Monthly Archives: July 2012

Uniformed Individuality: Military-Inspired Fashion of the 1980s (Part I)

When flipping through fashion magazines from the 1980s it is clear that fashion designers of the time were fascinated with the past. But, it is not just one period in the past, but rather a wild mix of influences that makes the … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Schiaparelli’s Shock Tactics (Part I)

By Victoria Pass Today’s post is by Victoria Pass, she received her PhD from the University of Rochester in May 2011 and she is currently teaching at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her dissertation, Strange Glamour, examines fashion and … Continue reading

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Then & Now

(left) The Quest for Beauty in Dahomey: A Photographic Essay by Irving Penn.Vogue. Dec 01,1967. Source: Vogue Digital Archive. (right) Suno, Fall 2009. http://www.sunony.com/

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Fashion in Black & White- Part III, Flowers

In the last two posts, I have introduced how fashion designers structure garments in black and white, and how they explore contrasting ideas of sexuality and feminine models through the use of black and white lace. This week I’d like … Continue reading

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Then & Now Special: Raf Simons for Dior

A few days ago Raf Simons debuted his much anticipated Christian Dior haute couture collection.  Style.com reported hysteria outside on the street, and a front row occupied by a  long list of leading designers, such Alber Elbaz, Marc Jacobs and Riccardo Tisci among others. Despite … Continue reading

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