Friday File

It’s been quite a week. My dziadzia (Polish for grandfather) fell on Wednesday and needed surgery yesterday. If you are inclined to say prayers or keep people in your thoughts, I would be grateful for good thoughts for him.

At work I continued the inventory project this week and also tried to catch up on some cataloging that I had fallen behind on. It’s turning out to be a very productive summer.

I’ll leave you with a slightly longer link roundup this week to make up for fewer Friday posts lately. Hope you have a great weekend!

nude shoes by Christian Louboutin, photo from Victoria and Albert Museum via NY Times

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is challenging collecting norms with a new rapid-response collecting strategy which aims to bring contemporary issues in design, including mass-produced clothing, into the museum’s permanent collection. An exhibition of these contemporary artifacts will challenge visitors to rethink their relationship to these objects.

Designer Martin Margiela was notoriously known for not appearing in public. Since he left his namesake house, the brand has cultivated an image of an anonymous design team despite the fact that they do have a current head designer.

Check out the lingerie companies that are challenging Victoria Secret’s dominance in the market.

Ever wonder what happens to artifacts and artwork after an exhibition is deinstalled? The Smithsonian’s blog tries to illuminate the process.

Vanessa Friedman questions why more designers haven’t gotten into the game of tennis.

A little historical look at caftans with fashion historian Valerie Steele.

A new social and cultural phenomenon in China has taken hold — female college graduates donning white wedding gowns in group photo shoots.

Ira Glass of This American Life is brilliant but also possibly a little crazy. And it only makes me love him and his risk taking more.

I laughed at these Google Street View selfies in museums and art galleries.

A Column on Raincoast

When Sandra at Raincoast Creative Salon asked me to write a column on fashion-history game changers, I jumped at the chance. I’ll be writing two posts a month from October to December for her blog in a series titled “Fashion One-Oh-One.” And today, I’m really excited that the first post is up.

The Marriage of Queen Victoria, 10 February 1840, by Sir George Hayter, 1842, from the Royal Collection Trust

For the first column, I began with Queen Victoria’s wedding dress. I thought it would be a great place to start — many people know that Victoria set the white-wedding dress tradition, but they probably don’t know why and how that caught on. So head over and find out!

And if you are coming over from Raincoast Creative Salon, welcome! I’m happy to have you here. The Hourglass Files is a mix of historical and contemporary fashion, personal style, art, design, and a bit about my life. If you’re looking for more posts on fashion history, may I point you to the historic fashion tag. And I love discussions and questions, so please don’t hesitate to leave a comment.