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”

Zitkala-sa and the Politics of Native American Dress

  For months now, the protests of the Dakota Pipeline near Cannonball, North Dakota have swept both US and International news. Occurring near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, groups like the Standing Rock Sioux, other American Indian communities, and their allies have faced cold weather and police aggression to protest the incoming Dakota Pipeline. TheContinue reading “Zitkala-sa and the Politics of Native American Dress”

War Hero and…Fashion Writer? The Life of Edmonde Charles-Roux

Fashion writer Edmonde Charles-Roux passed away at the age of 95. A noted author and journalist, Edmonde Charles-Roux lived a life that was full of adventure and fashion. Charles-Roux was born in 1920 in a Parisian suburb in France. Her life changed dramatically during World War II, as she earned a nursing degree and volunteeredContinue reading “War Hero and…Fashion Writer? The Life of Edmonde Charles-Roux”

A Taste For Style: The Innovative Career of Cleopatra Broumand Birrenbach

Fashion designer Cleopatra Broumand Birrenbach was a woman who made her own opportunities. Today she’s living a quiet life, but during her heyday in the 1970s and 1980s, the likes of Vogue and The New York Times often reported on Birrenbach’s successful womenswear line. Birrenbach was also one of the first Persian fashion designers to findContinue reading “A Taste For Style: The Innovative Career of Cleopatra Broumand Birrenbach”