Artistic Dress

Transgressive Fashion in the Victorian Era

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

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

November 24, 2013 · 2 Comments

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

Floppy but Manly

I promise, if you read through a bit of exposition, the reason for the title shall become clear. It has been a shamefully long time since I have updated this … Continue reading

April 29, 2013 · 3 Comments

The Myth of Pre-Raphaelite Dress

It’s Pre-Raphaelite Day! What does this mean? Well, this is, ostensibly, the 164th birthday of the Pre-Raphaelites. It is being celebrated across the web, at the instigation of the fabulous … Continue reading

September 8, 2012 · 2 Comments

Women in White

I was remiss in posting last month! Luckily, the thought-provoking Kirsty Walker has made a call to art detectives today at her blog The Kissed Mouth, which has inspired this … Continue reading

June 9, 2012 · 5 Comments

Thank you, Mrs Leyland

This post is a bit more personal, inspired by a brief moment I had at work this week. I haven’t yet made the official ‘I’m a Doctor!’ post because, in … Continue reading

April 7, 2012 · 1 Comment

William Morris and ‘The Lesser Arts of Life’

When I came to the subject of Artistic Dress, I had a great many assumptions about it, particularly in terms of who wore it, and who promoted it. Some of … Continue reading

March 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Failing the Basics

I had an outraged email from my friend and fellow researcher in fashion history, Emily, regarding this 2008 post on the MTV website. Their caption for the image above states: … Continue reading

March 4, 2012 · 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.

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