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 21, 2021 35 min

In the final episode of season 4, we explore the holiday 'It' gifts of yesteryear.

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We continue with part two of our two part series on the fashion history of the Gucci family.

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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 series, 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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This week we talk with Cooper Hewitt textile curator Susan Brown about the life and legacy of Suzie Zuzek, the artist behind the iconic fabrics of American fashion brand Lilly Pulizter. Zuzek's incredible--and long overlooked--contributions are the subject of the museum's exhibition Suzy Zuzek for Lily Pulitzer: The Prints That Made the Fashion Brand.

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  • The exhibition: https://www.cooperhewitt.org/channel/zuz...
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    Fashion historian and author Lydia Edwards joins us to talk about the newly released revised edition of her acclaimed book How to Read a Dress: A Guide to Changing Fashion from the 16th to the 21st Century.

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    We are joined by Damian Jöel, an interdisciplinary artist and fashion storyteller whose fashion story "Songs of the Gullah" is at the heart of the new exhibition History is Rarely Black or White on view at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Ontario, Canada.

    Further Reading:

    Damian's work: https://linktr.ee/introxdj

    History is Rarely Black or White: https://agnes.queensu.ca/exhibition/history-is-rarely-black-or-white/

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    Jason Cyrus and Anne-Marie Guérin join us in a discussion about the complex histories quite literally woven into the cotton garments we wear, the subject of the new exhibition History is Rarely Black or White at Ontario's Agnes Etherington Art Centre's exhibition.

    For more on the exhibit: https://agnes.queensu.ca/exhibition/history-is-rarely-black-or-white/

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    In part two of this week's episode, sustainability activist Aja Barber shares how individual consumers can affect change via their buying habits.

    RECOMMENDED READING:

  • Barber, Aja, Consumed: The Need for Collective Change: Colonialism, Climate Change and Consumerism. New York: Balance, 2021.
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    In this week's two-part episode, we chat with sustainability activist Aja Barber about the intersections of human rights, climate change and the fashion industry.

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  • Barber, Aja, Consumed: The Need for Collective Change: Colonialism, Climate Change and Consumerism. New York: Balance, 2021.
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    We continue our conversation with Dr. Reem El Mutwalli about the evolving dress traditions and practices of the United Arab Emirates, a young country with a rich sartorial and textile history.

    Further Reading and Listening:

  • Dr. Reem's first Dressed interview can be found here: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/105-dressed-the-history-of-fas-29000690/episode/the-art-of-arab-dress-with-73003929/
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    Dr. Reem El Mutwalli joins us to discuss her book Sultani Traditions Renewed: Changes in Women’s Traditional Dress in the UAE during the reign of Shaikh Zayid Al Nahyan, 1966-2004. Dr. Reem is the founder of The Zay Initiative, the first fashion collection dedicated exclusively to dress from across the Arab world.

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  • Dr. Reem's first Dressed interview can be found here https://www.iheart.com/podcast/10...
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    In honor of the new exhibition on Patrick Kelly which just opened at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, we re-air our 2019 episode with Dr. Eric Darnell Pritchard on Kelly's life and legacy.

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    Is fashion art? And is art fashion? In this case, the answer to both is a resounding yes! Tune in this week as we explore a series of textiles designed by some of Modern arts greats: Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Raoul Dufy, Joan Miró and Fernand Léger.

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    October 28, 2021 69 min

    Just in time for Halloween, we are joined by costume designer Lisa Jensen, whose very first job in her thirty plus year film career was on 1984's A Nightmare on Elm Street.

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    What do Basic Instinct and Bridgerton have in common? Costume designer Ellen Mirojnick joins us to discuss her incredible forty plus year career in fashion, film and television.

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    Bust out those miniskirts and knee-high boots Dressed listeners! Pairing with our episode earlier this week on Biba, we re-air our 2019 episode on Mary Quant.

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    Biba = every cool kid's dream! This week we welcome legendary designer Barbara Hulanicki and Martin Pel, Curator of the 2012 exhibition Biba and Beyond.

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    Corset maker extraordinaire Cynthia Settje of Redthreaded is back to debunk and de-bone some of the most common corset myths from fashion history in part two of our conversation!

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