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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October 4, 2022 39 min

For more than 500 years, lace has remained at the forefront of fashion. Join us this week as we explore this lace's history as a handmade luxury good and status symbol as we also explore lives of lacemakers and the techniques and tools of the trade.

RECOMMENDED READING:

  • Cormack, Emma and Michelle Majer, eds. Threads of Power: Lace from the Textilmuseum St. Gallen. New York: Bard Graduate Center, 2022.
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    Director Jia Li and producer Jodie Chan join us to discuss their documentary short Invisible Seams which tells the stories of eight different Asian seamstresses and pattern-makers in New York, painting an intimate portrait of their diverse backgrounds, how they interconnect and together weave the fabric of the New York Fashion industry. The film celebrates the lives of these fascinating and talented women through their own voice an...

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    Fashion and race are intimately intertwined, yet rarely discussed in relation to one another. We discuss why this relationship matters historically and today with Kimberly Jenkins, founder of the groundbreaking digital educational platform The Fashion and Race Database.

  • https://fashionandrace.org
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    In part two of our episode on style icon Princess Diana, we discuss Di's increasing sartorial freedoms following the separation from her husband and detail some of her revenge looks that followed. Follow along via Eloise's instagram @ladydirevengelooks.

    RECOMMENDED READING:

  • Moran, Eloise. The Lady Di Lookbook: What Diana Was Trying to Tell Us Through her Clothes. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2022.
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    Nineteen-year old Lady Diana Spencer stepped into the public spotlight in 1981 when her engagement to Prince Charles (now King Charles III) was announced. Tune in to our two-part episode this week as we trace the evolution of her unique brand of royal elegance.

    RECOMMENDED READING:

  • Moran, Eloise. The Lady Di Lookbook: What Diana Was Trying to Tell Us Through her Clothes. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2022.
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    From the city streets to the runway, April and Cassidy discuss all things fashion at the Santa Fe Indian Market 2022. 

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    September 13, 2022 46 min

    Impeccable handcraftsmanship and storytellng collide in the work of today's guest fashion designer Orlando Dugi whose work is influenced by his Diné culture and his philosophy "walk in beauty": "Beauty before me, beauty behind me, beauty below me, beauty above me, beauty all around me; I walk in beauty."

    You can find Orlando's work at www.orlandodugi.com

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    In part-two of our discussion with design historians Michelle Millar Fisher and Amber Winick, we speak about specific objects featured in their exhibition and book Designing Motherhood, including wearables intended for both mother and baby.

    RECOMMENDED READING:

  • Fisher Millar, Michelle and Amber Winick. Designing Motherhood: Things that Make or Break Our Births. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2021.
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    In our two-part episode this week, we explore the material culture of motherhood and the physical object worn to support pregnancy and beyond.

    RECOMMENDED READING:

  • Fisher Millar, Michelle and Amber Winick. Designing Motherhood: Things that Make or Break Our Births. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2021.
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    With help from our listeners, we bring you an overview of fashion exhibitions currently happening around the world.

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    August 31, 2022 45 min

    If as Shakespeare so aptly put it "all the world's a stage," then Jordan Roth is its most fashionable performer. The acclaimed Broadway producer and fashion provocateur joins us to talk about the art and beauty of the fashioned self.

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    In part 2 of this week's episode, we turn our attention to the American millinery trade during the first half of the 20th century, the rise of the celebrity milliner and the scourge of 'hatlessness,' which reached an apex in the 1960s.

    RECOMMENDED READING:

  • Stewart, Nadine. American Milliners and Their World: Women's Work from Revolution to Rock and Roll. New York: Bloomsbury, 2021
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    Largely deemed 'women's work' during the 18th and 19th centuries, this week we examine the inner workings of the American millinery industry and peep into the lives of its workers.

    RECOMMENDED READING:

  • Stewart, Nadine. American Milliners and Their World: Women's Work from Revolution to Rock and Roll. New York: Bloomsbury, 2021
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    August 18, 2022 45 min

    From sea urchin hats to $1000 trash bags, this week we share the latest in fashion history new and our recs for films, articles, and exhibitions that are sure to delight.

    To Read:

  • Sea urchin hats: https://www.boredpanda.com/sea-urchins-tiny-hats/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic
  • Salvacion Lim Higgins https://businessmirror.com.ph/2022/07/04/the-art-and-craft-of-fashion/
  • Hanbok: https://nex...
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    Stephen Jones is one of the most prolific and celebrated milliners of the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Today, he joins us to discuss his incredible forty plus year career adorning the heads of everyone from royalty to rock stars.

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    Undeniably one of the most important design collectives of the Modern era, today we discuss the fashion and textile production at the Wiener Werkstätte.

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    Emilie Flöge may best be remembered as the long-time companion of artist Gustav Klimt, but this week we explore her work as a fashion designer and dress reformer in early 20th century Vienna. 

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    The recent public outcry surrounding Kim Kardashian's wearing of Marilyn Monroe's dress introduced many to the field of fashion conservation for the first time. In light of the controversy, leading conservator Sarah Scaturro joins us to talk about why the preservation of historical dress matters. 

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    Sarah Scaturro, Chief Conservator at the Cleveland Museum of Art, takes us behind the seams of museums to talk about the intricate and fascinating job of fashion conservation. 

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    In part-two of our exploration of the career of American fashion designer Claire McCardell, we discuss her work during WWII which yeilded some of her most iconic designs.

    Additional Reading:

  • Nolf, Nancy and Kohle Yohannan. Claire McCardell: Redefining Modernism. New York: Abrams, 1998.
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