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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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Fashion History Now #8

Fashion History Now #8

2020-05-2817:26

This show would not be possible without our wonderful listeners! This week we celebrate YOU by highlighting some of your fashion histories shared with us through listener mail. Detroit oral history project: https://detroit1967.detroithistorical.org/items/show/453 Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
This week we learn about the history and techniques of historical hatmaking with Rachel Frost, one of only a handful of hatmakers using sixteenth century European techniques in the entire world. See more of Rachel's work at www.thecraftybeggards.org. For more from the Tudor Tailors see www.tudortailor.com. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
So many of you have asked for book recs for what to read during your extra time at home, this week we re-air our past minisode on our favorite fashion books. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nurses, we love you! In an episode dedicated to healthcare workers everywhere, this week we explore the history of the nurse uniform. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Fashion History Now #7

Fashion History Now #7

2020-05-1423:24

This week we check out some disturbing historic beauty advice, a collection of the world's rarest pigments, alternative leather made from cacti, and get to the bottom of what Christian Dior was up to in 1949. Sources: a collection of the world's rarest colors https://liveplayeat.com/the-worlds-rarest-colors/ Dior 1949 collection https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6xD-jKli-_qIYXDTsNv4dw Desserto https://desserto.com.mx/. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Past Dressed guest Tony Vaccaro just beat COVID-19. In celebration, we air our past interview with the 97 year-old photographer whose prolific career photographing fashion, celebrity and World War spans seven decades. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
In lieu of this week's FHM, we bring you a special interview with Amy Yeung, founder of Orenda Tribe. Using the colors of the rainbow as her guide, Amy breathes new life into old clothing and textiles with a sustainable, ethical approach to design that both celebrates and supports her indigenous heritage and community. One hundred percent of sales from Orenda Tribe's Spread Love and Shine Light campaign is going towards critical aid for the Navajo Reservation during the COVID-19 pandemic. www.orendatribe.com mask drive: www.seedingsovereignty.org Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
On the heels of our Downton Abbey episode, this week we explore the dress of the downstairs set. What did domestic servants really wear? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Fashion History Now #6

Fashion History Now #6

2020-04-3021:091

From golden mending games to Advanced Style inspiration, this week's episode is full of suggestions for fun fashion history related activities you can do on and off line and with the whole family! Recommendations: www.advance.style www.firstamericanartmagazine.com www.goldenjoinery.com www.colornames.org https://www.metmuseum.org/art/metpublications Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
This week, we speak with Anna Mary Scott Robbins, the costume designer behind one of the most beloved television series, and now films, Downton Abbey. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
To celebrate a quintessential rite of passage being canceled en masse this year due to the pandemic, we bring you a brief history of Prom. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Join us for our second installment on the stories and symbolism lovingly stitched into the GoT costumes. RECOMMENDED READING: Clapton, Michele and Gina McIntyre. Game of Thrones: The Costumes. San Rafael: Insight Editions, 2019. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Fashion History Now #5

Fashion History Now #5

2020-04-1520:40

This week we issue a couple of challenges! Recreate works of art at home! Help April get to the bottom of Pierre Cardin-designed uniforms for the Chinese army?! Also check out the instagram accounts @whatalexiswore and @izabelapriorattire for a full serving of fashion history fun! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
We obsessed. We cried. We stood in awe of the epic saga that was Game of Thrones. Join us for an extra delicious episode where we break down the stories and symbolism lovingly stiched into the GoT costumes. RECOMMENDED READING: Clapton, Michele and Gina McIntyre. Game of Thrones: The Costumes. San Rafael: Insight Editions, 2019. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
A feat of Indian craftsmanship and British colonial pageantry, the "peacock dress" was worn by Lady Curzon, Vicereine of India, to the 1903 Delhi Durbar commemorating King Edward VII's ascension to the British throne. Today, we learn why it is still celebrated as as one of the most beautiful and masterfully constructed gowns in the history of fashion. Recommended reading and viewing: Cathy Hay's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jb0jPc-3Nmw Bernadette Banner's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMGyfkvY06g Coronation Durbar, 1903: https://books.google.com/books?id=xUXRAAAAMAAJ&newbks=1&newbks_redir=0&dq=1903%20lady%20curzon%20description&pg=PA110#v=onepage&q&f=false Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
In celebration of our one hundredth episode, we welcome to the show Mary Wilson, founding member of The Supremes and author of the book Supreme Glamour. Ms. Wilson joins us to discuss the evolution of the group's now iconic wardrobe and the integral role that fashion--and supreme glamour--played in the success of one of the greatest singing trios of all time. Recommended reading: Supreme Glamour (Thames and Hudson, 2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Fashion History Now #4

Fashion History Now #4

2020-04-0231:331

Topics in this week's episode include the Contemporary Muslim Fashion exhibition, eighteenth century wig building, the origins story of the N95 face mask, and the wonder of online fashion exhibitions on the Google Arts & Culture App. Fast Company article: https://www.fastcompany.com/90479846/the-untold-origin-story-of-the-n95-mask V&A's Design a Wig: https://www.vam.ac.uk/designawig/ Queen Sirikit exhibit on Google Arts & Culture: https://g.co/arts/snnY5ZS3KboEkBbD8 Contemporary Muslim Fashions: d'Allesandro, Jill and Reina Lewis, eds. Contemporary Muslim Fashions. San Francisco: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 2018; Cooper Hewitt: collections.cooperhewitt.org Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
What happens when French haute couture meets Thai glamour and elegance? This week, Melissa Leventon joins us to discuss the sartorial legacy of Queen Sirikit of Thailand. Recommended reading: Melissa Leventon's Fit for a Queen: Her Majesty Queen Sirikit's Creations by Balmain (River Books Press, 2016) and In Royal Fashion: The Style of Queen Sirikit of Thailand (River Books Press, 2013) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
How did a practical device for catching fish become a coveted and controversial fashion staple? This week, we explore the fascinating thousand-year plus history behind fishnets. Recommended reading: https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/the-history-of-hand-knitting https://www.vintag.es/2019/01/fishnet-stockings.html Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
En pointe and en vogue, the ballerina has inspired many a fashion designer. Dance and fashion have long had a symbiotic relationship, and this week we speak to Patricia Mears about her sublimely beautiful exhibition which highlights the mutual love affair between ballet and high style. Recommended reading: Mears, Patricia et al. Ballerina: Fashion's Modern Muse. New York: Vendome Press, 2019. Clip from the Red Shoes (1948): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktv3-1JTspc. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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Comments (11)

Janelle Dollery-Tremlett

Loved this episode so much I bought both books. Thank you for a wonderful podcast. It has opened my eyes to fashion, history, culture and encouraged my creative side. keep up the amazing work.

May 26th
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Sylvia S

Just a compliment to the hosts to say how much I enjoy this podcast. It's one of my favourites. I love all things clothes and I've learned so much by listening!

Mar 19th
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April Barlow

Amazing! What a fantastic man and interview!

Jul 8th
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Sophie Mueller

Swooning over every episode. Love your work ladies!!!!!

Apr 9th
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Kendra Nichole

OMG, I thank God for you ladies and this podcast. I am about to show my first full collection in May and I was trying to decide if I wanted to attempt to do my 12 looks by hand or sewing machine. I am establishing a haute couture label and brand but starting out I do not have the luxurious fabrics so I wanted to at least hone the craft of hand sewing. This episode has lifted a great burden off of my heart and mind. Thank you ladies!!!!

Mar 29th
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Deirdre Macken

Well done lovely to listen to thank you.

Oct 11th
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Esther Victoria

I recently stumbled upon your podcast......and I must say that I am completely addicted to it!

Sep 25th
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W.M Esq

I enjoyed your history of the swimsuit. In the course of my own research for an article on the history of the bikini, I found a couple of things which might be of interest to you and your listeners. The bikini at its debut was actually, believe it or not, a g-string. (Louis Reard himself referred to it as, "Three triangles of nothing".) It was only later in the year of its premeire that Reard introduced a four-panel version. Also, Jacques Heim first designed the Atom in 1932.  Its premiere in 1946 was actually his third attempt to introduce it to the public. He first tried in 1932/33, and then again in 1939. Unfortunately for him this latter attempt coincided with the outbreak of world war II. Really enjoying your show. Keep up the great work!

Jul 31st
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Chase Johnson

I have wanted something like this for a while. Great work. I hope to see you venture into men’s fashion history as well.

May 8th
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Chloe-Jane Bonney

Such a welcome new podcast! Inspirational and fun, can't wait for the next episode!!

Apr 14th
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Usama Yar

I loved your podcast because I love fashion and I also want you to discuss globle fashion and influence of different movement on fashion.

Mar 10th
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