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This week, the station is taking a look at one of my favorite topics: photography. Here on Sew & Tell, I had a the pleasure of chatting with visual anthropologist, professor, and street style blogger Brent Luvaas of Urban Fieldnotes, about the ways in which street style photography is influencing and shaping the fashion industry. Brent documents not only the colorful street styles of Philadelphia, but also the culture of street style blogs themselves, using Urban Fieldnotes as an ongoing research project. On today’s show, he shares his insights into the nature of street style photography, some of the movements’ founders and historic influences, the ways in which the widespread popularity of street style blogs is shaping high-end fashion editorial, his own approach to street style documentation, and more. Plus, a very photogenic playlist full of tracks old and new - you’ll hear the latest from Montreal’s Ark Life and Philly band Literature, alongside earlier songs from Phosphorescent and Matt and Kim. So grab your camera(phone) and get inspired to hit the streets, with Sew & Tell on BreakThru Radio!
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!
This week on Sew & Tell, I am honored to feature a conversation with Adrienne Jones, Professor of Fashion Design at Pratt Institute and designer in her own right, who organized the current Pratt exhibit “Black Dress.” The exhibit shines a spotlight on the work from ten contemporary black designers, at a time when that population is sorely underrepresented in the world of fashion. Join us as Adrienne shares about her own career path in design and fashion education, how her godmother inspired “Black Dress,” the evolution of the exhibit and its featured designers, and more. Plus, a playlist chock-full of new music, including the latest from TEEN, Real Estate, Ages & Ages, and more! So tune in & turn it up - it’s time for fashion on BTR!
“You’re no longer just looking at the picture as a beautiful picture. You’re starting to wonder about the person, or the subject’s health, in the picture.” - Professor Alphonso McClendon, describing the function of the heroin chic aesthetic Join me this week for a look at one of the more controversial aspects of fashion culture: the aesthetics of drugs. I got to talk with Alphonso McClendon, Assistant Professor of Fashion Design at Drexel University in Philadelphia, who has spent years researching the cultural implications of style, music, and addiction during The Harlem Renaissance and America’s Jazz Age. Today, you’ll hear him discuss his research into that time period, how he found the roots of the prominent “heroin chic” aesthetic in the jazz scene of the 20’s and 30’s, what put an end to heroin chic, and where it’s resurfacing today. Plus, I have a playlist full of the latest music from Minneapolis artist Jeremy Messersmith, Belgian electro-pop group The Go Find, Lebanese singer-songwriter Yasmine Hamdan, and more. So tune in as we time travel in style, right here on BreakThru Radio!