Review: You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966 – 1970

Revolution (meaning): overthrow, change, movement. In a recent interview in The Guardian film director Houda Benyamin evoked the 1968 'revolts': 'anger was understood and translated by an intelligentsia: authors, intellectuals, artists, who then formulated demands and so made progress.' This spirit of revolutionary progress permeates this exhaustive and informative exhibition (covering 1966 - 1970) at... Continue Reading →

A brief history of M&S

As part of my Master's degree research, I took a look into the history of an icon of the British high street - Marks & Spencer. This post is an extract from my dissertation and forms part of an occasional 'brief history of' series. Freelance writer and broadcaster Stephen Armstrong perfectly sums up the significance... Continue Reading →

The changing fashion of breast shape

The December issue of British Vogue has generated a lot of discussion in the last week for declaring that cleavage is over. Media outlets were jumping on this story right away, declaring that UK women were outraged at at the suggestion and that women with big boobs can't just put them away. The first thing... Continue Reading →

Launch day for The Underpinnings Museum

After an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign, today is the launch of The Underpinnings Museum website. Thank you so much to everyone who pledged their support to the project and ensure that, not only did we raise enough to purchase period-specific mannequins and pay for more of the collection to be photographed, but we smashed through... Continue Reading →

Review: Fashion & Freedom

On Thursday 12th May, I headed up to Manchester for the launch of Fashion & Freedom at Manchester Art Gallery. The exhibition is part of 14-18 NOW, a five-year programme of arts events connecting people with the First World War. Working in partnership with cultural organisations across the UK, 14-18 NOW is commissioning "new work... Continue Reading →

The return of the bullet bra?

Last Friday, I made a brief appearance on all 40 BBC local radio stations as part of the Georgey Spanswick show. Prompted by a Daily Mail article* by Sandra Howard on the supposed return of the bullet bra - or at least the more pointed shape that was popular in the mid twentieth century -... Continue Reading →

Explore Your Archive

Over the past few years, I have become rather fond of archives. As I wrote in my post The Joy of Archives, I've always had a fondness for old clothes as touching a piece of the past is a powerful window into history. Whilst looking at images of what people used to wear is fascinating;... Continue Reading →

A brief history of the bra

I was recently invited by artist Rosalie Schweiker to give a talk to her bra research group, as part of an ongoing project to start a bra shop for large cup and plus sizes which "thrives on cheap humour, not overpriced sexism". Here is a summary of what I covered in my talk. It's a... Continue Reading →

Lust List: September

In the lead up to the next Costume Society #CSFashionHour Twitter discussion which I will be hosting, on the topic of underwear, I have decided to base my September 'Lust List' around innovative underwear of the past. 1) Kestos bra One of the first commercial bras to be developed with two separate cups, Kestos was... Continue Reading →

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