Sew & Tell

Premiere DateJul 25, 2014
Categories Media Talk
00:00 DJ Marie (Underneath: Can’t Do Without You (Radio Edit) Caribou)
03:14 Interview with Parsons Archive Curator and Assistant Professor Beth Dincuff
12:59 DJ Marie
14:11 Man A Fool Christopher Denny
17:19 Golden Monkey FREEMAN
22:23 Grace Bob Moses
29:19 DJ Marie
31:03 Interview with Beth Dincuff
40:18 DJ Marie
41:41 She’s Got Everything The Real Kids
44:37 Raven On White Cadillac White Fence
47:19 Atop A Cake Alvvays
50:34 DJ Marie
52:13 Interview with Beth Dincuff
58:18 DJ Marie
59:55 Wrong Club (Radio Edit) The Ting Tings
63:24 Finish

I absolutely love talking with fashion historians. Maybe (definitely) it’s because I’m a nerd, but it’s also because they are able to place fashion and style within a broader cultural context, lending insight into trends and hallmark moments. So for this week’s Icon show, who better to speak with than an American fashion historian?

Beth Dincuff is Curator of the Parsons Fashion Archive and an assistant professor, whose work focuses on 21st Century American fashion. Prior to her role at Parsons, Beth managed the archives at Calvin Klein, where she worked with a team to preserve and document the designs, colors, and textiles from the fashion house. On today’s show, join us as Beth shares some iconic moments from American fashion history, including the legacy of Calvin Klein, the influence of Saks Fifth Avenue’s Sophie Gimbel, and some of the First Ladies who have shaped our sense of style.

Plus, a great playlist of new tracks including material off the debut of Canada’s Alvvays, more from Christopher Denny’s upcoming release, a song from The Real Kids’ first new record in over twenty years, and more! So join us for some seriously stylish summer school with a lesson in icons on BreakThru Radio!

Some of Calvin Klein’s iconic designs

A contemporary Calvin Klein pea coat

Vintage Calvin Klein suit pattern

Contemporary Calvin Klein suit

*As Beth mentioned, you can see Calvin Klein’s signature minimalism evident even in his approach to design during the flamboyant 1980’s. Take a look at this video of his runway show from 1987, compared to Betsy Johnson’s collection from the same year! (And for more fashion retrospectives from the 80’s and beyond, try this great YouTube series, “Year In Fashion”)

*For more on Sophie Gimbel:
– Read this article from the NYT on her work and the “Sophie of Saks” exhibit at Parsons.
– Take a listen to this great podcast on the history of Saks Fifth Avenue in New York; their vintage photographs of Fifth Avenue are especially interesting!

*For more on the First Ladies’ fashions:
– Check out the beautiful collection of Inaugural gowns at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. And if you can’t make it in person, you can now take this virtual tour!
– Read an article from Fashionista on Inaugural Ball fashion statements.
– For a wonderful retrospective of Jackie Kennedy’s style legacy from her years as First Lady, take a look at this book, edited by Hamish Bowles and published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Christopher Denny
(Photo courtesy of Partisan Records)
Aug 7 – Great Scott – Allston, MA
Aug 8 – Showcase Lounge – Burlington, VT
Aug 9 – Il Motore – Montreal, Quebec
Aug 11 – The Drake – Toronto, Ontario
Aug 12 – Club Cafe – Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 14 – MOTR – Cincinnati, OH
Aug 15 – Russian Recording – Bloomington, IN
Aug 16 – Ignition Music Garage – Goshen, IN
Aug 17 – Schuba’s Tavern – Chicago, IL
Aug 18 – Pabst Theatre – Milwaukee, WI
Aug 19 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
Aug 21 – Off Broadway – St. Louis, MO
Aug 22 – The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
Aug 23 – Hi—Dive – Denver, CO
Aug 24 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 27 – Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, British Columbia
Aug 28 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
Aug 30 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
Aug 31 – The Crepe Place – Santa Cruz, CA
Sept 3 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
Sept 4 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA
Sept 5 – Last Exit – Phoenix, AZ
Sept 7 – Three Links – Dallas, TX
Sept 9 – Lamberts – Austin, TX
Sept 10 – Bottletree Cafe – Birmingham, AL
Sept 11 – The Earl – East Atlanta, GA
Sept 12 – High Watt – Nashville, TN
Sept 14 – DC9 Nightclub – Washington, D.C.
Sept 15 – Rough Trade NYC – Brooklyn, NY
Sept 17 – Central Market House – York, PA
Sept 18 – Arden Gild Hall – Arden, DE
Sept 19 & 20 – Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA


White Fence
(Photo by Brian Pritchard)
July 25 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
Aug 5 & 6 – Woodsist Festival @ Henry Miller Memorial Library – Big Sur, CA
Oct 9 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA
Oct 13 – Baby’s All Right – Brooklyn, NY
Oct 14 – Great Scott – Allston, MA
Oct 15 – Il Motore – Montreal, Quebec
Oct 16 – The Garrison – Toronto, Ontario
Oct 17 – Happy Dog – Cleveland, OH
Oct 18 – Subterranean – Chicago, IL
Oct 19 – Tralf Music Hall – Buffalo, NY
Oct 20 – Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
Oct 21 – The Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
Oct 23 – Bsp – Kingston, NY


Alvvays
(Photo by Norman Wong)
July 25 – Hillside Music Festival – Guelph, Ontario
July 28 – Rough Trade – New York, NY
Aug 2 – Visions Festival – London, United Kingdom
Aug 5 – Birthdays (Presented by DIY Mag) – London, United Kingdom
Aug 6 – Rough Trade East – London, United Kingdom
Aug 9 – Wolfe Island Festival – Kingston, Ontario
Aug 14 – The Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, Ontario
Aug 16 – La Vitrola – Montreal, Quebec
Sept 27 – The Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, Ontario
Oct 20 – Junction 2 – Cambridge, United Kingdom
Oct 21 – Kazimier – Liverpool, United Kingdom
Oct 22 – O2 – Dublin, Ireland
Oct 24 – The Institute – Birmingham, United Kingdom
Oct 25 – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, United Kingdom
Oct 26 – Riverside – Newcastle, United Kingdom
Oct 28 – Komedia – Brighton, United Kingdom
Oct 29 – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire – London, United Kingdom

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…

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