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I made myself a gown!! Here’s how.

Among my more random and little-mentioned pastimes is sewing, which I’ve been doing since when I was little. I sometimes design costumes for local theatre productions, but I mostly just enjoy making costumes for myself which I have far more occasion to use than one might expect. Most recently, I made myself a ballroom dance… Continue reading I made myself a gown!! Here’s how.

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Fashion History

Exhibition Review — Charles James: Beyond Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

I have just returned from seeing Charles James: Beyond Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. This year’s installment of the Costume Institute’s annual blockbuster exhibition, the show presents the work of innovative and influential British-American fashion designer Charles James (1906-1978). A selection of James’s most stunning gowns, many of which… Continue reading Exhibition Review — Charles James: Beyond Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Costuming the Colonists

I just found a really cool article about the historic costuming worn by employees at Colonial Williamsburg. I'm fascinated! It sounds like the world's biggest theatrical production. I love costume design and historic costume, but I really don't think I would survive in a costume department like that. I wouldn't mind being their researcher and/or model, though. ;-)There… Continue reading Costuming the Colonists

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Fashion For the Art Historian: the Designs of Gary Graham

I was reading an article in this month's The Magazine Antiques about a current exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum in New York. Entitled "Folk Couture: Folk Art and Fashion", the exhibition includes the work of thirteen fashion designers, each of whom was invited to create a piece of couture based on one or… Continue reading Fashion For the Art Historian: the Designs of Gary Graham

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Used Books, Hoopskirts, and Christmas circa 1900

Instead of one longer post, I have several diverse things to talk about today. Hopefully all will be equally interesting. Used Books: I went to an antique book and document fair for work yesterday, and I ended up spending almost everything I got paid to be there on used books. [I may be joking here,… Continue reading Used Books, Hoopskirts, and Christmas circa 1900