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The Smoking Jacket, Part One: A Port Coloured Jacket for a Luxury-Loving Gent.

The Smoking Jacket, Part One: A Port Coloured Jacket for a Luxury-Loving Gent.

June 28, 2020
In the first instalment of our Guest Blog Month, Textile Conservator Jamie Robinson shares her work on a very special project; the conservation of a late nineteenth century smoking jacket.

Guest Blog Month, July 2020

Guest Blog Month, July 2020

June 14, 2020
As our CS Ambassadors take a well-deserved summer break, the month of July will be our Guest Blog Month!

All That is Gold: Recreating The Peacock Dress

All That is Gold: Recreating The Peacock Dress

June 8, 2020
In June 1856, Jean Philippe Worth, son of Charles Frederick Worth, was born in Paris. In this weeks blog, Grace Bentley discusses The Peacock Dress, one of his most recognisable designs and its recreation attempt by historical dress maker and founder of Foundations Revealed, Cathy Hay.

Costume History Beyond the Museum Part One:  The Vintage Wearer, Modern Uses for Historical Pieces.

Costume History Beyond the Museum Part One:  The Vintage Wearer, Modern Uses for Historical Pieces.

May 31, 2020
Not all historical clothing needs to end up in a museum! This week CS Ambassador Sarah Morgan looks specifically The Vintage Wearer and modern uses for historical pieces.

Stilyagi - Fashion, Youth Counterculture and Individuality in the Communist Soviet Union

Stilyagi - Fashion, Youth Counterculture and Individuality in the Communist Soviet Union

May 31, 2020
CS Ambassador Marella Alves dos Reis discusses Stilyagi; A Youth Counterculture from the Communist Soviet Union that mixed Fashion with Individuality.

Orientalism, Exoticism and Cultural Exchange in 19th Century Western Dress (Part 1)

Orientalism, Exoticism and Cultural Exchange in 19th Century Western Dress (Part 1)

May 18, 2020
In this week's blog, CS Ambassador Chelsey Lewington shares with us Part One of A Tale of Three Empires, examining Orientalism, Exoticism and the Cultural Exchange in Western Dress during the 19th Century.

Death Becomes Him – Highlights of Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

Death Becomes Him – Highlights of Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

May 10, 2020
Before lockdown, CS Ambassador Joanna Munholland had the opportunity to visit 'Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh' at London's Saatchi Gallery. In this week's blog, Joanna highlights some of her favourite fashion and textile related objects from the exhibition.

Q&A with Lucy McConnell, Exhibitions Assistant at Dovecot Studios

Q&A with Lucy McConnell, Exhibitions Assistant at Dovecot Studios

May 3, 2020
CS Ambassador Abigail King conducted a Q&A with Lucy McConnell, emerging dress historian and Exhibitions Assistant at Dovecote Studios in Edinburgh.

Reflections: My Time as Recipient of The Museum Work Experience Grant

Reflections: My Time as Recipient of The Museum Work Experience Grant

April 26, 2020
With this year’s applications now extended to 30th July 2020, Costume Society Ambassador Aimée Palmer reflects on her time spent at the Ulster Folk Museum as recipient of The Costume Society's Museum Work Experience Grant.

Bedside Fashions: Dress and Disease

Bedside Fashions: Dress and Disease

April 19, 2020
In this week's blog, CS Ambassador Rachel Hynes discusses the links between dress and disease, throughout history and the current pandemic.

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