Sew & Tell

Premiere DateAug 23, 2013
Categories Media Talk
00:00 DJ Marie (Underneath: Propaganda B. Otis Fodder)
03:19 Interview with Dr. Jacqueline Atkins of Wearing Propaganda
14:52 DJ Marie
15:40 The Harbinger Julianna Barwick
20:55 Breathe This Air (Ft. Purity Ring) Jon Hopkins
24:55 DJ Marie
25:57 Interview with Dr. Jacqueline Atkins
38:31 DJ Marie
39:51 Damaged Goods Lola Johnson
42:32 It's All In My Mind Teenage Fanclub
46:06 Swimming in 99 Golden Suits
51:43 DJ Marie
52:37 Interview with Dr. Jacqueline Atkins
56:51 DJ Marie
58:25 The Kids Don't Stand a Chance Vampire Weekend VS Miike Snow
63:20 Finish

On today’s show, an intriguing look inside a fascinating, under-examined phenomenon in fashion history: fashion as propaganda. My guest is author, professor, curator and textile historian Dr. Jacqueline Atkins, whose book Wearing Propaganda: Textiles on the Home Front in Japan, Britain, and the United States 1931 – 1945, details some of the most unique, intricate, and culturally significant examples of fashion propaganda. On today’s show, you’ll hear from Dr. Atkins about a fascination with fabrics that has been with her from her first portable Singer sewing machine to discoveries in the vintage kimono shops of Japan, some of the incredible, rich propaganda textiles from the Asia-Pacific War and their cultural significance, and some current research and upcoming projects.

Plus, tracks in the playlist today off this week’s brand new releases from artists like Julianna Barwick and Golden Suits, plus a premier single from newcomer Lola Johnson. All that and more is just ahead, so be a good fashion citizen and tune in to this week’s Sew & Tell on BTR!

Samples of Propaganda Textiles from the Asia-Pacific War Period

The U.S.
(Both courtesy of Dr. Jacqueline Atkins)

Air Force Scarf

Feed Sack Cloth


British handkerchief
(Courtesy of Dr. Jacqueline Atkins)

London Wall Scarf, detail shot
(Courtesy of Tim Lever)

Switch Off the Light Scarf
(Courtesy of Tim Lever)


Women’s designs

Woman’s Battleship Obi, detail shot
(Courtesy of Dr. Jacqueline Atkins)

Woman’s Haori
(Courtesy of the Narita family of Yokohama, Japan)

Woman’s Kimono
(Courtesy of Wolfgang Ruf)

Women’s Under-kimono
(Courtesy of Dr. Jacqueline Atkins)

Men’s Designs
(All courtesy of Wolfgang Ruf)

Man’s Haori Lining

Man’s Haori Lining, inside

Man’s Under-kimono

Man’s Under-kimono

Children’s designs

Cheering Children, Women’s Under-kimono or Boy’s Kimono
(Courtesy of Dr. Jacqueline Atkins)

Baby Boy’s Kimono
(Courtesy of Wolfgang Ruf)

Baby Boy’s Kimono
(Courtesy of Wolfgang Ruf)

Baby Boy’s Kimono for First Shrine Visit
(Courtesy of Wolfgang Ruf)

Books authored and co-authored by Jacqueline M. Atkins

*Wearing Propaganda: Textiles on the Home Front in Japan, Britain, and the United States, 1931 – 1945
*The Brittle Decade: Visualizing Japan in the 1930’s
*New York Beauties: Quilts from the Empire State
*America’s Quilts
*Memories of Childhood: Award Winning Quilts Created for the Great American Quilt Festival 2
*Shared Threads: Quilting Together – Past and Present
*Folk Art in American Life

Additional Resources:
*A NYT article on the Wearing Propaganda exhibit at Bard
*Studio Art Quilt Associates
*The Textile Museum
*American Quilt Study Group

Julianna Barwick
(Photo by Jody Rogac)
Aug 20 – Judson Memorial Church Auditorium – New York, NY
Aug 28 – Warandepark – Brussels, Belgium
Aug 29 – St Giles-in-the-Fields Church – London, United Kingdom
Aug 30 – Sept 1 – End of the Road Festival @ Larmer Tree Gardens – Salisbury, United Kingdom
Sept 4 – Les Trois Baudets – Paris, France
Sept 5 – Tivoli – Utrecht, Netherlands
Sept 6 – Paradiso Openlucht Bioscoop – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sept 13 – 15 – Basilica Soundscape – Hudson, NY
Sept 16 – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend – Cincinnati, OH
Sept 17 – The Lawn @ White River State Park – Indianapolis, IN
Sept 23 – John Paul Jones Arena – Charlottesville, VA
Sept 24 – Ted Constant Convocation Center – Norfolk, VA
Sept 27 – The Woods at Fontanel – Nashville, TN
Sept 28 – U.S. Cellular Center – Asheville, NC
Sept 30 – Auditorium Theatre @ Roosevelt University – Chicago, IL
Oct 1 – The Fabulous Fox Theatre – St. Louis, MO
Oct 3 – Champions Square – New Orleans, LA
Oct 7 – USF Sun Dome – Tampa, FL
Oct 8 – UCF Arena – Orlando, FL
Oct 9 – Klipsch Amphitheater @ Bayfront Park – Miami, FL

Jon Hopkins
(Photo by Steve Gullick)
Aug 27 & 28 – Fonda Theatre – Hollywood, CA
Aug 31 – Cameo Gallery – Brooklyn, NY
Sept 1 – SAT – Montreal, Quebec
Sept 5 – 8 – Bestival – Arreton, United Kingdom
Sept 10 – 14 – Unknown Festival Croatia – Rovinj, Croatia
Sept 17 – 22 – Festival Scopitone @ Stereolux – Nantes, France
Sept 18 – La Dynamo – Toulouse, France
Sept 19 – Paloma – Nimes, France
Sept 20 – Stereolux + Les Nefs – Nantes, France
Sept 21 – KOKO – London, United Kingdom
Sept 26 – Bozar Electronic Arts Festival @ Palais des Beaux-Arts – Brussels, Belgium
Sept 27 – Melkweg Oude Zaal – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Oct 12 & 13 – Simple Things – Bristol, United Kingdom
Oct 23 – 27 – Elevate Festival – Graz, Austria
Nov 7 – 10 – Club To Club Festival – Turin, Italy

Golden Suits
(Photo by Eric Schwortz)
Aug 28 – The Slaughtered Lamb – London, United Kingdom
Sept 25 – Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY
Oct 4 – Sail Inn – Tempe, AZ
Oct 9 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR

Host Britt
Britt (formerly DJ Marie) has a passion for all forms of art, as well as for the creative process. She has a BA in Communications/Theater and a Post-Bacc in Photography from Maine Media Workshops. Britt began…