Bean Press: Company Makes Clothing from Coffee – Yes, Coffee!

The fabric is made from the waste product that is created when making coffee. Overview Ethical clothing is sweeping the nation and there is an ever-growing demand for more sustainable ways to produce fabric. With a rise in ‘fast fashion’ over the last few years, the mounting production of cheap clothing has meant that important[…]

Halston: The Glittering Rise – and Spectacular Fall – of a Fashion Icon

Halston once ruled over New York’s fashion world. But the designer with a devil-may-care approach to his business dealings attempted too much, too quickly. By Dr. Jennifer GordonLecturer of Apparel, Events and Hospitality ManagementIowa State University By Dr. Sara MarckettiProfessor of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality ManagementIowa State University Introduction Walk into any department store, and[…]

Art on Clothing and Jewelry in Ancient and Medieval Byzantium

Wearable art in Byzantium communicated complex messages about social identity, religious beliefs, and concerns about physical and spiritual well-being. Introduction Today, works of Byzantine art are typically encountered in museum settings, divorced from their original contexts of use. For this reason, it is often easy to forget that these objects once participated actively in Byzantine life. This[…]

Designs and Purposes of Ancient Celtic Brooches

Jewelry for the ancient Celts had practical, decorative, ritual, social rank, and other forms of significance. Introduction That ancient Celts wore jewellery is amply attested by both ancient writers and archaeological finds in tombs and pits of votive offerings. As today, jewellery had many functions for the ancient Celts. For men, women, and children, it[…]

Beauty in the Bronze Age: Minoan and Mycenaean Fashion

Mycenaean fashion was heavily influenced by its Minoan predecessor. By Georgia McDonnell Introduction Dress and appearance in Bronze Age Greece (c. 3100 BCE – c. 1100 BCE) played a part in defining gender roles and emphasising idealized beauty that planted the seed for modern-day standards. The Minoans turned the island of Crete into a Mediterranean powerhouse and dominated Aegean culture until around 1450 BCE[…]

Fashion for Children – a Bit of History

Children’s clothing appeared only 200 years ago. Until now, children’s clothing and children’s fashion for girls and boys did not exist at all. They wore the same clothes as adults, and there were no clothes for toddlers at all. During the Middle Ages, it was customary for children to swaddle tightly, so the whole clothing[…]

Which SkinCeuticals Product Is Best?

To have a good skincare routine, you need to use good skincare products. Your skin will look healthier if you use good quality skincare products. However, along with being completely ineffective, sub-standard skincare products can harm your skin. If you wish to discover some of the best products to use on your skin, browse SkinCeuticals products.[…]

Welcome to Life as a Stepford Wife: The Politics of Self-Care in the 19th Century

By Dr. Robert Davis / 02.15.2018 Professor Emeritus of History The Ohio State University Beauty and self-care has always been in conversation with contemporary politics, especially regarding race, gender, class, and privilege. While the concept of “self-care” has taken a prominent place in American society since the 2016 election, in the late 19th century, an explosion of cheap, readily[…]

European Fashion and Cultural Transfer, 1450-1950

Hendrick Avercamp’s ‘Ice Scene’ (c. 1610). Wikimedia Commons The function of fashion as a form of cultural transfer in Europe-wide social processes between 1450 and 1950. By Dr. Gabriele Mentges / 06.03.2011 Professor of the Cultural History of Clothing/Fashion/Textiles Institute for Arts and Material Culture Technische Universität Dortmunt Introduction This article discusses the function of fashion as a[…]

Fashion According to Medieval Popes: Short Tunics for Him and Fabulous Jewelry for Her

The Emperor Sigismund Arriving in Siena in The Story of Two Lovers with texts written in Latin by Eneas Silvius Piccolomini and illuminations by an unknown artist, French, about 1460-70. The J. Paul Getty Museum, MS. 68, FOL. 25 Examining costumes in the pages of medieval manuscripts. By Dr. Bryan C. Keene / 08.05.2011 Adjunct Professor of Art History Pepperdine University[…]

The Frivolous, Ridiculous, and Extreme History of Shoes

Evening shoe, beaded silk and leather, Roger Vivier (1907–98) for Christian Dior. 1958-60. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London A walk through some of the more extreme examples of historical shoes. By Dr. Naomi Braithwaite / 06.09.2015 Research Fellow Nottingham Trent University Shoes long ago eclipsed their primary function – to protect feet. For thousands of years shoes have elicited extremes of both pain and[…]

The Language of Drapery

Louis XIV / Wikimedia Commons By Zhenya Gershman / 10.19.2010 Education Department J. Paul Getty Museum Drapery—artfully folded fabric—has been used by European artists for centuries, from ancient Greek sculpture to contemporary photography. 1.  Drapery Serves Composition Artists make strategic use of drapery to aid composition, the arrangement of elements that leads our eye through a scene. In Peter[…]

Embroidering Electronics: The Next Generation of ‘Smart’ Fabrics

Is this machine adding an antenna to the fabric? Hindrik Johannes de Groot/Shutterstock.com By Dr. Asimina Kiourti / 03.12.2018 Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering The Ohio State University Archaeology reveals that humans started wearing clothes some 170,000 years ago, very close to the second-to-last ice age. Even now, though, most modern humans wear clothes that are[…]

How Subversive Artists Made Thrift Shopping Cool

Customers shop during at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Out of the Closet thrift store in Columbus, Ohio. Jay LaPrete/AP By Dr. Jennifer Le Zotte / 08.15.2017 Assistant Professor of Material Culture and History University of North Carolina Wilmington National Thrift Shop Day (August 17) exists alongside other quirky holidays like Play Your Ukulele Day (February 2)[…]

Archaeologies of Hair: The Head and Its Grooming from Ancient to Contemporary Societies

Livia (58 BCE – 29 CE), wife of Augustus 12.06.2016 Archaeologies of Hair: An Introduction By Dr. Steven P. Ashby Senior Lecturer in Archaeology University of York Originally published in Internet Archaeology as Ashby, S.P. (ed) (2016) Archaeologies of Hair: the head and its grooming in ancient and contemporary societies, Internet Archaeology 42. https://doi.org/10.11141/ia.42.6 Introduction This[…]

3D Printing in Fashion Promises to be Huge – So What’s Holding Us Back?

Dita in 3D. Shapeways By Dr. Danmei Sun / 12.07.2016 Assistant Professor of Textile Materials and Engineering Heriot-Watt University Various manufacturing industries from prosthetics to car parts are now widely using 3D printing in their production processes. They use it for producing prototypes and samples and for mass manufacturing, since you can easily change the[…]

The Medieval Clotheshorse: Roger Wieck on the Fashion Revolution of the Middle Ages

Philosophy Presenting the Seven Liberal Arts to Boethius (detail), miniature in a French manuscript of The Consolation of Philosophy attributed to the Coëtivy Master, about 1460–70 Clothing changed with the times in manuscripts and real life By Annelisa Stephan Editor, The Iris A “fashion revolution” in the Middle Ages? Yes, says art historian Roger Wieck,[…]