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EuropeanaFashion Explore fashion - historical clothing and accessories, contemporary designs, catwalk photographs, drawings, sketches, plates, catalogues and videos - from museums and archives across Europe.
Europeana Fashion brings together the digitised collections of more than 30 European public and private institutions.
Exhibition: ITALIANA. Italy through the Lens of fashion 1971 - 2001 ITALIANA. Italy through the lens of fashion 1971 - 2001' is an exhibition curated by Maria Luisa Frisa and Stefano Tonchi, which reconstruct the history and the narrative of Italian fashion in the seminal thirty years between 1971 and 2001. Image from the editorial 'Unilook', appeared on L'uomo Vogue December 1971 - January 1972. Photo by Oliviero Toscani. The exhibition deploys thematically, each room focussing on one aspect that characterises Italian fashion: Identity, Democracy, Logomania, Diorama, Project Room, Postproduction, Glocal, The Italy of Objects. Photo Courtesy Europeana Fashion The objective is to better understand what are the peculiar traits of Italian Fashion, the micro-histories that defined it, and the challenges Italian stilisti and designers faced to make the industry one of the most iconic and successful in the world. Photo Courtesy Europeana Fashion 18 Mar 09:35 blog
Europeana Fashion Focus: Paco Rabanne Couture Show, Spring/Summer 1996 Paco Rabanne Couture Show, Spring/Summer 1996. Photo Courtesy Catwalkpictures, All Rights Reserved The photo shows a model on the runway of Paco Rabanne's show of his Spring/Summer 1996 Couture collection. The outfit is composed by a jacket, a short skirt and boots, all made in a black shiny material, which could either be leather or PVC. At the centre of the jacket, a sort of big nail is attached, sustaining a sort of umbrella-like hood made of white and transparent plastic, which the model is holding above her head. The design recalls a sort of space inspiration, which characterise the work of Rabanne of the 1960s and 1970s. Paco Rabanne is a Spanish designer of Basque origins, who became known as the 'enfant terrible' of the Paris fashion scene in the 1960s. Rabanne originally trained as an architech, but soon started to collaborate with different fashion houses, such as Dior, Maggy Rouff and Givenchy, creating jewellery and accessories for the Couture. In 1966, he established his fashion house, and his creations were appreciated by many French actresses, artists and singers: Francoise Hardy was one of his fans. In 1968 he dressed Jane Fonda for the infamous Roger Vadim's movie 'Barbarella.' His style is characterised by a thorough use of unusual materials, especially metals and plastic, which he used in his revolutionary couture designs. 18 Mar 08:07 blog
Runway Archive: Bamo's fashion show, 1988 Image courtesy Pitti Immagine, photo Stefania Talini, All Rights Reserved. The image shows a frame from Bamo's 1988 fashion show, which took place during Pitti Trend 8, in Florence. The initiative was pioneer in presenting avant-garde creations from the ebullient Florentine fashion scene, which was trending in Italy for its uniqueness and peculiarity. In particular, Bamo's show was more similar to a performance than to a regular fashion show: the models were 'acting' and moving on stage%C2%A0istead of simply walking down a runway, but rather portraying an idea of very precise femininity, in line with the atmosphere of the end of the 1980s. 14 Mar 22:48 blog
Constance Wibaut: How to get chic on Paper In an interview filmed for the exhibition ‘Modepalezein (1880-1960)’ held at Amsterdam Museum in 2007, she talked about her practice, explaining what she learned during her career. Constance Wibaut, who studied sculpture at the Nieuwe Kunstschool and at the Rijksacademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, moved to New York with her husband just after the Second World War. There, In 1946, she found a job as fashion illustrator for the magazine Women’s Wear Daily. Composition of looks designed by Balenciaga in a drawing by Constance Wibaut, in Elseviers Weekblad, 26th February 1955. Courtesy Gemeeentemuseum den Haag, all rights reserved. At WWD she developed her signature style, drawing ready-to-wear clothes on a hanger for the magazine. The need to be precise and to include all the details, from the buttons to the stitchings - as they were important for sales – would have influenced her future illustrations, which were characterised by elegance and easy legibility. Illustration representing four women at a ball, Constance Wibaut, 1959. Courtesy Gemeeentemuseum den Haag, all rights reserved. In 1953, Wibaut moved back to her native Amsterdam and started working as fashion illustrator for Elsevier Weekblad, later becoming fashion editor of the same publication. In Europe, Wibaut illustrated the creations of many of the greatest couturiers of the 1950s and 1960s, including Pierre Cardin, Cristobal Balenciaga and Christian Dior. Many of these drawings and illustrations, often sketched in the designers’ ateliers right after the shows, are now collected in the archive of Gemeente Museum den Haag and are part of Europeana Fashion collection. Illustration by Constance Wibaut, 1955. Courtesy Gemeeentemuseum den Haag, all rights reserved. In addition to her work as fashion illustrator, she designed costume designs for various plays and television shows and, from 1960 to 1967 she had been ‘Conseilliere de Mode’ for the Dutch Economic Association of Garment Manufacturers and delegate to the ‘Association Internationale des Industries du Vetement Feminin in Paris’. Since the 1950s, she taught fashion illustration in Universities and academies in the USA and the Netherlands and gave lectures on Costume History, Costume Drawing and Stage Design; she worked as lecturer until 1985, when she left fashion to focus on sculpture. Browse the Europeana Fashion collection to find many of her illustrations depicting creations by Christian Dior, Cristobal Baleciaga, Nina Ricci and Pierre Cardin, to get a unique insight of her point of view in the golden age of Couture. 14 Mar 16:18 blog
Europeana Fashion Focus: Jacket designed by John Redfern, ca. 1880 Short coat designed by John Redfern and Sons, ca. 1880. Courtesy Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, all rights reserved. In the picture is represented a short coat designed by the English couture house John Redfern and Sons in the 1880s. The jacket is in green wool, with tapered sleeves and a high neck collar. On the lower back is attached a pleated bustle with a drape tail. Over the jacket is a vest with gold metallic soutache couching work and embroidered in a scrolling paisley floral leaf pattern. The couture house John Redfern and Sons opened in London and Paris in 1881. It can be considered the first high-end sportwear brand in fashion history. It was founded by John Redfern, who followed the steps of his father who run a clothing shop since 1811 in Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, internationally famous centre for yachting since 1815. A tailor since 1855, John Redfern specialized in tailored dresses and suits for women, designing for the aristocratic clientele tailored suits for sport activities such as yachting, tennis and riding, which remained for long the house speciality. Although designed for sport, these suits and dresses ended up to be worn by Redfern clients in more everyday occasions, marking the house popularity and success. In 1888, Redfern was even named Dressmaker By Royal Appointment to the Queen and the Princess of Wales. 25 Feb 23:43 blog