Tag: Fashion

Have you noticed how some fashion ‘trends’ never actually go out of style? The big spring/summer fashion debate has been stripes vs florals for decades and not just for hanging out on yachts or going to garden parties. Using archive photography, art and illustration see a visual history of these timeless opposing styles; from gamine Breton stripes to feminine florals. If in doubt mix it…

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The importance of clothing and fashion were changed significantly by the Great War. The flowing lines and tight skirts of the Edwardian era slowly vanished making way for clothes that were more practical to wear. Women’s fashion from 1914 onwards The outbreak of war changed the roles of women in society leading to the need for a different kind of fashion. As their men left to…

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A pretty standard answer to the question “Which woman do you most admire?” tends to be “My mother”. Like others, I admire my mum enormously as I do my maternal grandmother, a single mum at the end of  WWII struggling to make ends meet. My mum went back to college once my sister and I were old enough to look after ourselves, and finally found…

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 Life and work of one of the lesser known Impressionists, Berthe Morisot (1841-95). Manet’s Muse You may not know her name, but it is likely you know her face. Morisot was the model and muse to Edouard Manet, appearing in some of his best known works, including ‘The Balcony’. But Morisot was far more than a model, having established herself as a distinctive and dedicated…

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Sporting fashion in the last two centuries has developed to allow women to don clothes designed to meet the technical demands of athletic play. As interest in female sporting competition increased, the hindrances of formal wear were brushed away. Amelia Bloomer, nineteenth century women’s rights activist and advocate for reform in female dress, championed baggy knickerbockers (or ‘bloomers’) in the 1850s for use primarily in cycling….

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Welcome to the May edition of our monthly Top Art Exhibitions feature, where we line up the best exhibitions happening around the world. 18th and 19th century art seem to be the trend this month, with a number of exhibitions about these periods opening across Europe and the US. If you’re interested in something a bit more modern, May also sees the opening of big exhibitions on fashion…

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When you are being immortalised in paint, to be looked upon by family and friends for generations to come, naturally you want to look your best. This 16th-century portrait by Bernardino Licinio is no exception. This lady is dressed to impress with a rich, velvety gown, fine jewellery and a complicated-looking hairstyle: On closer inspection however, her sleeves are in tatters, with small cuts running across…

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Visit ‘House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion’ at Chatsworth From the 25th March, Chatsworth will present an exhibition exploring the history of fashion and adornment: House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth. The exhibition will bring to life the captivating individuals from the Cavendish family, including Bess of Hardwick; the 18th century “Empress of Fashion” Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire; model Stella Tennant and Adele Astaire,…

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Account Manager Flora Spens discusses the top trends for interiors, homeware, fashion and products coming up for Spring and Summer.   Flamingos Flamingos are gliding back into the limelight for 2017. These exotic pink birds, known for their elegant postures and beautiful bright feathers are everywhere from textiles, candles, wallpaper, to smart lampshades, cushions and striking artworks. Stunning coral coloured prints using flamingos in surface…

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  The Fashion Museum Bath is one of the world’s great museum collections of historical and contemporary dress, located in the World Heritage City of Bath, which has been described as “… one of the most beautiful small cities in England”. The Fashion Museum is currently presenting an exhibition ‘A History of Fashion in 100 Objects’ (continuing until 1 January 2019) showcasing 100 star objects…

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