Costume Society Ambassadors

 
What to Wear When the World is in Lockdown: The History of the Indomitable Tracksuit

What to Wear When the World is in Lockdown: The History of the Indomitable Tracksuit

April 6, 2020
With the vast majority of the population now working from home, comfort has become key when dressing for the home 'office'. In this weeks blog, CS Ambassador Ella Muir discusses the history of the indomitable tracksuit and its new coveted place within our wardrobes.

Wool: the unexpected material used in historical swimwear

Wool: the unexpected material used in historical swimwear

March 29, 2020
With the clocks going forward to mark the start of Spring, Costume Society Ambassador Marella Alves dos Reis discusses wool; the unexpected material used in early swimwear.

In Glistening Glory: Queen Elizabeth I’s Dress at Hampton Court Palace

In Glistening Glory: Queen Elizabeth I’s Dress at Hampton Court Palace

March 22, 2020
The 24th of March marks the anniversary Queen Elizabeth I's death in 1603. In this week's blog, CS Ambassador Isabella Rosner discusses the Bacton Altar Cloth, the last surviving item of clothing from the Tudor Queen's wardrobe.

Literary Threads: The Irish Mantle (1882-1930)

Literary Threads: The Irish Mantle (1882-1930)

March 15, 2020
Just in time for St. Patrick's day, CS Ambassador Rachel Hynes takes an in-depth look at the Irish Mantle, and its many incarnations, from a literary perspective.

‘Vice Versa’: Exploring the influence of menswear on women’s fashion and vice versa

‘Vice Versa’: Exploring the influence of menswear on women’s fashion and vice versa

March 8, 2020
CS Ambassador Aimée Palmer reviews 'Vice Versa', a temporary fashion exhibition which explores the influence of menswear on women’s fashion and vice versa! On until 31st August 2020 at Ulster Museum, part of National Museums of Northern Ireland.

Sleeping Treasures: The Kate Elizabeth Bunce Kimono

Sleeping Treasures: The Kate Elizabeth Bunce Kimono

March 1, 2020
To coincide with the opening of the V&A's much anticipated exhibition, KIMONO: Kyoto to Catwalk, as the subject of this week's blog, CS Ambassador Grace Victoria Bentley takes a look at the Kate Elizabeth Bunce Kimono.

“Let us be elegant or die”: Frippery and Androgyny in Emma and Little Women

“Let us be elegant or die”: Frippery and Androgyny in Emma and Little Women

February 23, 2020
As awards season comes to a close, fashion and film takes centre stage in this weeks blog. CS Ambassador, Ella Muir, discusses all things sartorial in Little Women, winner of the 2020 Oscar for Best Costume Design, alongside the new adaptation of Jane Austin's Emma.

Burberry, Basingstoke and Gabardine: The Origins of a Global Brand.

Burberry, Basingstoke and Gabardine: The Origins of a Global Brand.

February 16, 2020
As London Fashion Week kicks off, this week's blog by Chelsey Lewington, discusses the origins of one of British fashion's most recognisable brands, Burberry.

‘Dressing Identity: Caring for Collections and Understanding Ourselves’ - Exhibition Review.

‘Dressing Identity: Caring for Collections and Understanding Ourselves’ - Exhibition Review.

February 9, 2020
As the subject of this week's blog, CS Ambassador Sarah Morgan reviews ‘Dressing Identity: Caring for Collections and Understanding Ourselves’ at The Valentine in Richmond, Virginia.

Reality Check: Canada’s Love of Plaid

Reality Check: Canada’s Love of Plaid

February 2, 2020
As a Canadian living in the UK, CS Ambassador, Joanna Munholland, discusses her homeland's history with, and love of, plaid.

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