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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June 23, 2022 41 min

From 1922 to 1926, lovers Dorothy Todd and Madge Garland transformed British Vogue into a forum for artists, writers and other luminaries of the modernist--and queer--avant-garde. 

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Rachel Hope Cleves joins us to discuss the incredible forty-four year love story of tailors Charity Bryant and Sylvia Drake who were recognized and respected as a married couple in their small close knit community of Weybridge, Vermont in the nineteenth century.

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  • Charity & Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America by Rachel Hope Cleves
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    What do millionaires, harlequins and cigarettes have to do with the iconic cat-eye frame? Tune into this fascinating episode from the Dressed archive to find out. 

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    Join us for part two of our interview with fashion historian Jessica Glasscock, author of the new book Making a Spectacle: A Fashionable History of Glasses.

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    Holly Frey, host of Stuff You Missed in History Cass, sits down with Yvonne So, one of the ten winners of Seneca Women to Hear: Search for the Next Great Female Podcasters

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    Fashion historian Jessica Glasscock joins us for a two-part episode on the fascinating, 750 year history of eyeglasses and eyewear. Jessica is the author of the new book Making a Spectacle: A Fashionable History of Glasses.

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    It's Pride month and all things rainbow! We revisit our episode on the origin of the multicolored pride flag.

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    Today we re-visit one of our earliest episodes from 2018 on one of fashion's greats: Hubert de Givenchy.

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    Making music with a sewing machine? LA-based artist Nicole Cooke sure does and joins us this week to talk about her deeply original compositions employing sewing machines as instruments and the theme of clothing in her work.

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    High heels have long been the domain of women--but first they were worn by men. This week, we revisit our interview with Bata Shoe Museum Senior Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack that tracks the evolution of the high heel as worn by male cavalry to "irrational" women.

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    We revisit our interview with Melissa Leventon on the sartorial life and legacy of fashion icon 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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    We revisit our episode on the complex and controversial history of the nineteenth century fashion trend for "cashmere" shawls. The highly coveted luxury goods were original to the Kashmir region, created by master weavers and artisans who continue their craft to this very day.

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    This week marks the upcoming Kentucky Derby and we chat with the featured milliner of the event about the history of millinery and its current relevance at the racetrack.

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    This week we look into the storied history of one of the world's most sought-after social invitations: The Met Gala. 

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    In celebration of the Met Gala 2021 and American design, we speak to Michael Sylvan Robinson, the textile artist and queer activist behind Jordan Roth's show-stopping collaged "coat of many colors" worn to last year's festivities. Robinson joins us to discuss their thought-provoking use of textiles, clothing and the (dis)embodied form to explore entangled themes of identity, sexuality, violence, and healing.

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    Clothing in contemporary art is the subject of this week's episode as art historian Alexandra Schwartz joins us to speak about the exhibition Garmenting:  Costume as Contemporary Art which she guest curated for the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC.

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    Fashion history and true crime come together this week as we explore a scandal of the 1860s involving a British cosmetics maven who bilked her clients out of fortunes with the promise to halt the aging process and make them beautful forever.

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