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The Queen

Fiona Corbridge

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive

Article

In 2015, Queen Elizabeth II became Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, having occupied the throne since 1952—over sixty-three years. The royal wardrobe has been of interest to the world since her childhood, and as a young woman, the clothes she wore for royal tours abroad and official visits were very influential. The designs produced for her by British couturiers were copied for the mass market. In the early twenty-first century, the Queen’s immaculate appearance transcends the vagaries of fashi

Purple

Emma Davenport

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive

Article

Associated with cultural symbols of opulence and originality, historically the color purple has been worn to convey wealth and status, in particular by those with royal heritage. More recently, the color purple has been linked with creativity and charisma, often gaining popularity in less conservative Western socioeconomic periods. On the catwalk, a variety of designers have used the color purple, including Chloé, Gianni Versace, Byblos, and Sonia Rykiel. Toward the end of the twentieth century,

Gold

Emma Davenport

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive

Article

Historically, the color gold was very expensive to produce as it involved creating threads from the scarce mineral known as gold. While associated with cultural symbols of wealth, reverence, and power, the color has also been negatively linked with a lack of taste and conspicuous consumption. On the catwalk, it has been used by a variety of designers including Donna Karan, Yves Saint Laurent, Versace, and Valentino. Since the 1970s, fashion trends associated with the color gold have included club

Amanda Wakeley

Vanessa Semmens

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive

Designer Biography

Norman Hartnell

Vanessa Semmens

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive

Designer Biography

The Empress’s Old Clothes: Biographies of African Dress at the Victoria And Albert Museum

Nicola Stylianou

Source: Dress History. New Directions in Theory and Practice, 2015, Berg Fashion Library

Book chapter

On 20 April 1869 the V&A accessioned a number of objects from Ethiopia including clothes and jewellery that were listed in the museum register as having been given to the museum by the ‘Secretary of State for India’ and ‘belonging formerly to the Queen of Abyssinia’ (V&A 1869). At this time the V&A had not yet been divided into departments with objects being accepted for inclusion in the museum on the grounds of design excellence or as demonstrations of particular techniques. Included in this gif

Chapter five: Ever-Changing Fashion and its Acceptance

Jay Diamond and Ellen Diamond

Source: The World of Fashion, 5th Edition, 2013, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

Every generation laughs at old fashions but religiously follows the new.

The Movement of Fashion

Elaine Stone

Source: The Dynamics of Fashion, 4th Edition, 2013, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter + STUDIO

At the beginning of this chapter, the movement of fashion was likened to the movement of a river. As James Laver said, in comparing the fashion cycle to a force of nature, “Nothing seems to be able to turn it back until it has spent itself, until it has provoked a reaction by its very excess.”JamesLaver, Taste and Fashion, rev. ed. (London: George G. Harrop, 1946), p. 52. However, just as a river can swell to turbulent flood stage or be slowed or diverted by a dam, so the movement of fashion can

Extraordinary Times

Ira Neimark

Source: The Rise of Fashion and Lessons Learned at Bergdorf Goodman, 2011, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

I first became aware of Paris when I was six years old. Not through history or geography books, but in 1927 when Charles Lindbergh flew over the Atlantic Ocean solo to Paris in 33 and a half hours. Everyone in America, France, and the rest of the world was excited. So much so that when my father took me and my brother, Lester, to see the ticker-tape welcome-home parade for “Lucky Lindy” on Broadway, due to the tremendous crowds, we couldn’t get within two blocks of the street. We still went home

Iranian Headwear in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries

Mary H. Farahnakian

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Central and Southwest Asia, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

From a Western perspective, exotic Iranian headwear of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries has been largely unknown to people around the world because of the lack of scholarly research on the topic. Additionally, few comparisons of Iranian headwear with that of other countries, particularly those in the Middle East, have been published. Where did the distinctive Iranian headwear originate? What influenced its development? Who developed its unique and divergent styles? This article addresses

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