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Rebecca Arnold & Beatrice Behlen discuss fashion - listen to our personal fashion views in our weekly catch up calls. Rebecca teaches at The Courtauld Institute of Art, Beatrice is curator at the Museum of London.

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Rebecca Arnold & Beatrice Behlen discuss fashion - listen to our personal fashion views in our weekly catch up calls. Rebecca teaches at The Courtauld Institute of Art, Beatrice is curator at the Museum of London.



    We discuss Frédéric Tscheng’s 2019 documentary Halston and consider the American designer’s incredible work. See links below.

    Fréderic Tcheng (director), Halston (2019): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9358192/

    Halston on Dogwoof: https://dogwoof.com/halston

    Jack Hazan (director), A Bigger Splash (1973): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071219/ (contains Ossie Clark show footage)

    Dwight Hemion/Joe Layton (directors): My name is Barbra, TV Special (1965): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0243435/

    Elaine Gross and Fred Rottman, Halston: An American Original (Harper Collins 1999): https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Halston.html?id=mLRxQgAACAAJ

    Leslie Frowick, Halston: Inventing American Fashion (Rizzoli 2014): https://www.rizzolibookstore.com/halston-inventing-american-fashion

    Patricia Mears and Emma McClendon, Yves Saint Laurent + Halston (YUP 2015): https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300211511/yves-saint-laurent-halston

    Jenny Lister (author, editor), Mary Quant (V&A 2019): https://www.vam.ac.uk/shop/mary-quant-hardback-157216.html

    • 29 min
    Dora Maar

    Dora Maar

    We discuss the Dora Maar exhibition at Tate Modern, and especially enjoy seeing her fascinating fashion and street photography.

    ‘Dora Maar’, Tate Modern, London (to 15 March 2020): https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/dora-maar

    ‘Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde’, Barbican Art Gallery, London (10 October 2018 – 27 January 2019): https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2018/event/modern-couples-art-intimacy-and-the-avant-garde

    Brian Dillon, ‘The Voraciousness and Oddity of Dora Maar’s Pictures’, The New Yorker (21 May 2019): https://www.newyorker.com/culture/photo-booth/the-voraciousness-and-oddity-of-dora-maars-pictures

    Liz Jobey, ‘The mesmerising art of Dora Maar’, Financial Times (15 November 2019): https://www.ft.com/content/0ee21c42-05a6-11ea-9afa-d9e2401fa7ca

    Dora Maar, ‘Untitled’ (c. 1934), MoMA: https://www.moma.org/collection/works/56376

    Dora Maar, ‘Untitled’ (c. 1930), MoMA: https://www.moma.org/collection/works/56382

    Hans-Christian Dany, ‘MA-1. Mode und Uniform’ (Edition Nautilus 2018): https://edition-nautilus.de/programm/ma-1-mode-und-unifo

    Antwaun Sargent, ‘The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion’ (Aperture 2019): https://aperture.org/shop/the-new-black-vanguard/

    Patrick Baty, ‘The Anatomy of Colour’ (Thames & Hudson 2017): https://thamesandhudson.com/the-anatomy-of-colour-9780500519332

    • 32 min
    If I Was A Fashion Photograph

    If I Was A Fashion Photograph

    We revisit our favourite game - this time choosing the fashion photographs we would like to inhabit. See links below.

    Nick Knight: https://www.nickknight.com/

    Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse, 1927: https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/model-marion-morehouse-standing-with-both-hands-on-her-hips-news-photo/507047690

    Helmut Newton, Yves Saint-Laurent, Rue Aubriot, French Vogue, Paris (1975): https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/helmut-newton-19202004-yves-st-laurent-rue-6225247-details.aspx

    Gordon Parks, Fath Show Stoppers, Paris 1951: http://www.gordonparksfoundation.org/about-gordon-parks/photography-archive/fashion-1948-61?view=slider#19

    Gordon Parks on Google Arts & Culture: https://artsandculture.google.com/entity/m02t_dy

    ‘A Hectic Week of Paris Showings’, Life (5 March 1951):

    Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Empress Eugénie Surrounded by her Ladies-in-Waiting (1855): https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Winterhalter_Franz_Xavier_The_Empress_Eugenie_Surrounded_by_her_Ladies_in_Waiting.jpg

    Martin Munkacsi: Stephen Mooallem, ‘Astonish Me: The Making of Harper’s Bazaar’, Harper’s Bazaar (23 February 2017): https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/a20537/making-of-harpers-bazaar/

    Anthony Gordon (photographer), Alex Arts (model), ‘Alex Works: Careering through the Eighties’, The Face No. 100, September 1988 on Paul Gorman Is: https://www.paulgormanis.com/?p=21154

    • 40 min
    Mae West

    Mae West

    We discuss Mae West - her transgressive and contradictory negotiations of gender, sexuality, class and ethnicity, her body image and her incredible film costumes and extravagant jewels. See links below.

    Lowell Sherman (director), Edith Head (costume designer, uncredited), ‘She done him wrong’ (1933): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0024548/

    Wes Ruggles (director), Travis Banton (costume designer), ‘I’m No Angel’ (1933): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0024166/fullcredits

    Leo McCarey (director), Travis Banton (costume designer), ‘Belle of the Nineties’ (1934): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0024873/

    Jill Watts, ‘Mae West: An Icon in Black and White’, Oxford University Press (2003):

    Mae West speaks at UCLA (5 December 1971): https://comm.ucla.edu/content/speaker-series-mae-west-5121971

    FIDM Museum, ‘Mae West’ (14 August 2009): https://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2009/08/mae-west.html

    Bert Williams, Library of Congress: https://www.loc.gov/item/ihas.200038860/

    Cait Miller, ‘Celebrating Bessie Smith: “Empress of the Blues”’, In the Muse - Performing Arts Blog, Library of Congress (30 April 2018): https://blogs.loc.gov/music/2018/04/celebrating-bessie-smith-empress-of-the-blues/

    Jacob Bagwell, Anjelica Huston and Peter Lester, ‘New Again: Mae West’, Interview Magazine (11 December 2013, first published in 1974): https://www.interviewmagazine.com/film/new-again-mae-west

    • 33 min
    Lina Iris Viktor & Edith Head

    Lina Iris Viktor & Edith Head

    We discuss Lina Iris Viktor’s mesmerising exhibition at Autograph and the 1981 documentary ‘Edith Head: Portrait of a Hollywood Costume Designer’. See links below.

    Lina Iris Viktor, ‘Some are born to endless night – dark matter’, Autograph (13 September 2019 – 25 January 2020): https://autograph.org.uk/exhibitions/some-are-born-to-endless-night-dark-matter

    Lina Iris Viktor’s website: https://www.linaviktor.com/

    Sarah Cascone, ‘Gustav Klimt’s Adele Bloch-Bauer Paintings to Be Reunited at Neue Galerie’, artnetnews (30 June 2016): https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/neue-galerie-gustav-klimt-adele-bloch-bauer-paintings-535565

    Christian Blackwood and Charlotte Kerr (directors), Edith Head (1981): https://www.michaelblackwoodproductions.com/project/edith-head/

    • 26 min
    The Art Of Innovation

    The Art Of Innovation

    We discuss the diverse and fascinating exhibits on display in ‘The Art of Innovation: From Enlightenment to Dark Matter’ at the Science Museum in London. See links below.

    ‘African Textiles from the Karun Thakar Collection’, Brunei Gallery, SOAS (11 October 2019 – 14 December 2019): https://www.soas.ac.uk/gallery/african-textiles/

    ‘The Art of Innovation: From Enlightenment to Dark Matter’, Science Museum (25 September 2019 – 26 January 2020): https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/see-and-do/art-innovation-enlightenment-dark-matter

    Ciba-Geigy Review: https://discover.libraryhub.jisc.ac.uk/search?q=ciba+geigy+review

    Caroline Alexander, ‘Faces of War’, Smithsonian Magazine (February 2007): https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/faces-of-war-145799854/

    Jeanne Willette, ‘Henry Tonks: Torn Portraits: The Art of Facial Reconstruction’, arthistoryunstuffed (1 July 2016): https://arthistoryunstuffed.com/henry-tooks-torn-portraits-the-art-of-facial-reconstruction/

    Allison Meier, ‘The Sculptor who made masks for soldiers disfigured in World War I’, Hyperallergic (8 September 2016): https://hyperallergic.com/314255/the-sculptor-who-made-masks-for-soldiers-disfigured-in-world-war-i/

    Sandra Kemp, ‘Future Face: Image, Identity, Innovation’, Science Museum (October 2004 – February 2005): https://wellcomecollection.org/books/WwVK3CAAAHm5ExyF and http://www.bbc.co.uk/ouch/features/future_face_exhibition_at_the_science_museum_london.shtml

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

bluegentian1 ,

Easy listening

So kind, so gentle

CalSmith ,

Delightful and informative

The laid back but thoroughly well informed discussions in this podcast have provided an amazing entry point for me to understand and appreciate fashion.

The range of topics is excitingly broad and the genuinely useful footnotes for each episode have proven very useful and interesting.

L00321 ,

Sublime dive into fashions intricacies and experiments

A wealth of historical fashion knowledge shared by Rebecca and Beatrice in such a charming way, through natural conversation, diversions and anecdotes. Love the telephone conversation format.

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