Artistic Dress

Transgressive Fashion in the Victorian Era

Fashioning the Artist

With all best intentions, I keep failing to update this blog. Truthfully, my job has largely pulled me in another direction, and all my energy is focused on research around … Continue reading

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The Thornycroft Dress

This is a post I wasn’t going to make – it was in the ‘save it for the book’ category. However, one of my keen-eyed students from my Artistic Dress … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Artistic Dresser

My first experience of Bowie was not of his music, but of a Ziggy Stardust poster I saw on my cousin’s wall when I was about 7. I didn’t quite understand … Continue reading

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O YE, all ye that walk in Willowwood… that walk with hollow faces burning white… Every 15 November, those of us who are devotees of the Pre-Raphaelites celebrate #PRBDay in … Continue reading

November 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Now Showing: Artistic Dress, Watts & Morris

Two rather exciting exhibits related to Artistic Dress have just opened in the London area: Liberating Fashion: Aesthetic Dress in Victorian Portraits at the Watts Gallery; and Yinke Shonibare MBE: … Continue reading

February 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Red (Carpet) Revolution

Does hearing the inevitable ‘Who are you wearing?’ during the Red Carpet season fill you with excitement or dread? I shall dispense with apologies for my blog hiatus and get … Continue reading

February 6, 2015 · 3 Comments

CFP: What’s Love Got To Do With It?

What`s love got to do with it? Collaboration and Intimacy in Art, Architecture and Design UAAC/AAUC 2014 Conference, OCAD, Toronto, October 23 – 26, 2014 Deadline: Jun 18, 2014 This … Continue reading

June 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Jessie Newbery and Artistic Dress

Originally posted on Treasures of GSA Library:
In an earlier post in August 2013 we discussed Das Eigenkleid der Frau by Anna Muthesius, a book published in 1903 that reflected…

March 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tableaux Vivants Redux!

Last week was the second annual Artistic Dress Tableaux Vivants at the Glasgow School of Art. Performed by (fantastic) students in my ‘Artistic Dress: Fashion, Style and Identity’ elective course, … Continue reading

November 22, 2013 · 8 Comments

A Fashionable Hunt

For Pre-Raphaelite fandom, it’s a weekend of anniversaries. Most notably, today is Pre-Raphaelite Day, which I explained a bit about last year when I wrote about The Myth of Pre-Raphaelite … Continue reading

September 8, 2013 · 2 Comments

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'Mrs Luke Ionides' by William Blake Richmond, London, 1882. Oil on canvas. Collection of the V&A, Museum no. E.1062-2003. Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund and the Friends of the V&A.