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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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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    March 19, 2020 27 min

    This week we discuss online sources of fashion history, AJ and The Queen, Dapper Dan's new memoire and biodegradable plastics.


    Recommended reading:

    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art (and fashion) History:

    https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/coho/hd_coho.htm

    AJ and the Queen costumes:

    https://www.crfashionbook.com/culture/a30503047/aj-and-the-queen-rupaul-costumes/

    Korina Emmerich's face mask:

    https://www.emmerichny.com/product-page/split-s...

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    "The most influential woman in fashion" during the 20th century was far from a household name. Join us as we explore the legendary career of Eleanor Lambert who helped shape the trajectory of the American fashion industry from behind the scenes.

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    What do millionaires, harlequins and cigarettes have to do with the iconic cat-eye frame? Tune in to find out!

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    Fashion historian and author Lydia Edwards joins us to talk about her newly released book How to Read a Suit, the highly anticipated menswear version of her acclaimed How to Read a Dress.

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    March 5, 2020 31 min

    This week we cover topics including Bill Cunningham, 150 years of Harper's Bazaar, and the recent JLo/Shakira controversy. Are we still policing women's bodies in 2020?

    Recommended reading:

    Cassidy's talk:

    http://www.abqinternational.org/pioneering-women-designers-of-the-1920s/

    JLo/Shakira:

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/25/us/shakira-jlo-super-bowl-halftime-show-fcc-complaints-trnd/index.html

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/03/opin...

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    Do you know where the precious metals or gems used in your jewelry come from? This week we speak to jewelry designer Bliss Lau about ethics and responsibility in the jewelry trade.

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    Your great-grandmother enjoyed a dickie. Join us in our exploration of a wildly popular garment, now lost to fashion history.

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    After a deep dive into etiquette manuals, we explore the complex codes of introductions and calling during the 19th century.

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    February 20, 2020 29 min

    In this new bi-weekly minisode series, Cassidy and April share the latest in all things fashion history. From Jean Paul Gaultier's final haute couture collection to fashion's push for environmental responsibility, we bring you fashion history NOW.


    Recommended readings:

  • https://studyhall.earth
  • https://www.highsnobiety.com/p/slow-factory-study-hall-sustainable-fashion/
  • https://www.thredup.com/fashionfootprint
  • https://www.algiknit....
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    February 18, 2020 46 min

    This week, we continue to explore the intimate relationship between fashion and film from World War II into the present day.


    Recommended reading:

  • Deborah Nadoolman Landis's Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design (Harper Design, 2007)
  • Hollywood Costume (Harry N. Abrams, 2013)
  • Christopher Laverty's Fashion in Film (Laurence King, 2016)
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    The Oscars red carpet is one of the most highly anticipated fashion events of the year. This week, we explore its history with Bronwyn Cosgrave before April and Cassidy share their favorite picks from this year's festivities.


    Recommended Reading:

  • Bronwyn Cosgrave's Made for Each Other: Fashion and the Academy Awards (Bloomsbury, 2006)
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    February 4, 2020 45 min

    We are back! What better way to celebrate the launch of Season 3--and the Oscars AND Fashion Week-- than with a multi-episode celebration of the hundred and thirty plus year love affair between fashion and film.


    ⁠Recommended reading:

  • Deborah Nadoolman Landis's Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design (Harper Design, 2007)
  • Hollywood Costume (Harry N. Abrams, 2013)
  • Christopher Laverty's Fashion in Film (Laurence King, 2016...
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    December 23, 2019 28 min

    A symbol of glitz, glamour and celebration, we bring you a special holiday edition on the history of glitter.

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    December 6, 2019 1 min

    Can an outfit change your life? For many of us, the answer is a resounding yes. Welcome to What I Wore When, a weekly podcast hosted by Glamour digital director Perrie Samotin. Every Monday, Perrie sits down with actors, writers, musicians, reality stars, and other influential women to discuss what they wore during a pivotal moment in their life—and why it mattered. It’s not just about fashion—it's also about the seemingly smal...

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    For the final episode of Dressed Season 2, we bring you the much-requested history of denim.

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    Artist. Fashion Designer. Activist. Korina Emmerich joins us to talk about her fashion brand Emme and the ways in which her indigenous heritage and commitment to the Fashion Revolution movement inform her work.

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    This week we speak with Paris-based fashion journalist Dana Thomas about the rise of fashion fashion and its true cost.

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