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Fashion in Song – Fashion Is Danger (2009)

This 80’s send-up is by New Zealand comedy team The Flight of the Conchords. FashionF-f-f-f-f-fashionF-fashionS-s-styleWarL-l-l-look look look I’m the edge, I’m the chic, I’m the tasteI’m a larger than life with just a hint of laceI’m avant-garde, I’m the heir, … Continue reading

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As Seen In – 1837 sunglasses

This painting of Nathanial Olds was done in 1837 by Jeptha Homer Wade and is in the Cleveland Art Museum. Olds is wearing shaded glasses, similar to this pair I recently found online:

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Fashion in Song – Sex Is In The Heel from Kinky Boots (2013)

The sex is in the heel even if you break itThe sex is in the heel, honey you can’t fake itJack it up ’cause I’m no flat tireMack it up six inches higherThe sex is in the heel so just … Continue reading

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Mystery object IDENTIFIED! – Endean posing chair, c. 1888

A few days ago I posted this object, which was transferred to us from another museum last year. It was identified as a photographer’s posing stand and as I want to do an exhibition about how Victorians dressed for the … Continue reading

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Sea Silk

Sea silk is a rare textile made from byssus, silky filaments made of proteins hardened upon contact with seawater secreted by mollusks to attach themselves to the sea bed. The Pinna nobilis (aka pen shells), which can be up to a metre in length … Continue reading

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As Seen In – 1912 Paquin dress

French evening dress by Paquin from the Kunstgewerbemuseum in Berlin, and the cover of the May 1912 issue of Les Modes with the same model being worn.

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100 Years Ago – The World and Fashion in 1919

In the wake of the end of the Great War and with the Spanish influenza pandemic in retreat, there must have been great relief to see 1918 come to an end and great hope for 1919. However, the new year … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Pucci u say Love (1991)

When Emilio Pucci won the CFDA lifetime achievement award in 1991, Lady Miss Kier was asked to create a tribute in song and fashion.

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Fashion in Song – In These Shoes? (2000)

Released on Kirsty MacColl’s 2000 album Tropical Brainstorm I once met a man with a sense of adventure He was dressed to thrill wherever he went He said: Let’s make love on a mountain top Under the stars on a … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Lydia the Tattooed Lady (1939)

There are several songs about tattooed women, but one of the best is by Groucho Marx. Lydia the Tattooed Lady, was written inĀ 1939 by Yip Harburg and Harold Arlen, and was famously performed by Groucho Marx in the 1939 film … Continue reading

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