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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December 8, 2022 30 min

April and Cassidy continue their overview of episodes across the past five seasons of Dressed, exploring themes from fashion icons to living legends.

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With over 350 episodes of Dressed under our proverbial belt, Cassidy and April break down some of their favorites by theme. A fun reminder for our seasoned listeners or a guide for those who may be new to the show! 

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Photo detective Maureen Taylor demonstrates her work by solving a family history mystery inside Cassidy's treasured heirloom locket.

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Maureen Taylor, one of the world foremost photo detectives, joins us to discuss the role of fashion in her work solving family history mysteries.

  • Maureen's Work: www.maureentaylor.com
  • Louis Takács's Ellis Island Photography Project: https://scalar.usc.edu/works/let-me-get-there/index
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    In April of 2021, COVID unexpectedly took one of the fashion industry's most beloved figures, fashion designer Alber Elbaz. This week we celebrate Elbaz's life and career as curator Ya'ara Keydar joins us to speak about her exhibition Albert Elbaz: The Dream Factory which is now on view at the Design Museum Holon in Holon, Israel.

    RECOMMENDED READING:

  • Keydar, Ya'ara. The Dream Factory. Holon, Israel: Design Museum ...
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    In part two of this week's episode on Scottish style, we delve deeper into the codification of tartan patterns and the relationship between consumers and manufacturers. We also detail some of the most iconic silhouettes for which tartans were used.

    RECOMMENDED READING:

  • Waine, Rosie. Highland Style: Fashioning Highland Style, c. 1745-1845. Edinburgh: NMSE Publishing, 2022.
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    This week Dr. Rosie Waine joins us for a fascinating two-part episode we learn all about the history and politics of Highland dress and the origins of Scottish tartans.

    RECOMMENDED READING:

  • Waine, Rosie. Highland Style: Fashioning Highland Style, c. 1745-1845. Edinburgh: NMSE Publishing, 2022.
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    We continue our behind the seams look at the new Vogue Philippines with Editor-In-Chief Bea Valdes and Fashion Director Pam Quiñones. Learn more at vogue.ph

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    Vogue has come a long way--literally and figuratively-- since its American debut one hundred and thirty years ago. We celebrate the recent launch of the magazine's 28th global edition, Vogue Philippines, with Editor-In-Chief Bea Valdes and Fashion Director Pam Quiñones. Learn more at vogue.ph 

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    Founder of the Brooklyn Lace Guild, Elena Kanagy-Loux joins us to discuss her work and the contemporary scene for makers of handmade lace.

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    Lace maker and historian Elena Kanagy-Loux joins us this week to talk about the history of handmade lace and its makers.

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    For our annual Halloween episode we are joined by costume designer Mary Vogt who joins us to discuss her iconic costume designs for Batman Returns (1992) and Hocus Pocus (1993).

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  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBBm6cdgGlA
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    October 25, 2022 57 min

    Internationally beloved teacher, mentor, and fashion authority Tim Gunn joins us to discuss our shared passions for fashion history and the evolution of his career and style.

    Further Reading:

  • Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet
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    Are upcycled carbon emissions coming soon to your closet? Tune in this week as Nils Altrogge joins us to speak about how the Swiss athletic brand On is using cutting-edge carbon capture technologies to source material for their running shoes and improving the environment in the process.

    FURTHER READING:

  • https://www.on-running.com/en-us/on/cleancloud
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    Get groovy with us this week as Helen Jean joins us to talk about the fad for 'paper' fashions of the late 60s as explored in the exhibition Generation Paper: Fast Fashions of the 1960s at the Phoenix Museum of Art.

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    We continue our deep dive into the inner fashion sanctoms of nineteenth century "dudedom," exploring everything from dude fashion trends to the epic, nationally publicized battle to be "King of the Dudes." 

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    This week we head back to a time when "dude" meant "dandy," learning all about the now lost fashionable connotations of one of the most popular slang terms in modern parlance.

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    In part two of this week's episode, we turn our attention to the technology that made machine-made lace possible and speak about some of our favorite pieces in the exhibition up now at Bard Graduate Center in New York City.

    RECOMMENDED READING:

  • Cormack, Emma and Michele Majer, eds. Threads of Power: Lace from the Textilmuseum St. Gallen. New York: Bard Graduate Center, 2022.
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    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.

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  • Cormack, Emma and Michele Majer, eds. Threads of Power: Lace from the Textilmuseum St. Gallen. New York: Bard Graduate Center, 2022.
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