Friday File

Happy Friday! Like everyone else, I’m flabbergasted that it’s already August. Faculty will be returning to campus in a few weeks and then the students. Too fast! I’ve been inventorying the fashion study collection during the summer break, which is very time consuming. Wish I had more time before school starts up.

I’m hoping to get a little bike riding in this weekend. Travis and I might take our bikes out to an arboretum to take in the cool summer weather. We also have a double date planned, and I’m sure there will be tasty craft beer involved. What are you up to?

Here’s a roundup of my favorite links this past week:

Colin McDowell breaks down the state of fashion criticism and lack thereof and why the industry desperately needs it.

Madewell has a new denim collection I’m pretty excited to check out.

There’s a blog about everything these days. Even though I know little about opera, I’m fascinated that there’s an opera gossip blog.

I’m learning a lot over on the blog Pattern Observer about artists who moonlighted as surface/textile designers. Check out these first two posts of the series on Henry Moore and Raoul Dufy.

And for any museum professionals, have a good laugh (while cringe) reading the satire “Museum Professionals Make Terrible Visitors.” Not that all of us do these things, but I’m sure some of this will ring true.

And don’t forget to take my blog survey by this Sunday at midnight if you want to be entered in the drawing to win the cool coffee table book Fashion Scandinavia. I’m loving learning your preferences!

Friday File – Lecture Central

Next week is Spring Break at work! However, all that means for me is that it’ll be super quiet with no classes in session. I still have to work. But that’s ok, because I have a lot of registrar-type backlog (cataloging and organizing files) to do since the past few weeks have been devoted to hosting classes and giving lectures.

I’ll be surprised if I’m not a little hoarse by this afternoon. I have two tours, a presentation, and two lectures today. Wish me luck on keeping up my energy.

Here are my favorite links from the past week:

A guest post by Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell on Worn Through takes us through the history of ship-themed headwear — literally. Check out these crazy historical illustrations of miniature ships perched atop elaborate coiffures. The post doesn’t miss contemporary references to headwear shaped like ships either.

Over on Business of Fashion, another guest post by Diane Pernet breaks down fashion criticism over time. This op-ed covers who the top critics are and doesn’t hesitate to offer opinions on who is good at it.

Street-style blogs have made careers of some of the people who cover fashion shows. The Cut reviewed the style evolution of a number of street-style stars — what they wore before the photographer’s lens was trained on them and after.

And lastly, the New York Times put out a full special section on museums yesterday. I was like a giddy kid when Sandra of Raincoast Cottage filled me in. I haven’t had time to read many of the stories yet, but I bought a physical copy of the paper yesterday, and I plan to spend some quality time with it this weekend. I’m sure you fellow museum nerds will enjoy it as much as me.

Happy weekend!