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Rebecca Arnold & Beatrice Behlen discuss fashion - listen to our personal fashion views in our weekly catch up calls. Rebecca teaches at The Courtauld Institute of Art, Beatrice is curator at the Museum of London.

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169 episodes

169 (Repost): Pleats

We had to take a little break this week so are offering a repost of our musings about the allure of pleats, the history of pleating, and our favourite designer examples of pleats. See links below. Please check out our Patreon page: Vogue, Sacai, Resort 2019: Lassner Plissee, History of Plissee (in German): Business of Fashion, 'Inside Chanel's Subsidiary, Lognon, Pleater' (2015): Refinery29, 'How a Dior Dress is Made' (2015): The Hunt Museum, Sybil Connolly, online exhibition (2018): Elizabeth Kutesko, 'How Can We Decolonise Fashion History? A Case Study: the Guarani-Kaiowá, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil', Research Forum, Courtauld Institute (8/2/2019): Elizabeth Kutesko, 'Fashioning Brazil Globalization and the Representation of Brazilian Dress in National Geographic' (2018):…-9781350026605/

Jun 26, 2022
168: Imagining the Impossible

We talk about an inspiring discussion between Priya Ahluwalia, Es Devlin and Gaika, chaired by Daze Aghaji about ‘creativity in a time of crisis’. See links below. Please check out our Patreon page: ‘Imagining the Impossible: Creativity in a time of Crisis’, Barbican (16 June 2022): Our Time on Earth, The Curve, Barbican (5 May - 29 Aug 2022):

Jun 19, 2022
167: Jean Harlow

We discuss Jean Harrow’s amazing star persona, as seen in ‘Platinum Blonde’ and ‘Dinner at Eight’. See links below. We’d love you to support us on Patreon: Frank Capra (director), Edward Stevenson (costume design), ‘Platinum Blonde’ (1931): George Cukor (director), Adrian (gowns), ‘Dinner at Eight’ (1933): Robert Mack (director), ‘Come to Dinner’ (1934) Richard Dyer, ‘White’ (2017, first published 1997): George Hurrell, Jean Harlow (1934): Brassaï (Gyula Halász), La Môme Bijou, Bar de la Lune, Montmartre (1932) : RuPaul’s Drag Race’s 28 Days of Drag: 2/2 Snatch Game Sunday (2014):

Jun 12, 2022
166: Catching Up

We catch up with all that’s been happening - and discuss Ukrainian milliner Ruslan Baginskiy and Elizabeth Wilson’s new book 'Unfolding the Past'. See links below. We’d love you to support us on Patreon: Unravelling Threads: Tracing and Transforming Violence and Trauma through Fashion, Conference, The Courtauld Institute / LCF (6-7 May 2022): Documenting Fashion Blog: Ruslan Blaginsky: and Elizabeth Wilson, ‘Unfolding the Past’, Bloomsbury (2022): ‘Dressed: 7 Women – 200 Years of Fashion’, MK&G, Hamburg (25 February – 28 August 2022): Charlie Porter,’What Artists Wear’, Penguin (2021):

Jun 05, 2022
165: If I was a Fashion Illustration

In our season finale we discuss Ralph Lauren’s special edition Polo collection conceived in collaboration with Spelman and Morehouse colleges, and play another round of our favourite game 'If I was a …', this time focused on fashion illustration. New season premiere: 22 May. See links below. Robin Givhan, ‘The Battle of Versailles’ (2015): Robin Givhan, ‘Ralph Lauren revises his vision of the American Dream, inspired by the style of HBCUs’, The Washington Post (15 March 2022): The Crisis, Modernist Journals Project: Bea Feitler after Joe Eula, ‘Lauren Bacall and the Boys’, 1968: Francesca Gavin, ‘The Pioneering Female Art Director You've Never Heard Of’, AnOther (8 September 2017): Joe Eula (director), The Paris Collections: Fall Fashion Preview (1968): ‘Lauren Bacall: The Look’, FIT, New York (3 March 2015 – 4 April 2015): Eric (Carl Erickson), Evening blouse, Hattie Carnegie, for Vogue (1943)

Mar 20, 2022
164: Gold Diggers of 1933

We talk about the joys of archival research and marvel at Mervyn Le Roy’s Depression-era musical ‘Gold Diggers of 1933’. Westminster Archives: Historical Directories of England and Wales: and Gaston and Andrée Exerciser: Rogue Fitness, ‘The Rogue Legends Series – Chapter 1: Eugen Sandow / 8K’ (25 May 2017): Mervyn LeRoy (director), Orry-Kelly (gowns), ‘Gold Diggers of 1933’ (1933): Orry-Kelly, ‘Women I’ve Undressed: The Fabulous Life and Times of a Legendary Hollywood Designer’, Allen & Unwin (2016): Mordaunt Hall, ‘Warren William, Aline MacMahon and Guy Kibbee in a Musical Conception of “The Gold Diggers”’, New York Times (8 June 1933): Library of Congress, Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives: Paul Dickson and Thomas B. Allen, ‘Marching on History’, Smithsonian Magazine (February 2003):

Mar 13, 2022
163: Museum behind the scenes

Beatrice takes Rebecca through every stage necessary in turning an item of clothing into a museum object. See links below. Emily Spivack, ‘A History of Sequins from King Tut to the King of Pop’, Smithsonian Magazine (28 December 2012): Collections Trust, ‘Spectrum-related resources’: Collections Trust ‘Standards in the museum care of costume and textile collections’: Western Australian Museum, ‘Freezing Objects’ (30 June 2017): Museum of London, ‘How to Store a Wedding Dress’ (16 September 2013):

Mar 06, 2022
162 (Repost): The Red Shoes

While we take a little mid season break let’s revisit our 100th episode about the fabulous clothes and make-up in Powell and Pressburger’s 1948 film ‘The Red Shoes’. See links below. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (directors), Hein Heckroth (costume design), The Red Shoes (1948): Wardrobe and dresses of Ludmilla Tchérina: Dorothy Edwards Additional dresses for Ludmilla Tchérina: Carven Dresses for Moira Shearer: Jacques Fath and Mattli Make-up artists: George Blackler, Eric Carter, Ernest Gasser Michael Powell, A Life in Movies: An Autobiography (1986): Hein Heckroth: Film Designer, Deutsches Film Institut, Filmmuseum, Berlin (28 March – 25 August 1991): and Villa Léopolda: Matthew Bourne, The Red Shoes: Douglas Keeve (director), Unzipped (1995):

Feb 27, 2022
161: Gladys Perint Palmer

We talk about the fabulous Gladys Perint Palmer whose fashion drawings were shown in an exhibition curated by Gray MCA. See links below. ‘A fine Line in Fashion: The Art of Gladys Perint Palmer’, Gray MCA, Cromwell Place, London (15-20 February 2022): Gray MCA, ‘In the Studio with Gladys Perint Palmer’ (11 September 2021): Gladys Perint Palmer: Paris in Love (2021): The Courtauld, Prints and Drawings: Charles Baudelaire, ‘The Painter of Modern Life’ (originally published in 1863):

Feb 20, 2022
160: Museums and Memory

We talk about the powerful and moving Second World War and Holocaust Galleries at the Imperial War Museum. See links below. Imperial War Museum, London: Second World War Galleries: The Holocaust Galleries: Jonathan Freedland, ‘Imperial War Museum Holocaust Galleries review – history’s greatest horror’, The Guardian (11 October 2021): ‘The Holocaust Galleries - Imperial War Museum, London’, Casson Mann (2021): Vikki Hawkins, ‘Displaying marginalised and “hidden” histories at the Imperial War Museum London: The Second World War gallery regeneration project’, War & Society, Volume 39, Issue 3 (2020): Museum of London:

Feb 13, 2022
159: Cab Calloway

We talk about Nadya Wang’s brilliant analysis of the work of photographer Yip Cheong Fun and the amazing style of Cab Calloway and the Nicholas Brothers. See links below. Nadya Wang, ‘Framing the Body: Yip Cheong Fun and Singapore Photography in the 1960s and 1970s’, part of ‘Addressing Images, The Courtauld (28 January 2022): Fred Waller (director), Cab Calloway’s Hi-De-Ho (1933):'s-Hi-De-Ho and Fred Waller (director), Jitterbug Party (1934): and Billy Wilder (director), Some Like It Hot (1959): Andrew L. Stone (director), Helen Rose (costume design), Stormy Weather (1943): Clip from Stormy Weather (1943): Cab Calloway at the Smithsonian: Cab Calloway on the Zoot Suit, Docs & Interviews on MV (20 March 1986): Dave Fleischer (director), Willard Bowsky and Ralph Somerville (animators), Betty Boob - Minnie The Moocher (1932):

Feb 06, 2022
158: Beautiful People

We talk about London’s Fashion & Textile Museum’s exhibition: ‘Beautiful People: The Boutique in 1960s Counterculture’. See links below. Don’t forget to check out Patreon page: The Courtauld Gallery, London: ‘Beautiful People: The Boutique in 1960s Counterculture’, Fashion & Textile Museum, London (1 October 2021 - 13 March 2022): Mark Butterfield, ‘Granny Takes A Trip, Golden Lily Jacket, 1966’, C20 Vintage Fashion (20 September 2020): and other posts: The Peter Feely Experience, Perfumed Garden Productions, YouTube: Malcolm Hall: Paul Reeves: Marisa Martin: Raphael Samuel, ‘Theatres of Memory: Past and Present in Contemporary Culture’, Verso (first published 1994):

Jan 30, 2022
157: Danger in the Path of Chic

We talk about Lucy Moyse Ferreira’s fascinating, recently launched book ‘Danger in the Path of Chic: Violence in Fashion between the Wars’. See links below. Don’t forget to check out Patreon page: Robin Givhan, ‘André Leon Talley became an icon by never losing faith in the glory of fashion’, Washington Post (19 January 2022): André Leon Talley, ‘A.L.T.: A Memoir’ (Villlard 2003) André Leon Talley, ‘The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir’, read by ATM (Penguin Random House 2020): ‘Helen Levitt: In the Street’, The Photographers’ Gallery, London (15 October 2021 – 13 February 2022): Lucy Moyse Ferreira, ‘Danger in the Path of Chic: Violence in Fashion between the Wars’ (Bloomsbury Publishing 2021): Lucy Moyse Ferreira:

Jan 23, 2022
156: Peau d'âne

We delve into Jacques Demy’s weird, psychedelic fairy story ‘Peau d’âne’ (1970) and wonder about its many meanings. See links below. Don’t forget to check out our Patreon page: Jacques Demy (director), Agostino Pace (costume design), Gitt Magrini (costume realisation), Peau d’âne (1970): Charles Perrault, ‘Donkey Skin’, from: Charles Perrault, ‘Old-Time Stories told by Master Charles Perrault’, translated by A. E. Johnson, New York: Dodd Mead and Company (1921): Charles Perrault, ‘Contes des fees ...’ (1817): and Célia Bellache, ‘Les costumes et décors de Peau d’Âne de Jacques Demy’, Florilèges (2 January 2021): Rodney Hill, ‘Donkey Skin (Peau d’âne)’, Film Quarterly, 59/2 (Winter 2005/2006): Anne E. Duggan, ‘The Camping of “Donkey Skin”: Jacques Demy’s Cinematic Re-Vision of a Classic Tale’, in: Queer Enchantments: Gender Sexuality, and Class in the Fairy-Tale Cinema of Jacques Demy, Wayne State University Press (2013) Natalie Olah, ‘Jim Leon’, Dazed (28 October 2012): Videos relating to the filming of Peau d’âne: Anna Biller: Anna Biller (director and much else), ‘The Love Witch’ (2016): and Taking care of your Lederhosen:

Jan 16, 2022
155: Gaultier's Falbalas

We discuss our beloved Jean Paul Gaultier’s obsession with the 1945 film ‘Falbalas’ and why it led him into fashion design. See links below. Don’t forget to check out our Patreon page: The Courtauld Gallery: Mitchell Leisen (director), Travis Banton (costumes), 'Hands Across the Table' (1935): ‘Dialogue avec Jean Paul Gaultier’, Cinémathèque Française (6 October 2021 – 16 January 2022): Jean Paul Gaultier, Last Couture Show, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, 22 January 2020, NOWFASHION (uploaded 24 January 2020): Jacques Becker (director), Marcel Rochas (gowns), Falbalas (1945): Paul Devine, ‘Jacques Becker’s Falbalas getting Blu-Ray Release’, The Peoples Movies (27 September 2021): See also our previous episode (132) about Falbalas:

Jan 09, 2022
154: Mannequin

We are catching a glimpse of life behind the scenes at Maison Drécoll in Paris in Tony Lekain’s 1923 film ‘On demande un mannequin’. See links below. Please check out our Patreon page: Tony Lekain (director), ‘On demande un mannequin’ (1923): and Didier Chappet, ‘Casque d’Or et les Apaches’ (8 January 2018): ‘Cinémode par Jean Paul Gaultier’, Cinémathèque Française (6 October 2021 – January 2022): Birgit Haase and Adelheid Rasche, ‘Christoph Drecoll: Rediscovering the Viennese Worth’, Costume, Volume 53, Issue 2 (2019): Interiors of Maison Drecoll: Julien Duvivier (director), Gerlaur / Marthe Pinchaud (costume design), Au Bonheur des Dames (1930): John Julius Norwich (ed), The Duff Cooper Diaries: 1915-1951, Weidenfeld & Nicholson (2006): Hebe (née Constance Irene Vesselier, later Mrs Kingsland): Eve And Everybody’s Film Review: Jenny Hammerton, ‘For Ladies Only? Eve’s Film Review: Pathe Cinemagazine 1921-33’, Projection Box (2001) Perspex Samples: Christmas Trees, Cox & Cox:

Nov 28, 2021
153: Sandy Powell

We talk about the amazing costume designer Sandy Powell who recently talked about her work at the Victoria & Albert Museum. See links below. We’d also love you to check out our Patreon page: You Must Remember This, ‘Gossip Girls: Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper (The Queer, Female Film Producer You’ve Never Heard Of, Episode 5)’, (31 May 2021): Walter Lang (director), Travis Banton (Miss Lombard’s gowns), Brymer (other gowns), ‘Love Before Breakfast’ (1936): Gregory La Cava (director), Travis Banton (Miss Lombard’s gowns), Brymer (other gowns), ‘My Man Godfrey’ (1936): Richard Dyer, ‘White’, Routledge (2017, first published 1997): Past event: ‘Online Talk: Sandy Powell in Conversation’, Victoria & Albert Museum (7 November 2021): Sandy Powell: Sandy Powell’s Autograph Suit auctioned at Phillips in 2020: The Female Lead: Piere Bourdieu, Yvette Delsaut, ‘Le couturier et sa griffe: contribution à une théorie de la magie’, Actes de la Recherche en Siences Sociales (1-1, 1975): Colleen Kelsey, ‘Fashioning Sandy Powell’, Interview (18 February 2016): ‘Behind the Seams: An interview with Sandy Powell’, podcast episode (7 June 2020): ‘Emily Blunt on the costumes of “Mary Poppins Returns”’, Variety Artisans (20 December 2018): Julie Miller, ‘How Sandy Powell, Oscar-Winning Costume Designer, Ventured Outside Her Comfort Zone’, Vanity Fair (6 November 2017): ‘The Rake’s Progress: An Introduction’, Glyndebourne (23 August 2010) – shows David Hockney’s designs: Alex Marshall, ‘Lindsay Kemp, Dancer Who Taught David Bowie, Is Dead at 80’, New York Times (29 August 2018): ‘Lindsay Kemp Dies at 80’, Gramilano (25 August 2018): Kazuo Ono, ‘The Dead Sea’ (1980s):

Nov 21, 2021
152 (Repost): Border Weave

Even super-heroes sometimes need a little break ... This week we are reposting our discussion from about a year ago of John Lewis Curthoys' 1941 film ‘Border Weave’, produced by the British Council about the production of woollen textiles in the Scottish Borders, but also about empire, national identity and tradition versus modernity. See links below. Merel on Etsy: MoMu Antwerp: British Council Film Archive: John Lewis Curthoys (director), Border Weave (1941): John Lewis Curthoys and George Wynn (directors), Their Great Adventure (1948): George Wynn: Jack Cardiff: Joseph Todd Gordon Macleod: London Cloth Company: David Parkinson, ‘Where to begin with Humphrey Jennings’, BFI (19 August 2019):

Nov 14, 2021
151: Helen Levitt

We talk about the thought-provoking exhibition of Helen Levitt’s work at the Photographer’s Gallery in London. See links below. ‘Helen Levitt: In the Street’, The Photographers’ Gallery, London (15 October 2021 – 13 February 2022): Photographers’ Gallery, ‘Helen Levitt: In The Street - Interview with exhibition curators Walter Moser & Anna Dannemann’ (26 October 2021): Helen Levitt, Janice Loeb, James Agee, ‘In The Street’ (1948), The Metropolitan Museum of Art: ‘Tomorrow is Ragamuffin Day’, New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (23 November 2016): Vincente Minelli (director), Irene (costume supervisor), ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’ (1944): ‘Helen Levitt’s Indelible Eye’, All Things Considered, National Public Radio (17 January 2002): (interview with Helen Levitt by Melissa Block) Hamleys: Wilterminus, ‘The Sound of dial-up Internet’ (10 November 2008):

Nov 06, 2021
150: Love Witch

In our Halloween Special, we learn how magic and fashion combine in Anna Biller’s fabulous technicolour extravaganza ‘The Love Witch’. See links below. Anna Biller: Anna Biller (director and much else), ‘The Love Witch’ (2016): and ‘#8 - Anna Biller, Filmmaker of “The Love Witch”, a conversation with Pam Grossman of The Witch Wave (31 January 2018): Emma Willis (key makeup artist): Jester Puppet: Barry Morse Jacques Demy (director), Gitt Magrini (costume design), ‘Peau d’âne’ (1970): Laird Borrelli-Persson, ‘The Secret Life of the Arrow Collar Man, an Early 20th-Century Sex Symbol’, Vogue (12 June 2017): Rains:

Oct 30, 2021
149: Alice in Wonderland

We talk about the V&A’s fantastical exhibition ‘Alice: Curioser and Curioser’ about the influence of Lewis Carroll’s novel ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’. See links below. ‘Alice: Curioser and Curioser’, Victoria & Albert Museum, London (to 31 December 2021); Jonathan Jones, ‘Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser review – a wonderful tumble down the rabbit hole’, The Guardian (18 May 2021): Claire Marie Healy, ‘How Alice in Wonderland Became Visual Culture’s Proto-Teenage Girl’, AnOther (21 May 2021): Tim Spears, ‘alice: curioser and curioser preview in wonderland at V&A museum, london’, designboom (21 May 2021): Jonathan Miller (director), Kenneth Morey (costume design), ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (1966): Laird Borrelli-Persson, ‘“Alice in Wonderland” Shoot With Annie Leibovitz and Grace Coddington, on Episode 6 of In Vogue: The 2000s’ (12 October 2021): Laura Connelly, ‘Tim Walker inspired by Alice in Wonderland for Pirelli Calendar's 45th edition’, Creative Boom (22 November 2017):

Oct 24, 2021
148: Namsa Leuba

We talk about the fascinating photographs of Namsa Leuba and what we learned from her recent online conversation with Nomusa Makhubu, organised by London’s Photographers’ Gallery. See links below. Artist Talk: Namsa Leuba, Photographers’ Gallery, London (12 October 2021): Miss Rosen, ‘Namsa Leuba’s kaleidoscopic photographs explore the politics of the gaze’, Dazed (13 October 2021): Namsa Leuba, ‘Crossed Looks’, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at The College of Charleston (27 August – 11 December 2021): Helen Jennings, ‘Namsa Leuba’, Nataal (2016): Esther Mahlangu, South African History Online (2015/2021):

Oct 17, 2021
147: Sam The Wheels

We talk about the Brixton films of Clovis Salmon, aka Sam the Wheels, celebrated at a recent event which included a filmed portrait of ‘Super Sam’ by Sandi Hudson-Francis. See links below. And ... we are on Patreon: Sam The Wheels – Local Brixton films 1960-2008: ‘Jesus Saves’ film at Mutiny Arts: ‘”I went wherever there was fighting”: how Sam the Wheels filmed Brixton ablaze’, The Guardian (4 October 2021): Sandi Hudson-Francis (director), ‘Super Sam’ (2021): 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning: ‘Sam the Wheels - The Great Conflict, Brixton Riots & other films (24 February – 22 April 2017): ‘Sam the Wheels’, The Anthill Social: Carol Tulloch, ‘The Birth of Cool: Style Narratives and the African Diaspora’, Bloomsbury (2016):

Oct 10, 2021
146: Aretha

We talk about Clint Ramos’ fabulous costume designs for ‘Respect’, the film about Aretha Franklin – played by Jennifer Hudson – and directed by Liesl Tommy. See links below. And ... we are now on Patreon! Have a look at our page: Thebe Magugu: and Liesl Tommy (director), Clint Ramos (costume designer), ‘Respect’ (2021): ‘Respect’ microsite: Erica Gonazles, ‘Aretha Franklin Used Clothing for Protection, to Take Up Space, and to Make Herself Heard’, Harpers Bazaar (13 August 2021): Liam Freeman, ‘Respect Costume Designer Clint Ramos on Aretha Franklin’s soulful style’, Vogue (11 August 2021): Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack (directors): ‘Amazing Grace’ (1972): ABC News Special, ‘Aretha Franklin Close Up’ (1968): Aretha Franklin, ‘Don't Play That Song’, Live on the Cliff Richard Show (1970): Aretha Franklin at Julien’s Auctions:

Oct 03, 2021
145: Drawing On Style

We talk about Rebecca’s visit to the wonderful ‘Drawing on Style’ fashion illustration exhibition curated by Gray M.C.A. at Cromwell Place in London. See links below. And ... we are now on Patreon! Have a look at our page: ‘Drawing on Style’, hosted by Gray M.C.A, Wing Gallery (16 – 26 September 2021): Gray M.C.A., Bath: Poppy Waddilove: Frida Wannerberger: Richard Haines: Victoria Thorne: Jimmie Henslee: L Gazette du Bon Ton and other French fashion magazines: ProQuest Historical Newspapers – Black Newspapers: The Afro Archives: Alison Toplis, ‘The Hidden History of the Smock Frock’, Bloomsbury (2021):

Sep 26, 2021
P144: Kim, Kanye & Spectacular Anonymity

We discuss Kim K’s Met Gala outfit which made anonymity spectacular, and Rebecca’s recent essay on Kanye for MoMu’s ‘E/Motion: Fashion in Transition’ exhibition catalogue. See links below. And ... we are now on Patreon! Have a look at our page: ‘E/Motion. Fashion in Transition’, MoMu, Antwerp (4 September 2021 – 23 January 2022): Elisa de Wyngaert, Rebecca Arnold, Caroline Evans, ‘Emotion’ (2021): and ‘In America: A Lexicon of Fashion’, Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (18 September 2021 – 22 September 2022):

Sep 19, 2021
143: Du Côté De La Côte

We marvel at the brightly coloured resort wear in Agnes Varda’s 1958 film ‘Du Côté de la Côte’ shot in the beautiful south of France. See links below. And ... we are now on Patreon! Have a look at our page: ‘Charlotte Perriand: The Modern Life’, official catalogue of the exhibition of the same name at the Design Museum, London (ended 5 September 2021): La Revue de Cinéma: Agnes Varda (director), Du Côté de la Côte (Along the Coast) (1958): and Darragh O’Donoghue, ‘Du côté de la côte’, Senses of Cinema (June 2014):

Sep 12, 2021
142: James Barnor

We discuss the beautiful exhibition of photographs by James Barnor at the Serpentine Gallery in London. See links below. And ... we are now on Patreon! Check out our page: ‘James Barnor: Accra/London – A Retrospective’, Serpentine Gallery, London (19 May – 24 October 2021): ‘Portraits of the Future: A Celebration of James Barnor’ (31 March 2021): ‘James Barnor: Ghanaian Modernist’, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (18 May – 31 October 2021): Autograph, ‘James Barnor: Ever Young’ (12 June 2020): (free download of Autograph’s James Barnor exhibition newspaper) ‘Ever Young: James Barnor’, Autograph (2010): ‘Drum Magazine’, South African History Online (not dated): Maria Stepanova (translated by Sasha Dugdale), ‘In Memory of Memory’, Fitzcarraldo Editions (2021) Dan Hancox, ‘Inner City Pressure: The Story of Grime’, Harper Collins (2019): Isaac Mirahi, ‘I.M.’, Flatiron Books (2020):

Sep 05, 2021
141: Omer Asim

We discuss the wonderful morning we spent with designer Omer Asim and his collaborator Maya Antoun - looking at their beautiful and inspiring work that unites body and fabric in sensual minimalist forms. See links below. We are going to have a break and will be back in September. Have a great summer! Omer Asim, SHOWstudio: Jenny Pashkova, ‘Omer Asim’, Off Black Magazine (2014): Helen Jennings, ‘Omer Asim’, Nataal (2017): ‘Omer Asim: The Stealth SuperBrand’, because magazine (17 June 2020): Marie Grace Brown, ‘Khartoum at Night: Fashion and Body Politics in Imperial Sudan’, Stanford University Press (2017): Rebecca Arnold, ‘Vionnet and Classicism’, in Vionnet, Judith Clark Costume (15 March – 16 April 2001):

Jun 27, 2021
140: Pink Dream

We discuss Chusheng Cai’s fascinating 1932 film ‘Pink Dream’ - which shows us the opulent world of Shanghai dance halls …. See links below. ‘Constance Spry and the Fashion for Flowers’, Garden Museum (17 May – 26 September 2021): ‘Noël Coward: Art & Style’, Guildhall Art Gallery (14 June – 23 December 2021): St Olave Hart Street, London, Atlas Obscura: Chusheng Cai (director), Pink Dream [aka Dream in Pink] (1932): Available here: and Chusheng Cai (director), New Women (1935): Ernst Lubitsch (director), The Love Parade (1929): (with Jeannette MacDonald) ‘A Good Summary Account of Shanghai’s Dance Hall Industry in 1937’, Shanghai Sojourns: The Website of Andrew David Field (2018): Lisa Z. Sigel, ‘Fashioning Fetishism from the Pages of “London Life”’, Journal of British Studies, Vol. 51, No. 3 (July 2012): Ling Long, Shanghai women’s magazine (1931-1937): Wim Wenders (director), Notebook on Cities and Clothes (1989):

Jun 20, 2021