DRESSED – The Body: Fashion & Physique, an interview with Emma McClendon

Fashion history is about more than just pretty clothes…

We have a special treat for you —a peek into a new show that we love, and think you’ll love.

We all know that Fashion history is about more than just pretty clothes.

But did you know that Cardigan and Leotard were men before they were garments?

Or that denim is actually named after the city of Nimes in France? Jeans after Genoa Italy?

Have you ever wondered just who the real people were behind your favorite brands such as Louis Vuitton and Lanvin?

With over 7 billion people in the world, we all have one thing in common. Everyday we all get DRESSED.

We think you should join fashion historians April Calahan and Cassidy Zachary each week while they explore the who, what, when of why we wear.

So, take it from us at Fashion Is Your Business—-listen to DRESSED every week on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts!

And now, enjoy a full episode of DRESSED! This episode explores how the body type considered ideal shifts over time, and we speak with fashion historian Emma McClendon about her current exhibition The Body: Fashion and Physique.


April Calahan is a Special Collections Associate and Curator of Manuscript Collections at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she also serves as an instructor in the History of Art department. April has lectured on the history of fashion at Dallas Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Parsons School of Design, Yale University and has been a repeat guest on the podcast Stuff You Missed in History Class. She is the author of Fashion Plates: 150 Years of Style (Yale University Press, 2015) and the co-author of Fashion and the Art of Pochoir (Thames & Hudson, 2015). Forthcoming works include “Tina Leser: Global Vision” in The Hidden History of American Fashion: Rediscovering 20th-century Women Designers (Bloomsbury, December 2017). April is a founding board member of the New York-based Fashion Studies Alliance.

Cassidy Zachary is a fashion historian and author who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she also works in film and TV as a costumer and costume designer. Cassidy’s work on fashion history can be found in numerous publications including the book Fashion and the Art of Pochoir (Thames & Hudson, 2015), co-authored with April Calahan. In addition to having lectured nationally at the Costume Society of America and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, she is the founder of the popular fashion history blog and Instagram The Art of Dress, which has more than 150,000 followers.

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