From Maharani to Schiaparelli Muse: Princess Karam of Kapurthala

  Imagine you’re a princess from a far-off land who hobnobs with fashion icons, wears haute couture and is always decked out in opulent jewels. This was a reality for Princess Karam of Kapurthala.  Also known as the Maharani of Kapurthala, the Princess built a reputation in the mid-to-late 1930s for blending Western couture withContinue reading “From Maharani to Schiaparelli Muse: Princess Karam of Kapurthala”

More Than Chintz: The Opposing Styles of Sister Parish

It’s not unusual to see an artist dressed in a uniform. Johnny Cash became the ‘Man in Black’ because he wore the color so much, and Steve Jobs put his genius on display by forgoing conservative suits for a comfortable turtleneck and jeans combo. This act of hiding oneself to reveal their craft is alsoContinue reading “More Than Chintz: The Opposing Styles of Sister Parish”

The Love, Politics, and Fashions of Edith Windsor

Edith Windsor was a fashionable woman who understood color, proportion, and the power of a flipped bob. When describing her style, Edith sounds like a Hollywood actress or a Manhattan socialite, but she was more than just another pretty face. Edith used her fashionable appearance to fight against discrimination towards LGBTQIA Americans and normalize theContinue reading “The Love, Politics, and Fashions of Edith Windsor”

The Fashionable Side of Guam

Within the United States, Guam is often known as a strategic U.S. naval base. However, the 30-mile island is much more. It is home to a historical and growing fashion culture that incorporates traditional costume with a modern shopping market. Guam is currently an American island territory, but it has a history as both an indigenousContinue reading “The Fashionable Side of Guam”

From Queen Alexandra to Jillian Mercado: The Changing Views of Physical Disabilities In Fashion

Before there was Lady Diana, Duchess Kate, and even Elizabeth II, Alexandra of Denmark was considered the top fashion icon of the Commonwealth of England. The Queen of England from 1901 to 1910, Alexandra is remembered in fashion history for her dust-colored, high neck and tightly corseted gowns bejeweled in sparkling baubles. She was aContinue reading “From Queen Alexandra to Jillian Mercado: The Changing Views of Physical Disabilities In Fashion”