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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Fashion History Mystery #6: Origins of Polka Dots

March 21st, 2019


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

March 19th, 2019


Fashion History Mystery #5: Thierry Mugler

March 14th, 2019

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

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


Historical Costuming with American Duchess

March 5th, 2019

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


Cult Style: an interview with Sarah Byrd

February 26th, 2019


Fashion History Mystery: Favorite Fashion Books

February 21st, 2019


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

February 19th, 2019


Fashion History Mystery: How To Become a Fashion Historian

February 14th, 2019


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

February 12th, 2019

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

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

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

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


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

December 4th, 2018


The Battle of Versailles, an interview with Robin Givhan

November 27th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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


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

October 30th, 2018

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


Pink, an interview with Dr. Valerie Steele

October 16th, 2018

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


Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

October 2nd, 2018

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

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

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

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


Gordon Parks: the Man of Many Hats

September 11th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

July 17th, 2018


Silhouette and Leotard: a Tale of Two Men?

July 10th, 2018

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


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

June 26th, 2018

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


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

June 12th, 2018

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


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

May 29th, 2018

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

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

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


Murderous Millinery

May 1st, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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