Fashion History is Always En Vogue

By  October 28, 2013

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Don’t you just love when your passions collide?

For me, I’ve always been drawn to history, so much so that I would consider being a history professor once I’ve finally gotten tired of running in heels all over this city—if ever. While I am of the belief that fashion is nothing but history, repackaged in a forever changing hemline, history has reared its head in some of today’s biggest headlines.

H&M’s minimalistic younger sister COS is making it’s entrance stateside in a historic, albeit morbid location ticking my insatiable urge for historical context.

Legendary fashion photographer Deborah Turbeville died of lung cancer on Thursday in New York City at the age of 81. Her work was published in Mademoiselle, Harper’s Bazaar, both American and French Vogue as well as high-end advertising campaigns. Tuberville won the 1982 American Book Award for the way her book, Unseen Versailles, captured unseen parts of the Louis XIV’s French estate.

“I find personalities, look for interesting faces and do pictures in locations suggestive of the rest of the work, the photographer told Women’s Wear Daily in 2009. “I combine clothes, people and place to make a story… I like strange places.”

Turbeville wasn’t the only fashion storyteller in the news today, much to my history-loving heart’s joy. Edith Head, the costume designer that brought you coveted wardrobes from movies like Funny Face, Sabrina, Roman Holiday, Carrie, All About Eve, and To Catch a Thief while dressing everyone from Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly to Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren, would have been 116 today. Google commemorated her birthday with a doodle featuring the designer standing with six of her creations. An important recognition for Head, the OG of stylists, whom many of today’s fashion fans might not know about—save for those who think The Incredibles character, superhero costume designer Edna Mode resembles the actual costume designer.

Way to go Google! Knowing your [fashion] history is always in style.