2020 25 min

In part two of this two-part series, Amy de la Haye joins us to speak about fashion's love affair with the rose, her book The Rose in Fashion: Ravishing and its associated exhibition which is to be mounted at The Museum at FIT.

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In part one of this two-part series, Amy de la Haye joins us to speak about the historic symbolism of the rose, her book The Rose in Fashion: Ravishing and its associated exhibition which is to be mounted at The Museum at FIT.

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On this week's minisode we delve into the incredible life of suffragist Mable Ping-Hua Lee, the activist who dedicated her life to the suffrage movement and women's rights despite the fact she may have never received the right to vote herself.

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With the US presidential election just three weeks out, we re-air our episode with fashion historian, educator and historic interpreter Raissa Bretaña about her work on the roll of style within the American suffrage movement.

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Dr. Tanisha C. Ford returns to discuss her recently released memoir Dressed in Dreams: A Black Girl’s Letter to the Power of Fashion (2019).

More on Dr. Ford:

  • http://www.tanishacford.com

  • Recommended Reading:

  • The Incredible Whiteness of the Museum Fashion Collection: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/29/style/museums-fashion-racism.html
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    The paradox of clothing is that it can be at once the most public and the most personal of items a person can use to express their identity historically and today, a dichotomy found throughout the work of today's guest Dr. Tanisha C. Ford. She joins us for part one of a two part discussion on her books Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul (2015), and her recently released memoir Dressed in Drea...

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    This week designers Gabriel Brandon-Hanson and Jesus Herrera join us to discuss their vintage shop which features exquisitely handmade garments sourced from all over Mexico and how their contemporary brand, Les Jesus, partners with embroiderers and artisans using traditional techniques.

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    Daffodils for your unrequited love, lavender for your sworn enemy. This week author and illustrator Jessica Roux joins us to discuss how the Victorians used the symbolism of flowers as a means of communication.

    Recommended Reading:

  • Roux, Jessica. Floriography: An Illustrated Guide to the Victorian Language of Flowers. Kansas City, MO: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2020.
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    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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