Dressed: The History of Fashion

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With over 7 billion people in the world, we all have one thing in common. Every day we all get dressed. Join Dressed as we explore the social and cultural histories behind the who, what, when of why we wear.

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Kim, Marilyn, and Why Preserving Historical Fashion Matters with Sarah Scaturro

The recent public outcry surrounding Kim Kardashian's wearing of Marilyn Monroe's dress introduced many to the field of fashion conservation for the first time. In light of the controversy, leading conservator Sarah Scaturro joins us to talk about why the preservation of historical dress matters.  See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

30m
Aug 04
Preserving Fashion's Past, Present, Future with Conservator Sarah Scaturro

Sarah Scaturro, Chief Conservator at the Cleveland Museum of Art, takes us behind the seams of museums to talk about the intricate and fascinating job of fashion conservation.  See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1h 4m
Aug 03
Claire McCardell: The Girl Who Defied Dior, part 2

In part-two of our exploration of the career of American fashion designer Claire McCardell, we discuss her work during WWII which yeilded some of her most iconic designs. ADDITIONAL READING: __ __ See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

27m
Jul 28
Claire McCardell: The Girl Who Defied Dior, part 1

Called the "designer's designer," Claire McCardell turned the American fashion industry on its head starting in the 1930s with her fresh modern take on sportwear. This week we examine her career and legacy in a two-part episode. Additional Reading: Nolf, Nancy and Kohle Yohannan. Claire McCardell: Redefining Modernism. New York: Abrams, 1998. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

35m
Jul 26
Dressed Classic: From Russia With Love: Valentina

One of American fashion's first famous designers wasn't American at all. Meet Valentina Schlee, the intoxicatingly beautiful Russian lover of Greta Garbo who lied about nearly everything. Additional Reading: Ballard, Bettina. In My Fashion. New York: D. McKay Co, 1960. Yohannan, Kohle. Valentina: American Couture and the Cult of Celebrity. New York: Rizzoli, 2009. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

43m
Jul 21
Shocking!: Elsa Schiaparelli

Elsa Schiaparelli is one of the most unique voices fashion has ever seen. Her penchant for daring designs was often inspired by her close friendships with Surrealist artists. We look at the life and legacy of the enigmatic designer in celebration of the opening of the exhibit “Shocking! The Surreal World of Elsa Schiaparelli” at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. ADDITIONAL READING: Berenson, Marisa. Elsa Schiaparelli’s Private Album. London: Double-Barreled Books, 2014. Blum, Dilys E. Shocking!: The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2003. Schiaparelli, Elsa. Hommage à Elsa Schiaparelli. Paris: Musée de la Mode et du Costume, 1984. Schiaparelli, Elsa. Shocking Life: the Autobiography of Elsa Schiaparelli. London: V&A, 2007. White, Palmer. Elsa Schiaparelli: Empress of Paris Fashion. New York: Rizzoli, 1986. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

53m
Jul 19
Fashion History Now #41: Haute Couture Week with Eric Darnell Pritchard

Dior, Schiaparelli, van Herpen oh my! Eric Darnell Pritchard joins Dressed to discuss all things Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2022/2023. Recommended Media: https://www.ericdarnellpritchard.com https://hautecouture.fhcm.paris/en/ https://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2022-couture See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

58m
Jul 14
The Invisible Seam: Unsung Stories of Black Culture and Fashion with Kimberly Jenkins

Kimberly Jenkins joins us to discuss her new podcast The Invisible Seam: Unsung Stories of Black Culture and Fashion, in partnership with Tommy Hilfiger. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

36m
Jul 13
Let's Talk About Sex, Burlesque, and Vintage Fashion with Liz Goldwyn

Fashion and sex are not mutually exclusive entities but, as the work of Liz Goldwyn shows us, are in fact intimately entertwined. Liz joins us to discuss the art and joy of vintage collecting and her work as the founder of The Sex Ed, an educational platform and podcast dedicated to sex, health and consciousness in the digital age. Recommended Reading: Liz Goldwyn's Pretty Things: the Last Generation of American Burlesque Queens Also check out Liz's work for The Sex Ed at theSexEd.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

31m
Jul 07
The Last Generation of American Burlesque Queens with Liz Goldwyn

Liz Goldwyn joins us in an enthralling discussion on the golden age of burlesque and the last generation of queens who reigned supreme. Recommended Reading: Liz Goldwyn's Pretty Things: the Last Generation of American Burlesque Queens Also check out Liz's work for The Sex Ed at theSexEd.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

35m
Jul 05
Asian Fashion Archive: An Interview with Faith Cooper

Faith Cooper is back to discuss her work on the Asian Fashion Archive, her digital resource project that is committed to highlighting Asian fashion, culture, and history. https://www.asianfashionarchive.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

31m
Jun 30
Introducing: Beauty Translated

Introducing Beauty Translated - The show that celebrates the stories and lives of the amazing transgender individuals living in the Southeastern United States. Whether they are making a difference for their communities, or just being visible and vocal about their transness, get to know these incredible trans people today! Each episode, host Carmen Laurent sits down with a different guest to discuss their stories and why they think TRANS IS BEAUTIFUL. Listen to Beauty Translated on the iHeartRadio app or wherever you get your podcasts. https://www.iheart.com/podcast/1119-beauty-translated-98308546/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1m
Jun 29
Tina Chow: An Interview with Faith Cooper

Faith Cooper joins us to illuminate the life of model and jewelry designer Tina Chow, one of fashion history's great style icons. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

32m
Jun 28
Dressed Classic: Fashion Lovers: Dorothy Todd & Madge Garland

From 1922 to 1926, lovers Dorothy Todd and Madge Garland transformed British Vogue into a forum for artists, writers and other luminaries of the modernist--and queer--avant-garde.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

41m
Jun 23
Charity and Sylvia: A Same Sex Marriage in Early America with Rachel Hope Cleves

Rachel Hope Cleves joins us to discuss the incredible forty-four year love story of tailors Charity Bryant and Sylvia Drake who were recognized and respected as a married couple in their small close knit community of Weybridge, Vermont in the nineteenth century. Recommended Reading: Charity & Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America by Rachel Hope Cleves See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

49m
Jun 21
Dressed Classic: The Incredible Origin of Cat-Eye Glasses

What do millionaires, harlequins and cigarettes have to do with the iconic cat-eye frame? Tune into this fascinating episode from the Dressed archive to find out.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

26m
Jun 16
Making a Spectacle: A Fashionable History of Glasses, an interview with Jessica Glasscock, part 2

Join us for part two of our interview with fashion historian Jessica Glasscock, author of the new book Making a Spectacle: A Fashionable History of Glasses. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

29m
Jun 14
Holly Frey In Conversation With Seneca Women to Hear Winner: Yvonne So

Holly Frey, host of Stuff You Missed in History Cass, sits down with Yvonne So, one of the ten winners of Seneca Women to Hear: Search for the Next Great Female Podcasters See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

4m
Jun 08
Dressed Classic: History of the Pride Flag

It's Pride month and all things rainbow! We revisit our episode on the origin of the multicolored pride flag. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

15m
Jun 02
Dressed Classic: The Gentleman Couturier: Hubert de Givenchy

Today we re-visit one of our earliest episodes from 2018 on one of fashion's greats: Hubert de Givenchy. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

39m
May 26
Sewing Machine Compsitions with Series Archive, an interview with artist Nicole Cooke

Making music with a sewing machine? LA-based artist Nicole Cooke sure does and joins us this week to talk about her deeply original compositions employing sewing machines as instruments and the theme of clothing in her work. Related Links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaB6e7EGgr8 https://series-archive.com/collections/3-3-the-duchess-of-satin See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

25m
May 24
Dressed Classic: Men in Heels: a His (and Her) Story, an Interview with Elizabeth Semmelhack

High heels have long been the domain of women--but first they were worn by men. This week, we revisit our interview with Bata Shoe Museum Senior Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack that tracks the evolution of the high heel as worn by male cavalry to "irrational" women. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

52m
May 19
A Brief History of Shoes, an interview with Raissa Bretaña

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30m
May 17
Dressed Classic: Queen Sirikit of Thailand, an Interview with Melissa Leventon

We revisit our interview with Melissa Leventon on the sartorial life and legacy of fashion icon Queen Sirikit of Thailand. Recommended Reading: Melissa Leventon's Fit for a Queen: Her Majesty Queen Sirikit's Creations by Balmain (River Books Press, 2016) and In Royal Fashion: The Style of Queen Sirikit of Thailand (River Books Press, 2013) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

59m
May 12
Dressed Classic: Cashmere with a "K": The Controversial History of a Shawl

We revisit our episode on the complex and controversial history of the nineteenth century fashion trend for "cashmere" shawls. The highly coveted luxury goods were original to the Kashmir region, created by master weavers and artisans who continue their craft to this very day. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

44m
May 10
Fashion History Now #40: Met Gala 2022

Reporting on the exhibition itself as well as all of this year's red carpet looks, we discuss the 2022 Met Gala. Recommended Reading: https://www.vogue.com/article/in-ameica-an-anthology-of-fashion-exhibition https://www.vogue.com/article/hillary-clinton-met-gala-2022 https://www.vogue.com/article/sarah-jessica-parker-met-gala-2022 https://www.vogue.com/article/indigenous-designers-met-museum-lexicon-of-fashion https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-05-03/kim-kardashian-marilyn-monroe-dress-2022-met-gala-conservators   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

51m
May 05
Derby Day, an interview with milliner Christine Moore

This week marks the upcoming Kentucky Derby and we chat with the featured milliner of the event about the history of millinery and its current relevance at the racetrack. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

41m
May 04
Introducing: Cool People Who Did Cool Stuff

Hi, Dressed fans! Cool People Who Did Cool Stuff is a weekly podcast exploring all the complex stories of resistance that offer inspiration for us today--all the Cool People Who Did Cool Stuff. About Cool People Who Did Cool Stuff: This weekly podcast dives into history to drag up the wildest rebels, the most beautiful revolts, and all the people who long to be—and fight to be—free. It explores complex stories of resistance that offer lessons and inspiration for us today, focusing on the ensemble casts that make up each act of history. That is to say, this podcast focuses on Cool People Who Did Cool Stuff. New episodes of Cool People Who Did Cool Stuff, drop every Monday and Wednesday. You can listenhere and subscribe on the iHeartRadio app or wherever you get your podcasts! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1m
May 02
Dressed Classic: Party of the Year: The Met Gala

This week we look into the storied history of one of the world's most sought-after social invitations: The Met Gala.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

43m
Apr 28