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Fashion and Costume exhibits for every Clotheshorse IV.

Are you looking to expand your mind and visual costume vocabulary? Why not take a look at some of these amazing museum exhibits that 2017 has to offer!

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Vesture Vocab III: Lexical Decorations for your Costumes and Conversations

Are you in the market for something interesting to add to your costume or cosplay? Halloween is practically around the corner, after all. If you’re searching for a costume or design detail to put the finishing touches on an ensemble, or just plain looking for weird words to wow your Scrabble buddies, Vesture Vocab is here to help!

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There are two previous installments (I and II), so if you don’t find what you want here, perhaps you could take a gander at the other articles for assistance!

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Fashion, Costume and Historical Garb: Museum Exhibits for Every Clotheshorse III!

Museums are magical places of discovery, so I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting exhibits, especially when they pertain to costumes and fashion.

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I’ve come across some really great garment and design-based shows across the country in past clotheshorse articles. If you feel the same passion for fashion, take a gander at these current and upcoming shows!

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Gothic to Goth: A Review.

If you hadn’t noticed a theme in the type of museum exhibits that I like to frequent, other than costume and fashion shows in general, take a gander at Fashion Victims and Yesterday’s mourning. Thus, the Wadsworth Atheneum’s (located in Hartford, Connecticut) promising exhibit Gothic to Goth: Romantic Era’s Fashion and its Legacy was definitely on my list of must-see exhibitions.

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Revenant #2

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A Review: Philadelphia in Style at the Michener.

Fashion at the Michener? Like the writer James A.? Yes, there is a museum dedicated to writer James A. Michener, and it’s nestled in Doylestown, PA. While the museum is best-known for its permanent collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist painters, it does present exhibits such as Philadelphia in Style: A Century of Fashion.  The garments are on loan from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, and are a mere sample of the fashions worn by some upper-crust members of the Philadelphia set over the span of the last century (or just about the last century!).

Some beautiful Nan Duskin fashion illustrations with fabric swatches.
Some beautiful Nan Duskin fashion illustrations with fabric swatches.

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Character Makeover: Josie, Valerie and Melody, Part I.

Welcome to the third installment of my 1920s Josie and the Pussycats makeover series! If you’re interested, the overall synopsis of my endeavor can be found here. Previously, antagonist Alexandra’s flapper-inspired makeover was revealed last August, and the group’s dudes, manager Alexander’s and roadie Alan’s, duds were transformed in September. At long last, it’s Josie, Valerie, and Melody’s turn,  but I’m doing to do something a little different this time around.

Roadie Alan, antagonist Alexandra, kitty Sebastian and wannabe swell Alexander in their 1920's styles.
Roadie Alan, antagonist Alexandra, kitty Sebastian and wannabe swell Alexander in their 1920’s styles.

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Vesture Vocab II: Lexical Decorations for your Costumes and Conversations

Welcome to round two of Vesture Vocab! As always, I hope to inspire your cosplay and costume imagination through uncommon or unfamiliar terms from a period of fashion’s history. Just like design details enhance an outfit, interesting words strengthen an individual’s lexicon. So feel free to use these apparel expressions in either capacity!

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Last time, I introduced the terms like farthingale, fibula and fichu,  and their possible uses  in your dress-up wardrobe. Keep reading for this month’s ensemble edification on coif, epaulette, fillet, kirtle, and poulaine.

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Character Makeover: Alan M. Mayberry and Alexander Cabot III.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/WesternAnimation/JosieAndThePussycatsWelcome to the second installment of DG’s Josie and the Pussycats makeover! In a previous article, I discussed the roaring 20’s inspiration and some of the guidelines for this particular character redesign. Last month I unveiled Alexandra Cabot’s new look. Now it’s the boys’ turn for their transformation!

Trying to mimic Scooby Doo’s success, the creators of Josie and the Pussycats chose a style similar to that of the Mystery Machine gang. Perennial voice actor favorite Casey Kasem even voiced both Shaggy from Scooby Doo and Alexander from Josie. This style choice altered some of the characteristics of Alan and especially Alexander from their comic-book personas.  However, their positions in the group didn’t change: Alan is still a roadie and periodic love interest for Josie, and Alexander is the group’s manager. Using these two very basic descriptions of these characters, I’ll next delve into how to fit them into their new 1920s looks.

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Fashion Victims: Toxic Trends of Yesteryear

This summer, I had the opportunity to visit Toronto, Ontario and attend an exquisite little show at the Bata Shoe Museum that I had discovered whilst searching the web for my museum exhibits article from April. Despite the specific name of the museum, this beautifully-curated exhibit contained vast amounts of information and a darling selection of extant 19th-century garments, accessories, and related manufacturing equipment, in addition to, of course, a lovely and satisfying variety of shoes.

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Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century is a gem of an exhibit that would interest not just lovers of footwear, but those who are fond of the strange, dark, dirty and tragic side of the 1800s.

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Five great books on fashion and costume!

It’s no secret that I love fashion and costume— both their current trends and impact, in addition to the history behind clothing, are vastly interesting topics! Likewise, I have a keen passion for books! Thus, I have accrued quite a collection of the printed word in regards to what we wear and why we wear it.

BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS!
BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS!

If you’re looking for a fashion book for either informative purposes or simply to look at its lovely pictures, check out some of these suggestions!

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