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Tove Hermanson
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Tove Hermanson's formal training has included studies in English, Art History, and Costume Design; her professional experience has somewhat humorously been in technology / databases, teaching, and museum fundraising. Her equally eclectic interests include color theory; burlesque; yarn and paper crafts; films made before and during the Hays Code; and dark, brooding musicals.

A self-described "costume culturalist," Tove inevitably filters the cultural activities and literature she consumes through a fashion-historical lens to gain insight into politics, social and class struggles, gender and sexual identity themes, race issues, and more. She currently runs her Thread for Thought fashion culture blog from New York City and contributes to the academic fashion blog Worn Through. Additionally, she is the Editor of the Costume Society of America's monthly E-Newsletter, and she lectures ad-hoc. Until recently, Tove worked for the Whitney Museum and she welcomes opportunities and collaborations related to fashion historical research, writing, exhibitions, and lectures.

She loves to hear from readers with comments, suggestions, and invitations: tove.hermanson@gmail.com.

Blog Entries by Tove Hermanson

Age and Gender Appropriate Fashion

(5) Comments | Posted September 27, 2010 | 2:56 PM

A few months ago I discovered a video of 8- and 9-year-old girls in a national dance contest, athletically gyrating to the Beyoncé hit "Single Ladies" (a.k.a."Put a Ring on It"). Prepare yourself:

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Grey Hair as Fleeting Trend, or Social Statment?

(22) Comments | Posted August 6, 2010 | 11:44 AM

As a young woman who has atypically looked forward to turning shocking silver (I've even promised myself to grow my pixie haircut at that time to accentuate it), I've read with some curiosity but ultimate skepticism, the rash...

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Women, Pants, & Politics

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2010 | 6:54 PM

As I alluded in previous posts, adopting aspects of menswear had a direct relationship with the Women's Movement, socially and politically. For hundreds of years wealthy and impoverished women alike had worn heavy floor length dresses, even...

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The Secret Sexy Life of Zippers

(1) Comments | Posted June 15, 2010 | 6:43 PM

After reading the recent NYTimes article highlighting Eddie Feibusch's zipper business in New York's Lower East Side, I was reminded of -- what else? -- the history of the not-so-humble zipper. This now-ubiquitous device that fastens and unfastens our pants, dresses, and bags, is a relatively recent invention,...

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John Waters on Fashion

(2) Comments | Posted June 15, 2010 | 3:57 PM

A long standing fan of director / writer John Waters, I am delighted that the Pope of Trash is appearing with greater frequency in periodicals these days due to his new book

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A Timeline of Men's Feminine Fashions

(5) Comments | Posted March 31, 2010 | 4:37 PM

I recently gave a lecture on cross-dressing to a terrific sociology class at FIT, and I had such ridiculous fun (and stress!) researching it that I thought I'd share with the blogosphere to spread the wealth. You don't get the pleasure of my witty repartee, but you do get a...

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The Politics of Mannequins, Part II

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2010 | 2:32 PM

Picking up from where I left off, I'm going to address mannequins' evolution in the second half of the 20th century.

The revolutionary '60s came as a shock to the world, the American youth rebelling against the traditions of their conservative parents who desired normalcy and stability after...

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Mannequins in Art

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2010 | 2:14 PM

Until the article I recently read, mannequins in their practical form held little interest for me; however mannequins in art have always attracted me, most likely due to my obsession with fashion coupled with my fascination...
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The Politics of Mannequins, Part I

(1) Comments | Posted February 24, 2010 | 3:16 PM

I happened to run across an old issue of Hue, FIT's alumni magazine, and read a surprisingly interesting article on "The Life and Times of Mannequins" by Alex Joseph. Though I have not previously...

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Who Inspired Michael Jackson's Fashion?

(7) Comments | Posted February 10, 2010 | 11:11 AM

young Michael Jacson in sequins

In the wake of Michael Jackson's recent sudden death, there has been a predictable spike in pictures, radio and videos runs, articles and blog posts about...
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Cleopatra and Egyptian Fashion in Film

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2010 | 10:38 AM

Fashion inevitably looks to history to interpret and re-interpret previous fashion trends. At the recent SAG Awards, I noticed 2 Egyptian-influenced dresses, worn by Toni Collette and Nicole Kidman:

Toni Collette at SAG Awards, 2010:
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Toilet Paper Bridal Gown Part of Fashion, Pop Art Tradition

(2) Comments | Posted January 28, 2010 | 4:32 PM

toilet paper dress

I stumbled upon the contest, Cheap-ChicWeddings.com, for the most impressive wedding gowns made of--wait for it--toilet paper! Yes, this humble stuff is the focus of an annual challenge, to use it as the sole...

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Anatomical Fashion & Lady Gaga

(3) Comments | Posted January 6, 2010 | 3:17 PM

As friends and family already know, I love me some anatomical charts, grotesque dissections of the intricate layers of the human body, old-timey skeletons and medical charts of muscle groups and the nervous system, etc. It appeals to my love of...

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School Dress Codes Target Gender

(3) Comments | Posted December 2, 2009 | 2:03 PM

After reading the New York Times article "Can a Boy Wear a Skirt to School?," exasperation and a wee bit of fury rumbled in my belly. As presented by Jan Hoffman, increasing numbers of school children are pushing the boundaries of so-called acceptable attire by cross dressing-- a...

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A Daringly Stylish Politician!

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2009 | 4:10 PM

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I am embarrassed to say I failed the now vintage Huffington Post test on guessing who Yulia Tymoshenko is when presented with a collection of photos of her. For all you fellow dunces, she is the...

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