Dressed: The History of Fashion

Dressed: The History of Fashion Podcast

Fashion history is about more than pretty clothes. Dressed explores the incredibly rich and complex history behind the clothes we wear.

Fashion History Mystery #10: The Other Dust Ruffle
On this week's edition of Fashion History Mystery, April and Cassidy answer the question: didn't women's long skirts get really dirty in the 19th century? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Fashion and the Art of Pochoir
This week, Cassidy and April take you inside their book Fashion and the Art of Pochoir to learn all about the painterly hand-stenciling technique that redefined fashion illustration in the Art Moderne and Art Deco eras. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Fashion History Mystery #9: Don't Sweat It
In this week's mini-sode we explore how the matter of perspiration has been handled historically. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


The Other Danish Girl: Gerda Wegener
Alicia Vikander may have won an Oscar for her portrayal of Gerda Wegener in the 2015 film, The Danish Girl, but the film only scratches the surface of this incredible artist's life. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Remaking Fashion History: an Interview with John Bright
This week we sit down with Oscar-winning costume designer John Bright to discuss his prolific career in film and TV that spans five decades. A collector of historic fashion, John is the founder and owner of the world's leading costume house, Cosprop. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Fashion History Mystery #6: Origins of Polka Dots
This week we answer a listener question about the origin of poka dots, by diving all the way back to the Middle Ages' taboo about wearing spots.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Fashion History Mystery #5: Thierry Mugler
Following Cardi B's stunning vintage ensembles at the 2019 Grammys, we answer the question posed by many listeners: Who is Thierry Mugler? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Finding Beauty, an Interview with Photographer Tony Vaccaro
This week, we talk to the photographer Tony Vaccaro about his prolific seventy-plus year career photographing fashion, celebrity and World War. His subjects include Dovima, Verushka, Hubert de Givenchy, Pablo Picasso and Georgia O'Keefe. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Fashion History Mystery #4: To Wear or Not to Wear?
This week Cassidy and April address the question: when is it ok to wear historical clothing and how to preserve our family heirlooms.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Historical Costuming with American Duchess
It is one thing to study the history of fashion, it is another thing entirely to wear it! This week we meet historical costumers Lauren and Abby, the women behind the historical shoe company and blog American Duchess. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Cult Style: an interview with Sarah Byrd
Where do belief and and clothing intersect? This week we speak to Sarah Byrd about the clothing choices of some of America's fringe religious groups. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Fashion History Mystery: How To Become a Fashion Historian
We answer your questions in our Thursday Fashion History Mystery minisodes! This week we answer the question several of you have posed: 'how do you become a fashion historian?'  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Dior: From Paris to the World, an interview with Florence Müller
Just in time for Fashion Week, Dressed is back for Season 2 with a behind-the-scenes look at Denver Art Museum's exhibition Dior: From Paris to the World. We are joined by the exhibition's curator and foremost Dior expert Florence Müller. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

What the Tux?: a History of the Tuxedo, an interview with Chloe Chapin
Ever wonder why "acceptable" forms of dress for men are so prescriptive? So formulaic? In this episode we speak to Chloe Chapin about the origins of men's suits and the tuxedo specifically. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Black Dandyism: a Cultural History, an interview with Monica L. Miller, Part II
In part two of this two part series, we continue to explore the history of the black dandy into the 20th and 21st centuries with Monica L. Miller, author of the book Slaves to Fashion: Black Dandyism and the Styling of Black Diasporic Identity.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Fashion Lovers: Dorothy Todd & Madge Garland
From 1922 to 1926, lovers Dorothy Todd and Madge Garland transformed British Vogue into a forum for artists, writers and other luminaries of the modernist--and queer--avant-garde. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


The Battle of Versailles, an interview with Robin Givhan
This week marks the 45th anniversary of one of American fashion's greatest moments. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Robin Givhan joins us to discuss a legendary fashion face-off between French haute couture and American design. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Bloomerism and Feminism, in Conversation with Stuff Mom Never Told You
Ladies in pants, oh my! We recently had the pleasure of joining Anney Reese on Stuff Mom Never Told You to discuss the history of the short-lived "Bloomerism" movement of the 19th century and its continued importance to feminism today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Rebel Threads, an interview with Roger Burton, part II **Bonus Episode**
In 1979, Roger Burton worked with punk style innovators Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McClaren to design their boutique World's End. The couple soon went their separate ways but were reunited at Burton's 1993 exhibition of their work Vive le Punk. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Rebel Threads, an interview with Roger Burton, part I
This week we explore the clothing of rebellious youth sub-cultures from the 1940s to the 1960s with vintage collector, costume designer--and original Mod--Roger Burton. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Fashionable Filipinas, an interview with Gino Gonzales
This week, we explore the fashion origins and evolution of the Philippino terno with guest Gino Gonzales, co-author of the book Fashionable Filipinas. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Dissecting the Flapper (Bonus Episode)
For a bonus minisode in honor of Halloween, we "dissect" the iconic flapper look from head to toe. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

When Fashion Kills, an interview with Dr. Alison Matthews David
Sometimes fashion can kill--literally. From combustible crinolines to strangling scarves, this week we explore fashion's deadly history with Dr. Alison Matthews David, author of the book Fashion Victims: The Dangers of Dress Past and Present. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Pink, an interview with Dr. Valerie Steele
Today we speak with Dr. Valerie Steele, Director of The Museum at FIT, about her exhibition Pink: A Pretty, Punk, Powerful Color.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up
For artist Frida Kahlo, clothing, art and identity were inextricably linked. The V & A's current exhibition Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up explores the ways Kahlo constructed her iconic image using the clothing and accessories she put on her body. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


From Russia With Love: Valentina
One of American fashion's first famous designers wasn't American at all. Meet Valentina Schlee, the intoxicatingly beautiful Russian lover of Greta Garbo who lied about nearly everything. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Gordon Parks: the Man of Many Hats
Gordon Parks (1912-2006) was one of the 20th and 21st centuries great luminaries, most famous for his prolific career as a photojournalist for LIFE magazine. A man of many talents, this week we explore his unlikely career as a fashion photographer.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Fashion and Sustainability, an interview with Tara St. James
The fashion industry is the world's second largest polluter. This week we talk to fashion designer and educator Tara St. James about the intersection of fashion and sustainability in the past, present and what we can do to impact the future. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Incredible and Marvelous: Fashion's First Hipsters
Amid the French Revolution, a youth subculture became notorious for adopting styles so extreme they were dubbed 'incredible' and 'marvelous.' This week we speak about some of fashion's first hipsters: the incroyables and the merveilleuses. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Fashion and Politics: The French Revolution
Throughout the history of dress, never have fashion and politics been more entwined than during the French Revolution. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


A Century of Fashion Photography, an interview with Paul Martineau
This week we talk about a century of fashion photography with Paul Martineau, curator of the new exhibition Icons of Style at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

The Swimsuit: a Revealing History, Part II
From the bikini to the thong, this week we explore the continued evolution of one of the most controversial garments in history: the swimsuit. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

The Swimsuit: a Revealing History, Part I
In part one of this two-part series, we explore the origins of one of the most controversial garments in history: the swimsuit. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Silhouette and Leotard: a Tale of Two Men?
In this week’s episode, we meet the men behind the fashion: Étienne de Silhouette (1709-1767) and Jules Leotard (1842-1870). Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

The Gentleman Couturier: Hubert de Givenchy
This week is Haute Couture Week in Paris and we bring you an in memoriam episode on one of couture's greats: Hubert de Givenchy. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


She's a Fashion Plate, an interview with Antoine Bucher and Nicolas Montagne
In this week's episode, we speak with Antoine Bucher and Nicolas Montagne of Librarie Diktats about the history of fashion plates, prints which served as the primary source of fashion imagery before photography.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Wonderbra, an interview with Alexis Walker
This week we speak with fashion historian Alexis Walker about the innovation and history behind Wonderbra. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Queen Alexandra: Behind the Seams, an interview with Kate Strasdin
This week we delve behind the seams with fashion historian Kate Strasdin to rediscover the sartorial legacies--and anti-aging secrets-- of the ever youthful Queen Alexandra (1844-1925), wife of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Jewelry of Sentiment pt. 1: The Art of Hair Work
For centuries, locks of human hair were cherished tokens exchanged between friends and loved ones. In this episode, we investigate the art of hair work and the fashion for wearing jewelry made from human hair. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Gaby Deslys: the Modern Body, Fashion & Spectacle
Gaby Deslys was one of the most famous performers of the WWI era. Her unapologetic independence--and body-baring costumes--also made her one of the most controversial. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Cashmere with a "K": The Controversial History of a Shawl
Cultural appropriation and colonialism lie at the heart of the 19th century fashion trend for "cashmere" shawls, the anglicized version of the Kashmiri region from which these highly coveted luxury goods originally came. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Elsa Schiaparelli
Elsa Schiaparelli is one of the most unique voices fashion has ever seen. Her penchant for daring designs was often inspired by her close friendships with Surrealist artists.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Murderous Millinery
From the 1870s to the 1920s, millions of women embraced the fashion for ornamental plumage and as a result millions of birds died for it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


The King of Fashion: Paul Poiret
The work of avant-garde couturier Paul Poiret was shocking to some, and undeniably groundbreaking to everyone else. The fact that he radically altered the way women dressed during the 20th century was only ONE of his major innovations. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Elizabeth Keckly: “Thirty Years a Slave” to White House Dressmaker
This week we explore the incredible story of Elizabeth Keckly, an enslaved woman who bought her freedom and went on to become the premiere dressmaker in Washington D.C. during the Civil War era. Her best friend and client? Mary Todd Lincoln.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Smuggled in the Bustle: an interview with Hind Abdul-Jabbar
In this episode we speak to Hind Abdul-Jabbar about the widespread practice of smuggling European fashion into the United States during the 19th century. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Elizabeth Hawes: Fashion Rebel
An iconoclast in every sense of the word, Elizabeth Hawes is still considered one of the greatest designers American fashion ever produced. Find out why her outspoken social activism landed her in hot water with the FBI. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

The Body: Fashion & Physique, an interview with Emma McClendon
This episode explores how the body type considered ideal shifts over time, and we speak with fashion historian Emma McClendon about her current exhibition The Body: Fashion and Physique. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Branded: A History of Designer Logos
Logos and monograms are used by luxury fashion houses to brand their products. This episode investigates the origin stories of the logos used by of four of fashion's most powerful players: Louis Vuitton, Lanvin, Chanel and Louboutin. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Freeing the Body: The Birth of Modern Dress
This week we explore the birth of modern dress, a revolution in fact, that occurred during a period in the early 20th century when women radically altered the way they had been dressing for centuries. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Founding Father of Haute Couture: Charles Frederick Worth
This episode explores the career and legacy of the man many consider to be the first true fashion designer, Charles Frederick Worth. We also speak with Hylan Booker, an American designer who sat at the helm of the house of Worth in the late 1960s. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Dressed: Episode Zero
Fashion history is about more than pretty clothes. Dressed explores the incredibly rich and complex history behind the clothes we wear. Tune in on February 27th for the first episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Introducing Dressed: The History of Fashion
Every week, fashion historians April Calahan and Cassidy Zachary will take you inside the history of fashion, and explore the who, what, when of why we wear. Listen in on February 27 for the first episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...