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 and styles from their vast archives, from celebrity fashion like Mister Rogers’ classic cardigan and Farrah Fawcett’s iconic swimsuit, to everyday garments, adornments, and textiles worn throughout history. With each post, writer Emily Spivack pulls out a different piece from the collection and examines its details, origins, meanings, and influence. Consider it a primo resource for the stories behind the styles that have significantly impacted the past, present, and future of fashion!


About Cindy

Pun intended. Cindy loves dreaming up witty quips and groan-worthy wordplay. In fact, you could say this girl just wants to have puns. As an avid fan of the written word and a librarian at heart, she also loves used bookstores, especially ones that harbor cats. A lover of all things old, she takes every opportunity to nerd out on nostalgia.

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    Christine Doyle 06/27/2012 at 12:53 pm #

    What a find! Thank you for the link!

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    Charlotte Deneice 07/02/2012 at 8:04 pm #

    Farrah Fawcett was such a lovely woman,and to have her beautiful swimsuit that Farrah complimented herself as well as the swimsuit making her look even sexier too is awesome. I’ll love her forever as well as Ryan O’Neal,and their daughter Tatum O’Neal. We will never forget Farrah,and I pray for Ryan as he has cancer I understood,but hop it is in remission. Charlotte Deneice Windham in Mississippi.

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    Emily Spivack 07/21/2012 at 11:08 am #

    Thanks, Cindy, for the kind words about Threaded! I appreciate it.

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    Dani 10/31/2012 at 7:56 am #

    You have no idea how much more complete my life became upon reading this blog entry; I am about to become a frequenter of Threaded. I think fashion is sometimes overlooked in regards to its bearing upon history. While MUCH deserved speculation is given over to politics, social change, literature, etc., fashion is perhaps one of the best ways in which one can develop a broader understanding of a people. Fashion was something in which a generous range of people could partake, and participation was not limited to women, though fashion history is often parceled up within women’s history. Though expressions may have been limited, due to financial means, clothing was something every person needed while literature and politics might have been, quite simply, too complex or intangible. Gloves, hats, shoes; these were materical realities which any layman could understand. Though fashion is becoming a much more visible part of today’s historiography, it still carries a stigma of frivolity which is perhaps derived from society’s lingering association of it with the feminine and its inevitable connotations. In short…I think Cindy’s blog is awesome!

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    Dani 10/31/2012 at 8:04 am #

    And by Cindy, I meant Emily. Though, of course, your blog is great, too! I just happened to be gushing about Emily’s.

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