Starting in the 1850s, proponents of the movement for women’s rights traded their long dresses for bloomers—and paid a heavy social price for it.
Chanel’s creative director, who died at 85, winkingly played into the stereotypes of a great couturier. But he also refused to be pigeonholed.
A pioneer who followed her own path rather than chasing fads, Spade infused her work with a singular blend of optimism and nostalgia.
This matching-outfit trend has cycled in and out of popularity for more than a century, reflecting changing views about motherhood and femininity.
Like Hugh Hefner himself, Playboy’s iconic costume was a blend of provocative and old-fashioned.
Inside the massive, two-year museum effort to conserve The Blue Boy, Thomas Gainsborough’s famed 18th-century portrait
As a fashion historian, my job is to learn from other people’s clothes—a task that is challenging, messy, and often spooky.
In the 1700s, highly realistic landscape paintings called vedute gave European visitors proof of their trips to exotic destinations.
Since its invention in the 19th century, the footwear has been about much more than athletics—conveying ideas about national identity, class, race, and other forms of social meaning.
For centuries, the metal was a respected symbol of royalty and immortality. In more recent history it has come to be associated with dictators, pop stars, and a lack of refinement.
Isaac Mizrahi, Marc Jacobs, and Ralph Lauren all lent their talents to developing classic WASP style.
Traditional, seasonal fashion shows are exhausting, expensive, and increasingly irrelevant—and many designers are opting out.
Dolce & Gabbana’s new collection for Muslim women combines inclusiveness with good business.
Why so many modern commercials are referencing Marie Antoinette and the Reign of Terror
For several hundred years humans have treated food not just as sustenance, but as spectacle.
The storied French label's new collaboration with H&M reveals how efficiently the brand has adapted itself to the 21st century.
A 16th-century German accountant compiled a book of personal fashion that rivals today’s Instagrammers in detail and dedication.
How Louis XIV invented fashion as we know it
Thirty years ago, Seventh Avenue lost its first designer to the disease during a time when people were afraid to even say its name.
Gender-neutral clothing is back in vogue, but the craze in many ways has mirrored broader social changes throughout the 20th century.