A Mugler Mystery: Part III

My previous post reviewed the styles, colours and power dynamics of women’s fashion during the 1990s using The Dress Detective (note 1). This third and final blog post uses the contextual information gathered about the aqua blue Thierry Mugler skirt suit to consider clothing as a method of communication. More specifically, I ask: who would…

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A Mugler Mystery: Part I

Inspired by his background in theatre and dance, Mugler is known for his futuristic and whimsical designs born out of his wildest fantasies. This series of three blog posts will consider the construction of an acqua blue skirt suit by Thierry Mugler and analyze related contextual information of the 1990s in order to explore the idea of clothing as a symbol of power and method of communication.

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Analysis of a Frock Coat by Rei Kawakubo Part II

by Jordan Nguyen  In Part I of this analysis, I considered the construction of the frock coat. Part II will offer reflection and interpretation of this garment in terms of Rei Kawakubo’s continuing influence in design. Japanese design aesthetics, gender neutrality, and feminist interpretations. As Kawakubo was never trained as a designer, she was able…

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Smythe Les Vestes: The Story is in the Name

By Jennifer Braun Designer Elsa Schiaparelli once wrote; “A dress has no life of its own unless it is worn.” According to this statement, a one-button women’s blazer which now resides in the Ryerson Fashion Research Collection (FRC) has had a dejected biography and a short-lived one at best. From the manufacturer straight to the…

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Mulhallen’s Muglers: The biography of a pair of hand-painted pumps

By Annika Waddell  Amid the assemblage of shoes found within the Ryerson Research Collection is one unassuming white shoebox (FRC1994.01.030 A+B), pulled delicately from a shelf by the collection’s coordinator, and author of The Dress Detective, Ingrid Mida. The name “Thierry Mugler” is written in black sharpie along the box’s edge. Taking the box in…

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