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The Political History of Fashion

Zara Anishanslin— Donald Trump’s “Make American Great Again” hat. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s ubiquitous pantsuits. In 2016, both fashion items became immediately recognizable markers of political affiliation. First the candidates themselves, and then people voting for them—men and women alike—announced their politics by wearing one or the other. Such politicized fashion

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Alexander McQueen: Deliverance

Robert Fairer— The Spring/Summer 2004 Deliverance show was, for me and for many others, a uniquely memorable Alexander McQueen accomplishment.  It expressed breathtaking contradictions: a combination of the classic and the modern; a coexistence of Lee’s singular, visionary genius with the organizing structure of a well-known Hollywood movie.  It was dazzling; it invented a

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Happy Birthday, Coco Chanel!

“Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” ― Coco Chanel We’re honoring the birthday of Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel today with a slideshow of black and white images from

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The DNA of an Exhibition Catalogue: Making Manus × Machina

Above featured image credits: Left: Iris van Herpen (Dutch, born 1984). Ensemble, spring/summer 2010 haute couture. 3D-printed (SLS) white polyamide, machine-sewn white goat leather, and hand-cut acrylic fringe. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Gifts, 2015 (2016.16a, b). Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope.

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Mother-daughter Haute Couture

 How a designer’s love for her daughter changed children’s wear Emmanuelle Dirix– These days, coordinating mother-daughter outfits have an uneven reputation, but at the start of the 20th century, matching clothing for moms and their daughters became de rigueur among the Parisian fashion elite and international haute couture clients. The vogue for these

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Isaac Mizrahi: Playful Pushing of Boundaries

In 1989, esteemed fashion editor for The Washington Post Nina Hyde wrote of Isaac Mizrahi’s fall collection for the year: “Everyone is rooting for Mizrahi. Why else would they travel to TriBeCa in lower Manhattan, a $20-plus, half-hour cab ride in traffic, and in the rain, to see the Mizrahi

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Books et Veritas: Art, Photography, and Dressing Up

Olivier van Donselaar— As an international transfer student coming from London, a city famous for its vibrant and diverse cultural scene, I experienced culture shock and serious disorientation during my first couple of weeks in New Haven. There was, however, one place I could go to that felt at least

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Dressing up for Lee Friedlander this Thursday, February 5th!

Get dressed up to celebrate Dressing Up: Fashion Week NYC, the newest book by world renowned photographer Lee Friedlander. On February 5th, at 5:30pm, the Yale University Art Gallery is hosting a celebration to launch this new book, which chronicles the artist’s 2006 journey behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week. The

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Victorian Fashion and Filth on the Streets of Dirty Old London

Lee Jackson, author of Dirty Old London: The Victorian Fight Against Filth, wrote a series of posts for the Yale University Press London Blog to explain how the inventors of ‘sanitary science’ nevertheless lived in what remained a notoriously filthy city. The book has just come out in the United States,

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A Queer History of Fashion: What Does Gay Look Like?

Ariana Parenti— Though I never thought of myself as a follower of the fashion world, in picking up A Queer History of Fashion I was excited to discover the rich history of gay men and women throughout the fashion industry. That gay men are unusually prevalent is perhaps not so surprising.

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