Dressed: The History of Fashion

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Fashion history is about more than pretty clothes. Dressed explores the incredibly rich and complex history behind the clothes we wear.

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Power of Pattern: Central Asian Ikats, an interview with Clarissa Esguerra

June 18th, 2019

49:23
This week, exhibition curator Clarissa Esguerra teaches us all about the sophisticated resist-dying ikat technique responsible for the resplendent textiles and garments on display in LACMA's current exhibition Power of …

Introducing Unpopular

June 14th, 2019

3:09
Throughout history, people have been denounced and demonized for dissenting from the majority. But that didn’t stop them from speaking up. Unpopular …

Fashion History Mystery #18: Like a Fine Wine: What Makes Clothing "Vintage"?

June 13th, 2019

14:08
Tune in this week to learn about the distinctions between what is considered antique versus vintage.

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The Language of Fans, an interview with Laura Camerlengo

June 11th, 2019

45:37
Much more than practical tools for cooling the body, Laura Camerlengo joins us to speak about the myriad of ways fans have been used historically as …

Fashion History Mystery #17: Addressing Dress

June 6th, 2019

9:46
Join us for fun with words! Today we address "dress." 

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Styling the American Suffragist, an interview with Raissa Bretaña

June 4th, 2019

47:33
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment. In gratitude to the American women who fought for the right to vote, we speak to Raissa Bretaña about the relationship between fashion and the 20th …

Fashion History Mystery #16: Of Beards and Men

May 30th, 2019

27:15
Today, we answer a listener question about the history of men's facial hair with Dr. Christopher Oldstone-Moore, author of the book Of Beards and Men: the Revealing History of Facial Hair.

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Men in Heels: a His (and Her) Story, an Interview with Elizabeth Semmelhack

May 28th, 2019

58:34
High heels have long been the domain of women--but first they were worn by men. This week, we track the evolution of the high heel as worn by male …

Introducing Life Will Be the Death of Me with Chelsea Handler, an iHeartRadio Original Podcast

May 24th, 2019

4:02
Starting May 23rd, 2019: Listen to Chelsea Handler's first ever podcast series featuring candid, hilarious conversations about her life, her work and where she’s headed next. The podcast features interviews with …

Fashion History Mystery #15: Pantone

May 23rd, 2019

14:18
This week we discuss the 'shadiest' company around, the world's leading authority on color intelligence, Pantone.

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The Dress Detective, an interview with Amber Butchart

May 21st, 2019

56:39
Fashion history and crime labs may seem like strange bedfellows. This week we speak to real-life dress detective, Amber Butchart, about her work in forensics and fashion history applications outside of museums and …

Fashion History Mystery #14: "Copying: a Fancy Name for Stealing"

May 16th, 2019

17:23
Detective hats on, Cassidy and April address a listener question regarding fashion copying: fashion fakes are nothing new, but just when and where did the practice start and why?

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The Art of Embroidery, an Interview with Nadia Albertini, Part II

May 14th, 2019

45:51
In part two of our interview with embroidery designer Nadia Albertini, we learn how the age old craft is kept alive at the hands of skilled artisans …

Fashion History Mystery #13: Party of the Year: The Met Gala

May 9th, 2019

43:14
This week we look into the storied history of one of the world's most sought-after social invitations: The Met Gala.

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The Art of Embroidery, an Interview with Nadia Albertini, Part I

May 7th, 2019

49:43
Today, we learn all about the fascinating history behind one of humankind's oldest forms of adornment with embroidery designer and historian Nadia …

Fashion History Mystery #12: Chat-a-what?

May 2nd, 2019

16:22
This week we answer a query about the once indispensable accessory now lost to time: the chatelaine.

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"The New Freedom Thing in in Fashion" or How Jeans Got Their Stretch

April 30th, 2019

34:19
This week we learn how "the new freedom thing in fashion" became the industry standard for the production of women's--and more and more men's-- jeans. This is the story of stretchy jeans.

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Fashion History Mystery #11: Rosie Gets a Shingle

April 25th, 2019

15:39
On this week's edition of Fashion History Mystery, we look into vintage hairstyle terms including the bob and the shingle.

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April Goes to Beauty School: the 1944 Du Barry Success Course

April 23rd, 2019

56:40
To investigate charm schools of the 1940s, April recently completed the six weeks Du Barry Success Course of diet, exercise, posture and beauty …

Fashion History Mystery #10: The Other Dust Ruffle

April 18th, 2019

17:57
On this week's edition of Fashion History Mystery, April and Cassidy answer the question: didn't women's long skirts get really dirty in the 19th century?

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Fashion and the Art of Pochoir

April 16th, 2019

1:01:20
This week, Cassidy and April take you inside their book Fashion and the Art of Pochoir to learn all about the painterly hand-stenciling technique that redefined fashion illustration in the Art Moderne and Art Deco eras.

Fashion History Mystery #9: Don't Sweat It

April 11th, 2019

20:26
In this week's mini-sode we explore how the matter of perspiration has been handled historically.

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The Other Danish Girl: Gerda Wegener

April 9th, 2019

40:37
Alicia Vikander may have won an Oscar for her portrayal of Gerda Wegener in the 2015 film, The Danish Girl, but the film only scratches the surface of this incredible artist's life.

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Fashion History Mystery #8: Origin Story: Mary Janes

April 4th, 2019

18:15
This week we explore the unlikely origin story of Mary Janes.

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Remaking Fashion History: an Interview with John Bright

April 2nd, 2019

46:56
This week we sit down with Oscar-winning costume designer John Bright to discuss his prolific career in film and TV that spans five decades. A …

Fashion History Mystery #7: Amish Fashion Designers?

March 28th, 2019

16:45
This week, we answer the listener question: are there any fashion designers from the Amish tradition?

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A Vanderbilt House Party--The Gilded Age, an Interview with Leslie Klingner

March 26th, 2019

49:37
This week we go behind the scenes of Biltmore Estate's latest exhibition A Vanderbilt House Party--The Gilded Age with the estate's Curator of Interpretation Leslie Klingner.

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Fashion History Mystery #6: Origins of Polka Dots

March 21st, 2019

15:50
This week we answer a listener question about the origin of poka dots, by diving all the way back to the Middle Ages' taboo about wearing spots. 

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A History of Stoutwear, an interview with Dr. Lauren Downing Peters

March 19th, 2019

46:53
Dubbed "stoutwear" at the turn of the 20th century, Dr. Lauren Downing Peters joins us this week to discuss the history of plus-size fashion.

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Fashion History Mystery #5: Thierry Mugler

March 14th, 2019

12:36
Following Cardi B's stunning vintage ensembles at the 2019 Grammys, we answer the question posed by many listeners: Who is Thierry Mugler?

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Finding Beauty, an Interview with Photographer Tony Vaccaro

March 12th, 2019

37:56
This week, we talk to the photographer Tony Vaccaro about his prolific seventy-plus year career photographing fashion, celebrity and World War. His …

Fashion History Mystery #4: To Wear or Not to Wear?

March 7th, 2019

22:16
This week Cassidy and April address the question: when is it ok to wear historical clothing and how to preserve our family heirlooms. 

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Historical Costuming with American Duchess

March 5th, 2019

58:38
It is one thing to study the history of fashion, it is another thing entirely to wear it! This week we meet historical costumers Lauren and Abby, the women behind the historical shoe company and blog American Duchess.

Fashion History Mystery #3: Fashion History at the Oscars!

February 28th, 2019

21:35
This week, April and Cassidy discuss all things Oscars' fashion!

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Cult Style: an interview with Sarah Byrd

February 26th, 2019

1:17:12
Where do belief and and clothing intersect? This week we speak to Sarah Byrd about the clothing choices of some of America's fringe religious groups.

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Fashion History Mystery: Favorite Fashion Books

February 21st, 2019

22:16
This week Cassidy and April share their favorite fashion history books of all time!

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Fashion and Flight: Pioneering Aviatrixes, an interview with Katharine Dorny

February 19th, 2019

34:27
In the 1920s, the fearless women that took to the skies became celebrities overnight. How did the media spotlight shape early aviatrixes relationship to fashion and flight?

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Fashion History Mystery: How To Become a Fashion Historian

February 14th, 2019

17:00
We answer your questions in our Thursday Fashion History Mystery minisodes! This week we answer the question several of you have posed: 'how do you become a fashion historian?' 

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Dior: From Paris to the World, an interview with Florence Müller

February 12th, 2019

51:05
Just in time for Fashion Week, Dressed is back for Season 2 with a behind-the-scenes look at Denver Art Museum's exhibition Dior: From Paris to the World. We are joined by the exhibition's curator and foremost Dior …

What the Tux?: a History of the Tuxedo, an interview with Chloe Chapin

January 1st, 2019

54:52
Ever wonder why "acceptable" forms of dress for men are so prescriptive? So formulaic? In this episode we speak to Chloe Chapin about the origins of …

Black Dandyism: a Cultural History, an interview with Monica L. Miller, Part II

December 25th, 2018

35:47
In part two of this two part series, we continue to explore the history of the black dandy into the 20th and 21st centuries with Monica L. Miller, author of the book Slaves to Fashion: Black Dandyism and the Styling of …

Black Dandyism: a Cultural History, an interview with Monica L. Miller, Part I

December 18th, 2018

50:14
In this illuminating two-part series, we explore the cultural history of black dandyism with Monica L. Miller, author of the book Slaves to Fashion: …

Fashion Lovers: Dorothy Todd & Madge Garland

December 11th, 2018

44:37
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.

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Balenciaga: The Master of Us All, an interview with Miren Arzalluz

December 4th, 2018

45:05
This week Miren Arzalluz, Director of the Palais Galliera in Paris, joins us to discuss the "master of us all," Cristóbal Balenciaga.

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The Battle of Versailles, an interview with Robin Givhan

November 27th, 2018

55:25
This week marks the 45th anniversary of one of American fashion's greatest moments. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Robin Givhan joins us to …

Bloomerism and Feminism, in Conversation with Stuff Mom Never Told You

November 20th, 2018

51:02
Ladies in pants, oh my! We recently had the pleasure of joining Anney Reese on Stuff Mom Never Told You to discuss the history of the short-lived …

Rebel Threads, an interview with Roger Burton, part II **Bonus Episode**

November 15th, 2018

29:44
In 1979, Roger Burton worked with punk style innovators Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McClaren to design their boutique World's End. The couple soon …

Rebel Threads, an interview with Roger Burton, part I

November 13th, 2018

42:34
This week we explore the clothing of rebellious youth sub-cultures from the 1940s to the 1960s with vintage collector, costume designer--and original …

Fashionable Filipinas, an interview with Gino Gonzales

November 6th, 2018

42:50
This week, we explore the fashion origins and evolution of the Philippino terno with guest Gino Gonzales, co-author of the book Fashionable Filipinas.

Dissecting the Flapper (Bonus Episode)

November 1st, 2018

18:17
For a bonus minisode in honor of Halloween, we "dissect" the iconic flapper look from head to toe.

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When Fashion Kills, an interview with Dr. Alison Matthews David

October 30th, 2018

56:01
Sometimes fashion can kill--literally. From combustible crinolines to strangling scarves, this week we explore fashion's deadly history with Dr. …

Fierce: A History of Leopard Print, an interview with Jo Weldon

October 23rd, 2018

43:09
We get puurrrfectly WILD this week with author, activist and burlesque superstar Jo Weldon!

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Pink, an interview with Dr. Valerie Steele

October 16th, 2018

28:01
Today we speak with Dr. Valerie Steele, Director of The Museum at FIT, about her exhibition Pink: A Pretty, Punk, Powerful Color

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Ruth Finley and the Fashion Calendar, an interview with Natalie Nudell

October 9th, 2018

44:35
A tribute to the passing of American fashion insider, Ruth Finley, whose Fashion Calendar was and continues to be a critical element in producing Fashion Week.

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Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

October 2nd, 2018

46:47
For artist Frida Kahlo, clothing, art and identity were inextricably linked. The V & A's current exhibition Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up explores the ways Kahlo constructed her iconic image using the clothing and …

Bonus episode! Exhibiting Fashion: an Interview with Fashion Conservator Sarah Scaturro, part II

September 27th, 2018

18:39
In this week's bonus episode, we continue our conversation with Sarah Scaturro, head conservator at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum …

Exhibiting Heavenly Bodies: an Interview with Fashion Conservator Sarah Scaturro, part I

September 25th, 2018

1:03:29
This week, we go behind the scenes of the exhibition Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination with Sarah Scaturro, head conservator at …

From Russia With Love: Valentina

September 18th, 2018

44:33
One of American fashion's first famous designers wasn't American at all. Meet Valentina Schlee, the intoxicatingly beautiful Russian lover of Greta …

The American Look, a chat with Dr. Rebecca Arnold (Bonus Episode)

September 13th, 2018

53:44
In honor of New York Fashion Week, we speak with Dr. Rebecca Arnold about the origins of American style.

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Gordon Parks: the Man of Many Hats

September 11th, 2018

39:21
Gordon Parks (1912-2006) was one of the 20th and 21st centuries great luminaries, most famous for his prolific career as a photojournalist for LIFE …

Dress Like an Egyptian, an interview with Egyptologist Dr. Colleen Darnell

September 4th, 2018

48:22
This week we talk to Egyptologist--and vintage fashion aficionada-- Dr. Colleen Darnell about the role of clothing and artifice in the lives of the …

Fashion and Sustainability, an interview with Tara St. James

August 28th, 2018

1:02:18
The fashion industry is the world's second largest polluter. This week we talk to fashion designer and educator Tara St. James about the intersection …

Incredible and Marvelous: Fashion's First Hipsters

August 21st, 2018

39:13
Amid the French Revolution, a youth subculture became notorious for adopting styles so extreme they were dubbed 'incredible' and 'marvelous.' This …

Fashion and Politics: The French Revolution

August 14th, 2018

51:48
Throughout the history of dress, never have fashion and politics been more entwined than during the French Revolution.

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A Century of Fashion Photography, an interview with Paul Martineau

August 7th, 2018

47:34
This week we talk about a century of fashion photography with Paul Martineau, curator of the new exhibition Icons of Style at the J. Paul Getty …

The Swimsuit: a Revealing History, Part II

July 31st, 2018

40:32
From the bikini to the thong, this week we explore the continued evolution of one of the most controversial garments in history: the swimsuit.

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The Swimsuit: a Revealing History, Part I

July 24th, 2018

52:30
In part one of this two-part series, we explore the origins of one of the most controversial garments in history: the swimsuit.

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Lea Gottlieb & Gottex Swimwear, an interview with Keren Ben-Horin

July 17th, 2018

1:00:00
This week we meet Israeli swimwear designer and innovater Lea Gottlieb (1918-2012), the visionary founder of the luxury swimwear brand Gottex. 

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Silhouette and Leotard: a Tale of Two Men?

July 10th, 2018

50:25
In this week’s episode, we meet the men behind the fashion: Étienne de Silhouette (1709-1767) and Jules Leotard (1842-1870).

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The Gentleman Couturier: Hubert de Givenchy

July 3rd, 2018

41:11
This week is Haute Couture Week in Paris and we bring you an in memoriam episode on one of couture's greats: Hubert de Givenchy.

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She's a Fashion Plate, an interview with Antoine Bucher and Nicolas Montagne

June 26th, 2018

1:25:33
In this week's episode, we speak with Antoine Bucher and Nicolas Montagne of Librarie Diktats about the history of fashion plates, prints which …

Wonderbra, an interview with Alexis Walker

June 19th, 2018

55:38
This week we speak with fashion historian Alexis Walker about the innovation and history behind Wonderbra.

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Queen Alexandra: Behind the Seams, an interview with Kate Strasdin

June 12th, 2018

1:06:16
This week we delve behind the seams with fashion historian Kate Strasdin to rediscover the sartorial legacies--and anti-aging secrets-- of the ever …

Jewelry of Sentiment pt. 2: an interview with Courtney Lane

June 5th, 2018

56:05
In the second installment of Jewelry of Sentiment, we speak with Courtney Lane, a modern-day practitioner of hair work.

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Jewelry of Sentiment pt. 1: The Art of Hair Work

May 29th, 2018

35:40
For centuries, locks of human hair were cherished tokens exchanged between friends and loved ones. In this episode, we investigate the art of hair work and the fashion for wearing jewelry made from human hair.

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Gaby Deslys: the Modern Body, Fashion & Spectacle

May 22nd, 2018

47:42
Gaby Deslys was one of the most famous performers of the WWI era. Her unapologetic independence--and body-baring costumes--also made her one of the …

Cashmere with a "K": The Controversial History of a Shawl

May 15th, 2018

46:26
Cultural appropriation and colonialism lie at the heart of the 19th century fashion trend for "cashmere" shawls, the anglicized version of the …

Elsa Schiaparelli

May 8th, 2018

49:46
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. 

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Murderous Millinery

May 1st, 2018

49:16
From the 1870s to the 1920s, millions of women embraced the fashion for ornamental plumage and as a result millions of birds died for it.

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Rose Bertin, Fashion and the Reign of Marie Antoinette: an Interview with Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell

April 24th, 2018

59:13
If Marie Antoinette was the Queen of Fashion, Rose Bertin was her "Minister of Fashion." Find out more about Bertin and the extravagances of eighteenth century fashion in our conversation with expert Kimberly …

The King of Fashion: Paul Poiret

April 17th, 2018

46:06
The work of avant-garde couturier Paul Poiret was shocking to some, and undeniably groundbreaking to everyone else. The fact that he radically …

Elizabeth Keckly: “Thirty Years a Slave” to White House Dressmaker

April 10th, 2018

38:51
This week we explore the incredible story of Elizabeth Keckly, an enslaved woman who bought her freedom and went on to become the premiere dressmaker in Washington D.C. during the Civil War era. Her best friend and …

Smuggled in the Bustle: an interview with Hind Abdul-Jabbar

April 3rd, 2018

31:53
In this episode we speak to Hind Abdul-Jabbar about the widespread practice of smuggling European fashion into the United States during the 19th …

Elizabeth Hawes: Fashion Rebel

March 27th, 2018

44:10
An iconoclast in every sense of the word, Elizabeth Hawes is still considered one of the greatest designers American fashion ever produced. Find out why her outspoken social activism landed her in hot water with the FBI.

The Body: Fashion & Physique, an interview with Emma McClendon

March 20th, 2018

50:17
This episode explores how the body type considered ideal shifts over time, and we speak with fashion historian Emma McClendon about her current exhibition The Body: Fashion and Physique.

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Branded: A History of Designer Logos

March 13th, 2018

34:55
Logos and monograms are used by luxury fashion houses to brand their products. This episode investigates the origin stories of the logos used by of …

Freeing the Body: The Birth of Modern Dress

March 6th, 2018

34:47
This week we explore the birth of modern dress, a revolution in fact, that occurred during a period in the early 20th century when women radically …

Founding Father of Haute Couture: Charles Frederick Worth

February 27th, 2018

1:04:50
This episode explores the career and legacy of the man many consider to be the first true fashion designer, Charles Frederick Worth. We also speak with Hylan Booker, an American designer who sat at the helm of the house …

Dressed: Episode Zero

February 23rd, 2018

4:48
Fashion history is about more than pretty clothes. Dressed explores the incredibly rich and complex history behind the clothes we wear. Tune in on February 27th for the first episode.

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Introducing Dressed: The History of Fashion

February 20th, 2018

2:04
Every week, fashion historians April Calahan and Cassidy Zachary will take you inside the history of fashion, and explore the who, what, when of why we wear. Listen in on February 27 for the first episode.

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