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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

1:02:06

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

32:02

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

32:10

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

47:32

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

41:25

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

29:09

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

36:07

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

43:22

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

56:29

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

46:32

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

47:02

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

43:41

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

44:57

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

32:56

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

53:21

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

1:03:31

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

52:54

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

1:22:49

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

38:27

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

47:40

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

57:15

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

49:46

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

37:47

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

44:50

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

49:03

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

36:28

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

59:34

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

45:37

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

36:36

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

51:00

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

41:49

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

1:00:45

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

16:55

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

44:02

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

41:50

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

25:17

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

40:25

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

53:17

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

16:32

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

40:05

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

39:50

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

27:59

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

48:17

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

52:40

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

42:21

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

41:52

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

47:29

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

33:03

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

52:08

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

48:21

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

16:15

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

31:42

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

21:32

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

1:14:27

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

20:50

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

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Historical Costuming with American Duchess

March 5th, 2019

55:53

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

21:31

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

35:11

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

11:51

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

44:09

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

15:05

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

46:53

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

16:01

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

44:11

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

17:31

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

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The Other Danish Girl: Gerda Wegener

April 9th, 2019

37:52

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

19:41

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

58:35

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

17:12

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

53:55

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

14:54

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

31:35

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

15:37

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

46:58

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

40:30

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

43:06

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

16:39

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

53:54

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

13:33

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

55:50

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

25:31

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

44:49

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

9:01

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

42:53

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

13:23

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

46:38

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

9:53

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

43:10

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

14:39

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

30:01

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

15:52

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

52:21

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

26:26

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

46:49

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

15:23

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

49:37

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

14:50

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

58:28

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

20:11

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

45:20

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

10:39

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

51:14

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

20:51

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

14:36

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

54:22

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

21:29

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

56:45

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

18:32

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

35:11

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

19:23

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

38:29

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

56:39

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

49:40

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

38:55

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

10:37

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

59:19

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

15:55

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

39:09

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

12:20

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

1:09:28

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

19:09

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

1:05:42

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

36:55

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

19:44

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

1:04:22

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

22:01

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

44:26

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

22:49

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

40:27

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

38:58

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

41:28

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

25:41

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

37:52

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

17:16

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

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

March 3rd, 2020

49:10

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

28:01

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

52:53

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.

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

March 12th, 2020

26:00

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

34:58

"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

24:07

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

March 24th, 2020

58:08

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

28:05

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

1:00:00

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

26:57

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

41:51

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

15:16

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

49:30

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

15:35

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

40:42

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


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Fashion History Mystery #44: A Brief History of Prom

April 23rd, 2020

28:21

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

48:52

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

17:01

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

50:29

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

27:38

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

38:50

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

19:26

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

57:21

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

19:56

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

51:36

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

14:05

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

46:16

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

18:42

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

33:03

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

24:42

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

48:44

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

30:38

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

54:22

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

21:33

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.

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Living History pt. 1, an interview with Cheyney McKnight

June 30th, 2020

46:48

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

16:30

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

37:11

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

25:20

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

1:12:17

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

31:26

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

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

July 21st, 2020

58:20

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

42:02

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

57:35

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

17:07

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

35:16

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

18:38

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

1:08:12

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

30:54

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

1:05:53

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

14:30

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

53:20

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

23:42

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

1:04:59

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

23:44

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

44:06

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

20:31

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

40:47

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."

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

September 17th, 2020

23:32

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

1:27:41

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

30:25

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

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

September 29th, 2020

37:18

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

49:10

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

53:19

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

25:52

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).

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

October 13th, 2020

50:37

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

12:25

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

42:38

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

22:21

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 …

The Art of Arab Dress with Dr. Reem El Mutwalli

October 27th, 2020

44:05

Dr. Reem El Mutwalli joins us in a discussion of her organization The Zay Initiative, a fashion history archive dedicated to collecting, documenting …

Creepy, Crawly Contraptions from Fashion History with Holly Frey

October 29th, 2020

33:22

We are pleased to welcome Dressed producer and podcast host extraordinaire Holly Frey to the show this week. A fellow Halloween and fashion lover, …

Button Power: 125 Years of Saying it with Buttons, an interview with Christen Carter and Ted Hake

November 3rd, 2020

44:30

This week we explore the political power of the pin-back button and many of its other fun incarnations intended to convey a message.

Learn more …

Not All Heroes Wear Capes: RGB's Supreme Court Style

November 5th, 2020

21:56

In commemoration of the life and legacy of the trailblazing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we look at the meaning behind her signature …

For the Love of Fashion: An Interview with Hamish Bowles

November 10th, 2020

47:36

Fashion historian, couture collector, museum curator, author, Vogue International Editor-at-Large, Hamish Bowles is the wearer of many stylish hats! …

Fashion History Now #20: The Future of Fashion is Indigenous with Vogue's Christian Allaire

November 12th, 2020

29:17

This week we are joined by fashion journalist Christian Allaire (Ojibwe) whose work for Vogue magazine is bringing Indigenous fashion designers to the international fore.

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Mend!: an interview with Kate Sekules

November 17th, 2020

58:09

This week we explore the history of mending as well as the contemporary visible mending movement with guest Kate Sekules.

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Fashion History Mystery #55- Fashion Celebrates St. Catherine's Day

November 19th, 2020

15:32

Next week marks St. Catherine's Day on November 25th. In this week's minisode we explore the special nature of St. Catherine's Day to the French fashion industry.

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The Women Who Revolutionized Fashion with Petra Slinkard

November 24th, 2020

51:41

Fashion and textile curator Petra Slinkard joins us to discuss the exhibition Made It: The Women Who Revolutionized Fashion, on view at the Peabody …

Fashion History Now #21

November 26th, 2020

29:59

In this latest edition of Fashion History Now, we catch up on the latest fashion history and fashion history-making news from Harry Styles gender-bending cover to lip art to "the Incredible Whiteness of the Museum …

The Sartorialist, an interview with Scott Schuman, part 1

December 1st, 2020

48:22

Street style photographer extraordinaire, Scott Schuman, joins us this week to speak about his five books and fifteen-year career as The Sartorialist.

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The Sartorialist, an interview with Scott Schuman, part 2

December 3rd, 2020

39:13

We continue our conversation with street style photographer extraordinaire, Scott Schuman, and speak about his five books and fifteen-year career as The Sartorialist.

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Tudor Fashion, an interview with Eleri Lynn, part 1

December 8th, 2020

38:59

Kirtles, codpieces and Henry the VIII, oh my! This week we discuss fashion at the Tudor court with Eleri Lynn, Curator of the Royal Ceremonial Dress …

Tudor Fashion, an interview with Eleri Lynn, part 2

December 10th, 2020

24:50

In part two of our episode with Tudor fashion scholar Eleri Lynn, we discuss sumptuary laws as well as grooming, hygiene and laundry practices at the …

Fashion and the Showgirl, Part I

December 15th, 2020

27:37

With her towering headwear and sparkling body suit, the showgirl is an instantly recognizable, cross cultural pop icon. This two part episode …

Fashion and the Showgirl, Part II

December 17th, 2020

29:12

Today, we continue our exploration of the century long love affair between fashion and the showgirl.

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Magic Maker: An Interview with Designer Zaldy Goco

January 19th, 2021

41:49

Fashion and fantasy merge in the work of designer Zaldy Goco who joins us to discuss his incredible thirty plus year career as a magic maker, …

FHN #22: Bridgerton or Bust!

January 21st, 2021

26:49

Per popular request, we take a deep dive into all things Bridgerton costumes for our first Fashion History Now of Season 4!

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A History of Pockets, an interview with Dr. Ariane Fennetaux, part 1

January 26th, 2021

30:22

Since day one of Dressed, our listeners have deluged us with requests for an episode on pockets. This week we deliver with a two part episode on the …

A History of Pockets, an interview with Dr. Ariane Fennetaux, part 2

January 28th, 2021

49:13

In part two of our episode with Dr. Ariane Fennetaux, we discuss the intimate nature of pockets and what women historically carried in them.

Historical Costuming in the Time of Covid with Dr. Christine Millar of Sewstine, Part I

February 2nd, 2021

30:51

Dr. Christine Millar of "Sewstine" joins us to discuss her relationship with historical costuming, a well deserved respite from her work as a doctor …

Historical Costuming in the Time of Covid with Dr. Christine Millar of Sewstine, Part II

February 4th, 2021

33:45

From tight-lacing to sitting in a bustle, Christine is back to discuss the realities of wearing historical dress, smashing some popular fashion …

Bonnie Cashin, an interview with Dr. Stephanie Lake, part 2

February 11th, 2021

42:37

In the second installment of this episode, we speak about Bonnie's unique design lexicon and how her working methods blazed new territory in the …

Refashioning History, an interview with artist Fabiola Jean-Louis

February 16th, 2021

51:17

This week we speak with one of our favorite contemporary artists, Fabiola Jean-Louis, who rewrites history by photographing women of color in the …

Re-Dressed: Supreme Glamour, an Interview with Mary Wilson

February 18th, 2021

39:54

This week we celebrate the life and legacy of Mary Wilson (1944-2021), founding member of The Supremes and author of the book Supreme Glamour. Ms. …

Zelda Wynn Valdes, an interview with Nancy Deihl

February 23rd, 2021

31:15

Beloved by sirens of the stage and screen for her curve clinging creations, this week Nany Deihl joins us to discuss Zelda Wynn Valdes. We also bust a few myths about who designed the Playboy Bunny costume.

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Chicago's Fashionable Past with Jessica Pushor, Part I

March 2nd, 2021

51:01

Today, we are joined by "librarian of clothing" Jessica Pushor, collections manager of the Chicago History Museum's 50,000+ piece dress and textile …

Chicago's Fashionable Past with Jessica Pushor, Part II

March 4th, 2021

31:38

What treasures lie in the Chicago History Museum's 50,000 piece dress and textile collection? From Abraham Lincoln's belongings to rare Parisian …

Re-Dressed: Silhouette and Leotard: A Tale of Two Men?

March 9th, 2021

48:56

In anticipation of this week's Fashion History Now, we revisit one of our very first episode's in season one where we met the men behind the fashion: …

A History of the Vietnamese Nail Salon with Filmmaker Adele Pham

March 16th, 2021

42:07

How did the Vietnamese come to dominate the multi-billion dollar nail industry? Filmmaker Adele Pham joins us to discuss her film Nailed It, which …

Fashion HIstory Now #24

March 18th, 2021

28:03

This week, we make our recommendations for digital fashion history resources.


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Norma Kamali is Invincible, part 1

March 23rd, 2021

42:00

This week we are delighted to be joined by one of our favorite designers, Norma Kamali, to chat about her role in defining American fashion for more …

Norma Kamali is Invincible, part 2

March 25th, 2021

24:39

Today we continue our conversation by one of our favorite designers, Norma Kamali, who has been a defining force in American fashion for more than …

Hanae Mori, an interview with Ayaka Sano

March 30th, 2021

50:33

This week Ayaka Sano joins us to discuss the early years of the career of Japanese designer Hanae Mori, the first Asian woman to be admitted to the ranks of French haute couture.

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Fashion History Mystery #56- April & Cassidy Fools' Day

April 1st, 2021

43:09

Join Cassidy as she tries to fool April--and vice versa--with wacky facts and fictions from fashion history.

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Refashioning and Cripping Masculinity with Dr. Ben Barry

April 6th, 2021

46:26

Today we are joined by fashion educator, researcher, and activist Dr. Ben Barry whose work on refashioning and cripping masculinities challenges and …

Fashion History Now #25: "Vintage Style Not Vintage Values" with Dandy Wellington

April 8th, 2021

41:25

Band leader, vintage aficionado, and style activist Dandy Wellington joins us to discuss the power and joy of vintage dressing today.

More on Dandy's work: www.dandywellington.com

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The Red Dress Embroidery Project with Artist Kirstie Macleod

April 13th, 2021

34:20

202 embroiders. 28 countries. 1 dress. Artist Kirstie Macleod joins us to share the stories behind the The Red Dress Project, an eleven year …

Fashion History Now #26: Little Red Fashion for Kids and Teens, an interview with Jonathan Joseph

April 15th, 2021

55:05

Parents rejoice! This week fellow Dressed listener Jonathan Joseph joins us to speak about his new fashion ed-tech start up for kids and teens.

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The 90s, an interview with Colleen Hill, part 1

April 20th, 2021

33:48

Supermodels, grunge, minimalism, oh my! This week Colleen Hill joins us for a two-part episode on fashion in the 1990s.

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The 90s, an interview with Colleen Hill, part 2

April 22nd, 2021

30:07

Fashion historian and Curator of Costume and Accessories at The Museum at FIT, Colleen Hill, joins us again today for part two of our discussion on …

Fashioning the Philippines: Salvacion Lim Higgins, An Interview with Mark Lewis Higgins

April 27th, 2021

1:08:45

When fashion designer Salvacion Lim "Slim" Higgins opened her first atelier in Manila in 1947, she ushered in both the golden age of Filipino couture …

Re-Dressed: Fashionable Filipinas

April 29th, 2021

40:23

This week we revisit our season one episode where we explored the origins and evolution of the Filipino terno with Gino Gonzales, co-author with Mark …

Re-Dressed: The Battle of Versailles, an interview with Robin Givhan

May 4th, 2021

55:04

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

Re-Dressed: The King of Sexy Cling, an interview with Stephen Burrows

May 6th, 2021

38:24

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 …

Rudi Gernreich, an interview with Alexander Joseph

May 11th, 2021

1:06:07

Rudi Gernreich pushed fashion forward in a way that many of his innovations are essentials in our wardrobes today. Yet, during the 1960s and 1970s, he was dubbed 'a far out eccentric' by many. Join us this week for our …

An Interview with "Gernreich Girl" Barbara Flood

May 13th, 2021

43:21

Barbara Flood joins us to discuss her passion for fashion that spans her 1960s and 70s modeling career as a "Gernreich Girl" into the present day.

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Fashioning Music Culture, an interview with June Ambrose

May 18th, 2021

41:31

This week we speak with June Ambrose about her incredible 25 year career shaping fashion and music culture. From her work with Missy Elliot, Puff …

Fashion History Now #27: Queen Bey and Black is King, an interview with Darnell-Jamal Lisby

May 20th, 2021

51:22

Beyhive gather 'round and rejoice! This week we will be discussing Beyoncé's project Black is King, which is a visual and musical reimagining of The …

Fashioned from Nature in China: An Interview with Edith Cheung, Part I

May 25th, 2021

42:26

On view now at Design Society, Shenzhen, the V&A's exhibition Fashioned from Nature traces the complex relationship between fashion and nature over a 2,300 year period. Guest curator Edith Cheung joins us to discuss …

Fashioned from Nature in China: An Interview with Edith Cheung, Part II

May 27th, 2021

22:12

Edith Cheung, curator of Fashioned from Nature in China: Then and Now, shares with us her path to becoming a fashion and textile consultant for the …

The Material World Remade, c.1500-1820 with Dr. Beverly Lemire

June 1st, 2021

43:12

Beginning in the early 16th century, bureoning international trade markets transported new products--and new fashions--around the globe, effectively …

FHN #28: The Power of Style with Christian Allaire

June 3rd, 2021

21:25

Christian Allaire joins us to discuss his recently released book The Power of Style, a celebration of the sartorial expression dedicated “to all the kids who feel like they aren’t seen or heard."

Learn more about your …

Fashion Under Fascism, an interview with Dr. Eugenia Paulicelli

June 8th, 2021

1:09:13

This week, Dr. Eugenia Paulicelli joins us to discuss how fashion functioned under Mussolini's fascist regime in Italy during the period between WWI …

Fashion History Now #29: When Fashion is Art, an interview with Instagrammer Melania Chavarria Nuño

June 10th, 2021

1:12:50

Tune in this week as @matching.melania joins us to discuss her incredible work on Instagram which marries contemporary art and fashion.

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Textures: The History and Art of Black Hair, an interview with Dr. Tameka Ellington and Dr. Joseph Underwood

June 15th, 2021

51:40

This week we take a peek inside the upcoming exhibition Textures: The History and Art of Black Hair which will be on at the Kent State Museum from September 2021 through August 2022.

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Fashion History Now #30

June 17th, 2021

31:01

Join this week's minisode for a discussion of Mister Rogers' sweaters, Miss Piggy's Instagram, the easy-to-wee jumpsuit of your dreams and some of …

Imperio de la Moda: Spain's Empire of Fashion with Laura Beltrán-Rubio, Part I

June 22nd, 2021

32:04

Art and fashion historian Laura Beltrán-Rubio joins us to share her expertise on the sartorial practices and symbolisms in Spain’s Imperio de la Moda …

Imperio de la Moda: Spain's Empire of Fashion with Laura Beltrán-Rubio, Part II

June 24th, 2021

40:44

We continue our conversation with Laura Beltrán-Rubio on Spanish colonial fashion, focusing on the symbolism and significance of dress in the …

(De)Gendered Fashion: Past, Present, Future with Alok Vaid-Menon, Part I

June 29th, 2021

51:48

 In this two-part series, we welcome one of the most important voices working in fashion and fashion history today. Writer, performer, and public speaker Alok Vaid-Menon (they/them) joins us to discuss the history of …

(De)Gendered Fashion: Past, Present, Future with Alok Vaid-Menon, Part II

July 1st, 2021

36:37

Alok Vaid-Menon (they/them) is back to discuss the importance and imperative of moving beyond the gender binary with the #DeGenderFashion movement.

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Lee Miller: Fashion in Wartime Britain, an interview with Ami Bouhassane and Amber Butchart

July 6th, 2021

57:43

Lee Miller lived an extraordinary life on her own terms: model, muse, photographer and boots-on-the-ground war correspondent. This week Miller's granddaughter, Ami Bouhassane, and fashion historian Amber Butchart join …

Fashion History Now #31: Bio-fabricating Fashion's Future: an interview with Modern Meadow founder Andras Forgacs

July 8th, 2021

47:21

This week Andras Forgacs, founder of Modern Meadow, joins us to discuss his company's astounding innovations in bio-fabrication and the love affair between cutting-edge science and fashion's future.

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Sporting Fashion, part 1, an interview with Christina Johnson and Kevin Jones

July 13th, 2021

1:10:55

Tune in to this week's two-part discussion of what might just be the 'winningest' exhibition of the year! FIDM Museum curators Kevin Jones and Christina Johnson join us to discuss their groundbreaking survey of the …

Sporting Fashion, part 2, an interview with Christina Johnson and Kevin Jones

July 15th, 2021

50:50

Join us for part two of our exploration of the exhibition Sporting Fashion: Outdoor Girls 1800-1960 with FIDM Museum curators Christina Johnson and …

Worn to Win: Dressing the Summer Olympic Athlete, Part I

July 20th, 2021

38:12

With the world watching, what does Olympic clothing say without having to say a word? In celebration of the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, we bring you a four part series that explores the historical significance of dress …

Worn to Win: Dressing the Summer Olympic Athlete, Part II

July 22nd, 2021

46:44

In part two of our four part series, we dive into the 1932 and 1936 Olympics where new relationships between fashion and Olympic athletes were forged.

Worn to Win: Dressing the Summer Olympic Athlete, Part III

July 27th, 2021

44:55

From a love match made in Olympic fashion history to a clothed protest seen around the world, today we continue our series on dressing the Summer Olympic Athlete, covering 1948 London to 1968 Mexico City.

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Worn to Win: Dressing the Summer Olympic Athlete, Part IV

July 29th, 2021

48:49

Fashion and technology converge at the Olympics as we head into the 21st century in the final episode of our four part series.

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Fashioning Fiction with Author Natasha Lester

August 3rd, 2021

56:30

This week, we are joined by Natasha Lester, the New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Seamstress and The Paris Secret. A lover of fashion history, Lester seamlessly weaves real fashion narratives into her …

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

August 5th, 2021

57:43

To commemorate Dressed's first trip to Versailles, we revisit our interview with Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell about Rose Bertin, the star fashion designer of Queen Marie Antoinette.

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The Collector's Eye, an interview with Sandy Schreier, Part 1

August 10th, 2021

41:09

Sandy Schreier, one of the world's most prominent private collectors of fashion and textiles, joins us this week! In part one of this two-part …

The Collector's Eye, an interview with Sandy Schreier, Part 2

August 12th, 2021

39:45

Having amassed the more than 15,000 pieces in her private collection, Sandy Schreier regales us some of the tales of triumph and woe in her lifelong …

Wax Print, an interview with Aiwan Obinyan

August 17th, 2021

38:47

This week filmmaker Aiwan Obinyan joins us to discuss her upcoming documentary, Wax Print, which traces the complicated history of this textile from …

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

August 19th, 2021

53:59

In light of our recent adventures in Paris, we bring you a refresher on the golden age of haute couture recorded LIVE from the Dallas Museum of Art.

Fashion Adventures in Wonderland: Dressed x Dress Fancy with Lucy Clayton and Dr. Benjamin Wild

August 24th, 2021

56:31

This week we literally tumble down the rabbit hole exploring Alice's iconic style and Wonderland's influences in high fashion. 

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The Way We Wed, an interview with Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell

August 31st, 2021

33:57

With wedding season in full bloom, we discuss the history of wedding fashion with Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, author of the book The Way We Wed: A …

Fashion History Now #32: Dressed in Paris

September 2nd, 2021

44:14

From Azzedine Alaïa to the oldest haberdashery in Paris, April and Cassidy recap Dressed's very first fashion history tour of "the city of light."

"The Street of a Thousand Luxuries": A Walking Tour of the Rue de la Paix, Part I

September 7th, 2021

32:28

Join us as we take a walk down the Rue de la Paix, the most fashionable and luxurious street of Belle Epoque Paris. Home to the ateliers of Worth, Paquin, and Schiaparelli, the street was an international shopping …

"The Street of a Thousand Luxuries": A Walking Tour of the Rue de la Paix, Part II

September 9th, 2021

33:31

We continue our walking tour of the Rue de la Paix, the most luxurious shopping destination of Belle Epoque Paris.

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18th Century Fashion and Etiquette at Versailles

September 14th, 2021

30:13

The palace of Versailles during the 18th century was one of the most extravagant locales in the world. This week we break down some of the basics of fashion and etiquette at the French court.

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Les Puces: The World's Largest Flea Market

September 16th, 2021

27:06

Dressed goes vintage shopping at the world's antique market! Join us as we explore Les Puces in the St. Ouen suburb just north of Paris and recommend some top vendors for vintage fashion and fashion ephemera.

Learn …

The Rise of the American Designer

September 21st, 2021

31:12

In the first decades of the 20th century, you would have been hard pressed to find a celebrated American fashion designer. So what changed? With the …

Fashion History Now #33: Met Gala 2021

September 23rd, 2021

41:42

The theme of this year’s highly anticipated Met Gala was “American Independence,” so why did so many of the world’s most famous celebrities choose to wear European, rather than American, designers to the event? Cassidy …

The Red Menace: How Lipstick Changed the Face of America, an interview with Ilise S. Carter, part 1

September 28th, 2021

1:05:43

This week Ilise S. Carter joins us to discuss her forthcoming book The Red Menace: How Lipstick Changed the Face of American history, which uses lipstick as a lens to examine the hopes, dreams and anxieties of American …

The Red Menace: How Lipstick Changed the Face of America, an interview with Ilise S. Carter, part 2

September 30th, 2021

48:23

In part two of this week's episode, Ilise S. Carter joins us again to speak about lipstick in the context of feminism, Bladerunner and Boy George vs. 90s hair bands like Poison and Motley Crüe.

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Scott Barrie, an interview with Elizabeth Way

October 5th, 2021

30:18

This week Elizabeth Way joins us to speak about American designer Scott Barrie and hew new book Black Designers in American Fashion.

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Fashion History Now #34: From Tea Towels to Tops, Upcycled Fashion with Selina Sanders

October 7th, 2021

46:28

Selina Sanders joins us to discuss the joy of upcycling fashion and her journey from the fashion industry to independent upcycle designer extraordinaire.

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(De) Constructing Corset History and Myths with Cynthia Settje, Part I

October 12th, 2021

43:01

Today, we explore the history of the corset’s construction with Cynthia Settje, owner of the world's premiere corsetmaking company Redthreaded.

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(De) Constructing Corset History and Myths with Cynthia Settje, Part II

October 14th, 2021

24:04

Corset maker extraordinaire Cynthia Settje of Redthreaded is back to debunk and de-bone some of the most common corset myths from fashion history in part two of our conversation!

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Biba, an interview with Barbara Hulanicki and Martin Pel

October 19th, 2021

53:03

Biba = every cool kid's dream! This week we welcome legendary designer Barbara Hulanicki and Martin Pel, Curator of the 2012 exhibition Biba and …

ReDressed: Mary Quant, an interview with Jenny Lister

October 21st, 2021

45:28

Bust out those miniskirts and knee-high boots Dressed listeners! Pairing with our episode earlier this week on Biba, we re-air our 2019 episode on Mary Quant.

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From Basic Instinct to Bridgerton, a Conversation with Costume Designer Ellen Mirojnick

October 26th, 2021

1:07:06

What do Basic Instinct and Bridgerton have in common? Costume designer Ellen Mirojnick joins us to discuss her incredible forty plus year career in fashion, film and television.

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Costuming Horror with Lisa Jensen

October 28th, 2021

57:54

Just in time for Halloween, we are joined by costume designer Lisa Jensen, whose very first job in her thirty plus year film career was on 1984's A Nightmare on Elm Street.

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Fuller Fabrics and the Modern Masters Prints

November 2nd, 2021

24:27

Is fashion art? And is art fashion? In this case, the answer to both is a resounding yes! Tune in this week as we explore a series of textiles …

ReDressed: Patrick Kelly, an Interview with Dr. Eric Darnell Pritchard

November 4th, 2021

56:35

In honor of the new exhibition on Patrick Kelly which just opened at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, we re-air our 2019 episode with Dr. Eric Darnell Pritchard on Kelly's life and legacy.

Learn more about your …

Fashioning the United Arab Emirates with Dr. Reem El Mutwalli, Part I

November 9th, 2021

52:29

Dr. Reem El Mutwalli joins us to discuss her book Sultani Traditions Renewed: Changes in Women’s Traditional Dress in the UAE during the reign of …

Fashioning the United Arab Emirates with Dr. Reem El Mutwalli, Part II

November 11th, 2021

37:42

We continue our conversation with Dr. Reem El Mutwalli about the evolving dress traditions and practices of the United Arab Emirates, a young country …

Consumed: The Need for Collective Change, an interview with Aja Barber, part 1

November 16th, 2021

46:03

In this week's two-part episode, we chat with sustainability activist Aja Barber about the intersections of human rights, climate change and the …

Consumed: The Need for Collective Change, an interview with Aja Barber, part 2

November 18th, 2021

37:58

In part two of this week's episode, sustainability activist Aja Barber shares how individual consumers can affect change via their buying habits.

History is Rarely Black or White: Fashion Storytelling with Jason Cyrus and Anne-Marie Guérin

November 30th, 2021

1:05:29

Jason Cyrus and Anne-Marie Guérin join us in a discussion about the complex histories quite literally woven into the cotton garments we wear, the subject of the new exhibition History is Rarely Black or White at …

Fashion History Now #35: Fashion Storytelling with Damian Jöel

December 2nd, 2021

35:42

We are joined by Damian Jöel, an interdisciplinary artist and fashion storyteller whose fashion story "Songs of the Gullah" is at the heart of the …

How to Read a Dress, an Interview with Lydia Edwards

December 7th, 2021

47:46

Fashion historian and author Lydia Edwards joins us to talk about the newly released revised edition of her acclaimed book How to Read a Dress: A Guide to Changing Fashion from the 16th to the 21st Century.

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Suzie Zuzek for Lilly Pulitzer, an Interview with Susan Brown

December 9th, 2021

26:18

This week we talk with Cooper Hewitt textile curator Susan Brown about the life and legacy of Suzie Zuzek, the artist behind the iconic fabrics of …

Gucci: The Fashion History of a Family, Part I

December 14th, 2021

32:15

Today, the name Gucci, with its iconic double "G" logo, is an internationally renowned luxury fashion label. But what of the Gucci family responsible for its creation? In this week's two part series, we delve into the …

Gucci: The Fashion History of a Family, Part II

December 16th, 2021

34:15

We continue with part two of our two part series on the fashion history of the Gucci family.

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'Tis the Season: History's Gift Guide Hits (and Misses)

December 21st, 2021

26:53

In the final episode of season 4, we explore the holiday 'It' gifts of yesteryear.

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The Magic of 1970's Fashion with Pat Cleveland, Part I

January 25th, 2022

42:47

Pat Cleveland ascended to supermodel stardom in the 1970s, bewitching and befriending everyone from Andy Warhol to Halston. This week, she joins us …

The Magic of 1970's Fashion with Pat Cleveland, Part II

January 27th, 2022

28:51

In part II of our conversation, supermodel Pat Cleveland shares more of her memories from the 1970s international fashion scene, including her friendship with Halston and her participation in the legendary Battle of …

The Fabric of Life: An Interview with Gee's Bend Quiltmaker Loretta Pettway Bennett

February 1st, 2022

36:06

Today, we are joined by quiltmaker artist Loretta Pettway Bennett, who carries on the multi-generational quiltmaking tradition of her family and home …

Riveted: The History of Jeans with Filmmakers Anna Lee Strachan and Michael Bicks

February 3rd, 2022

35:28

Anna Lee Strachan and Michael Bicks join us to discuss their revelatory documentary about one of the most iconic garments in American history: blue …

And Just Like That..., an interview with costume designers Molly Rogers and Danny Santiago

February 8th, 2022

48:25

Every fashionista's love affair with Carrie Bradshaw and friends continues as we get the inside scoop from the costume designers of And Just Like that, the reboot which picks up 17 years after Sex and the City left off.

Fashion History Now #36

February 10th, 2022

31:37

In the first Fashion History Now of Season 5, we chat about sources for learning about Black fashion history, some of fashion's offerings for Lunar New Year, current fashion exhibitions on view and mourn the recent loss …

Country Music's Tailor: Nudie Cohn

February 15th, 2022

29:21

This week Mairi MacKenzie joins us to delve into the wonderfully whimsical world of Nudie Cohn, whose bejeweled and bespoke creations won the hearts …

Adel Rootstein: Making Mannequin Magic

February 17th, 2022

22:12

Dubbed the "Rolls Royces" of the mannequin world, this week we delve into the innovations of one of the world's top manufacturers, Adel Rootstein, …

Donyale Luna: Myth, Model, Muse, Part I

February 22nd, 2022

32:22

This week, we look at the life and legacy of Donyale Luna, the supermodel who took the fashion world by storm in the 1960s, In 1965 and 1966 respectively, Donyale appeared on the covers of both Harper's Bazaar and …

Donyale Luna: Myth, Model, Muse, Part II

February 24th, 2022

24:17

We continue our look at the life, legend, and legacy of 1960s supermodel Donyale Luna.

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Parachute: Subversive Fashion of the '80s, an interview with Alexis Walker

March 2nd, 2022

50:58

This week curator Alexis Walker joins us to speak about Parachute, the iconic (and super rad!) 1980s brand which is the subject a current exhibition at the McCord Museum in Montreal, Canada.

Learn more about your …

Fashion History Mystery #58: Alizarin to Zoster: An A-Z of Fun, Strange and Obscure Fashion Terminology

March 3rd, 2022

23:11

Word nerds rejoice! In this episode we play the alphabet game with our favorite oddball terms from fashion's history.

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Fashion Oracle: Trend Forecasting to Paper Dolls with David Wolfe

March 8th, 2022

58:01

This week we talk to David Wolfe about his sixty plus year career in fashion working as a groundbreaking trend forecaster, fashion illustrator, and …

FHN #37 An Interview with Savile Row Tailor Jihae An

March 10th, 2022

35:42

London's famed Savile Row comes with a long and prestigious tailoring history and today's guest, Jihae An, undeniably represents its future. Savile Row tailor Jihae An takes us behind the scenes of her work at London’s …

On His Royal Badness: The Life and Legacy of Prince's Fashion, an interview with Casci Ritchie, part 1

March 15th, 2022

33:56

Put your best purple forward listeners, as Casci Ritchie joins this week for a two-part episode on the sartorial stylings of one of the most iconic artists of the 20th and 21st centuries: Prince.

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On His Royal Badness: The Life and Legacy of Prince's Fashion, an interview with Casci Ritchie, part 2

March 17th, 2022

37:09

In part two of our two-part episode on Prince's fashion, Casci Ritchie joins us to talk about some of The Purple One's most iconic looks and the makers behind them.

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Beyond the Best Dressed: A Cultural History of the Most Glamourous, Raidcal and Scandalous Oscar Fashion, an interview with Esther Zuckerman, part 1

March 22nd, 2022

33:38

Are you red carpet ready Dressed listeners? This week entertainment writer and cultural historian Esther Zuckerman joins us to talk about Oscar …

Beyond the Best Dressed: A Cultural History of the Most Glamourous, Raidcal and Scandalous Oscar Fashion, an interview with Esther Zuckerman, part 2

March 24th, 2022

24:53

Tune in for part two of this week's discussions of the most glamorous, political and scandalous looks to grace the red carpet.

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Catherine Dior, an Interview with Justine Picardie, Part I

March 29th, 2022

39:48

International best selling author Justine Picardie joins us to discuss the life and legacy of Christian Dior's beloved sister Catherine, a WWII French resistance fighter, concentration camp survivor, and inspiration …

Catherine Dior, an Interview with Justine Picardie, Part II

March 31st, 2022

27:13

We continue our conversation with Justine Picardie about Catherine Dior's courageous resistance efforts during WWII and the continuance of her legacy at the House of Dior to this very day.

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Indelible Blue: Indigo Across the Globe with Josie Lopez

April 5th, 2022

50:48

We explore the historic and contemporary significance of indigo dye with guests Josie Lopez and Leslie Kim, curators of the Albuquerque Museum of Art's exhibition Indelible Blue: Indigo Across the Globe.

 

To learn …

Fashion History Now #38: Conscious Clothing with Ka-Sha's Karishma Shahani-Khan

April 7th, 2022

34:13

Today's guest Karishma Shahani Khan is the founder of Ka-Sha and Heart to Haat, two conscious clothing labels that encapsulate everything we love …

Beautiful For Ever!: The Extraordinary Life and Trial of Madame Rachel

April 19th, 2022

35:38

Fashion history and true crime come together this week as we explore a scandal of the 1860s involving a British cosmetics maven who bilked her …

Fashion History Now #39: Garmenting: Costume as Contemporary Art, an interview with Alexandra Schwartz

April 21st, 2022

36:41

Clothing in contemporary art is the subject of this week's episode as art historian Alexandra Schwartz joins us to speak about the exhibition Garmenting:  Costume as Contemporary Art which she guest curated for the …

The Art and Activism of Dress with MIchael Sylvan Robinson

April 26th, 2022

38:20

In celebration of the Met Gala 2021 and American design, we speak to Michael Sylvan Robinson, the textile artist and queer activist behind Jordan …

Dressed Classic: Party of the Year: The Met Gala

April 28th, 2022

43:34

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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Derby Day, an interview with milliner Christine Moore

May 4th, 2022

41:30

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.

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Fashion History Now #40: Met Gala 2022

May 5th, 2022

51:11

Reporting on the exhibition itself as well as all of this year's red carpet looks, we discuss the 2022 Met Gala.

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

May 10th, 2022

44:48

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 …

Dressed Classic: Queen Sirikit of Thailand, an Interview with Melissa Leventon

May 12th, 2022

59:32

We revisit our interview with Melissa Leventon on the sartorial life and legacy of fashion icon Queen Sirikit of Thailand.

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Melissa Leventon's Fit for a Queen: Her Majesty Queen Sirikit's Creations …

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

May 19th, 2022

52:51

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 …

Sewing Machine Compositions with Series Archive, an interview with artist Nicole Cooke

May 24th, 2022

25:12

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 …

Dressed Classic: The Gentleman Couturier: Hubert de Givenchy

May 26th, 2022

39:43

Today we re-visit one of our earliest episodes from 2018 on one of fashion's greats: Hubert de Givenchy.

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Dressed Classic: History of the Pride Flag

June 2nd, 2022

15:20

It's Pride month and all things rainbow! We revisit our episode on the origin of the multicolored pride flag.

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Making a Spectacle: A Fashionable History of Glasses, an interview with Jessica Glasscock, part 1

June 7th, 2022

34:08

Fashion historian Jessica Glasscock joins us for a two-part episode on the fascinating, 750 year history of eyeglasses and eyewear. Jessica is the author of the new book Making a Spectacle: A Fashionable History of …

Holly Frey In Conversation With Seneca Women to Hear Winner: Yvonne So

June 8th, 2022

4:13

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 …

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

June 14th, 2022

29:54

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.

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Dressed Classic: The Incredible Origin of Cat-Eye Glasses

June 16th, 2022

26:28

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. 

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Charity and Sylvia: A Same Sex Marriage in Early America with Rachel Hope Cleves

June 21st, 2022

49:42

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 …

Dressed Classic: Fashion Lovers: Dorothy Todd & Madge Garland

June 23rd, 2022

41:53

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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Tina Chow: An Interview with Faith Cooper

June 28th, 2022

32:47

Faith Cooper joins us to illuminate the life of model and jewelry designer Tina Chow, one of fashion history's great style icons.

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Asian Fashion Archive: An Interview with Faith Cooper

June 30th, 2022

31:33

Faith Cooper is back to discuss her work on the Asian Fashion Archive, her digital resource project that is committed to highlighting Asian fashion, …

The Last Generation of American Burlesque Queens with Liz Goldwyn

July 5th, 2022

35:19

Liz Goldwyn joins us in an enthralling discussion on the golden age of burlesque and the last generation of queens who reigned supreme.

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Let's Talk About Sex, Burlesque, and Vintage Fashion with Liz Goldwyn

July 7th, 2022

31:20

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 …

The Invisible Seam: Unsung Stories of Black Culture and Fashion with Kimberly Jenkins

July 13th, 2022

36:41

Kimberly Jenkins joins us to discuss her new podcast The Invisible Seam: Unsung Stories of Black Culture and Fashion, in partnership with Tommy …

Fashion History Now #41: Haute Couture Week with Eric Darnell Pritchard

July 14th, 2022

58:10

Dior, Schiaparelli, van Herpen oh my! Eric Darnell Pritchard joins Dressed to discuss all things Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2022/2023.

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Shocking!: Elsa Schiaparelli

July 19th, 2022

53:10

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 …

Dressed Classic: From Russia With Love: Valentina

July 21st, 2022

43:02

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

Claire McCardell: The Girl Who Defied Dior, part 1

July 26th, 2022

35:41

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 …

Claire McCardell: The Girl Who Defied Dior, part 2

July 28th, 2022

27:28

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 …

Preserving Fashion's Past, Present, Future with Conservator Sarah Scaturro

August 3rd, 2022

1:04:45

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. 

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

August 4th, 2022

30:29

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 …

Klimt's Muse: The Fashions of Emilie Flöge

August 9th, 2022

32:16

Emilie Flöge may best be remembered as the long-time companion of artist Gustav Klimt, but this week we explore her work as a fashion designer and dress reformer in early 20th century Vienna. 

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Fashion and Textiles at the Wiener Werkstätte

August 11th, 2022

36:17

Undeniably one of the most important design collectives of the Modern era, today we discuss the fashion and textile production at the Wiener …

The Man of Many Hats: An Interview with Master Milliner Stephen Jones

August 16th, 2022

42:23

Stephen Jones is one of the most prolific and celebrated milliners of the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Today, he joins us to discuss …

Fashion History Now #42

August 18th, 2022

45:54

From sea urchin hats to $1000 trash bags, this week we share the latest in fashion history new and our recs for films, articles, and exhibitions that …

American Milliners and Their World, pt 1, an interview with Nadine Stewart

August 23rd, 2022

43:44

Largely deemed 'women's work' during the 18th and 19th centuries, this week we examine the inner workings of the American millinery industry and peep …

American Milliners and Their World, pt 2, an interview with Nadine Stewart

August 25th, 2022

31:22

In part 2 of this week's episode, we turn our attention to the American millinery trade during the first half of the 20th century, the rise of the celebrity milliner and the scourge of 'hatlessness,' which reached an …

Jordan Roth and the Theater of Fashion

August 31st, 2022

45:32

If as Shakespeare so aptly put it "all the world's a stage," then Jordan Roth is its most fashionable performer. The acclaimed Broadway producer and fashion provocateur joins us to talk about the art and beauty of the …

Fashion History Now #43: Fashion Exhibitions

September 1st, 2022

36:49

With help from our listeners, we bring you an overview of fashion exhibitions currently happening around the world.

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Designing Motherhood: Things that Make or Break Our Births, an interview with Michelle Fisher Millar and Amber Winick, part 1

September 6th, 2022

32:03

In our two-part episode this week, we explore the material culture of motherhood and the physical object worn to support pregnancy and beyond.

Designing Motherhood: Things that Make or Break Our Births, an interview with Michelle Fisher Millar and Amber Winick, part 2

September 8th, 2022

28:43

In part-two of our discussion with design historians Michelle Millar Fisher and Amber Winick, we speak about specific objects featured in their exhibition and book Designing Motherhood, including wearables intended for …

Walking in Beauty with Orlando Dugi

September 13th, 2022

46:27

Impeccable handcraftsmanship and storytellng collide in the work of today's guest fashion designer Orlando Dugi whose work is influenced by his Diné …

Fashion History Now #44: Fashion at the 100th Annual Santa Fe Indian Market

September 15th, 2022

49:52

From the city streets to the runway, April and Cassidy discuss all things fashion at the Santa Fe Indian Market 2022. 

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The Lady Di Look: What Diana Was Trying to Tell Us Through Her Clothes, part 1, an interview with Eloise Moran

September 20th, 2022

36:14

Nineteen-year old Lady Diana Spencer stepped into the public spotlight in 1981 when her engagement to Prince Charles (now King Charles III) was …

The Lady Di Look: What Diana Was Trying to Tell Us Through Her Clothes, part 2, an interview with Eloise Moran

September 22nd, 2022

30:08

In part two of our episode on style icon Princess Diana, we discuss Di's increasing sartorial freedoms following the separation from her husband and …

Fashion, Race, and Expanding the Narrative of Fashion History with Kimberly Jenkins

September 27th, 2022

59:32

Fashion and race are intimately intertwined, yet rarely discussed in relation to one another. We discuss why this relationship matters historically and today with Kimberly Jenkins, founder of the groundbreaking digital …

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