A view of the relationship between the Catholic church and high fashion

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Divine inspiration: how high church led to high fashion

Heavenly Bodies, the New York Met’s latest show, pairs the Catholic church with haute couture – and is set to be a sensation. The celebrated curator behind it explains why it all began in Blackburn

It’s a long way from the grey skies of Lancashire to the glitz and flashbulbs of the global fashion event of the year, the Gala at New York’s Metropolitan Museum. But when the world’s A-list fashionistas step out on its red carpet in a week’s time, they’ll be linked by an invisible thread to the mill town of Blackburn in the 1970s – and a Catholic schoolboy whose adolescence there was filled with the drama, the theatre and most of all the costumes of the church services at which he found himself.

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A fascinating article about often overlooked fashion designer, Emilie Flöge.

March 31, 2018 12:25 pm

March is Women’s History Month. Here, one contributor celebrates the rebellious fashion designer lost to history, Emilie Flöge.

I loved the Art Nouveau unit of my art history course not only because of its early 1900s surrealistic glamour, but because that class led me to my new icon: gender norm-defying fashion designer Emilie Flöge.

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Fashion Parties With the French President

 

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Chanel, fall 2018. Credit Valerio Mezzanotti for The New York Times

 

PARIS — On the penultimate night of fashion month, amid the final paroxysms of designers attempting to define how women want to look today, there was a show of a different kind.

Emmanuel Macron, president of France, and his wife, Brigitte, hosted a dinner at the Élysée Palace in honor of the industry’s creatives. It was the fashion equivalent of the pre-Davos C.E.O. summit that Mr. Macron engineered at Versailles in January. News began to leak out early in the week.

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THE HISTORY OF HAUTE COUTURE

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From humble beginnings to present day, we chart the history of haute couture.

1858: English couturier, Charles Frederick Worth established the first haute couture house in Paris, championing exclusive luxury fashion for the upper-class woman and coining the term ‘fashion designer’ – an artist in lieu of the basic dressmaker.

1868: Le Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture was first established as the safeguard of high-fashion. Designers were required to earn the right to label themselves a couture house according to certain specifications. These were later outlined in 1945.

1908: The phrase “haute couture” was used for the first time.

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The fascinating history of ear piercing.

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Men and women alike have been piercing their ears for cosmetic and ritualistic purposes since time immemorial. When did people first start piercing their ears? What reasons have different cultures had for engaging in the ancient practice of ear piercing? How is it that ear piercings have remained one of the most popular types of body piercings throughout time? What types of ear piercings can you get today? We answer these questions and more in this History of Ear Piercings.

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History of the Wearing of Clothing

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The wearing of clothing is specifically human characteristic and most human societies wear some form of clothing. There is no information about when we started using clothes but there are ideas why. Anthropologists think that animal skins and vegetation were adapted as protection from weather conditions.

Other idea is that clothing may have been invented first for other purposes, such as magic, decoration, cult or prestige, and then later found to be practical as means of protection. There are archeological findings as well as representation of clothing in art which can help to determine when particular clothing appeared in history. There is a problem of preservation of archeological evidences because some place preserve findings better than other and from some places we don’t have evidence at all.

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Read about the fascinating history of footwear.

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From archeological and paleoarcheological evidence, experts hypothesize that shoes were invented around in the Middle Paleolithic period approximately 40,000 years ago. However, it wasn’t until the Upper Paleolithic period that footwear was consistently worn by populations. The earliest shoe prototypes were soft, made from wraparound leather, and resembled either sandals or moccasins.

Jump ahead a few thousand years to the beginning of modern footwear. In Europe’s early Baroque period, women’s and men’s shoes were very similar, though fashions and materials differed among social classes. For common folk, heavy black leather heels were the norm, and for aristocrats, the same shape was crafted out of wood.

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