Fashion of the Future: The Impact of Covid-19 on Fashion and Dress History

As we enter a brave new world, we arrive at a time and place where there is an opportunity for transformation, a chance to remodel, rebuild, and consider what will happen next. Some may think that it is wholly inappropriate to discuss the nature of fashion and the way we dress in the midst of … Continue reading Fashion of the Future: The Impact of Covid-19 on Fashion and Dress History

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

Collaboration: whatgrandmawore & whatsaroxy

This post is the second in a collaboration with whatgrandmawore and artist Roxy Van Bemmel, a project which sees Roxy visually interpret historical garments from online museum collections, whilst adding her own abstract and modern approach to object observation. Roxy van Bemmel painting of an 1818 evening dress from the Victoria and Albert Museum collection, … Continue reading Collaboration: whatgrandmawore & whatsaroxy

Underwater Wardrobe: The Uncanny Study of Tudor Clothing in Relation to the Dead in Museums

‘St Augustine says, “the dead are invisible, they are not absent.” You needn’t believe in ghosts to see that’s true […]. We sense the dead have a vital force still — they have something to tell us, something we need to understand.’ [1] The above quote was taken from Dame Hilary Mantel’s lecture The Day is For The … Continue reading Underwater Wardrobe: The Uncanny Study of Tudor Clothing in Relation to the Dead in Museums