Book Review: How to Read a Suit by Lydia Edwards

'For the past four hundred years, men in western countries have used the three- or two-piece suit - jacket and trousers, often with a waistcoat - to express [...] identity, and as such it has become a universal symbol of masculinity.'[1] Menswear. For me, historically and notoriously difficult to read. I think in part, because … Continue reading Book Review: How to Read a Suit by Lydia Edwards

Guest Blog Post from Rachel Sayers: The History of Irish Dress 1750-1850

whatgrandmawore is pleased to welcome our first guest post from Rachel Sayers! Within the study of fashion history, Irish dress is one of the most neglected and under-researched aspects. There have been less than ten major texts on Irish fashion to be published in the last 40 years, making writing, disseminating and researching Irish dress history … Continue reading Guest Blog Post from Rachel Sayers: The History of Irish Dress 1750-1850

Blooming Marvellous: A Review of the V&A’s Fashioned From Nature Exhibition

Fashioned From Nature could not have come at a more critical time. Increased environmental awareness has finally seemed to resonate with the population. Hopefully, and crucially, it will and has made people aware of their own behaviours; how they personally impact the planet on which we live, and share. Reactions to programmes such as BBC’s Blue … Continue reading Blooming Marvellous: A Review of the V&A’s Fashioned From Nature Exhibition

Big, Small, Short and Long: A Brief History of Fashionable Silhouettes

'Fashion consists only in extremes [...] frivolity and death.' 'Does fashion die [...] because it can no longer keep up the tempo?' Walter Benjamin - The Arcades Project The fashion system relies on a never-ending cycle of newness, spectacle, emulation and death. This is how fashion works - without the invention of new, or the recycling … Continue reading Big, Small, Short and Long: A Brief History of Fashionable Silhouettes