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When Did Boys Stop Wearing Skirts?
Before the early twentieth century, clothing worn by infants and young children shared a distinctive common feature: their clothing lacked sex distinction.
How did breeches, romper suits and trousers emerge? When did pink become a "feminine color"?
Image © Philadelphia Museum of Art
Competitive Ballroom Dance
Ballroom dress serves simultaneously as artistic costume and as functional athletic wear that must stand up to the physical rigors and stresses involved in the tremendous movement of competition. The couple's costumes, however, are also part of their identity as competitors, but must still follow a specific set of rules for each division.
No figure in French couture used the elements of classicism so completely or so poetically as Madame Grès, who used this aesthetic in her creation of seemingly limitless construction variations on a theme.
Go to article to read more about "the great sculptress" of haute couture
(Image © Metropolitan Museum of Art)
From Fur Parkas to Snow Goggles
Clothing in the Arctic regions is a key element for survival in an extreme environment, but also a very powerful symbol of ethnic identity. Nowadays the traditional and the modern mix, but traditional clothing is still preferred by many in an effort to keep cultural knowledge and values alive.
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(Image © Canadian Museum of Civilization)
The Fashion Museum, Bath
Bloomsbury has partnered with the Fashion Museum, Bath, to make 1,000 images of their outstanding collection available through the Berg Fashion Library. The first 500 (batch 1 of 2) are now live on the site.
(Image © Fashion Museum, Bath and North East Somerset Council)
Designing a New Type of Hospital Gown
In a life-critical environment such as a hospital, the total environment impacts both the patient experience and the efficacy of healthcare professionals’ work. This article examines a UK case study of the redesign of hospital clothing from a user-centered design perspective.