Friday Wrap: Intriguing reading


An occasional round-up of articles, events, exhibitions, and other information of interest. This week we share some reading that piqued our interest and a reminder about one of our exhibitions.


There's only two weekends left to visit the 8th Annual Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design! It closes on Saturday, September 20 at 5pm. Don't miss this wonderful display of television costume design, featuring Downton Abbey and many more of your favorite television shows.

DowntonDownton Abbey costumes by Caroline McCall. (L to R) Costumes worn by actors: Paul Giamatti as Harold Levinson, Janet Montgomery as Freda Dudley Ward, Madeleine Allsopp as Poppy Drayton, Lily James as Lady Rose MacClare and Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham. (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)


Did you read Hear Us Roar: Finding Feminism in Fashion? Published recently on, this article (almost a manifesto) details the ways in which fashion is about much more than just wearing clothes. Author Maya Singer defends fashion, but also grapples with its dark side: labor rights as applied in garment factories and workplace inequality. Are her arguments old hat to those interested in fashion? Or an inspiring defense of fashion despite its flaws?

Women in Clothes is a new book exploring "the wide range of motives that inform how women present themselves through clothes, and what style really means." Consisting of interviews, surveys, and drawings from hundreds of contributors, it promises diverse and wide-ranging opinions on the meaning of fashion. The authors are hosting a series of events, including one in Los Angeles on September 20.

Great blog post from the MoMu Fashion Museum Antwerp on what it takes to achieve publication quality images. As the post describes, garments sometimes look great on mannequins, with wrinkles, fly away threads, and other flaws appearing in the camera lens. We wish them luck!

The Cooper Hewitt is currently closed for remodel, but they're producing a great video series called Design Directory. From tapestry weaving to laser cutting, each video offers a quick look at a specific technique. The video below highlights the complicated art of bobbin lace. See additional videos here.


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