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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The Journey of a Chinese Robe: Part 4

In ancient Chinese culture, a robe is a symbol of status depending on the colour, the quality and decorative elements of the garment. In order to compare the robe in the Ryerson Fashion Research Collection (FRC2016.01.001) to others in other collections,  dress historian and curator, Ingrid Mida and I visited the Textile Museum of Canada to…

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The Journey of a Chinese Robe: Part 3

Everywhere we look, symbols abound. In historic dress originating from the Chinese culture, symbols on a robe can be read like words on a page. In this post, I will continue my analysis of the robe that has been the focus on the last two blog posts (FRC2016.01.001).  In this part, I will dive deeper…

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The Journey of a Chinese Robe: Part 2

In Part I of the series, I reviewed the history of Philip Brunelleschi Cousland, the original owner of the robe (FRC2016.01.001 shown in the photo below). In this part, I will consider the structural and decorative elements of the garment using the Observation checklist from the Dress Detective (note 1). With a lining made of…

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