Right Now in Dressed: The History of Fashion

Fashion History Mystery #13: Party of the Year: The Met Gala

This week we look into the storied history of one of the world's most sought-after social invitations: The Met Gala.

The Art of Embroidery, an Interview with Nadia Albertini, Part I

Today, we learn all about the fascinating history behind one of humankind's oldest forms of adornment with embroidery designer and historian Nadia Albertini.

Fashion History Mystery #12: Chat-a-what?

This week we answer a query about the once indispensable accessory now lost to time: the chatelaine.

"The New Freedom Thing in in Fashion" or How Jeans Got Their Stretch

This week we learn how "the new freedom thing in fashion" became the industry standard for the production of women's--and more and more men's-- jeans. This is the story of stretchy jeans.

Fashion History Mystery #11: Rosie Gets a Shingle

On this week's edition of Fashion History Mystery, we look into vintage hairstyle terms including the bob and the shingle.

April Goes to Beauty School: the 1944 Du Barry Success Course

To investigate charm schools of the 1940s, April recently completed the six weeks Du Barry Success Course of diet, exercise, posture and beauty rituals. Tune in to find out how it went!

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?

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.

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.

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.

Fashion History Mystery #8: Origin Story: Mary Janes

This week we explore the unlikely origin story of Mary Janes.

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.

Fashion History Mystery #7: Amish Fashion Designers?

This week, we answer the listener question: are there any fashion designers from the Amish tradition?

A Vanderbilt House Party--The Gilded Age, an Interview with Leslie Klingner

This week we go behind the scenes of Biltmore Estate's latest exhibition A Vanderbilt House Party--The Gilded Age with the estate's Curator of Interpretation Leslie Klingner.

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. 

A History of Stoutwear, an interview with Dr. Lauren Downing Peters

Dubbed "stoutwear" at the turn of the 20th century, Dr. Lauren Downing Peters joins us this week to discuss the history of plus-size fashion.

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?

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.

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. 

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.