Dressing the Part

Eleanor Roosevelt’s lifetime coincided with major turning points in the social history of women in America. She was born into middle-class, Victorian society with all of its rigidity and staunch conformity. The society confined women physically, morally, and psychologically with restrictive dress and relegated them to lives of public and political inactivity. Yet by the early years of Eleanor’s married life, women had begun to make great strides into the public sphere. It was along with many other women that Eleanor became an independent, “modern” woman in the 1920s, adopting the liberating fashions of the day to facilitate her ambitions.

The story of the American woman can be told through the images of what she wore and was she was expected to wear. From the 1890s through the 1930s, women’s role changed drastically from that of a “parlor ornament” to an independent working-girl. The corresponding women’s dress reflects this transformation and functions as a barometer of the time–revealing how women were regarded and how they regarded themselves in American society.

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‘Fat or lesbian? Then don’t wear my dress’

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It was the figure-hugging frock behind a fashion revolution, but now the boss of Herve Leger’s UK distributor has launched a bizarre attack on some of the women who buy its iconic bandage dresses.

Patrick Couderc has urged ‘voluptuous’ women and those with ‘very prominent hips and a very flat chest’ to steer clear of the £1,300 creations.

And in a dangerously outspoken interview with The Mail on Sunday, he risked further offence by claiming that ‘committed lesbians’ would never want to wear such tight clothes anyway because they preferred to be ‘butch and leisurely’.

Mr Couderc, managing director of MJH Fashion, Herve Leger’s UK licensee, lamented that the skin-tight bandage dress – imitated countless times by cheaper High Street brands – had become a victim of its own success, with too many now seen on the wrong-shaped customers.

He went on to despair of older women who insisted on ‘displaying everything like you’re 23’ and women who wore underwear that was too smal

The brand’s iconic bandage dress – so-called because it is made from strips of stretchy fabric like

A New Report Shows That Fashion Ads Are Still Overwhelmingly White

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When it comes to ads, it seems like the fashion world has yet to catch up with pushes for diversity and body positivity. The Fashion Spot looked at 460 print advertisements for fall 2015 and analyzed the models by factors like race, age, gender identity, and size. And sadly, not much has changed.

A whopping 84.7% of the models in the ads were white, which is the same from past seasons. Asians made up 6.2% of models, 4.4% of models were black, and 1.7% were Latina. And of the top 10 most in-demand models for the season, only one, Argentinian model Mica Arganaraz, was not white.

When it comes to ads, it seems like the fashion world has yet to catch up with pushes for diversity and body positivity. The Fashion Spot looked at 460 print advertisements for fall 2015 and analyzed the models by factors like race, age, gender identity, and size. And sadly, not much has changed.

A whopping 84.7% of the models in the ads were white, which is the same from past seasons. Asians made up 6.2% of models, 4.4% of models were black, and 1.7% were Latina. And of

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When Did The T-shirt Really Take Over The Fashion World

The arrival of the cultural indulgence of the T-shirt as torso covering is somewhat recent in the immense historical context of Western society, but still this has rapidly become a staple in all designers’ product lines as well as the closets of the fashion onward, not to mention fashion illiterate. The T-shirt achieved popularity in the early 1950s, specifically with the depiction of iconic moody men on movies such as, James Dean putting on that white undershirt under his leather jacket in Rebel Without A Cause, or Marlon Brando dressed in a white wife beater in the end of A Streetcar Named Desire.

The use of the T-shirt alone, unaccompanied by over shirt or jacket, was a direct response against the collared shirts of the white collar middle classes in the 1950s, whom portrayed economic oppression and social invalidation of the blue collar working classes, which had to wear jumpsuits to work. However, you better believe that each jumpsuit hid beneath its cloth an undershirt, which usually would be uncovered in times of climatic necessity or on work breaks.

The practice of the T-shirt became more of a declaration when the counterculture revolution of the 1960s added to the lexicon the tie-dye

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Are you totally at the lost of your wit when staring into your wardrobe every time you go out? Are the contents of your wardrobe outdated and it pains you just to look at them? Are you sticking to just that one kurti and the white shirt and blue jeans combo? In case that the answer to all three of these questions is a yes, then it is time for you to go shopping for a new wardrobe. The best place to do so in Delhi is Karol Bagh. The place is lined with some of the best apparel stores in the city. You will be able to come across a variety of branded and non-branded apparel stores in the area, all of which provide the best collection in regular, formal and party wears. You will also be able to come across some of the best designer garment outlets, here in this area.

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The variety of clothes:

When they say variety, they mean it. The market is lined with stores that have been

The fashion scout and the cop: Scanning the streets with similar methods for different targets

New York City fashion scouts and police officers often rely on a well-honed gut instinct to help make critical judgments of total strangers.

One group hunts beauty; the other, criminality — all in the same concrete jungle.

But these apparently disparate groups of expert evaluators actually have a lot in common, according to research by the University of Cincinnati’s Stephanie Sadre-Orafai.

“These seemingly common sense ways of evaluating criminality and/or beauty are culturally, socially and historically located, and they are connected,” says Sadre-Orafai, an assistant professor of anthropology in UC’s McMicken College of Arts & Sciences. “Their similarities reveal a broader cultural logic that has the potential to be shifted but is reinforced daily through the institutionalization and public acceptance of these practices.”

Sadre-Orafai will present her research “Street Suspicion: Experts & Types in Post-9/11 New York City” at the American Anthropological Association’s (AAA) 112th annual meeting to be held Nov. 20-24 in Chicago.

“As much as we say appearance doesn’t matter, it does matter,” Sadre-Orafai says. “This research is trying to link together how New York City as a space gets carved up in particular ways — where you find the criminal elements and where you find the beautiful elements. Theseview full post »

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Tips on updating your fashion ideas without spending a lot

Many people love to always be in fashion. They pay a lot of attention even to the smallest details of they wear. Some always make sure that their wardrobes are updated with the latest fashion trends and indulge with different fashion ideas. Although we can’t deny that there are some who just don’t care about the fashion at all.

But why we still need to care about fashion and why fashion is relevant? Let me site some definition of fashion and its importance.

Fashion as per the Dictionary is the prevailing style or custom, as in dress or behavior; fashion is something such as a garment that is in current mode or the style characteristic of the social elite. For most, fashion is an art of form, but for some it is almost a religion. You can use fashion to express yourself or to serve as an extension of your personality whether as a skater, soccer mom, professional or other. For most people it is a method of utilizing clothing, accessories and hair meaning a fashion statements can be made with clothes, accessories, shoes, hair, makeup, even your cellphone.

Personally, I see fashion as a very fun way to look and feel good and

How are ordinary consumers transforming the fashion business?

One of the most important shifts of the 21st century is the ability of consumers to participate in markets they love such as music and fashion. A new study in the Journal of Consumer Research reveals how ordinary consumers have changed the inner workings of the fashion business by sharing their passion for fashion on a wide variety of websites.

“The accumulation of rather small, individually incremental, innovations in existing practices by consumers can cumulatively help to usher in important market-level changes in the institutional work that supports a market, the categories of actors within it, and the underlying logics that inform it,” write authors Pierre-Yann Dolbec and Eileen Fischer (both York University).

By studying highly engaged fashion consumers such as bloggers and members of web forums and outfit sharing websites, the authors identified three important changes resulting from the participation of ordinary consumers in the fashion market.

Consumers have taken on some of the work that was previously done exclusively by professionals such as stylists and photographers by curating looks and creating images on outfit sharing websites. The online activities and interactions of consumers have also fueled the emergence of popular fashion bloggers who now attend fashions shows alongside

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There are many kinds of ways that we can do in order to earn money in our living. One of the common ways to do is getting the good job based on our skill and also our passion. If we can work based on our passion, we will feel so comfortable in working. We will not feel so bored or forced to work. In the opposite, we will feel so comfortable to work and we will feel so happy with our job. If we can show

Fashion Lessons From Donna Karan

No prima donna, that Donna Karan.

By closing shop at age 66 — Karan announced last week that she’s relinquishing her daily duties as chief designer of her namesake company — the visionary is stepping away from the world of fashion with her style legacy intact and her bared shoulders held high. Thanks to her shapely 1980s power suits and draped skirts, we finally stopped kvetching about our weight and learned to love fashion. Karan — no size 2 herself — knew precisely which illusions would fix or flatter every bump and bulge.

If her ideas were cloned, copycatted and knocked off by just about everyone, it’s because, quite simply, they worked — and still do.

Karan and I grew up in the same Long Island town (Hewlett), then attended Parsons School of Design together in Manhattan. We were friendly-ish for a while, then drifted apart when super fame hit, but her style lessons never left me. They still influence both my personal wardrobe and my professional work as a fashion editor.

Here, then, seven Donna-isms to live by:

Start with seven basics. Donna pared down our overstuffed closets to a 24/7 wardrobe of multitasking, mix-and-match pieces — businesslike, stylish, sexy on demand. Her original

Our 7 Biggest Fashion Mistakes

I call them “retro addicts”: women who buy and wear the same stuff over and over again, mistakenly convinced it’s possible to age out of new fashion trends. Try telling that to Iris Apfel!

Mistake 2: Still wanting to “paint it black.”

Give black a break, already! Navy blue, coffee brown, inky plum, maroon and charcoal gray all perform the same sort of slim-and-trim tricks.

You can select one color and go monochromatic from head to toe. Alternatively, pair any dark hue with any other.

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The secret is to keep the contrast level low: No color or piece should be significantly lighter or brighter than its fellows. A latte-brown suede skirt works with a navy turtleneck, for example, because they’re equally dark. Try squinting at the combo; if nothing jumps out, you’re good to go.

Mistake 3: Buying leggings or capris.

Tailored pants are back — and ready to make you look 5 pounds thinner.

But there’s a problem: Our 50-plus brains see a pair of tailored pants and automatically think, “Ohhh — serious work clothes.”

So switch off that reaction loop and start treating tailored pants like your favorite broken-in jeans. Wear them with

Mathematical model gives fashion advice

Researchers at the Institute of Robotics and Industrial Informatics (IRI), a joint research centre of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), have developed a mathematical model that is able to assess whether a person is fashionably dressed and to give advice on how to make the outfit more fashionable.

The creators are IRI researchers Edgar Simo-Serra and Francesc Moreno-Noguer and University of Toronto researchers Sanja Fidler and Raquel Urtasun. The algorithm was presented in the paper “Neuroaesthetics in Fashion: Modeling the Perception of Fashionability” at the 2015 Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), the world’s most important conference in this field, which was held in Boston (USA) in June.

The aim of the work is to build mathematical models that are able to understand the concept of fashion, that is, what makes a particular form of dress fashionable or unfashionable, and based on that, to make recommendations on how to dress.

To do this, the researchers created an Internet fashion dataset of over 144,000 user posts with images and associated information. The new algorithm was then able to predict how fashionable the clothes in the images were by using the “likes”

Fall for fashion

You don’t want to think about it and neither do I: the end of summer. Bummer.

However, there are some people — fashion experts, for instance — who actually enjoy thinking about fall and the things they (or we) can buy to stay in style for the new season.

I know it won’t ease the pain of the end of vacation, packing up the flip-flops or going back to school or the office, but at least distract yourself by fantasizing over additions to your closet.

To get you started, I asked five trend watchers to tell me their three top wardrobe musts for fall.

Gregg Andrews
Nordstrom fashion creative director

• Something in a luxe fabric like lace or a brocade (Ellen says: If a lace dress, top or skirt isn’t your style, consider a scarf, a clutch or even a lace-look cellphone cover — Marc Jacobs for iPhone 5, $38, nordstrom.com)

• Knee-high boots: “With a mid to high heel. She’s going to be able to do so much with that. In black. Or a flat equestrian boot, like a riding boot.”

• Colorful coat: “They’re so beautiful. Swing coats. Lots of color in coats! They’re

Miuccia Prada’s clothes speak for themselves

I’ve been told by enough designers that time is luxury. I think thats why people are creating things that take up so much of the damn stuff, because its the only thing that’s really worth anything when previously precious materials have been commonplace, and now just common, and good design is all too frequently taking a back seat to churning out money-making stuff. So I took my time writing this, despite braving the ritualistic hurtling of press backstage to find out as fast as humanly possibly what has made Miuccia Prada’s brain whirr over the past six months. It is a rush like no other because Prada is one of fashion’s great thinkers, and this is the one chance to hear straight from her what she intended us to see. It’s also a rush because Mrs Prada shows at 6pm of a Thursday evening in Milan, so editors fling themselves at their keyboards to make the European newspaper deadlines. No time you see. No luxury.

I enjoy the scrabble. It’s not something I do all that often, at shows – but it’s worth it there. That’s because Miuccia Prada always has exciting, interesting notions, which maybe gel with what you saw

Maternity fashion: How to dress for your trimester

When it comes to dressing during pregnancy, comfort and style are key. But what feels right in week 9 may feel downright wrong by week 14. And what perfectly flatters your curves during the second trimester may become rather indecent by the tail end of your pregnancy.

We asked maternity fashion guru and mother of two Amy Tara Koch (author of Bump It Up) and veteran style expert Alison Deyette how to face the unique fashion challenges that each trimester brings. Read on for tips on looking your best no matter how big you and your bump become.

The challenge: Keeping your pregnancy under wraps. Many people don’t want to divulge their growing secret until at least the second trimester.

What to do: Go into your closet and put aside anything that’s too tight or clingy. Stick with silhouettes that flow over belly, hips, and thighs that can camouflage the few pounds you may gain in the first months. Wear soft knits, A-line skirts, Empire-waisted tops and frocks, wrap shirts and dresses.

Another great piece for the first trimester: a “blouson” style top – that is, one that has a fitted waistband at the

Why and When Did Americans Begin To Dress So Casually?

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It’s all about freedom

I study one of the most profound cultural changes of the 20th century: the rise of casual dress. I study casual dress as it evolved on the beaches of Miami. I study casual dress as worn by the Black Panthers and by Princeton undergraduates. As a professor, I teach seminars on material culture and direct graduate students as they research and curate costume exhibitions, but my bread-and-butter as a scholar is the “why” and “when” our sartorial standards went from collared to comfortable.

I happen to own 17 pairs of sweatpants, but I am a convert to casual. As a teen, I scoffed at the wrinkled khakis of my high-school colleagues and scoured the thrift stores of central Pennsylvania in search of the most non-casual clothes I could find—wasp-waist wool dresses, opera gloves, and evening bags. By my mid-20s, I realized I no longer wanted to pry my 6-foot-tall body into uncomfortable clothes and stay in them for hours. While my Clergerie-clad best friend chased down taxis and potential husbands in 3-inch heels, I chose cowboy boots and a pair of

Runway Fantasies and the Regular Guy

PARIS — The young guy by the exit of the Métro station a few blocks from the Musée du Quai Branly seemed nervous.

He was fashionably dressed, with wide, high-cropped pants and a jaunty hat. There was a wild-parakeet-printed invitation to the Issey Miyake fashion show in his hand. It was just after 10:30 a.m., the show’s listed start time.

At crosswalks, waiting for lights to change, he fidgeted. On the blocks between them, he ran.

Just outside of the museum gates, he was stopped by a man with a camera, one of the many street-style photographers who cluster around the shows. Without hesitation, the late-arriving showgoer stopped, clambered onto a nearby bench and began to pose.

Men’s wear, as it gets trotted out on runways of Europe during its twice-yearly world tour: Is it for man or mannequin?

Twice a year, the designers, the news media, the store buyers and others gather in London, in Florence, in Milan and in Paris (and now in New York, too, where New York Fashion Week: Men’s begins July 13) to propose and

Fashions of the First Ladies

With regard to First Ladies’ most outrageous outfits, there are several instances of First Ladies’ wardrobes causing controversy. One prime example is a story about Ida McKinley scandalizing in Turkish pants outfits, but this is not based in fact. I have done perhaps more extensive research on her whole life in preparation for what will eventually be published as the first full-length biography of her life and nowhere is there any claim of accuracy – and obviously no documentation – on her wearing these pants. Perhaps it was done as a satire – I know that H. L. Mencken famously cracked that Millard Fillmore’s only accomplishment was installing the first White House bathtub, and for almost 80 years now, it still circulates as “fact”! Below are several other outlandish stories involving fashions of the First Ladies.

reagan_hdst.jpgI do recall that early in her husband’s tenure as president, Mrs. Reagan wore black knickers with a dress, which generated lot of controversy, but I haven’t done further research on it – though I seem to remember a story about it at the time in the Washington Post.

Jackie Kennedy wore a leopard coat that is credited, unfortunately,

First Ladies and Hairstyles

How have First Lady hairstyles affected public trends?

In earlier periods the influence was greater. Now news is so broken into so many specialized interest categories that the general public might never see or hear anything about a First Lady unless they wanted to, or searched it out. Actors have as much influence on trends, if not more, than do First Ladies. In the recent past certainly nobody had as massive a global influence on hair styling as did Jackie Kennedy. There were even booklets printed to give women specific instructions on how they could achieve the “Jackie Look” for themselves. There was one other who had as much influence – Frances Cleveland who, at 21 years old, married the bachelor 54-year President in the White House. She shaved the back of her neck clean and wore her longer back hair up, and stories told of how college girls went insane for this and droves of them got their “a la Frankie [her nickname]” haircut.

-Most controversial First Lady hairstyles and why?

Not sure I’d call any of them controversial. Many people were in wonder about Mamie Eisenhower’s insistence on wearing bangs over her forehead – she came in with them and left

How to Dress for an Interview on a Budget

Everyone knows you should look your best for an interview, but what if you can’t afford — or can’t fit into your old — fancy work clothes? Not to worry. We’ve got some cost-conscious tips for pulling together stylish interview outfits.

Access Accessories

The easiest way to look like an A-list candidate on a D-list budget is to accessorize wisely. The right accent piece shows you know how to dress for an interview, tastefully and inexpensively. Start by putting your best foot forward — literally — and invest in a really good pair of shoes.

“You don’t need to go crazy and spend $500 on the latest Manolos,” cautions professional stylist Ruth Levy, who co-owns The Fashion Code with her sister, Sara Levy. “Just get a good pair of leather shoes in a neutral tone which suits your outfit. Keep in mind too, even if you’re paying double what you normally would spend, good shoes should last twice as long as cheap ones, so it all works out in the end.”

Other important accessories for women include scarves, simple but elegant earrings and necklaces, and a good handbag or briefcase. For men, a good-quality tie and belt are musts, as well

The Smart Dress

Photography, telephony, music, journalism, pocket calculators. The list of industries thrown off course by the iPhone is long. Now, with the Apple Watch, it seems as if the California tech industry is at last coming for one of the oldest of old-world trades: fashion.

What we call fashion is, of course, vast and varied. It includes sneakers and sweaters, wedding rings and workout wear. Even if Apple sells as many watches as it has sold phones (an unlikely proposition), the company will directly influence only one narrow part of our attire. Still, the new watch heralds a broader convergence between the things we use and the things we wear. In a series of conversations, designers, engineers, and futurists told me that they expect many pieces of technology to look more like fashion going forward—worn on our bodies, designed to make a personal statement, subject to fads. At the same time, they said, old-fashioned fashion will become technologized. The look and feel of future clothing won’t be influenced by Apple Watch–style glass and steel as much as by standard business practices applied in a new way. Boring, buzzword‑y supply-chain management—and innovative manufacturing techniques, too—might just bring you new pieces of