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Impossible Outfit: Keeping Warm and Looking Cool

Follow @yaleARTbooks Dear Paper Doll, The winter chill is setting in—oh, how I dread this time of year! I was raised, and spent all of my fashion-formative years, in a tropical climate. I am blessed with the gift of being able to both look and feel cool when it’s 100

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“Mannequin Parade”—The First Fashion Models

Today the idea of fashion modeling is a part the general cultural consciousness, with many famous icons and a reality television show. In the early 1900s, however, it was a new concept to preview clothing on a live model. Leading fashion historian, Caroline Evans, explores the development of fashion modeling

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Impossible Outfit: PUNK Edition

Dear Paper Doll, My 35th high school reunion is approaching. Though you’d hardly know it to look at me now – I’m an anesthesiologist (I claim this career choice was inspired by The Ramones) living in the suburbs, happily married with three beautiful children – back in the day my

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Handbags: The Making of a Museum

Handbags: The Making of a Museum will cause much excitement among those who treasure these coveted objects, but as the author and curator Judith Clark explores, the history of the handbag – its design, how it has been made, used and worn – also reveals something essential about women’s lives lived

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Notes from the Field: Schiaparelli and Prada at The Met’s Costume Institute

“Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations,” which opens today, May 10, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, has been long awaited by those eager to see firsthand the ties that bind these two women from very different generations. Elsa Schiaparelli came to fame in Paris amidst the Surrealist milieu of the

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Impossible Outfit: Office Holiday Party Edition

Dear Paper Doll, My office holiday party is this week, and I would like to wear something that is festive and work-appropriate.  I love Christmas so I’d like to show some holiday spirit, but tastefully (no reindeer antlers, please). The party is being held at an upscale cocktail bar, to

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Chanel Vocabulary of Style Quiz

Coco Chanel may not have invented elegance, or taste, or fashion, but the iconic designer was an absolute embodiment of these ideas. From department stores to sunglasses, billboard advertisements to suits to alluring, evocative fragrances, we are offered frequent, dazzling reminders of the timeless aesthetic vision of Chanel. Jérôme Gautier,

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Impossible Outfit: Halloween Edition

Dear Paper Doll, Happy Halloween! I am gearing up for an annual costume ball, my favorite party of the year. My friends and fellow party attendees take this event very seriously, and everyone takes their costumes to the next level.  I’m proud to say that I’ve gotten quite creative over

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Impossible Outfit: Back to School Edition

Dear Paper Doll, I just started my second year of grad school in a New England town, and I feel the need to broaden my sartorial horizon beyond the hoodies, leggings and Uggs that I wore almost daily last year. How should I shake things up with a radical new

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Fashion Wars

There is a not-so-well-kept secret regarding European fashion designers: they care about American consumers’ opinions. With the United States comprising such a large portion of the fashion market, they have to care. With haute couture seemingly forever confined to European cities, the need to attract American buyers is rather empowering

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