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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January 26, 2023 28 min

We continue to explore the landmark exhibition Africa Fashion with Dr. Christine Checinska, Senior Curator Africa and Diapsora Fashion at the Victoria and Albert museum.

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https://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/africa-fashion

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We are joined by artist, designer, and master storyteller Dr. Christine Checinska, Senior Curator Africa and Diapsora Fashion at the Victoria and Albert museum and Lead Curator of the museum's groundbreaking exhibition Africa Fashion. Featuring 45 designers from over 20 countries, the exhibition celebrates the creativity, innovation, history, and global impact of the thriving contemporary African fashion scene.

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In part two of our examination of Vivienne Westwood's career, Alexander Fury joins us to discuss Westwood's transition from the world of sub-cultural style to the high fashion runway, her obsession with fashion history and details many of her groundbreaking fashion 'firsts.'

RECOMMENDED READING:

  • Fury, Alexander. Vivienne Westwood: Catwalk. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2021.
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    In late December 2022, fashion lost one of its greats. In part one of this two-part episode, Alexander Fury joins us to explore the life and career of Vivienne Westwood from her early years as a kindergarten teacher in the 1960s to her surprising about-face to become one of the defining creative voices in the UK punk scene during the 1970s.

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  • Fury, Alexander. Vivienne Westwood: Catwalk. New Haven: Yale University...
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    After a deep dive into etiquette manuals, we explore the complex codes of introductions and calling during the 19th century.

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    Fashion history and crime labs may seem like strange bedfellows. This week we speak to real-life dress detective, Amber Butchart, about her work in forensics and fashion history applications outside of museums and design studios.

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    We continue to explore the intimate relationship between fashion and film from World War II into the 1970s.

    Recommended Reading:

  • Deborah Nadoolman Landis's Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design (Harper Design, 2007)
  • Hollywood Costume (Harry N. Abrams, 2013)
  • Christopher Laverty's Fashion in Film (Laurence King, 2016)
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    On this two-part episode, we celebrate the hundred and thirty plus year love affair between fashion and film. ⁠

    Recommended Reading:

  • Deborah Nadoolman Landis's Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design (Harper Design, 2007)
  • Hollywood Costume (Harry N. Abrams, 2013)
  • Christopher Laverty's Fashion in Film (Laurence King, 2016)
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    This week we speak with Paris-based fashion journalist Dana Thomas about the rise of fashion fashion and its true cost.

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    In today's Dressed Classic episode, Miren Arzalluz, Director of the Palais Galliera in Paris, joins us to discuss the "master of us all," Cristóbal Balenciaga.

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    Today, we continue our exploration of the century long love affair between fashion and the showgirl.

    Recommended Reading and Viewing:

  • Es-pranza Humphrey's article “Fashioning the Black Chorus Girl"
  • Elspeth Brown's Work! A Queer History of Modeling
  • Marcel Sauvage's Les Mémoires de Joséphine Baker
  • Baker's 1931 Casino de Paris performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86HqDSY9l9A
  • Robin Givhan's The Battle of...
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    With her towering headwear and sparkling body suit, the showgirl is an instantly recognizable, cross cultural pop icon. This two part episode from the Dressed arhcives explores her lesser known relationship to fashion, a love affair that extends back over one hundred years.

    Recommended Reading:

  • Andrea Stuart's Showgirls
  • Linda Mizejewski, Ziegfeld Girl: Image and Icon in Culture and Cinema
  • Jane Merrill’s The Showgirl Costume: An I...
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    In what has now become an annual tradition, April and Cassidy 'exchange' some of their favorite gifts from fashion's past and present.

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    This week Modern artist Marcel Duchamp is unmasked as a dandy! Dr. Ingrid Mida joins us to talk about one of art history's greatest minds, his personal relationship with fashion, and the subject matter of dress in his work.

    RECOMMENDED READING:

  • Mida, Ingrid E.. Dressing and Undressing Duchamp: New York: Bloomsbury, 2022.
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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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    December 6, 2022 48 min

    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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