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Manolo Blahnik

Rio Ali

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

Designer Biography

Radical Shoemaking and Dress Reform From Fabians To Feminists

Annebella Pollen

Source: Dress History. New Directions in Theory and Practice 2015

Book chapter

The sandal-wearing, vegetarian ‘crank’ that Orwell referred to so disparagingly in the 1930s remains a stock figure of ridicule in the present; ‘sandal-wearing’ along with ‘muesli-eating’ and ‘Guardian newspaper-reading’ have become standard accusatory descriptors in British conservative journalism for those perceived to be of a certain liberal disposition. In the interwar period, Orwell’s invective was specifically prompted by a trip to Letchworth Garden City; the ‘simple-lifers’ that he encount

Italian Fashion

Simona Segre Reinach

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015


In the first half of the twentieth century, Italian fashion did not really exist as a proper industrial sector; models of French inspiration were created, above all in women’s fashion, while British models prevailed for menswear. Everything was made at artisanal level or little more than that. Even the autarchic phase under Fascism had no repercussions on the international perception of Italian fashion, or on the promotion of a genuine development in the clothing sector, with the important except

Living National Treasures: Textile and Garment Artists

Yoshiko I. Wada

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. East Asia 2010

Encyclopedia entry

The designation “Living National Treasure” is a Japanese expression of reverence for the highest level of a skill or technique in traditional arts and crafts, including traditional textiles and dress types. The system was initiated to preserve and continue important cultural properties and assets significant to Japan’s rich cultural heritage. The law designates a selected skill of an individual or group as an object for protection.

Gendered Space in Renaissance Florence: Theorizing Public and Private in the “Rag Trade”

Carole Collier Frick

Source: Classic and Modern Writings on Fashion 2nd Edition 2009

Book chapter

The field of Renaissance studies is one of the oldest areas of historical inquiry, dating from the fifteenth century itself, which may partially explain its cultural impact on Western civilization ever since.An earlier version of this article was delivered at the CHODA Conference, Courtauld Institute, London, in July 2004. I am grateful for the very helpful contributions of Sophie White, and also the two anonymous readers for the journal of Fashion Theory for their insights and suggestions to thi

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