Impressionism and fashion

Friday, November 2, 2012

This post explores how Impressionism pioneered the documentation of modern urban life in painting. In a pre-pre-digital photography era, when colour photography was still wearing short trousers, Impressionist…

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Harris Tweed, history of a trademark

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Harris Tweed is the only commercially-produced textile still to be handwoven and the only fabric protected by an act of parliament. Production of Harris Tweed is here to…

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Clara Bow filmography 1926 – 1933

Thursday, October 4, 2012

A continuation of the full Clara Bow filmography. Read part one of the Clara Bow filmography 1922 – 1925 here.

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Clara Bow filmography 1922 – 1925

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Clara Bow appeared in a total of 57 films during her short career. What follows is a compiled list of those films. There are details of each film…

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Gingham fabric, a chequered history

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

From Dorothy’s blue gingham dress to the 1960s mod sensibility to classic vintage styling, gingham fabric is a fashion staple representing different elements of this simple design.

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Fascinator: history of a hair accessory

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A fascinator hat is a small ornamental headpiece that fits on the head using an alice-band-type base or headband or even a small comb. It is always lightweight…

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Clara Bow: a biography

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Born on July 29, 1905 in Brooklyn, New York, Clara Bow is the queen of silent film and one of the most popular Hollywood movie actresses ever. She…

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Olympic sportswear: a complete history

Friday, August 3, 2012

The first modern Olympic Games under the IOC took place in Athens, Greece in 1896. It was a revival of the ancient games taking place in Greece 6th…

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People’s Olympiad of 1936 and other great Olympic Games poster designs

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Modern Records centre at the University of Warwick has collected and digitised hundreds of documents relating to the Spanish Civil War, which broke out in 1936. It…

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Earmuffs: a fashion history

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Did you know that earmuffs are patented? Now, while I’m quite sure that people have been cozying up with some kind of ear protection before America was even…

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Disco: a complete history

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Disco music is still enjoyed today in the 21st century, but the flamboyant fashions have been relegated to vintage fancy dress and costume parties. However, disco fashion is…

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Frankie Manning, swing dance legend

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Swing dancing lindy hopping legend Frankie Manning died in 2009 aged 94. His contribution to the swing dance revival of the mid-1980s onwards has made him a legend…

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Corduroy: a complete history

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Corduroy is a truly vintage textile of cotton or cotton-mix fabric with a raised, ribbed, sheared surface nap and underlying weave.

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The Bob: history of a hairstyle

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The 20th Century bob hairstyle symbolises the independent, progressive and spirited woman. Many have turned to vintage-style bobbed hair to encourage a more daring side of their personality….

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A-line : history of a shape

Thursday, March 15, 2012

When I was a sensitive young teen in the mid-1980s, I would rather have gone to prison than wear an A-line skirt. I’m not kidding. A-line was a…

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