Collaboration: whatgrandmawore and whatsaroxy

This post is the third in a collaborative project with Netherlands-based artist Roxy van Bemmel (@whatsaroxy). This scheme sees Bemmel interpret garments from museum collections through a contemporary and abstract eye. Historical context about the piece chosen for analysis is provided by whatgrandmawore. Painting of a woman with a 19th century evening dress from the … Continue reading Collaboration: whatgrandmawore and whatsaroxy

Dior Takes London: Proud Central – A Review

One could be forgiven for thinking that they were trespassing into The Dior Collection exhibition, held at Proud Central, London, from the 7th Feb – 7th April 2019. Quietly situated a close walk from Charing Cross station down a side street, The Dior Collection is held in an intimate, cosy, peaceful gallery space away from the bustle of the … Continue reading Dior Takes London: Proud Central – A Review

Collaboration with whatgrandmawore and whatsaroxy: Fashion Illustration

This post is one of many in a collaboration with whatgrandmawore and artist Roxy Van Bemmel. It focuses on the interpretation of historical garments and textiles in an illustrated form, from a modern, abstract, and creative perspective. Roxy van Bemmel painting of an 1826 dress belonging to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2019). All … Continue reading Collaboration with whatgrandmawore and whatsaroxy: Fashion Illustration

Theme of Month: Artistic and Aesthetic Dress

In light of The Costume Society’s upcoming July conference, Pre-Raphaelites and the Arts and Crafts Movement, the terms (in this instance) of the month are Aesthetic/Artistic dress. E.582-1953. F. Champenois. Mucha, Alphonse. Colour lithograph. c1898. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O590845/f-champenois-poster-mucha-alphonse/ These two words are used interchangeably, and can be applied, as stated by Aileen Ribeiro in her … Continue reading Theme of Month: Artistic and Aesthetic Dress

The Scent of Surrealism: The Perfumes of Schiaparelli

Fashion designers are no stranger to the profitable world of perfume. Indeed, the couturier Paul Poiret, began producing scents after establishing his own perfumery during the 1910's, aptly naming his side-business and products after his daughter Rosine. Poiret's perfumes were the perfect accompaniment to his Orientalist and avant-garde fashion designs. They often referenced his love for Far … Continue reading The Scent of Surrealism: The Perfumes of Schiaparelli

The Architects at Work: Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo, and Yohji Yamamoto

At times many have asked why fashion continues to be a respectable and relevant choice of career or study. Sceptics have complained that fashion has merely serves to decorate, creating a world of conspicuous consumption and image-orientated offspring. To give one reason of the hundreds that exist in order to destroy these beliefs, is that much … Continue reading The Architects at Work: Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo, and Yohji Yamamoto

Elsa Schiaparelli: The Art of Fashion

Elsa Schiaparelli, photographed by Cecil Beaton, c1930: Image Credit: The Red List. The wonderful and eccentric Elsa Schiaparelli was one of the most predominant and successful fashion designers of the 1930's. Her name is no longer recognised within common culture, but throughout the field of fashion history, she is often regarded as an iconoclastic adventurer, who blurred … Continue reading Elsa Schiaparelli: The Art of Fashion