Dior’s Latest ad campaign shows strong influences by..Manet!

Out Of Africa

Eternal Afrochic. The trend launched early in the 20th century that I research remains in vogue.


AMW with nefertiti hat

I didn’t have the chance to discuss this photograph of Anna May Wong wearing a hat referencing the one worn by Neferetiti in her famous portrait bust in my recent talk about Egyptomania and fashion — and I don’t even know why Wong was photographed wearing it — but it’s such a great image so I couldn’t resist acknowledging it in some public manner.

An Evening With Edward Kennedy Ellington

Black sartorial splendor! I will be chronicling how blackness influenced style in my book. Wish me luck finishing it this summer.

“Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing”*…

(Roughly) Daily


The Robe à la Française, a gown popular throughout much of the 18th century, consists of an open front robe exposing a highly decorative underskirt, double box pleats at the back showcasing expansive ornate Rococo textiles, a square neckline and a conical shaped bodice achieved by a stomacher. The stomacher, or the triangular panel at the front of the bodice, was a separate component of the dress and often featured elaborate ornamentation. Zac Posen’s Fall 2013 showcase, featured a golden yellow gown with a similar triangular shaped bodice. This 18th-century reference was not constructed with an additional panel, rather through clever gathers and darts.


Lilah Ramzi is a graduate student of fashion history fascinated by the antecedents of modern couture…

I have come to the realization that much of the creative material produced and designed today has its roots in a previous incarnation or is essentially part nouveau.

Part Nouveau can be used to characterize fashion photography, fashion…

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Fashion in the year 1853



During the ruling of Queen Victoria (24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) in the year 1853 the French actor Francois-Joseph Talma leaves his mark on the textile industry with the Talma cloak made out of flannel, merino or velvet. Once again crinolines make themselves noticed, but this time they are tighter, dresses with broad shoulder pads become more popular and women start wearing natural fur collars and… Read the entire article on http://artifexlohn.com/en/fashion-in-the-year-1853/

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Ebony Fashion Fair 50th Anniversary

Fashioning Fashion exhibition in Paris: European style from 1715 to 1900



One of my favorite museums in Paris, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, is organizing the beautiful exhibition Fashioning Fashion until April 14th. Initiated by the LACMA in Los Angeles, this show presents the evolution of European style from 1715 to 1900 with more than 100 looks. A fascinating travel in the past and a true feast for the eyes!


I was surprised by the magnificence of the embroideries, the number of layers worn to create one look and the sophistication of the clothes in general. Dressing oneself seemed to be a complicated affair, especially for women, and little details could reveal the social status of a person. Embroiderers, hatters and corset-makers were once popular trades.


The exhibition is organized chronologically, bringing us to the magnificent clothes of the 18th century right at the entrance. At the time, there was a huge interest in the Far East…

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Fashioning Fashion @ Musee Des Arts Decoratifs, Paris

The Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris is hosting a fabulous show educating the french public about the origins of European Fashion from the early 18th century until the present day. For those lucky enough to be in Paris this April, it is definitely worth a visit.

Every time I come to Des Arts Decoratifs I am impressed with their mannequins and the general staging of their exhibitions. This time I was not left disappointed. The mannequins on display have been adorned with 18th century wigs and poses to match their clothing. We are also treated to male, as well as female fashion.

The most interesting part of the show for me was the display of court dress from the 1760s where dresses were delicately embellished with lace of pure silver and gold thread and sequins. These outfits are even more special in that many of them have not survived…

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