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PHOTOS: Screen Siren And True Style Icon Marlene Dietrich

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

Marlene Dietrich is one of my personal heroines. The epitome of Old Hollywood glamour, Dietrich also exuded sex appeal - and yet never veered into crassness. Mystery and subtext were Dietrich's forms of currency; today's bare-all stars could take a lesson or two from her.

PHOTOS: Meet Elsa Schiaparelli, Coco Chanel's Fiercest Rival

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

This lavishly creative designer was once as revered and famous as Coco Chanel, who referred to her rival as "that Italian artist who makes clothes." Schiaparelli collaborated on pieces and collections with artists Salvador Dalí, Jean Cocteau, and Alberto Giacometti.

PHOTOS: Josephine Baker, A True Style Icon

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

*Scroll down for the full slideshow* In 2007, we launched on this site a column called Lets' Bring Back -- which has, over the past three years, ce...

Fashion As Social History

The New York Review of Books | Martin Filler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The most notable change in female fashion during the past three decades has had nothing to do with such age-old preoccupations as hemline length, neck...

Let's Bring Back: 10 Comeback-Worthy Looks From The Met's 'American Woman' Exhibit (PHOTOS)

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

Today New York City's Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute will open its new exhibit, "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity." Gazing at the glamorous finery of eras past, as usual I found myself wishing back certain flourishes and trappings, from hand-held fans to white gloves to turbans.

Women, Pants, & Politics

Tove Hermanson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Tove Hermanson

In every major instance of feminist upheaval, women's clothing has been examined as both a symbolic and literal reflection of women's inequality in society.

The Secret Sexy Life of Zippers

Tove Hermanson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Tove Hermanson

After reading the recent NYTimes article highlighting Eddie Feibusch's zipper business in New York's Lower East Side, I was reminded of the history of the not-so-humble zipper.

How Josephine Baker Helped Save Post-War French Fashion (PHOTOS)

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

I spoke to Baker's son about how Josephine became a savior of the House of Dior, who really invented that deliciously scandalous string of bananas, and how she became a "guest editor" at Vogue (without the editors ever knowing it).

When Did Women Start Wearing Skimpy Clothes? (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

WatchMojo.com recently asked when did women start wearing revealing and skimpy clothes. The McCord Museum helped answer with a look back at changes in...

From Quaint Luncheons to Big-Top Extravaganzas: A History of the American Fashion Show

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

In eras past, the designs of the day were presented to clients at chic poolside presentations or at delightful little department store luncheons (Waldorf salad, rather than global outreach, was the order of the day).

Who Inspired Michael Jackson's Fashion?

Tove Hermanson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Tove Hermanson

One of the amazing aspects of Jackson's style is that no matter how outrageous he looked throughout his life, he was consistent in the visual motifs in which he decorated himself.

The Class of 2009: The Year's Best Designers, Trends, Muses, and Models!

Refinery29 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Refinery29

This year we're upping the glam quotient on year-end roundups by choosing the best and the brightest of Fashion's class of 2009.

A Daringly Stylish Politician!

Tove Hermanson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Tove Hermanson

I love that Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko incorporates the traditional folksy milkmaid plaited braid, juxtaposed with her otherwise very modern sartorial sensibility, with nods to history.

Eleanor Of Seventh Avenue: Where Fashion Week Came From

Gioia Diliberto | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Gioia Diliberto

Invitations to designer shows during New York Fashion Week are harder to come by than smiles on the catwalk. There was once a time, though, when you couldn't pay people to show up for this biannual orgy of style.