Fade to Greige

Writing about fashion by Angela Carter, Rosemary Hill, E.S. Turner, Elaine Showalter, John Harvey and Alice Spawls.

Angela Carter on the latest thing

Angela Carter, 5 December 1985

Women do love to dress up, and also to dress down: we dress to cheer ourselves up, to reward ourselves, to transform ourselves, to amuse ourselves, to incur the admiration and/or envy of other women, to pass unnoticed in the crowd, to pass messages about ourselves, to pass the time.

It was in the popular Modernism of the interwar years, when so many men had died and women consequently found themselves with more room to manoeuvre in society, that the particular compound of woman + clothes, Woolf’s ‘frock consciousness’, became a significant aspect of female experience, a colour on the writer’s palette, a possible agent in a narrative.

Wrong Trowsers

E.S. Turner, 21 July 1994

The patron saints​ of tailoring, it seems, include Homobonus, who ‘all week long cut garments that were miraculously assembled’ every Sunday while he was at Mass, and Bartholomew, a...

Giorgio Armani

Elaine Showalter, 4 January 2001

One of the​ biggest draws in New York this season is the Armani retrospective at the Guggenheim. Designed by the Post-Modern artist Robert Wilson, who has draped the Frank Lloyd Wright spiral...

Men’s fashion

John Harvey, 7 May 1998

Fashion pages in papers – like fashion sections in bookshops – give more space to dresses than to suits. With the assumption that fashion is a female domain goes the popular male...

Does one flare or cling?

Alice Spawls, 4 May 2016

That British Vogue has reached its hundredth year is no surprise when one looks at its record. Readership figures have always been strong; above 100,000 for most of its existence.

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