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”

The Fashionable Women of Pan Yuliang

Pan Yuliang (1895-1977) was a Chinese Modernist artist known for her female nudes. Although Yuliang’s work is often praised for its lack of clothing, some of her artwork and self-portraits feature feminine fashions from the early to mid-20th century. These images not only display clothing but also reveal two cultures that identified the artist: oneContinue reading “The Fashionable Women of Pan Yuliang”

An Ao Dai and A Jumpsuit: The Fashions of Dang Tuyet Mai

The third and final subject of Vietnamese First Ladies Fashion, Đặng Tuyết Mai, was not the wife of a President, but that of a Prime Minister, and later, Vice President. A stylish figure photographed during the Vietnam War, Mai’s clothing choices mirrored the style of another political wife, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Both chose clean linesContinue reading “An Ao Dai and A Jumpsuit: The Fashions of Dang Tuyet Mai”

The Nhu Look: The Fashions of Madame Nhu

Although she was born Trần Lệ Xuân, Madame Nhu was a woman known under many names. She was also called “Tiger Lady” and “Dragon Lady,” which the latter was based on a racist Asian character from the U.S. cartoon, “Terry and the Pirates.” These names were due to her blunt personality and cutting remarks, butContinue reading “The Nhu Look: The Fashions of Madame Nhu”

Nam Phuong, The Woman Who Wore Silver Trousers To Meet The Pope

This post will discuss the life and fashion influence of Nam Phương, the last empress of Vietnam. From a French Convent to An Empire Marie-Thérèse Nguyễn Hữu Thị Lan was born in the French colony Cochinchina, which is located in a southern portion of modern-day Vietnam. Lan grew up in a wealthy Roman Catholic family andContinue reading “Nam Phuong, The Woman Who Wore Silver Trousers To Meet The Pope”