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A History of Sneakers

Sneakers have evolved since the Gibson girl donned a pair to go ride her newfangled bicycle at the turn of the century.  No longer only worn by athletes on the court and kids in the schoolyard—sneakers are ever-present in fashion.  Designers embellish athletic footwear with luxury details previously reserved for couture clothing, and performance footwear…

MEMORIES OF DESIGNING FOR PRINCE

Stacia Lang, Fashion Design ’84, designed some of Prince’s most legendary stage outfits, including the notorious yellow buttless pants he wore at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards. In the wake of his death, she shared some of her memories of the inimitable artist.   “The loss of Prince has really hit me hard. Harder than…

We are a 2016 Webby Honoree!

Hue Magazine’s Six Questions for Susanne Bartsch was named an official Webby Honoree in the Online Film & Video: Beauty & Fashion category! We thank The Webby’s and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences for this great honor.

GHOSTS IN THE HOUSE
An anniversary exhibition at the Morris-Jumel Mansion illuminates colonialism’s effect on fashion

It’s a well-worn irony in fashion history circles that Dutch wax-resist textiles, securely identified with West African fashion, were originally neither African nor Dutch. The fabrics, with their vivid colors and distinctive cracked patterns, are in fact based on Indonesian batik prints. In the 19th century, Dutch and British colonial powers mass-produced knockoffs to sell…

What’s In (and Out) in Wedding Dresses

Here’s comes the bride, all dressed in…well, it’s complicated. The notion that women were expected to wear a white satin ball gown on their big day is now a quaint historical footnote. Today’s brides can wear whatever they please, even if it might result in the occasional grumbling granny. But there are definite bridalwear trends…

These Paintings Turn Selfies into Something Extraordinary

The selfie: instantaneous, ubiquitous, often hilarious, and utterly disposable. But Maria Tsaguriya ’09 sees value in those self-directed snapshots, noting parallels with portraits of yore. “Traditional portraiture was something that was only affordable to higher classes,” she says. “Technology has allowed us to take a picture just about anywhere, instantly immortalizing ourselves.” Unfortunately, she adds,…

Five Tips for Dressing a Dad Bod

The fashionably flabby physique known as the “dad bod” has made serious inroads in the culture recently. Suddenly, a bit of man pudge is more than forgivable—it’s sexy. Commenters have scrutinized its celebrity exemplars (Leonardo DiCaprio, Jon Hamm, Seth Rogen, and Texas Ranger Prince Fielder), while some say the concept is sexist. (What about mom…

MAD MEN
FIT’s Take on How Style Tells the Story

Mad Men, the TV show about a Manhattan ad agency in the 1960s—the delight of multitudes of obsessive fans—airs its final seven episodes this spring on AMC. And design enthusiasts are already mourning. Because, despite the complex characters, delicious plot twists, and mordant humor, Mad Men has captivated audiences on another, more surface level: it’s…

Mad Men’s Top Five Elevator Scenes

  Matthew Weiner et al.’s Mad Men is the greatest work of elevator art ever, in all media. There are contenders—Miwa Yanagi’s Elevator Girls photo series, Colson Whitehead’s novel The Intuitionist, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, Louis Malle’s New Wave thriller Elevator to the Gallows (though perhaps not his wife Candice Bergen’s elevator-heavy sitcom Murphy Brown), the…