Tag Archives: History of Fashion

Boots: The Height of Fashion

This coming Tuesday will mark the opening of the exhibition Boots: The Height of Fashion, curated by the students of our program in collaboration with the Museum at FIT. The exhibition will feature twenty pairs of women’s boots from the Museum’s permanent collection, … Continue reading

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The Art of Exhibiting Fashion History- Part I

La Belle Époque: The Art of Exhibiting Fashion History at the Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art By Janet Lee “Now I was born in the heart of the Belle Époque.  I was born in Paris.  I was born on … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Fashion, Reconsidered

By Cary O’dell Cary O’Dell’s work has appeared on PopMatters.com, Thoughtcatalog.com and Wornthrough.com.  His book, “June Cleaver Was a Feminist!  Reconsidering the Female Character of Early Television,” will be published in the fall by McFarland.  He works for the Library … Continue reading

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Fashionista Friday: Anna Maria Garthwaite

Save for a few biographical tidbits, very little is known about the life of Anna Maria Garthwaite (1690-1763), the daughter of a clergyman who left home in 1726 to live with her widowed sister.  In 1728 the pair moved to … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday: A Tailor and a Seamstress

Yes, this print depicts a tailor and a seamstress. The Tailor: Hail to you, beautiful seamstress, come along with me to Norway. There to dress the lansquenets well; and want to earn a good deal of money, while you prepare … Continue reading

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

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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Fashion & Music Symposium- The Art of Exaggeration: the Fashion & Costume of Gaby Deslys

The Art of Exaggeration: the Fashion & Costume of Gaby Deslys By Cassidy Zachary In her day, music-hall performer Gaby Deslys (literally “of the Lilies”) was one of the most internationally celebrated stars of the WWI era, and one of … Continue reading

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March Treasure of The Month- André Studios

I am especially thrilled to introduce this month’s treasure, as I was one the many who worked on this wonderful project. This is a collaboration between the Picture Collection of The New York Public Library  and FIT’s Special Collections. It … Continue reading

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Then & Now

Top: photograph by Cecil Beaton, dresses by Charles James, Vogue, 1948. Bottom: photograph by Mario Testino, Vanity Fair Hollywood issue cover, March 2012.

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Le Pouf: Fashion and Social Satire in the 1770s-1780s

By Landis Lee Today, in the twenty-first century, hairdressers cut, color, and style the hair, and have to keep up with the latest trends in order to keep their customers happy and looking fashionable.  The same holds true for late eighteenth century … Continue reading

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