Dressed: The History of Fashion

Dressed: The History of Fashion

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With over 7 billion people in the world, we all have one thing in common. Every day we all get dressed. Join Dressed as we explore the social and cultural histories behind the who, what, when of why we wear.


Fashion History Now #8
May 28 • 15 min
This show would not be possible without our wonderful listeners! This week we celebrate YOU by highlighting some of your fashion histories shared with us through listener mail. Detroit oral history project:…
The Art of Historical Hatmaking with Rachel Frost
May 26 • 57 min
This week we learn about the history and techniques of historical hatmaking with Rachel Frost, one of only a handful of hatmakers using sixteenth century European techniques in the entire world. See more of Rachel’s work at www.thecraftybeggards.org. For…
Fashion History Mystery 45: Re-Dressed: Favorite Fashion Books
May 21 • 23 min
So many of you have asked for book recs for what to read during your extra time at home, this week we re-air our past minisode on our favorite fashion books. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Bedside Manner, an interview with Marisa Hollywood
May 19 • 62 min
Nurses, we love you! In an episode dedicated to healthcare workers everywhere, this week we explore the history of the nurse uniform. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Fashion History Now #7
May 14 • 22 min
This week we check out some disturbing historic beauty advice, a collection of the world’s rarest pigments, alternative leather made from cacti, and get to the bottom of what Christian Dior was up to in 1949. Sources: a collection of the world’s rarest…
Re-Dressed: Finding Beauty, an Interview with Photographer Tony Vaccaro
May 12 • 44 min
Past Dressed guest Tony Vaccaro just beat COVID-19. In celebration, we air our past interview with the 97 year-old photographer whose prolific career photographing fashion, celebrity and World War spans seven decades. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Spread Love and Shine Light, an Interview with Orenda Tribe’s Amy Yeung
May 7 • 29 min
In lieu of this week’s FHM, we bring you a special interview with Amy Yeung, founder of Orenda Tribe. Using the colors of the rainbow as her guide, Amy breathes new life into old clothing and textiles with a sustainable, ethical approach to design that…
Service Mode: Dressing the Domestic Servant
May 5 • 55 min
On the heels of our Downton Abbey episode, this week we explore the dress of the downstairs set. What did domestic servants really wear? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Fashion History Now #6
Apr 30 • 20 min
From golden mending games to Advanced Style inspiration, this week’s episode is full of suggestions for fun fashion history related activities you can do on and off line and with the whole family! Recommendations: www.advance.style…
Designing Downton Abbey, an Interview with Anna Mary Scott Robbins
Apr 28 • 54 min
This week, we speak with Anna Mary Scott Robbins, the costume designer behind one of the most beloved television series, and now films, Downton Abbey. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Fashion History Mystery #44: A Brief History of Prom
Apr 23 • 33 min
To celebrate a quintessential rite of passage being canceled en masse this year due to the pandemic, we bring you a brief history of Prom. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Game of Thrones: What to Wear When Winter is Coming, pt. 2
Apr 21 • 46 min
Join us for our second installment on the stories and symbolism lovingly stitched into the GoT costumes. RECOMMENDED READING: Clapton, Michele and Gina McIntyre. Game of Thrones: The Costumes. San Rafael: Insight Editions, 2019. Learn more about your…
Fashion History Now #5
Apr 15 • 19 min
This week we issue a couple of challenges! Recreate works of art at home! Help April get to the bottom of Pierre Cardin-designed uniforms for the Chinese army?! Also check out the instagram accounts @whatalexiswore and @izabelapriorattire for a full…
Game of Thrones: What to Wear When Winter is Coming, pt. 1
Apr 14 • 55 min
We obsessed. We cried. We stood in awe of the epic saga that was Game of Thrones. Join us for an extra delicious episode where we break down the stories and symbolism lovingly stiched into the GoT costumes. RECOMMENDED READING: Clapton, Michele and Gina…
Fashion History Mystery #43: Lady Curzon’s Peacock Dress
Apr 9 • 18 min
A feat of Indian craftsmanship and British colonial pageantry, the “peacock dress” was worn by Lady Curzon, Vicereine of India, to the 1903 Delhi Durbar commemorating King Edward VII’s ascension to the British throne. Today, we learn why it is still…
Supreme Glamour, an Interview with Mary Wilson
Apr 7 • 47 min
In celebration of our one hundredth episode, we welcome to the show Mary Wilson, founding member of The Supremes and author of the book Supreme Glamour. Ms. Wilson joins us to discuss the evolution of the group’s now iconic wardrobe and the integral role…
Fashion History Now #4
Apr 2 • 32 min
Topics in this week’s episode include the Contemporary Muslim Fashion exhibition, eighteenth century wig building, the origins story of the N95 face mask, and the wonder of online fashion exhibitions on the Google Arts & Culture App. Fast Company article:…
Queen Sirikit of Thailand, an Interview with Melissa Leventon
Mar 31 • 65 min
What happens when French haute couture meets Thai glamour and elegance? This week, Melissa Leventon joins us to discuss the sartorial legacy of Queen Sirikit of Thailand. Recommended reading: Melissa Leventon’s Fit for a Queen: Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s…
Fashion History Mystery 42: Hook, Line, and Sink-Her, a History of Fishnets
Mar 26 • 33 min
How did a practical device for catching fish become a coveted and controversial fashion staple? This week, we explore the fascinating thousand-year plus history behind fishnets. Recommended reading:…
Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse, an interview with Patricia Mears
Mar 24 • 63 min
En pointe and en vogue, the ballerina has inspired many a fashion designer. Dance and fashion have long had a symbiotic relationship, and this week we speak to Patricia Mears about her sublimely beautiful exhibition which highlights the mutual love affair…
Fashion History Now #3
Mar 19 • 27 min
This week we discuss online sources of fashion history, AJ and The Queen, Dapper Dan’s new memoire and biodegradable plastics. Recommended reading: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art (and fashion) History: https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/coho/hd_coho.htm AJ and…
Eleanor Lambert: Empress of 7th Avenue, an interview with Carol McLennan
Mar 17 • 40 min
“The most influential woman in fashion” during the 20th century was far from a household name. Join us as we explore the legendary career of Eleanor Lambert who helped shape the trajectory of the American fashion industry from behind the scenes. Learn…
Fashion History Mystery 41: The Incredible Origin of Cat-Eye Glasses
Mar 12 • 29 min
What do millionaires, harlequins and cigarettes have to do with the iconic cat-eye frame? Tune in to find out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
How to Read a Suit, an Interview with Lydia Edwards
Mar 10 • 58 min
Fashion historian and author Lydia Edwards joins us to talk about her newly released book How to Read a Suit, the highly anticipated menswear version of her acclaimed How to Read a Dress. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Fashion History Now #2
Mar 5 • 31 min
This week we cover topics including Bill Cunningham, 150 years of Harper’s Bazaar, and the recent JLo/Shakira controversy. Are we still policing women’s bodies in 2020? Recommended reading: Cassidy’s talk:…
Ethics and Responsibility in the Jewelry Industry, an interview with Bliss Lau
Mar 3 • 54 min
Do you know where the precious metals or gems used in your jewelry come from? This week we speak to jewelry designer Bliss Lau about ethics and responsibility in the jewelry trade. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Fashion History Mystery #40: What’s a Dickie?!
Feb 27 • 20 min
Your great-grandmother enjoyed a dickie. Join us in our exploration of a wildly popular garment, now lost to fashion history. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Call Me: The Perils of 19th Century Etiquette
Feb 25 • 43 min
After a deep dive into etiquette manuals, we explore the complex codes of introductions and calling during the 19th century. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Fashion History Now
Feb 20 • 29 min
In this new bi-weekly minisode series, Cassidy and April share the latest in all things fashion history. From Jean Paul Gaultier’s final haute couture collection to fashion’s push for environmental responsibility, we bring you fashion history NOW.…
Fashion & Film, Part II
Feb 18 • 46 min
This week, we continue to explore the intimate relationship between fashion and film from World War II into the present day. Recommended reading: Deborah Nadoolman Landis’s Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design (Harper Design, 2007) Hollywood…
FHM #39: Fashion at the Oscars, an Interview with Bronwyn Cosgrave
Feb 13 • 44 min
The Oscars red carpet is one of the most highly anticipated fashion events of the year. This week, we explore its history with Bronwyn Cosgrave before April and Cassidy share their favorite picks from this year’s festivities. Recommended Reading: Bronwyn…
Fashion & Film, Part I
Feb 11 • 45 min
We are back! What better way to celebrate the launch of Season 3—and the Oscars AND Fashion Week— than with a multi-episode celebration of the hundred and thirty plus year love affair between fashion and film. ‚Ā†Recommended reading: Deborah Nadoolman…
Holiday Bonus FHM: The History of Glitter
Dec 23, 2019 • 28 min
A symbol of glitz, glamour and celebration, we bring you a special holiday edition on the history of glitter. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Welcome to What I Wore When
Dec 6, 2019 • 1 min
Can an outfit change your life? For many of us, the answer is a resounding yes. Welcome to What I Wore When, a weekly podcast hosted by Glamour digital director Perrie Samotin. Every Monday, Perrie sits down with actors, writers, musicians, reality stars,…
Fashion’s Frontier: Denim, an interview with Emma McClendon
Nov 26, 2019 • 48 min
For the final episode of Dressed Season 2, we bring you the much-requested history of denim. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Fashion History Mystery #37: Fashion as Art and Protest with Korina Emmerich
Nov 21, 2019 • 23 min
Artist. Fashion Designer. Activist. Korina Emmerich joins us to talk about her fashion brand Emme and the ways in which her indigenous heritage and commitment to the Fashion Revolution movement inform her work. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Fashionopolis, an interview wtih Dana Thomas
Nov 19, 2019 • 68 min
This week we speak with Paris-based fashion journalist Dana Thomas about the rise of fashion fashion and its true cost. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Fashion History Mystery #36: The Japanese Origins of the “Flip-Flop”
Nov 14, 2019 • 21 min
From Japan to Hawaii to California, this week we learn about the origins of the ubiquitious flip-flop. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Worn on this Day, an Interview with Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell
Nov 12, 2019 • 41 min
Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell joins us to discuss her new book Worn on this Day: the Clothes That Made History. From Olympic uniforms to coronation gowns, Kimberly explores momentous moments in dress history one day at a time. Learn more about your…
Bond Girl Style, an inteview with Dr. Monica Germanà
Nov 5, 2019 • 70 min
Icons of sex, danger and high style, this week we speak to Dr. Monica Germanà about women inhabiting the world of James Bond. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Fashion History Mystery #35:The Vanderbilt Ball
Oct 31, 2019 • 20 min
This week we chat about one of the most sumptuous fancy dress balls the world has ever seen: The Vanderbilt Ball of 1883. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Halloween Costume and Fancy Dress with Benjamin Wild and Lucy Clayton
Oct 29, 2019 • 73 min
Just in time for Halloween, we talk all things dressing up with Lucy Clayton and Dr. Benjamin Wild, co-hosts of the podcast dedicated to that very subject, Dress: Fancy. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Fashion History Mystery #34: Milk and Sugar: a Brief History of Seersucker
Oct 24, 2019 • 13 min
This weeks listener question about the history of seersucker leads us to a surprising discussion of etymology. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
At War with Fashion: World War II, an interview with Stuff You Missed in History Class
Oct 22, 2019 • 44 min
This week we revisit April’s appearance on Stuff You Missed in History Class covering French fashion and resistance during WWII. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Fashion History Mystery #33: Fashion History at Fashion Week
Oct 17, 2019 • 17 min
From Grecian goddesses to the godmother of rock’n’roll, April and Cassidy discuss their favorite shows from the recent Spring/Summer 2020 Collections! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
At War with Fashion: World War I, LIVE from Bard Graduate Center
Oct 15, 2019 • 64 min
In conjunction with the exhibition French Fashion, Women and the First World War currently on view at the Bard Graduate Center, we speak with Dr. Kate Strasdin and Dr. Margaret Darrow about the era’s anxieties surrounding fashion and gender. Learn more…
Fashion History Mystery #32: A Brief History of the Codpiece
Oct 10, 2019 • 12 min
One of the more curious items of masculine dress history, this week we explore the function and symbolism of the codpiece. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The King of Sexy Cling, an interview with Stephen Burrows
Oct 8, 2019 • 44 min
Stephen Burrow’s bright and slinky clothes defined the disco era. This week we speak with a fashion icon on the occasion of his new collaboration with Target. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Punk Style, an interview with Dr. Monica Sklar
Oct 1, 2019 • 55 min
This week we explore the style one of rock’s most iconic sub-cultures: punk. But what came first, the music or the clothes? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Patrick Kelly, an Interview with Dr. Eric Darnell Pritchard
Sep 24, 2019 • 62 min
Patrick Kelly took Paris by storm in the 1980s, becoming the first American designer to be inducted into France’s distinguished Chambre syndicale du prêt-à-porter. On what would have been Patrick’s 65th birthday, we honor his life and legacy. Learn more…
The Joy of Fashion, an Interview with Pat Cleveland
Sep 17, 2019 • 43 min
This week we talk with fashion icon and fashion model pioneer Pat Cleveland about her fifty-plus year career in fashion. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
FHM #31: The Cyclical Nature of Fashion
Sep 12, 2019 • 20 min
This week, April and Cassidy discuss which forgotten fashion staples they would love to make a comeback and which cyclical fashion trends should remain a thing of the past. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Global Vision: Tina Leser
Sep 10, 2019 • 40 min
Often cited as a progenitor of the American Look, fashion designer Tina Leser’s vision was greater than the polarizing discourse of French versus American style. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
FHM #30: Making Mrs. Maisel
Sep 5, 2019 • 20 min
This week we take a peek inside the Paley Center for Media’s exhibition Making Maisel Marvelous. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Fashion Period. An Interview with Dr. Shannon Withycombe
Sep 3, 2019 • 62 min
Periods. A universally taboo topic for 1000s of years, menstruation was only addressed commercially in the early 20th century. We talk the pad’s evolution—and all its accompanying accessories—with women’s health historian Dr. Shannon Withycombe. Learn…
FHM #29: Enfleurage: 17th Century Perfume Making with Dryland Wilds
Aug 29, 2019 • 22 min
This week we meet Cebastien and Robin, the women behind the botanical beauty line Dryland Wilds, and learn all about their modern day use of the 17th century perfume making process known as enfleurage. https://www.drylandwilds.com Learn more about your…
The Golden Age of Haute Couture, LIVE from the Dallas Museum of Art
Aug 27, 2019 • 59 min
Hot off the press and LIVE from Dallas, join us for our first live episode of Dressed. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
FHM #28: Origin of the Poodle Skirt
Aug 22, 2019 • 16 min
This week’s mini-sode explores the story of Juli Lynne Charlot who created a 50s classic: the poodle skirt. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Re-Dressed: The Swimsuit, a Revealing History, Part II
Aug 20, 2019 • 44 min
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FHM #27: The Origin of the Moon Manicure with Suzanne Shapiro
Aug 15, 2019 • 22 min
We answer a listener query about the moon-shaped manicure of the 1920s and 30s with Suzanne Shapiro, author of Nails: the Story of the Modern Manicure. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Re-Dressed: The Swimsuit, a Revealing History, Part I
Aug 13, 2019 • 56 min
In the spirit of summer, we revisit our Season One two part series on one of the most controversial garments in history: the swimsuit. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
FHM #26: A Mermaid’s Tale
Aug 8, 2019 • 12 min
In this week’s mini-sode we answer a query from a real-life mermaid. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mary Quant, an Interview with Jenny Lister
Aug 6, 2019 • 50 min
In the 1960s, Mary Quant launched her fashion revolution amid a rainbow of mini-skirts and hot pants. This week, we explore her life and legacy with Jenny Lister, the curator behind the V&A’s exhibition Mary Quant, on view until February 20, 2016. Learn…
FHM #25: The Auction House Allure
Aug 1, 2019 • 21 min
This week we discuss the role of auction houses in the collecting of historic dress in a continued conversation with Timothy Long, Director, Senior Specialist of Couture and Luxury Accessories for Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Learn more about your…
Charles James: Genius Deconstructed, an Interview with Timothy Long
Jul 30, 2019 • 63 min
Timothy Long takes us inside the multi-tiered genius of Charles James, the self-taught fashion designer behind some of the most innovative and breathtakingly beautiful designs of the 20th century. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Fashion History Mystery #24: The History of Penny Loafers
Jul 25, 2019 • 16 min
A staple of various style tribes, Nancy MacDonell joins us to speak about the history of the penny loafer. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Space Age Fashion: an interview with Sarah Jean Culbreth
Jul 23, 2019 • 55 min
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing and we are joined by Sarah Jean Culbeth to discuss the space age fashions of Pierre Cardin. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Fashion History Mystery #23: Origin Story: Sailor and Peter Pan Collars
Jul 18, 2019 • 16 min
This week, we explore the fascinating origins of the so-called “sailor” and “peter pan” style collars. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Fashion Animals, an interview with Joshua Katcher
Jul 16, 2019 • 52 min
Animal rights activist and vegan menswear designer Joshua Katcher joins us to talk about the relationship between humans and the animals they wear. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Fashion History Mystery #22: Fall 2019 Couture Fashion Collections
Jul 11, 2019 • 29 min
This week, Cassidy and April discuss the art and history inherent in the latest 2019 Couture Fashion Collections. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
50 Years of the Ebony Fashion Fair, an interview with Joy Bivins
Jul 9, 2019 • 57 min
For fifty years, Ebony magazine’s groundbreaking Fashion Fair brought the crème de la crème of high fashion to audiences across the USA and around the globe. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Fashion History Mystery #21: Isabelle de Borchgrave
Jul 4, 2019 • 17 min
Join us for a peep inside the work of Isabelle de Borchgrave who creates incredible life-size replicas of historic fashions not from silk, velvet and lace, but paper. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Gender Bending Fashion, pt. 2: an interview with Michelle Tolini Finamore
Jul 2, 2019 • 35 min
Men just might enjoy the comfort of skirts! This week we speak to Michelle Tolini Finamore about her exhibition Gender Bending Fashion which is currently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Fashion History Mystery #20: History of the Pride Flag
Jun 27, 2019 • 16 min
It’s World Pride month and all things rainbow! This week’s minisode discusses the origin of the multicolored pride flag emblazoned upon innumerable garments to be worn this month. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Gender Bending Fashion, pt. 1: an interview with Michelle Tolini Finamore
Jun 25, 2019 • 48 min
Who gets to wear the pants?! This week we speak to Michelle Tolini Finamore about her exhibition Gender Bending Fashion which is currently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Fashion History Mystery #19: Should These Clothes Be Saved?
Jun 20, 2019 • 11 min
Cassidy and April discuss a recent New York Time’s article by Vanessa Friedman which brings up some interesting questions regarding the relevance and importance of everyday clothing. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Power of Pattern: Central Asian Ikats, an interview with Clarissa Esguerra
Jun 18, 2019 • 52 min
This week, exhibition curator Clarissa Esguerra teaches us all about the sophisticated resist-dying ikat technique responsible for the resplendent textiles and garments on display in LACMA’s current exhibition Power of Pattern: Central Asian Ikats. Learn…
Fashion History Mystery #18: Like a Fine Wine: What Makes Clothing “Vintage”?
Jun 13, 2019 • 14 min
Tune in this week to learn about the distinctions between what is considered antique versus vintage. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Language of Fans, an interview with Laura Camerlengo
Jun 11, 2019 • 48 min
Much more than practical tools for cooling the body, Laura Camerlengo joins us to speak about the myriad of ways fans have been used historically as emblems of status and tools of communication. Her exhibition Fans of the 18th Century is on view now…
Fashion History Mystery #17: Addressing Dress
Jun 6, 2019 • 10 min
Join us for fun with words! Today we address “dress.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Styling the American Suffragist, an interview with Raissa Bretaña
Jun 4, 2019 • 50 min
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment. In gratitude to the American women who fought for the right to vote, we speak to Raissa Bretaña about the relationship between fashion and the 20th century suffrage movement. Learn…
Fashion History Mystery #16: Of Beards and Men
May 30, 2019 • 29 min
Today, we answer a listener question about the history of men’s facial hair with Dr. Christopher Oldstone-Moore, author of the book Of Beards and Men: the Revealing History of Facial Hair. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Men in Heels: a His (and Her) Story, an Interview with Elizabeth Semmelhack
May 28, 2019 • 61 min
High heels have long been the domain of women—but first they were worn by men. This week, we track the evolution of the high heel as worn by male cavalry to “irrational” women with Bata Shoe Museum Senior Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack. Learn more about…
Fashion History Mystery #15: Pantone
May 23, 2019 • 15 min
This week we discuss the ‘shadiest’ company around, the world’s leading authority on color intelligence, Pantone. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Dress Detective, an interview with Amber Butchart
May 21, 2019 • 59 min
Fashion history and crime labs may seem like strange bedfellows. This week we speak to real-life dress detective, Amber Butchart, about her work in forensics and fashion history applications outside of museums and design studios. Learn more about your…
Fashion History Mystery #14: “Copying: a Fancy Name for Stealing”
May 16, 2019 • 18 min
Detective hats on, Cassidy and April address a listener question regarding fashion copying: fashion fakes are nothing new, but just when and where did the practice start and why? Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Art of Embroidery, an Interview with Nadia Albertini, Part II
May 14, 2019 • 48 min
In part two of our interview with embroidery designer Nadia Albertini, we learn how the age old craft is kept alive at the hands of skilled artisans from India to Paris. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Fashion History Mystery #13: Party of the Year: The Met Gala
May 9, 2019 • 45 min
This week we look into the storied history of one of the world’s most sought-after social invitations: The Met Gala. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Art of Embroidery, an Interview with Nadia Albertini, Part I
May 7, 2019 • 52 min
Today, we learn all about the fascinating history behind one of humankind’s oldest forms of adornment with embroidery designer and historian Nadia Albertini. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Fashion History Mystery #12: Chat-a-what?
May 2, 2019 • 17 min
This week we answer a query about the once indispensable accessory now lost to time: the chatelaine. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
“The New Freedom Thing in in Fashion” or How Jeans Got Their Stretch
Apr 30, 2019 • 37 min
This week we learn how “the new freedom thing in fashion” became the industry standard for the production of women’s—and more and more men’s— jeans. This is the story of stretchy jeans. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Fashion History Mystery #11: Rosie Gets a Shingle
Apr 25, 2019 • 16 min
On this week’s edition of Fashion History Mystery, we look into vintage hairstyle terms including the bob and the shingle. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
April Goes to Beauty School: the 1944 Du Barry Success Course
Apr 23, 2019 • 59 min
To investigate charm schools of the 1940s, April recently completed the six weeks Du Barry Success Course of diet, exercise, posture and beauty rituals. Tune in to find out how it went! Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Fashion History Mystery #10: The Other Dust Ruffle
Apr 18, 2019 • 18 min
On this week’s edition of Fashion History Mystery, April and Cassidy answer the question: didn’t women’s long skirts get really dirty in the 19th century? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Fashion and the Art of Pochoir
Apr 16, 2019 • 64 min
This week, Cassidy and April take you inside their book Fashion and the Art of Pochoir to learn all about the painterly hand-stenciling technique that redefined fashion illustration in the Art Moderne and Art Deco eras. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Fashion History Mystery #9: Don’t Sweat It
Apr 11, 2019 • 21 min
In this week’s mini-sode we explore how the matter of perspiration has been handled historically. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Other Danish Girl: Gerda Wegener
Apr 9, 2019 • 43 min
Alicia Vikander may have won an Oscar for her portrayal of Gerda Wegener in the 2015 film, The Danish Girl, but the film only scratches the surface of this incredible artist’s life. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Fashion History Mystery #8: Origin Story: Mary Janes
Apr 4, 2019 • 19 min
This week we explore the unlikely origin story of Mary Janes. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Remaking Fashion History: an Interview with John Bright
Apr 2, 2019 • 49 min
This week we sit down with Oscar-winning costume designer John Bright to discuss his prolific career in film and TV that spans five decades. A collector of historic fashion, John is the founder and owner of the world’s leading costume house, Cosprop.…
Fashion History Mystery #7: Amish Fashion Designers?
Mar 28, 2019 • 17 min
This week, we answer the listener question: are there any fashion designers from the Amish tradition? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
A Vanderbilt House Party—The Gilded Age, an Interview with Leslie Klingner
Mar 26, 2019 • 52 min
This week we go behind the scenes of Biltmore Estate’s latest exhibition A Vanderbilt House Party—The Gilded Age with the estate’s Curator of Interpretation Leslie Klingner. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Fashion History Mystery #6: Origins of Polka Dots
Mar 21, 2019 • 16 min
This week we answer a listener question about the origin of poka dots, by diving all the way back to the Middle Ages’ taboo about wearing spots. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
A History of Stoutwear, an interview with Dr. Lauren Downing Peters
Mar 19, 2019 • 49 min
Dubbed “stoutwear” at the turn of the 20th century, Dr. Lauren Downing Peters joins us this week to discuss the history of plus-size fashion. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Fashion History Mystery #5: Thierry Mugler
Mar 14, 2019 • 13 min
Following Cardi B’s stunning vintage ensembles at the 2019 Grammys, we answer the question posed by many listeners: Who is Thierry Mugler? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Finding Beauty, an Interview with Photographer Tony Vaccaro
Mar 12, 2019 • 40 min
This week, we talk to the photographer Tony Vaccaro about his prolific seventy-plus year career photographing fashion, celebrity and World War. His subjects include Dovima, Verushka, Hubert de Givenchy, Pablo Picasso and Georgia O’Keefe. Learn more about…
Fashion History Mystery #4: To Wear or Not to Wear?
Mar 7, 2019 • 23 min
This week Cassidy and April address the question: when is it ok to wear historical clothing and how to preserve our family heirlooms. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Historical Costuming with American Duchess
Mar 5, 2019 • 61 min
It is one thing to study the history of fashion, it is another thing entirely to wear it! This week we meet historical costumers Lauren and Abby, the women behind the historical shoe company and blog American Duchess. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Fashion History Mystery #3: Fashion History at the Oscars!
Feb 28, 2019 • 22 min
This week, April and Cassidy discuss all things Oscars’ fashion! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Cult Style: an interview with Sarah Byrd
Feb 26, 2019 • 79 min
Where do belief and and clothing intersect? This week we speak to Sarah Byrd about the clothing choices of some of America’s fringe religious groups. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Fashion History Mystery: Favorite Fashion Books
Feb 21, 2019 • 23 min
This week Cassidy and April share their favorite fashion history books of all time! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Fashion and Flight: Pioneering Aviatrixes, an interview with Katharine Dorny
Feb 19, 2019 • 37 min
In the 1920s, the fearless women that took to the skies became celebrities overnight. How did the media spotlight shape early aviatrixes relationship to fashion and flight? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Fashion History Mystery: How To Become a Fashion Historian
Feb 14, 2019 • 17 min
We answer your questions in our Thursday Fashion History Mystery minisodes! This week we answer the question several of you have posed: ‘how do you become a fashion historian?’ Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dior: From Paris to the World, an interview with Florence Müller
Feb 12, 2019 • 53 min
Just in time for Fashion Week, Dressed is back for Season 2 with a behind-the-scenes look at Denver Art Museum’s exhibition Dior: From Paris to the World. We are joined by the exhibition’s curator and foremost Dior expert Florence Müller. Learn more about…
What the Tux?: a History of the Tuxedo, an interview with Chloe Chapin
Jan 1, 2019 • 57 min
Ever wonder why “acceptable” forms of dress for men are so prescriptive? So formulaic? In this episode we speak to Chloe Chapin about the origins of men’s suits and the tuxedo specifically. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Black Dandyism: a Cultural History, an interview with Monica L. Miller, Part II
Dec 25, 2018 • 38 min
In part two of this two part series, we continue to explore the history of the black dandy into the 20th and 21st centuries with Monica L. Miller, author of the book Slaves to Fashion: Black Dandyism and the Styling of Black Diasporic Identity. Learn more…
Black Dandyism: a Cultural History, an interview with Monica L. Miller, Part I
Dec 18, 2018 • 52 min
In this illuminating two-part series, we explore the cultural history of black dandyism with Monica L. Miller, author of the book Slaves to Fashion: Black Dandyism and the Styling of Black Diasporic Identity. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Fashion Lovers: Dorothy Todd & Madge Garland
Dec 11, 2018 • 47 min
From 1922 to 1926, lovers Dorothy Todd and Madge Garland transformed British Vogue into a forum for artists, writers and other luminaries of the modernist—and queer—avant-garde. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Balenciaga: The Master of Us All, an interview with Miren Arzalluz
Dec 4, 2018 • 47 min
This week Miren Arzalluz, Director of the Palais Galliera in Paris, joins us to discuss the “master of us all,” Cristóbal Balenciaga. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Battle of Versailles, an interview with Robin Givhan
Nov 27, 2018 • 58 min
This week marks the 45th anniversary of one of American fashion’s greatest moments. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Robin Givhan joins us to discuss a legendary fashion face-off between French haute couture and American design. Learn more about your…
Bloomerism and Feminism, in Conversation with Stuff Mom Never Told You
Nov 20, 2018 • 53 min
Ladies in pants, oh my! We recently had the pleasure of joining Anney Reese on Stuff Mom Never Told You to discuss the history of the short-lived “Bloomerism” movement of the 19th century and its continued importance to feminism today. Learn more about…
Rebel Threads, an interview with Roger Burton, part II **Bonus Episode**
Nov 15, 2018 • 31 min
In 1979, Roger Burton worked with punk style innovators Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McClaren to design their boutique World’s End. The couple soon went their separate ways but were reunited at Burton’s 1993 exhibition of their work Vive le Punk. Learn…
Rebel Threads, an interview with Roger Burton, part I
Nov 13, 2018 • 45 min
This week we explore the clothing of rebellious youth sub-cultures from the 1940s to the 1960s with vintage collector, costume designer—and original Mod—Roger Burton. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Fashionable Filipinas, an interview with Gino Gonzales
Nov 6, 2018 • 45 min
This week, we explore the fashion origins and evolution of the Philippino terno with guest Gino Gonzales, co-author of the book Fashionable Filipinas. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dissecting the Flapper (Bonus Episode)
Nov 1, 2018 • 20 min
For a bonus minisode in honor of Halloween, we “dissect” the iconic flapper look from head to toe. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
When Fashion Kills, an interview with Dr. Alison Matthews David
Oct 30, 2018 • 58 min
Sometimes fashion can kill—literally. From combustible crinolines to strangling scarves, this week we explore fashion’s deadly history with Dr. Alison Matthews David, author of the book Fashion Victims: The Dangers of Dress Past and Present. Learn more…
Fierce: A History of Leopard Print, an interview with Jo Weldon
Oct 23, 2018 • 45 min
We get puurrrfectly WILD this week with author, activist and burlesque superstar Jo Weldon! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Pink, an interview with Dr. Valerie Steele
Oct 16, 2018 • 30 min
Today we speak with Dr. Valerie Steele, Director of The Museum at FIT, about her exhibition Pink: A Pretty, Punk, Powerful Color. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Ruth Finley and the Fashion Calendar, an interview with Natalie Nudell
Oct 9, 2018 • 47 min
A tribute to the passing of American fashion insider, Ruth Finley, whose Fashion Calendar was and continues to be a critical element in producing Fashion Week. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up
Oct 2, 2018 • 49 min
For artist Frida Kahlo, clothing, art and identity were inextricably linked. The V & A’s current exhibition Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up explores the ways Kahlo constructed her iconic image using the clothing and accessories she put on her body. Learn…
Bonus episode! Exhibiting Fashion: an Interview with Fashion Conservator Sarah Scaturro, part II
Sep 27, 2018 • 20 min
In this week’s bonus episode, we continue our conversation with Sarah Scaturro, head conservator at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Exhibiting Heavenly Bodies: an Interview with Fashion Conservator Sarah Scaturro, part I
Sep 25, 2018 • 66 min
This week, we go behind the scenes of the exhibition Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination with Sarah Scaturro, head conservator at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
From Russia With Love: Valentina
Sep 18, 2018 • 47 min
One of American fashion’s first famous designers wasn’t American at all. Meet Valentina Schlee, the intoxicatingly beautiful Russian lover of Greta Garbo who lied about nearly everything. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The American Look, a chat with Dr. Rebecca Arnold (Bonus Episode)
Sep 13, 2018 • 56 min
In honor of New York Fashion Week, we speak with Dr. Rebecca Arnold about the origins of American style. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Gordon Parks: the Man of Many Hats
Sep 11, 2018 • 42 min
Gordon Parks (1912-2006) was one of the 20th and 21st centuries great luminaries, most famous for his prolific career as a photojournalist for LIFE magazine. A man of many talents, this week we explore his unlikely career as a fashion photographer. Learn…
Dress Like an Egyptian, an interview with Egyptologist Dr. Colleen Darnell
Sep 4, 2018 • 51 min
This week we talk to Egyptologist—and vintage fashion aficionada— Dr. Colleen Darnell about the role of clothing and artifice in the lives of the Ancient Egyptians. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Fashion and Sustainability, an interview with Tara St. James
Aug 28, 2018 • 65 min
The fashion industry is the world’s second largest polluter. This week we talk to fashion designer and educator Tara St. James about the intersection of fashion and sustainability in the past, present and what we can do to impact the future. Learn more…
Incredible and Marvelous: Fashion’s First Hipsters
Aug 21, 2018 • 41 min
Amid the French Revolution, a youth subculture became notorious for adopting styles so extreme they were dubbed ‘incredible’ and ‘marvelous.’ This week we speak about some of fashion’s first hipsters: the incroyables and the merveilleuses. Learn more…
Fashion and Politics: The French Revolution
Aug 14, 2018 • 54 min
Throughout the history of dress, never have fashion and politics been more entwined than during the French Revolution. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
A Century of Fashion Photography, an interview with Paul Martineau
Aug 7, 2018 • 50 min
This week we talk about a century of fashion photography with Paul Martineau, curator of the new exhibition Icons of Style at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Swimsuit: a Revealing History, Part II
Jul 31, 2018 • 43 min
From the bikini to the thong, this week we explore the continued evolution of one of the most controversial garments in history: the swimsuit. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Swimsuit: a Revealing History, Part I
Jul 24, 2018 • 55 min
In part one of this two-part series, we explore the origins of one of the most controversial garments in history: the swimsuit. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Lea Gottlieb & Gottex Swimwear, an interview with Keren Ben-Horin
Jul 17, 2018 • 62 min
This week we meet Israeli swimwear designer and innovater Lea Gottlieb (1918-2012), the visionary founder of the luxury swimwear brand Gottex. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Silhouette and Leotard: a Tale of Two Men?
Jul 10, 2018 • 53 min
In this week’s episode, we meet the men behind the fashion: Étienne de Silhouette (1709-1767) and Jules Leotard (1842-1870). Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Gentleman Couturier: Hubert de Givenchy
Jul 3, 2018 • 43 min
This week is Haute Couture Week in Paris and we bring you an in memoriam episode on one of couture’s greats: Hubert de Givenchy. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
She’s a Fashion Plate, an interview with Antoine Bucher and Nicolas Montagne
Jun 26, 2018 • 88 min
In this week’s episode, we speak with Antoine Bucher and Nicolas Montagne of Librarie Diktats about the history of fashion plates, prints which served as the primary source of fashion imagery before photography. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Wonderbra, an interview with Alexis Walker
Jun 19, 2018 • 58 min
This week we speak with fashion historian Alexis Walker about the innovation and history behind Wonderbra. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Queen Alexandra: Behind the Seams, an interview with Kate Strasdin
Jun 12, 2018 • 69 min
This week we delve behind the seams with fashion historian Kate Strasdin to rediscover the sartorial legacies—and anti-aging secrets— of the ever youthful Queen Alexandra (1844-1925), wife of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom. Learn more about your…
Jewelry of Sentiment pt. 2: an interview with Courtney Lane
Jun 5, 2018 • 58 min
In the second installment of Jewelry of Sentiment, we speak with Courtney Lane, a modern-day practitioner of hair work. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jewelry of Sentiment pt. 1: The Art of Hair Work
May 29, 2018 • 38 min
For centuries, locks of human hair were cherished tokens exchanged between friends and loved ones. In this episode, we investigate the art of hair work and the fashion for wearing jewelry made from human hair. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Gaby Deslys: the Modern Body, Fashion & Spectacle
May 22, 2018 • 50 min
Gaby Deslys was one of the most famous performers of the WWI era. Her unapologetic independence—and body-baring costumes—also made her one of the most controversial. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Cashmere with a “K”: The Controversial History of a Shawl
May 15, 2018 • 49 min
Cultural appropriation and colonialism lie at the heart of the 19th century fashion trend for “cashmere” shawls, the anglicized version of the Kashmiri region from which these highly coveted luxury goods originally came. Learn more about your ad-choices…
Elsa Schiaparelli
May 8, 2018 • 52 min
Elsa Schiaparelli is one of the most unique voices fashion has ever seen. Her penchant for daring designs was often inspired by her close friendships with Surrealist artists. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Murderous Millinery
May 1, 2018 • 52 min
From the 1870s to the 1920s, millions of women embraced the fashion for ornamental plumage and as a result millions of birds died for it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Rose Bertin, Fashion and the Reign of Marie Antoinette: an Interview with Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell
Apr 24, 2018 • 61 min
If Marie Antoinette was the Queen of Fashion, Rose Bertin was her “Minister of Fashion.” Find out more about Bertin and the extravagances of eighteenth century fashion in our conversation with expert Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell. Learn more about your…
The King of Fashion: Paul Poiret
Apr 17, 2018 • 48 min
The work of avant-garde couturier Paul Poiret was shocking to some, and undeniably groundbreaking to everyone else. The fact that he radically altered the way women dressed during the 20th century was only ONE of his major innovations. Learn more about…
Elizabeth Keckly: “Thirty Years a Slave” to White House Dressmaker
Apr 10, 2018 • 41 min
This week we explore the incredible story of Elizabeth Keckly, an enslaved woman who bought her freedom and went on to become the premiere dressmaker in Washington D.C. during the Civil War era. Her best friend and client? Mary Todd Lincoln. Learn more…
Smuggled in the Bustle: an interview with Hind Abdul-Jabbar
Apr 3, 2018 • 34 min
In this episode we speak to Hind Abdul-Jabbar about the widespread practice of smuggling European fashion into the United States during the 19th century. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Elizabeth Hawes: Fashion Rebel
Mar 27, 2018 • 46 min
An iconoclast in every sense of the word, Elizabeth Hawes is still considered one of the greatest designers American fashion ever produced. Find out why her outspoken social activism landed her in hot water with the FBI. Learn more about your ad-choices…
The Body: Fashion & Physique, an interview with Emma McClendon
Mar 20, 2018 • 53 min
This episode explores how the body type considered ideal shifts over time, and we speak with fashion historian Emma McClendon about her current exhibition The Body: Fashion and Physique. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Branded: A History of Designer Logos
Mar 13, 2018 • 37 min
Logos and monograms are used by luxury fashion houses to brand their products. This episode investigates the origin stories of the logos used by of four of fashion’s most powerful players: Louis Vuitton, Lanvin, Chanel and Louboutin. Learn more about your…
Freeing the Body: The Birth of Modern Dress
Mar 6, 2018 • 37 min
This week we explore the birth of modern dress, a revolution in fact, that occurred during a period in the early 20th century when women radically altered the way they had been dressing for centuries. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Founding Father of Haute Couture: Charles Frederick Worth
Feb 27, 2018 • 67 min
This episode explores the career and legacy of the man many consider to be the first true fashion designer, Charles Frederick Worth. We also speak with Hylan Booker, an American designer who sat at the helm of the house of Worth in the late 1960s. Learn…
Dressed: Episode Zero
Feb 23, 2018 • 4 min
Fashion history is about more than pretty clothes. Dressed explores the incredibly rich and complex history behind the clothes we wear. Tune in on February 27th for the first episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Introducing Dressed: The History of Fashion
Feb 20, 2018 • 2 min
Every week, fashion historians April Calahan and Cassidy Zachary will take you inside the history of fashion, and explore the who, what, when of why we wear. Listen in on February 27 for the first episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at…