Fashion Fix 002: Surfer Fashion, Hairdryers, and Amelia Earhart

 Amelia Earhart putting the finishing touches on a blouse. (Photo Courtesy of History.com and Getty Images)

Amelia Earhart putting the finishing touches on a blouse. (Photo Courtesy of History.com and Getty Images)

  1. It is still summer, so why not indulge in some summer fashion history? Surfers are often seen as mellow and in some ways aloof but as with all sartorial choices surfers are not exempt from creating their own personhood and identity through dress. We should point out that erasure of indigenous surfing practices is consistently left out of narratives about surfers, but the article and interview are worth reading. [Surfer]
  2. Have you seen Insecure on HBO yet? What are you waiting for, it is one of the smash hits for premium television. Samantha Powell, writer for Complex, profiles the show's costume designer Ayana James. Spoiler: Did you you know the actress Yvonne Orji, who plays Molly on the show, wears Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen? Jealous. [Complex]
  3. Fashion history is finally mainstream because of a collaboration between Anna Wintour and Google's Amit Sood for their joint initiative, We Wear Culture. As an engineer at Google, Sood has overseen Google's Google Cultural Institute which has created a new platform to view artworks from museums around the world. While there is debate about whether more opportunities should be given to smaller institutions on the site, it is bringing art history online in a new way. [New York Times]
  4. Working in fashion publishing is often labeled as one of the most glamorous jobs with a large paycheck. And while fashion is equated with luxury and expense, the real life experience of working in fashion publishing may be less aspirational. Writer Alice Bolin breaks down what experiences are like in the industry. [Racked]
  5. Historically what we buy is often not thought of after we make the purchase. We buy something that we need or like and that is usually where collective consciousness ends. However, writer wants us to think of the history of the hairdryer and grow our understanding of a pivotal shift in women's history. Spoiler: Did you know, according to the article, hairstylist Marjorie Joyner was the first African-American woman to secure a patent of the hooded hair dryer? [Atlantic]
  6. We take a break from fashion history to discuss the implications of fashion at auction. Madonna's corset was sold at auction for a large sum of money. Now, as the story develops, it seems the corset may be fake. [The Cut]
  7. Amelia Earhart, fashion designer, as seen in our featured photo. Yes, you are not seeing that wrong. The History Channel wrote a promotional article on their website about her fashion line here. We wanted to give you more context, and actual sources, which is why we point you to the Henry Ford Museum. [Henry Ford]
  8. Celine Dion is making fashion editors and writers do a double take as she has defied age and gender stereotypes and conventions. According to writer Chloe Tejada, Dion was helped through her grieving process with the assitance of her stylist Law Roach. By embracing new fashion choices and going to fashion shows it seems she has a new outlet to create and innovate. What do you think of her new looks? [Huffington Post]   
  9. Hypebeast has been a website that bolstered street fashion before street style photography. The website helped to bring attention to smaller, hip, brands that needed attention but would not get it through traditional publications. Because of the ballooning of the kids and teens fashion and consumer market Kevin Ma, CEO of Hypebeast is launching Hypekids. This may be a revolution or a disaster. [The Cut]