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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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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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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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Founding Father of Haute Couture: Charles Frederick Worth

February 27th, 2018

1:07:35

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 …

Freeing the Body: The Birth of Modern Dress

March 6th, 2018

37:32

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 …

Branded: A History of Designer Logos

March 13th, 2018

37:40

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 …

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

March 20th, 2018

53:02

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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Elizabeth Hawes: Fashion Rebel

March 27th, 2018

46:55

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.

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

April 3rd, 2018

34:38

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

April 10th, 2018

41:36

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 …

The King of Fashion: Paul Poiret

April 17th, 2018

48:51

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

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

April 24th, 2018

1:01:58

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 …

Murderous Millinery

May 1st, 2018

52:01

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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Elsa Schiaparelli

May 8th, 2018

52:31

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

May 15th, 2018

49:11

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

Gaby Deslys: the Modern Body, Fashion & Spectacle

May 22nd, 2018

50:27

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 …

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

May 29th, 2018

38:25

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

June 5th, 2018

58:50

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

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

June 12th, 2018

1:09:01

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

Wonderbra, an interview with Alexis Walker

June 19th, 2018

58:23

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

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

June 26th, 2018

1:28:18

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

The Gentleman Couturier: Hubert de Givenchy

July 3rd, 2018

43:56

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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Silhouette and Leotard: a Tale of Two Men?

July 10th, 2018

53:10

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

July 17th, 2018

1:02:45

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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The Swimsuit: a Revealing History, Part I

July 24th, 2018

55:15

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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The Swimsuit: a Revealing History, Part II

July 31st, 2018

43:17

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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A Century of Fashion Photography, an interview with Paul Martineau

August 7th, 2018

50:19

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 …

Fashion and Politics: The French Revolution

August 14th, 2018

54:33

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

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Incredible and Marvelous: Fashion's First Hipsters

August 21st, 2018

41:58

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

Fashion and Sustainability, an interview with Tara St. James

August 28th, 2018

1:05:03

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 …

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

September 4th, 2018

51:07

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 …

Gordon Parks: the Man of Many Hats

September 11th, 2018

42:06

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 …

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

September 13th, 2018

56:29

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

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From Russia With Love: Valentina

September 18th, 2018

47:18

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

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

September 25th, 2018

1:06:14

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

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

September 27th, 2018

20:24

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

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

October 2nd, 2018

49:32

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 …

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

October 9th, 2018

47:20

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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Pink, an interview with Dr. Valerie Steele

October 16th, 2018

30:46

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

October 23rd, 2018

45:54

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

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

October 30th, 2018

58:46

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

Dissecting the Flapper (Bonus Episode)

November 1st, 2018

20:02

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

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Fashionable Filipinas, an interview with Gino Gonzales

November 6th, 2018

45:35

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

Rebel Threads, an interview with Roger Burton, part I

November 13th, 2018

45:19

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

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

November 15th, 2018

31:29

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

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

November 20th, 2018

53:47

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 …

The Battle of Versailles, an interview with Robin Givhan

November 27th, 2018

58:10

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

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

December 4th, 2018

47:50

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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Fashion Lovers: Dorothy Todd & Madge Garland

December 11th, 2018

47:22

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

December 18th, 2018

52:59

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: …

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

December 25th, 2018

38:32

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 …

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

January 1st, 2019

57:37

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 …

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

February 12th, 2019

53:50

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 …

Fashion History Mystery: How To Become a Fashion Historian

February 14th, 2019

17:45

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

February 19th, 2019

37:12

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: Favorite Fashion Books

February 21st, 2019

23:01

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

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Cult Style: an interview with Sarah Byrd

February 26th, 2019

1:19:57

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 #3: Fashion History at the Oscars!

February 28th, 2019

22:20

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

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Historical Costuming with American Duchess

March 5th, 2019

1:01:23

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 #4: To Wear or Not to Wear?

March 7th, 2019

23:01

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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Finding Beauty, an Interview with Photographer Tony Vaccaro

March 12th, 2019

40:41

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 #5: Thierry Mugler

March 14th, 2019

13:21

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

March 19th, 2019

49:38

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 #6: Origins of Polka Dots

March 21st, 2019

16:35

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

March 26th, 2019

52:22

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 #7: Amish Fashion Designers?

March 28th, 2019

17:30

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

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Remaking Fashion History: an Interview with John Bright

April 2nd, 2019

49:41

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 #8: Origin Story: Mary Janes

April 4th, 2019

19:00

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

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The Other Danish Girl: Gerda Wegener

April 9th, 2019

43:22

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 #9: Don't Sweat It

April 11th, 2019

21:11

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

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Fashion and the Art of Pochoir

April 16th, 2019

1:04:05

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 #10: The Other Dust Ruffle

April 18th, 2019

18:42

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

April 23rd, 2019

59:25

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 #11: Rosie Gets a Shingle

April 25th, 2019

16:24

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

April 30th, 2019

37:04

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 #12: Chat-a-what?

May 2nd, 2019

17:07

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

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

May 7th, 2019

52:28

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 #13: Party of the Year: The Met Gala

May 9th, 2019

45:59

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 II

May 14th, 2019

48:36

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 #14: "Copying: a Fancy Name for Stealing"

May 16th, 2019

18:08

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 Dress Detective, an interview with Amber Butchart

May 21st, 2019

59:24

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 #15: Pantone

May 23rd, 2019

15:03

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

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

May 28th, 2019

1:01:19

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 …

Fashion History Mystery #16: Of Beards and Men

May 30th, 2019

29:00

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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Styling the American Suffragist, an interview with Raissa Bretaña

June 4th, 2019

50:18

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 #17: Addressing Dress

June 6th, 2019

10:31

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

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The Language of Fans, an interview with Laura Camerlengo

June 11th, 2019

48:22

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

June 13th, 2019

14:53

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

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

June 18th, 2019

52:08

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 …

Fashion History Mystery #19: Should These Clothes Be Saved?

June 20th, 2019

11:22

Cassidy and April discuss a recent New York Time's article by Vanessa Friedman which brings up some interesting questions regarding the relevance and importance of everyday clothing.

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Gender Bending Fashion, pt. 1: an interview with Michelle Tolini Finamore

June 25th, 2019

48:39

Who gets to wear the pants?! This week we speak to Michelle Tolini Finamore about her exhibition Gender Bending Fashion which is currently on view at …

Fashion History Mystery #20: History of the Pride Flag

June 27th, 2019

16:09

It's World Pride month and all things rainbow! This week's minisode discusses the origin of the multicolored pride flag emblazoned upon innumerable …

Gender Bending Fashion, pt. 2: an interview with Michelle Tolini Finamore

July 2nd, 2019

35:30

Men just might enjoy the comfort of skirts! This week we speak to Michelle Tolini Finamore about her exhibition Gender Bending Fashion which is …

Fashion History Mystery #21: Isabelle de Borchgrave

July 4th, 2019

17:22

Join us for a peep inside the work of Isabelle de Borchgrave who creates incredible life-size replicas of historic fashions not from silk, velvet and lace, but paper. 

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50 Years of the Ebony Fashion Fair, an interview with Joy Bivins

July 9th, 2019

57:51

For fifty years, Ebony magazine's groundbreaking Fashion Fair brought the crème de la crème of high fashion to audiences across the USA and around the globe.

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Fashion History Mystery #22: Fall 2019 Couture Fashion Collections

July 11th, 2019

29:55

This week, Cassidy and April discuss the art and history inherent in the latest 2019 Couture Fashion Collections. 

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Fashion Animals, an interview with Joshua Katcher

July 16th, 2019

52:19

Animal rights activist and vegan menswear designer Joshua Katcher joins us to talk about the relationship between humans and the animals they wear.

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Fashion History Mystery #23: Origin Story: Sailor and Peter Pan Collars

July 18th, 2019

16:52

This week, we explore the fascinating origins of the so-called "sailor" and "peter pan" style collars. 

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Space Age Fashion: an interview with Sarah Jean Culbreth

July 23rd, 2019

55:07

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing and we are joined by Sarah Jean Culbeth to discuss the space age fashions of Pierre …

Fashion History Mystery #24: The History of Penny Loafers

July 25th, 2019

16:19

A staple of various style tribes, Nancy MacDonell joins us to speak about the history of the penny loafer.

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Charles James: Genius Deconstructed, an Interview with Timothy Long

July 30th, 2019

1:03:57

Timothy Long takes us inside the multi-tiered genius of Charles James, the self-taught fashion designer behind some of the most innovative and …

FHM #25: The Auction House Allure

August 1st, 2019

21:40

This week we discuss the role of auction houses in the collecting of historic dress in a continued conversation with Timothy Long, Director, Senior …

Mary Quant, an Interview with Jenny Lister

August 6th, 2019

50:50

In the 1960s, Mary Quant launched her fashion revolution amid a rainbow of mini-skirts and hot pants. This week, we explore her life and legacy with …

FHM #26: A Mermaid's Tale

August 8th, 2019

12:08

In this week's mini-sode we answer a query from a real-life mermaid.

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Re-Dressed: The Swimsuit, a Revealing History, Part I

August 13th, 2019

56:44

In the spirit of summer, we revisit our Season One two part series on one of the most controversial garments in history: the swimsuit.

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FHM #27: The Origin of the Moon Manicure with Suzanne Shapiro

August 15th, 2019

22:20

We answer a listener query about the moon-shaped manicure of the 1920s and 30s with Suzanne Shapiro, author of Nails: the Story of the Modern Manicure.

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FHM #28: Origin of the Poodle Skirt

August 22nd, 2019

16:05

This week's mini-sode explores the story of Juli Lynne Charlot who created a 50s classic: the poodle skirt.

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The Golden Age of Haute Couture, LIVE from the Dallas Museum of Art

August 27th, 2019

59:52

Hot off the press and LIVE from Dallas, join us for our first live episode of Dressed.

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FHM #29: Enfleurage: 17th Century Perfume Making with Dryland Wilds

August 29th, 2019

22:59

This week we meet Cebastien and Robin, the women behind the botanical beauty line Dryland Wilds, and learn all about their modern day use of the 17th century perfume making process known as enfleurage.

Fashion Period. An Interview with Dr. Shannon Withycombe

September 3rd, 2019

1:02:15

Periods. A universally taboo topic for 1000s of years, menstruation was only addressed commercially in the early 20th century. We talk the pad's …

FHM #30: Making Mrs. Maisel

September 5th, 2019

20:02

This week we take a peek inside the Paley Center for Media's exhibition Making Maisel Marvelous.

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Global Vision: Tina Leser

September 10th, 2019

40:40

Often cited as a progenitor of the American Look, fashion designer Tina Leser's vision was greater than the polarizing discourse of French versus …

FHM #31: The Cyclical Nature of Fashion

September 12th, 2019

20:52

This week, April and Cassidy discuss which forgotten fashion staples they would love to make a comeback and which cyclical fashion trends should …

The Joy of Fashion, an Interview with Pat Cleveland

September 17th, 2019

43:58

This week we talk with fashion icon and fashion model pioneer Pat Cleveland about her fifty-plus year career in fashion.

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Patrick Kelly, an Interview with Dr. Eric Darnell Pritchard

September 24th, 2019

1:02:08

Patrick Kelly took Paris by storm in the 1980s, becoming the first American designer to be inducted into France's distinguished Chambre syndicale du …

Punk Style, an interview with Dr. Monica Sklar

October 1st, 2019

55:10

This week we explore the style one of rock's most iconic sub-cultures: punk. But what came first, the music or the clothes?

Learn more about your …

The King of Sexy Cling, an interview with Stephen Burrows

October 8th, 2019

44:25

Stephen Burrow's bright and slinky clothes defined the disco era. This week we speak with a fashion icon on the occasion of his new collaboration …

Fashion History Mystery #32: A Brief History of the Codpiece

October 10th, 2019

12:06

One of the more curious items of masculine dress history, this week we explore the function and symbolism of the codpiece.

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At War with Fashion: World War I, LIVE from Bard Graduate Center

October 15th, 2019

1:04:48

In conjunction with the exhibition French Fashion, Women and the First World War currently on view at the Bard Graduate Center, we speak with Dr. Kate Strasdin and Dr. Margaret Darrow about the era's anxieties …

Fashion History Mystery #33: Fashion History at Fashion Week

October 17th, 2019

17:25

From Grecian goddesses to the godmother of rock'n'roll, April and Cassidy discuss their favorite shows from the recent Spring/Summer 2020 …

At War with Fashion: World War II, an interview with Stuff You Missed in History Class

October 22nd, 2019

44:38

This week we revisit April's appearance on Stuff You Missed in History Class covering French fashion and resistance during WWII.

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Fashion History Mystery #34: Milk and Sugar: a Brief History of Seersucker

October 24th, 2019

13:50

This weeks listener question about the history of seersucker leads us to a surprising discussion of etymology.

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Halloween Costume and Fancy Dress with Benjamin Wild and Lucy Clayton

October 29th, 2019

1:13:57

Just in time for Halloween, we talk all things dressing up with Lucy Clayton and Dr. Benjamin Wild, co-hosts of the podcast dedicated to that very subject, Dress: Fancy.

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Fashion History Mystery #35:The Vanderbilt Ball

October 31st, 2019

20:39

This week we chat about one of the most sumptuous fancy dress balls the world has ever seen: The Vanderbilt Ball of 1883.

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Bond Girl Style, an inteview with Dr. Monica Germanà

November 5th, 2019

1:10:12

Icons of sex, danger and high style, this week we speak to Dr. Monica Germanà about women inhabiting the world of James Bond.

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Worn on this Day, an Interview with Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell

November 12th, 2019

41:25

Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell joins us to discuss her new book Worn on this Day: the Clothes That Made History. From Olympic uniforms to coronation gowns, Kimberly explores momentous moments in dress history one day at a …

Fashion History Mystery #36: The Japanese Origins of the "Flip-Flop"

November 14th, 2019

21:14

From Japan to Hawaii to California, this week we learn about the origins of the ubiquitious flip-flop. 

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Fashionopolis, an interview wtih Dana Thomas

November 19th, 2019

1:08:51

This week we speak with Paris-based fashion journalist Dana Thomas about the rise of fashion fashion and its true cost.

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Fashion History Mystery #37: Fashion as Art and Protest with Korina Emmerich

November 21st, 2019

23:30

Artist. Fashion Designer. Activist. Korina Emmerich joins us to talk about her fashion brand Emme and the ways in which her indigenous heritage and …

Fashion's Frontier: Denim, an interview with Emma McClendon

November 26th, 2019

48:56

For the final episode of Dressed Season 2, we bring you the much-requested history of denim.

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Welcome to What I Wore When

December 6th, 2019

1:37

Can an outfit change your life? For many of us, the answer is a resounding yes. Welcome to What I Wore When, a weekly podcast hosted by Glamour digital director Perrie Samotin. Every Monday, Perrie sits down with …

Holiday Bonus FHM: The History of Glitter

December 23rd, 2019

28:19

A symbol of glitz, glamour and celebration, we bring you a special holiday edition on the history of glitter.

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Fashion & Film, Part I

February 11th, 2020

45:56

We are back! What better way to celebrate the launch of Season 3--and the Oscars AND Fashion Week-- than with a multi-episode celebration of the …

FHM #39: Fashion at the Oscars, an Interview with Bronwyn Cosgrave

February 13th, 2020

44:27

The Oscars red carpet is one of the most highly anticipated fashion events of the year. This week, we explore its history with Bronwyn Cosgrave before April and Cassidy share their favorite picks from this year's …

Fashion & Film, Part II

February 18th, 2020

46:57

This week, we continue to explore the intimate relationship between fashion and film from World War II into the present day.


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Fashion History Now

February 20th, 2020

29:11

In this new bi-weekly minisode series, Cassidy and April share the latest in all things fashion history. From Jean Paul Gaultier's final haute …

Call Me: The Perils of 19th Century Etiquette

February 25th, 2020

43:21

After a deep dive into etiquette manuals, we explore the complex codes of introductions and calling during the 19th century.

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Fashion History Mystery #40: What's a Dickie?!

February 27th, 2020

20:45

Your great-grandmother enjoyed a dickie. Join us in our exploration of a wildly popular garment, now lost to fashion history.

Learn more about your …

Ethics and Responsibility in the Jewelry Industry, an interview with Bliss Lau

March 3rd, 2020

54:40

Do you know where the precious metals or gems used in your jewelry come from? This week we speak to jewelry designer Bliss Lau about ethics and responsibility in the jewelry trade.

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Fashion History Now #2

March 5th, 2020

31:30

This week we cover topics including Bill Cunningham, 150 years of Harper's Bazaar, and the recent JLo/Shakira controversy. Are we still policing …

How to Read a Suit, an Interview with Lydia Edwards

March 10th, 2020

58:23

Fashion historian and author Lydia Edwards joins us to talk about her newly released book How to Read a Suit, the highly anticipated menswear version of her acclaimed How to Read a Dress.

Learn more about your …

Fashion History Mystery 41: The Incredible Origin of Cat-Eye Glasses

March 12th, 2020

29:29

What do millionaires, harlequins and cigarettes have to do with the iconic cat-eye frame? Tune in to find out!

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Eleanor Lambert: Empress of 7th Avenue, an interview with Carol McLennan

March 17th, 2020

40:27

"The most influential woman in fashion" during the 20th century was far from a household name. Join us as we explore the legendary career of Eleanor …

Fashion History Now #3

March 19th, 2020

27:37

This week we discuss online sources of fashion history, AJ and The Queen, Dapper Dan's new memoire and biodegradable plastics.


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Heilbrunn Timeline of Art (and fashion) History:

Ballerina: Fashion's Modern Muse, an interview with Patricia Mears

March 24th, 2020

1:03:37

En pointe and en vogue, the ballerina has inspired many a fashion designer. Dance and fashion have long had a symbiotic relationship, and this week …

Fashion History Mystery 42: Hook, Line, and Sink-Her, a History of Fishnets

March 26th, 2020

33:34

How did a practical device for catching fish become a coveted and controversial fashion staple? This week, we explore the fascinating thousand-year …

Queen Sirikit of Thailand, an Interview with Melissa Leventon

March 31st, 2020

1:05:30

What happens when French haute couture meets Thai glamour and elegance? This week, Melissa Leventon joins us to discuss the sartorial legacy of Queen …

Fashion History Now #4

April 2nd, 2020

32:27

Topics in this week's episode include the Contemporary Muslim Fashion exhibition, eighteenth century wig building, the origins story of the N95 face mask, and the wonder of online fashion exhibitions on the Google Arts …

Supreme Glamour, an Interview with Mary Wilson

April 7th, 2020

47:21

In celebration of our one hundredth episode, we welcome to the show Mary Wilson, founding member of The Supremes and author of the book Supreme …

Fashion History Mystery #43: Lady Curzon's Peacock Dress

April 9th, 2020

18:46

A feat of Indian craftsmanship and British colonial pageantry, the "peacock dress" was worn by Lady Curzon, Vicereine of India, to the 1903 Delhi …

Game of Thrones: What to Wear When Winter is Coming, pt. 1

April 14th, 2020

55:00

We obsessed. We cried. We stood in awe of the epic saga that was Game of Thrones. Join us for an extra delicious episode where we break down the …

Fashion History Now #5

April 15th, 2020

19:04

This week we issue a couple of challenges! Recreate works of art at home! Help April get to the bottom of Pierre Cardin-designed uniforms for the Chinese army?! Also check out the instagram accounts @whatalexiswore and …

Game of Thrones: What to Wear When Winter is Coming, pt. 2

April 21st, 2020

46:11

Join us for our second installment on the stories and symbolism lovingly stitched into the GoT costumes.


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  • Clapton, Michele and Gina …

Fashion History Mystery #44: A Brief History of Prom

April 23rd, 2020

33:51

To celebrate a quintessential rite of passage being canceled en masse this year due to the pandemic, we bring you a brief history of Prom.

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Designing Downton Abbey, an Interview with Anna Mary Scott Robbins

April 28th, 2020

54:21

This week, we speak with Anna Mary Scott Robbins, the costume designer behind one of the most beloved television series, and now films, Downton Abbey.

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Fashion History Now #6

April 30th, 2020

20:31

From golden mending games to Advanced Style inspiration, this week's episode is full of suggestions for fun fashion history related activities you …

Service Mode: Dressing the Domestic Servant

May 5th, 2020

55:58

On the heels of our Downton Abbey episode, this week we explore the dress of the downstairs set. What did domestic servants really wear?

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Spread Love and Shine Light, an Interview with Orenda Tribe's Amy Yeung

May 7th, 2020

29:08

In lieu of this week's FHM, we bring you a special interview with Amy Yeung, founder of Orenda Tribe. Using the colors of the rainbow as her guide, …

Re-Dressed: Finding Beauty, an Interview with Photographer Tony Vaccaro

May 12th, 2020

44:19

Past Dressed guest Tony Vaccaro just beat COVID-19. In celebration, we air our past interview with the 97 year-old photographer whose prolific career …

Fashion History Now #7

May 14th, 2020

22:56

This week we check out some disturbing historic beauty advice, a collection of the world's rarest pigments, alternative leather made from cacti, and …

Bedside Manner, an interview with Marisa Hollywood

May 19th, 2020

1:02:51

Nurses, we love you! In an episode dedicated to healthcare workers everywhere, this week we explore the history of the nurse uniform.

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Fashion History Mystery 45: Re-Dressed: Favorite Fashion Books

May 21st, 2020

23:25

So many of you have asked for book recs for what to read during your extra time at home, this week we re-air our past minisode on our favorite fashion books.

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The Art of Historical Hatmaking with Rachel Frost

May 26th, 2020

57:06

This week we learn about the history and techniques of historical hatmaking with Rachel Frost, one of only a handful of hatmakers using sixteenth …

Fashion History Now #8

May 28th, 2020

15:34

This show would not be possible without our wonderful listeners! This week we celebrate YOU by highlighting some of your fashion histories shared …

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

June 2nd, 2020

51:45

History is more important now than ever. This week, we revisit our illuminating two-part series on the cultural history of black dandyism with Monica …

Fashion History Now #9

June 4th, 2020

20:11

Cassidy and April discuss current events as they relate to the fashion industry and the field of Fashion Studies, highlighting where the industry and …

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

June 9th, 2020

38:32

This week, we bring you part two of our 2018 interview with Monica L. Miller, author of the book Slaves to Fashion: Black Dandyism and the Styling of Black Diasporic Identity.

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FHM 46: Dressed to Protest

June 12th, 2020

28:12

In this episode, we discuss a brief history of what people have worn to both protest and protect themselves during times of civil unrest.

Further …

Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk, an Interview with Anna Jackson, Part I

June 16th, 2020

54:13

This week, we bring you part one of our two part episode with Anna Jackson, curator of the V&A exhibition Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk, the first …

FHN #10

June 18th, 2020

36:07

In light of current events, the fashion industry will never be the same again. This week, we discuss meaningful (and not so meaningful) change.

Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk, an Interview with Anna Jackson, Part II

June 23rd, 2020

59:52

This week, we bring you part two of our two part episode with Anna Jackson, curator of the V&A exhibition Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk, the first …

Fashion History Mystery 47: Wedding Customs: Days of Yore

June 25th, 2020

25:02

In this week's mini-sode we answer a listener question about the history of the wedding garter and examine how wedding traditions of the Middle Ages and Renaissance relate to customs practiced today.

Learn more about …

Living History pt. 1, an interview with Cheyney McKnight

June 30th, 2020

52:17

Living historian and educator Cheyney McKnight joins us this week to speak about the profession of historic interpretation and specifically about her research and work interpreting the periods of slavery in the US …

Fashion History Now #11

July 2nd, 2020

20:00

This week we discussed the future of fashion customization, the conservation of Queen Elizabeth I's funeral corset, the discovery of a 2,300 year old …

Living History pt.2, an interview with Cheyney McKnight

July 7th, 2020

42:40

Living historian and educator Cheyney McKnight joins us for part two of this episode to discuss African diasporic dress and fashion in the US during …

Fashion History Mystery #48: The Etiquette of Bicycling

July 9th, 2020

28:49

Today, the bicycle is a ubiquitous summer pasttime for many of us, but in the 1890s it was a new social and cultural phenomenon that took the world …

Carnival to Catwalk: Global Reflections on Fancy Dress Costume with Dr. Benjamin Wild

July 14th, 2020

1:17:46

This week, cultural historian Dr. Benjamin Wild joins us to discuss the global phenomenon of fancy dress costume, smashing any outdated conventions …

Fashion History Now #12

July 16th, 2020

36:55

This week's discussion includes the ugly makeup revolution, Costube, and highlights from haute couture's first digital fashion week.

  • @CosTubeGuide …

1950s in Vogue: The Jessica Daves Years, an interview with Rebecca C. Tuite

July 21st, 2020

1:03:49

This week we examine the career of American Vogue editor Jessica Daves who presided over the magazine during the 1950s, a golden age of fashion …

Clueless at Twenty-Five, an Interview with Costume Designer Mona May

July 23rd, 2020

47:32

In honor of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the iconic fashion flick Clueless, we bring you a special interview with the film's costume designer Mona May.

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Fashioning White Femininity: The Ethnic Masquerade of Modern Fashion with Dr. Victoria Pass

July 28th, 2020

1:03:04

During the 1920s and 30s, white fashion magazines and designers marketed ethnicity to white women as something that could be put on and taken off at …

Fashion History Mystery #49: A Brief History of Shorts

July 30th, 2020

18:36

This week we answer a listener query about when and how did shorts enter women's wardrobes.

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Fashioning the Enslaved Servant, an interview with Dr. Jonathan Michael Square

August 4th, 2020

40:46

This week Dr. Jonathan Michael Square joins us to discuss some of his object based research into Brooks Brother's coats worn by enslaved servants during the 19th century.

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Fashion History Now #14

August 6th, 2020

22:07

On this week's minisode, we discuss listener mail about Princess Beatrice's upcycled Norman Harnell wedding dress, bicycling etiquette art, magical magazines, and SCAD museum's virtual fashion tours!

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Re-Dressing America's Frontier Past, an Interview with Dr. Peter Boag

August 11th, 2020

1:13:42

Thanks to a plethora of literature and Hollywood films, the American West holds an almost mythic-like place in the popular imagination. Its mere …

Fashion History Now #15: Indian Market 2020's Virtual Fashion Show

August 13th, 2020

36:23

This week we are joined by Amber-Dawn Bear Robe, the producer behind Santa Fe Indian Market's annual fashion show, which goes virtual this year for the first time. We learn about the show's history and this year's …

Cool Shades: A History of Sunglasses, an interview with Vanessa Brown

August 18th, 2020

1:11:23

Vanessa Brown joins us this week to discuss the ways in which sunglasses have been used in the construction of cool and celebrity glamour.

Learn …

Fashion History Mystery #50: Count Chardonnet and the Quest for Artificial Silk

August 20th, 2020

15:59

How do Louis Pasteur, Thomas Edison and an enigmatic French Count factor into the history of one of the most widely used textiles on the planet? Tune in to find out!

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Future Fit: A History of the Jumpsuit, an interview with Andrea Lauer

August 25th, 2020

58:50

This week Andrea Lauer joins us to discuss the utilitarian and utopian history of the jumpsuit. A favorite fashion staple of the 21st century, the jumpsuit is a surprising site of discourse on economics, class and …

Fashion History Now #16

August 27th, 2020

27:12

Would you wear Chipotle?! This week we discuss a new clothing initiative by the fast food chain, the YouTube series Black Girl in a Big Dress, what's …

Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion, an interview with Marcellas Reynolds

September 1st, 2020

1:10:29

Iman. Tyra. Naomi. Marcellas Reynolds, author of the book Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion, joins us to discuss the …

Fashion History Mystery #51: Rad in '39: Predicting Fashion's Future

September 3rd, 2020

27:14

This week we answer a listener question about past predictions of fashion's future; from wearable tech to smart phones and air conditioning a surprising number which are part of our every day lives were predicted a …

A History of the Paper Pattern Industry

September 8th, 2020

49:35

This week we honor the work of costume designer, fashion historian and expert on the history of paper patterns, Joy Spanabel Emery.

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Fashion History Now #17

September 10th, 2020

24:00

We cover everything from smart wool to stylin' penguins in this week's discussion that also includes what is happening in the world of online fashion …

Advanced Style, Part I: An Interview with Ari Seth Cohen

September 15th, 2020

46:16

Style knows no age. In part one of this two part episode, photographer Ari Seth Cohen joins us to discuss Advanced Style, his street style blog turned international movement celebrating "the stylish senior set."

Learn …

Fashion History Now #18: In Vogue: The 1990's with Hamish Bowles

September 17th, 2020

27:01

Cassidy and April "sit down" with Hamish Bowles, fashion historian, couture collector, Vogue editor, and new host of the podcast In Vogue: The 1990s.

Advanced Style, Part II: Meet the Models and Muses

September 22nd, 2020

1:33:11

This week, we meet some of the muses of Ari Seth Cohen's Advanced Style and Advanced Love series who join us to share the myriad of lessons and philosophies they've learned from their many years of getting dressed.

Fashion History Mystery #52: Driving Fashion

September 24th, 2020

35:54

This week we explore the symbiotic relationships between modern women, fashion, and cars at the dawn of the twentieth century.

Recommended reading:

Floriography: The Victorian Language of Flowers, an interview with Jessica Roux

September 29th, 2020

42:48

Daffodils for your unrequited love, lavender for your sworn enemy. This week author and illustrator Jessica Roux joins us to discuss how the …

Fashion History Now #19: Finding Future Vintage, an interview with Gabriel Brandon-Hanson and Jesus Herrera

October 1st, 2020

54:39

This week designers Gabriel Brandon-Hanson and Jesus Herrera join us to discuss their vintage shop which features exquisitely handmade garments sourced from all over Mexico and how their contemporary brand, Les Jesus, …

Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Politics of Global Soul with Dr. Tanisha C. Ford

October 6th, 2020

58:49

The paradox of clothing is that it can be at once the most public and the most personal of items a person can use to express their identity historically and today, a dichotomy found throughout the work of today's guest …

Dressed in Dreams: A Black Girl's Love Letter to the Power of Fashion with Dr. Tanisha C. Ford

October 8th, 2020

29:22

Dr. Tanisha C. Ford returns to discuss her recently released memoir Dressed in Dreams: A Black Girl’s Letter to the Power of Fashion (2019).

More on …

Re-Dressed: Styling the American Suffragist, an interview with Raissa Bretaña

October 13th, 2020

56:07

With the US presidential election just three weeks out, we re-air our episode with fashion historian, educator and historic interpreter Raissa …

Fashion History Mystery #53: Suffragist Herstory: Miss Mabel Ping-Hua Lee

October 15th, 2020

13:54

On this week's minisode we delve into the incredible life of suffragist Mable Ping-Hua Lee, the activist who dedicated her life to the suffrage movement and women's rights despite the fact she may have never received …

Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion, an interview with Amy de la Haye, pt. 1

October 20th, 2020

48:08

In part one of this two-part series, Amy de la Haye joins us to speak about the historic symbolism of the rose, her book The Rose in Fashion: …

Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion, an interview with Amy de la Haye, pt. 2

October 22nd, 2020

25:50

In part two of this two-part series, Amy de la Haye joins us to speak about fashion's love affair with the rose, her book The Rose in Fashion: Ravishing and its associated exhibition which is to be mounted at The Museum …

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