Archive for January, 2014

Welcome Fondazione Gianfranco Ferré!

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We are delighted to announce that Fondazione Gianfranco Ferré is becoming a member of the Europeana Fashion network. The Fondazione joins the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, Berg Publishers and the Central Museum of Textiles as an associate partner. We are looking forward to working with Fondazione Gianfranco Ferré.

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© Fondazione Gianfranco Ferré

The Gianfranco Ferré Foundation was established in February 2008. The Foundation preserves, organises and makes publicly available materials by Gianfranco Ferré and promotes the legacy of the Gianfranco Ferré aesthetic through a variety of projects.

One of those projects is the exhibition “La camicia bianca secondo me. Gianfranco Ferré” opening tomorrow at the Museo del Tessuto in Prato, Italy. The exhibition explores Ferré’s, dubbed the “the architect of fashion”  most iconic pieces: the white shirt.

The exhibition will run at Museo del Tessuto from 1 February 2014 until 15 June 2014.

Discover the legacy of Gianfranco Ferré and more about the work of the Fondazione Gianfranco Ferré

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Europeana upgrades Open Culture App

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Europeana’s Open Culture app now contains over 350,000 images from 17 of Europe’s top institutions. Here are some of our fashion-and costume favourites from the collection of the Amsterdam Museum. Download the app for Android  or for Apple tabel devices. 


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Two-piece dress, 1895-1900. The dress has probably been worn for costume parties. Collection Amsterdam Museum. Image used under a Creative Commons Attribution license.


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Hansje Hamers, sketch, 1939-1942. Collection Amsterdam Museum. Image used under a Creative Commons Attribution license.


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Bodice, 1905-1920. Collection Amsterdam Museum. Image used under a Creative Commons Attribution license.


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Revue de la mode: Gazette de la famille, 1887. Collection Amsterdam Museum. Image used under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

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Bolero jacket, 1860-1899. This bolero is probably from Eastern Europe. Collection Amsterdam Museum. Image used under a Creative Commons Attribution license.


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125 Years of Lanvin

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Pinterest Lanvin

This year, the house of Lanvin is celebrating its 125th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the house has decided to reveal the best of its archives online. The website will host a special section dedicated to the house’s history and is using social media for some special projects.

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Lanvin celebrates 125 years on Pinterest with boards around the house's key codes. This board represents "Lanvin Blue". See more at:

A milestone in the history of Lanvin is celebrated every Thursday on Facebook, Instagram will soon see snapshots from objects in the office of Jeanne Lanvin and Pinterest hosts boards highlighting the house’s five key codes: Lanvin blue, the house’s logo, hats, Jeanne Lanvin and her daughter Marguerite.

It was Marguerite after all that was behind the success of Jeanne Lanvin (1889-1946), founder of the brand and milliner by trade. Jeanne’s motherly love inspired the custom designs Jeanne starting making for her daughter. They became all the rage with the fashionable Parisian set of the early 1900s and Jeanne soon found herself in womenswear.

The mother-daughter connection is reflected in Lanvin’s logo. Lanvin, powder-box and box, 1930-1950. Collection MoMu - Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp. All rights reserved.

Lanvin’s success grew throughout the 1920s and 1930s. She introduced a youthful aesthetic that blurred the lines between childrens’ clothes and womenswear, reflected in her popular “robe de styles”. Her patterns were simple but she embellished them with embroidery, appliques, ribbons, and sunbursts. Colour was another code for Lanvin, particularly “Lanvin Blue” inspired by a fresco of Fra Angelico that Jeanne saw in Florence.

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Lanvin, dress, 1925-1930. Collection MoMu - Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp. All rights reserved.

After Jeanne passed away in 1946, her daughter took over for a short time, followed by several designers over the next decades. Since 1999 designer Alber Elbaz has been credited with restoring Lanvin’s glory and reinstalling the house’s signature codes.

See all Lanvin in the Europeana Fashion portal

See Lanvin on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook

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A silhouette for Lanvin by Alber Elbaz. Lanvin, Autumn-Winter 2011. Collection CatwalkPictures. Image used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives license.

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“Cock your hat – angles are attitudes.”

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Now the fashion season has kicked off again with menswear shows in the major fashion cities, we look at an object that has nearly disappeared from men’s fashion. While once a prerequisite for every self-respecting man, the hat is now only worn for formal occasions or by those who dare to wear one. We selected some hats from the history of menswear.

“Cock your hat – angles are attitudes.” – Frank Sinatra

Men have been wearing hats since the 10th century and hats have always an indicator of the social status of the wearer. Men wore hats outside, to church, but also inside. The styles were dictated by fashion, changing hairstyles, developments in technology or even practical reasons. Hats went out of fashion in the 1950s, as hairstyles grew more voluminous and the car protected wearers from rain and sunshine instead. Hats are now worn for formal occasions, such as weddings, or by those would dare to stand out.


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This house cap was worn by a male from the upper classes in the 17th century. The upper classed loved wearing wigs at the time, so having short hair made the fashion more practical. To keep warm though, men wore house caps. This house cap is a special one as it was worn to celebrate the birth of a child. It was a common tradition to wear the cap for nine days. House cap, 1725/1750. Centraal Museum Utrecht. Copyright: Centraal Museum/Ernst Moritz.


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Dodin, plaque depicting man with house cap (left), 1754-65. © Victoria & Albert Museum, London.


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The top hat came into fashion in the early 19th century. It is said to have been debuted by the English milliner John Hetherington. His appearance with the new hat initially caused him to be fined, but the top hat grew immensely popular throughout the 19th century. Nowadays, men still wear the top hat for formal occasions. Top hat, 1880-1920. Collection MoMu - Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp.


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Gustave Caillebotte, "Rue de Paris, temps de pluie", 1877. Art Institute of Chicago. Artwork in Public Domain.


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The boater or canotier was popular in the summers of the early 20th century. Initially, the boater was worn by rowing enthusiasts in the late 19th century, but it became a fashionable choice for casual Parisians during the Belle Epoque. It could be seen everywhere, even combined with more formal wear. Canotier, 1900-1930. MoMu - Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp.


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Man wearing canotier in Deauville, 1919. From the French National Library. Photograph in the Public Domain.

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