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A Tale of Two Elspeths: Forgotten Couturières and their Impact on Modern Fashion

Next Saturday the Fashion and Textiles Studies program at FIT will hold their annual symposium. To get you excited, we will share some of the papers that will be presented in the week to come.  We hope to see you there. The … Continue reading

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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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Mystery Monday: The Gazette du Bon Ton and Georges Doeuillet

The publication? Gazette du Bon Ton The designer? Georges Doeuillet The illustrations of the Gazette du Bon Ton, a French fashion magazine, are classic examples of the Art Deco style of illustration. With wonderous scenes filled with Biblical and mythical … Continue reading

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Fashionista Friday – Women Suffragists of the United States

Although this image is from the English women’s suffrage movement, the message still pertains to its American counterpart: as unbecoming as an old fashion is, so are asinine outdated social rules.  Just as fashion progresses, so does society, and in … Continue reading

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Fashion in Black & White- Part II, Lace

Last week I introduced several examples that show how fashion designers use the combination of black and white to contrast parts of a garment or body and to explore sexual identities. This week I would like show another theme that … Continue reading

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Then & Now

(left) Paul Poiret, 1911. The Costume Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, from the exhibition ‘The King of Fashion.’ (right) Natalia Grzybowski ‘Hybrid Collection,’ Spring Summer 2012. http://natalia-grzybowski.blogspot.co.nz/

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1900-1910: The Reign of The Lingerie Dress

In the book, The Perfect Lady, Willet C. Cunnington describes the period from 1900 to 1910 as the “reign of lingerie,” and indeed fashion magazines in these years, and especially in summer months, show many examples and variations of the so-called … Continue reading

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January Treasure of the Month:The Golden Age of Pochoir

By Cassidy Zachary  In the 1910s and 20s, there was an outpouring of luxury, limited-edition publications which utilized a hand-stenciling technique known as pochoir (French for “stencil”). The technique, which consisted of built-up layers of gouache paint or watercolor, produced … Continue reading

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