Tag Archives | fashion history

The Untold Secrets of Batik

Batik has an enigmatic past, the likes of which could knock out the mystery of the Sphinx in the boxing ring of fashion history. Tune into our fashion history podcast to find out how this fascinating fabric came into being.

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Fashion from the Archives: The Smithsonian’s Stylish New Blog

Smithsonian Magazine's Threaded blog

Imagine meandering through a museum full of priceless historical fashions, with each corner you turn taking you to a different culture or era. The Smithsonian Institution’s brand new blog, Threaded, is your general admission pass. Threaded covers relics …

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Dresses Through the Decades

With another decade drawing to a close, and our expansive selection of vintage-inspired frocks right at my fingertips, I started to think about all the iconic silhouettes that each era brought.

But what about the decade that we’ve just put …

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Style Glossary: The d’Orsay Heel

The Serendipitous Sunday Wedge and Seychelles’ Countdown Heel.

Instead of packing sneakers, we stuff our suitcases to the point of oblivion with heels and sandals we’ll wear maybe once on a trip. We dedicate entire closet shelves to joy-inducing …

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You’ve Only Got Four Dresses to Save the World

When I was ten years-old, among my favorite outfits was a long, maroon dress embellished with tiny, floral bouquets, and an oversized, lace collar. This, ladies and gentlemen, was not a dress that changed the world.

With a better eye …

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