Dressed: The History of Fashion

Dressed: The History of Fashion

With over 8 billion people in the world, we all have one thing in common: everyday, we all get dressed. Join fashion historians April Calahan and Cassidy Zachary in celebrating the who, what, when of why we wear throughout history and around the world.

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May 29, 2024 43 mins

Today, we are joined by Keita Motoji and Mark McNulty of Ginza Motoji, Japan's premiere speciality kimono purveyor dedicated to preserving and celebrating the art--and artisans--of kimono. In Part I of this episode, they take us behind the seams of the kimono process to meet the makers responsible for its creation.

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In part II of our episode this with week with Dr. Kate Annett-Hitchcock we chat about some of the 20th and 21st initiatives in the realm of fashion and disability including the work of Helen Cookman's line of Functional Fashions which featured the work of noted American designers Bonnie Cashin and Pauline Trigère.

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This week Dr. Kate Annett-Hitchcock joins us for a two-part episode to speak about her recently released book The Intersection of Fashion and Disability: A Historical Analysis which spans more than 500 years of dressing for disability.

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We continue to meet the singing style icons at the heart of Marcellas Reynolds's book Supreme Sirens: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Music

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Marcellas Reynolds is back to talk about the final book in his fashion forward Supreme Women series: Supreme Sirens: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Music

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Recorded live at the recent Project Threadways symposium hosted by the ethical brand Alabama Chanin, we explore four past Dressed topics to underscore the importance of understanding the materials to go into our clothes and valuing the people that make them.

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The 2024 Met Gala might go down as the most controversial and most expensive in the event's 75 year+ history. Today we unpack the broader implications of the Gala's The Garden of Time theme while we also explore the exhibition Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion, which puts on display 220 masterpieces from The Costume Institute's permanent collection.

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Today we tease our Fall 2024 fashion history tour of Paris and detail all of the sartorial delights on our itinerary for the City of Lights. From tours of the most important fashion museums in the world, to private visits to the ateliers of both historic and contemporary makers, this year's tour might just be our best yet! We will visit the Paris Opera and ballet costume workshops after hours on an exceptionally exclusive tour ...

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This week we are joined by Rachel Slade to discuss her book Making It In America which examines the story of the company American Roots which has undertaken the nearly impossible task of manufacturing garments 100% made in the U.S.A. Recorded live at the recent 18th Annual Sustainability Business and Design Conference at the Fashion Institute of Technology, our discussion centers around the challenges faced by American makers.

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April 26, 2024 25 mins

Books are some of the first ways that children are introduced to the fantastical, wonderful, and historical world of fashion. On today's episode, we share some children's books that sparked our own love for fashion history, as well as some more recent publications.

Books discussed in today's episode (some with links to purchase):

  • A Treasury of the World’s Greatest Fairy Tales
  • Rumplestiltskin by Paul O. Zelinsky
  • The Lad...
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It's time to add Santa Fe to the list of world fashion centers! May marks the debut of SWAIA Native Fashion Week, the very first Indigenous “fashion week” in the US dedicated to showcasing the exciting and dynamic creations of Native American and Indigenous Canadian designers. Amber Dawn Bear Robe, the show's visionary director and producer, joins us to tell us what to expect from this historic event.

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We continue our exploration into the fashion history of the Gucci family, in part two of a two part past episode from the Dressed archive.

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Today, the name Gucci, with its iconic double "G" logo, is an internationally renowned luxury fashion label. But what of the Gucci family responsible for its creation? In this week's two-part episode from the Dressed archives, we delve into the fashion history of one of the world's most instantly recognizable brands by centering the family responsible for its creation and its heart.



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Waleria Dorgova joins us for for the second part of our episode this week on the artist, interior, fashion and textile designer Sonia Delaunay. Dr. Dorogova co-curated the ground-breaking exhibition with Dr. Laura Microulis, research curator of the Bard Graduate Center, where the exhibition Sonia Delaunay: Living Art is on view through July 7, 2024.

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Now mostly remembered as a painter, this week we look at the broad spectrum of the work of Sonia Delaunay with a special emphasis on her fashion and textile designs. Waleria Dorogova, co-curator of the exhibition Sonia Delaunay: Living Art which is now on view at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City joins us to speak about the years of research she did with Laura Microulis to deliver this fresh new perspective on Sonia's c...

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This week, we are joined by Rebecca Seaver, the Director of Museum & Archive Services for Dolly Parton, and the person responsible for the curated selection of special pieces on view in Dolly's recently published memoir Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones. And thanks to the book's audio companion, we even hear from Dolly herself! 

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This week, we are joined by Rebecca Seaver, the Director of Museum & Archive Services for Dolly Parton, and the person responsible for the curated selection of special pieces on view in Dolly's recently published memoir Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones. And thanks to the book's audio companion, we even hear from Dolly herself! 

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When fashion designer Salvacion Lim "Slim" Higgins opened her first atelier in Manila in 1947, she ushered in both the golden age of Filipino couture and her own forty-plus year career. Her son Mark Lewis Higgins joins us to discuss her incredible life and legacy.

Recommended additional resources:

  • SLIM's Fashion School here and here
  • SLIM's Fashion School Instagram
  • Video on SLIM's legacy

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We revisit a 2021 episode with guest Ayaka Sano who joined us to discuss the early years of the career of Japanese designer Hanae Mori, the first Asian designer admitted to the ranks of French haute couture. Mori's career spanned five decades and the globe, enjoying international success thanks to her seamless and signature blending of euro-American styles with distinctively Japanese textiles and aesthetics. 

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In part II of this week's episode in commemorating the 113th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire which occurred in Lower Manhattan on March 25, 1911, we examine how the fire started, hear from some of the survivors and learn about the sweeping labor reforms and worker protections which followed in its wake.

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