June 2, 2016

King Charles II is often credited with the invention of the 3-piece suit, or at least its introduction into English court dress. This week on the blog we delve into some of the political and social motivations behind the birth of a most English garment: the vest.




July 3, 2015

For my return to the Friday Fashion Follies I was thinking about all the wool produced in Australia and how little wool is still spun, woven/knitted and worn here compared to the past (a state of affairs which has come about for a number of socio economic reasons which...

November 14, 2014

Dandyism was a surprisingly effective social leveller; it was a look, a way of life which could be bought either with one’s own money or with someone else’s. Crooks, bank robbers and cowboys wanted their share of the glamour too and none more so than the infamous Butch...

November 7, 2014

It is funny how a word like “Dandy” can have so many meanings; ranging from extravagant to ok, in terms of costume history it refers to a very particular moment in men’s fashion beginning in the second half of the 18th century and developing to, perhaps, its most extre...

October 31, 2014

For a while now I have been thinking of organising the Textile Support blog into distinct sections, and today I will begin with the first of my Friday Fashion Follies; a collection of historical facts and anecdotes to end the week with a glimpse of some of the more cur...

October 24, 2014

One of the printers at work in Pascucci's workshop

founded in 1826


I will always remember the peculiar, acidic smell that was in the air the first time I visited a workshop where textiles were being printed with Rust, near Rimini in Italy’s Romagna region. I soon learne...

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