Author Archives: Laura Peluso

Exhibition Review: Charles James: Beyond Fashion

This year, the Costume Institute has created a jewel box for colorful gems of silk and tulle designed by Charles James, the master manipulator of seams and an expert of controlled volume. The imaginative gowns, with names like “Cloverleaf” and … Continue reading

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Fall 2013: New Links

Over the summer, many of us traveled to participate in internships, present papers, and attend conferences. There is always something new to discover in our field, and some of our research led to online discoveries: new websites or updates to … Continue reading

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Exhibition Review: Punk: Chaos to Couture

The punk aesthetic has always solicited strong reactions, for it seems that the music, the fashion and the lifestyle thrive only in moments of internal or external adversity. The latest exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has incited cries … Continue reading

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Exhibition Review: Artist/Rebel/Dandy

With a turned leg, a pair of trousers displays the athletic curves of a calf. The garment, a tribute to fine tailoring, was constructed from broadcloth, a rich fabric that retains its shape despite its age. Though sedate and small, … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday: Roger Fry and the Omega Workshops

Yes, this textile was designed by Roger Fry (1866 – 1934), a co-founder of the Omega Workshops. Founded by Roger Fry, Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell in 1913, the Omega Workshops became the first English organization to fully embrace Post-Impressionism. Though … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday

The winds buffet red sails as the sun sinks lower in the sky, almost suspended at the horizon above a purple sea, with white foam crowning the waves that reach towards the rocks and stretches of white sand. The scene … Continue reading

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Fashions and Textiles of the Wiener Werkstätte

My brief study of the textiles of the Wiener Werkstätte last week left me wishing I knew more, so I spent the last week mining some additional information and images to share with you. Here are some equally intriguing tidbits … Continue reading

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