I think Ulyana Sergeenko may very well be one of my favorite designers of all time. I love her use of historical and fantasy references and the elegant way she incorporates familiar fairytale elements in dramatic ways. I mean, who doesn’t love Slavic folklore and cunning references to paganism? So inevitably, I had to include…… Continue reading Ulyana Sergeenko
I received a request the other day to find out where all of the excess fabric came to make the zoot suits popular in the 1940’s. To truly understand the zoot suit, it is important to understand the political and social climate of the time in which it was created and worn. Lets start with…… Continue reading Zoot Suit: the Harlem fashion trend and how it all began.
In June of 1940, near the beginning of World War II, Nazi forces took control of the France and its textile industry. Prior to the occupation, many non-native designers, such as Charles Creed, Adrian, Mainbocher, Edward Molyneux, and Elsa Schiaparelli had already fled the country to London, New York, and Hollywood in anticipation of war.…… Continue reading Haute Couture During World War II
I was recently introduced to the podcast series “Stuff You Missed in History Class” when a classmate (Thanks Jennifer!), suggested I listen to “April Calahan’s on France’s Fashionable Resistance”. After listening to April, I just had to do a little more research. While it is a deep, dark hole, and reading about war pains me, in…… Continue reading WWII Cloth and Clothing Rations in the United States and Europe
Norman Hartnell was born on born June 12, 1901, in London, England. While neglecting his studies at Cambridge University he instead focused on his work as a costume designer for the school’s drama club. During a production of “The Beggar’s Opera” in London his creations attracted the attention of the press. After being deemed the…… Continue reading Norman Hartnell
When Lucien Lelong was born in Paris, on October 11, 1889, one could have said that he was destined for a life of fashion. Lucien’s father and mother owned a small couture house and in 1907, at the mere age of 18, he designed his first pieces. Two years later, he took it upon himself…… Continue reading Lucien Lelong