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Nightshirts, nightgowns, pyjamas, dressing gowns, and nightcaps


here are numerous portrayals of persons dressed in different kinds of clothes across the ages, but images of folk in sleepwear are rather sketchy as night attire is more of a private matter than a public one. We can assume, however, that some people went to bed naked, while others slept in their day clothes, undergarments, or in distinct nightclothes.

The nightclothes originally worn in Europe since the Middle Ages were inspired by the styles of Egyptian, Roman, Asian, and Indian costumes. In the past, sleepwear was usually home-made and the prevailing patterns were simple and easy to assemble. Therefore, night attire was basically shapeless with moderate trimmings. With the introduction of the sewing machine and the launching of ready-to wear clothing in the mid- to later part of the nineteenth century, sleepwear would become more diverse, intricate, and ornate. When reading about the history of sleepwear one has to bear in mind that night attire has been influenced by climate, prudery, elites, and since the late 1800s, by fashion designers and ready-to-wear manufacturers.

The purpose

Fashion Council


Being a member of the FIDM Museum Fashion Council has been an inspired journey of friendship and purpose. The Fashion Council unites our creativity, talents, contacts, and efforts to raise awareness and funds to benefit the collections of the FIDM Museum, which will conserve these momentous treasures in perpetuity.”

—Mona Lee Nesseth, Community Outreach & Development Co-Chair

About Fashion Council

FIDM Museum Fashion Council is a volunteer group dedicated to promoting and supporting the FIDM Museum, including exhibitions, educational programming, and the acquisition of new and important objects for the FIDM Museum Collections. Fashion Council also engages in educational outreach activities, interpreting objects from the FIDM Museum Study Collection for students throughout the Southern California region.

FIDM Museum Fashion Council Mission Statement:

Fashion Council (FC) is a volunteer organization that provides support to the FIDM Museum & Galleries, a California nonprofit 501(c)3 foundation that contributes educational programming related to the importance of fashion to students, educators, industry, and the public.

Street style in Florence

graffitigetup3The lure of Florentine life lies not in big-ticket events and occasions, but in the moments and rituals that lend the
city its rhythm. Local street style is a reflection of that same idea, of every day as a special occasion: you may not see the outlandish getups you’d spot on the streets of New York or Tokyo (save during Pitti season), but seeing people in their Sunday best in the supermarkets and on the street corners isn’t uncommon.

Aiming to inspire TF readers to start 2016 on stylish footing, we headed to Karasciò to snatch up the items for this shoot. It’s an offbeat shop in via San Niccolò, perfect for everyday wear with a hint of urban edge. A small store with big variety, Karasciò embraces pretty and punk sensibilities as two sides of the same coin: think bijoux and booties, turtlenecks and tartan plaids, babydoll dresses and spiky platforms. What every item has in common, though, is wearability.

Learn about purchasing gold bangles online

These days, everybody wants to look beautiful and unique. Especially, women wish to stand out in a crowd by using glittering jewellery and accessories. They want others to look at them with admiration. When it comes to women’s jewellery, gold bangles are the most attractive way to grab attention. Gold bangles are an important part of Indian Jewellery and are usually worn to enhance your beauty.

You can mix and match the bangles with your clothes in the way you want to, with the help of the various designs and shapes of the gold bangles. Just a glimpse of the gold bangles is enough to draw one’s attention. The bangles are a symbol of the kind of woman you are. They reveal a woman’s personality in a unique manner. Most of the gold bangles for women are a symbol of their prestige.

There are a number of bangle designs available online at highly affordable prices. You have a plethora of choices when it comes to choosing the right gold bangles that suit your personality. They aren’t that expensive and besides, they are available in different sizes, colours and materials. Gold Bracelets price depends upon the work that is done on them. For

Fashion shows and historical venues: a beguiling combination

No longer is a fashion show just a stroll down the catwalk. Fashion shows are now a spectacular in themselves and the grandeur and opulence of the show is as important as the clothes. With the ever-growing desire to produce magnificent and awe-inspiring shows in which to showcase the season’s fashions, the move toward dramatic and dazzling historical venues increases.


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Extravaganzas such as the 2006 McQueen show where Kate Moss appeared as a hologram, the ten million dollar 2008 Fendi show with the ‘longest catwalk’ on the Great Wall of China and the 2010 Chanel show featuring a 256 tonne iceberg are just some of the ways designers draw attention and amaze the fashion world with their creative shows as well as their new collections.

Westminster Abbey

Discovering a new palatial and magnificent show setting is top of the list when it comes to top designer fashion shows. Currently, one of the most popular and fashionable buildings in the world is Westminster Abbey. One of the most memorable fashion moments in recent times took place there as Kate Middleton stepped out of a car in

Best markets to buy Bridal Lehenga for Summer Weddings in Delhi

When it is about your wedding party, it becomes more essential for you to choose a traditional dress. The dress should be very innovative and unique also. If you are looking for this kind of dress which serves all of your demand, then lehenga is the perfect attire for you.

Lehenga insummer:

Fashion, style always depends on theseason. This year summer weddings have been on the rise- with the rising temperature, of course! In the season of summer, you cannot wear lehenga made by heavy materials what you can wear in winter, and you cannot even carry a gorgeous stole with it. You need something which is soft, delicate and not too heavy. This can be something which will be more comfortable for you to wear in the summer. If you think that light fabric can mar the spirit of your wedding, then you can go fabric which is gorgeous and has a rich look but lighter to wear such as organza, satin, net, chiffon, etc. There are many markets in Delhi, which have a large collection of bridal lehenga based on seasons. In summer, you can always go for strapped backless choli

Where to buy Sherwanis for Men in Delhi

SherwanisDelhi being the Capital city of India also has another ellipsis attached to it that is the Fashion Capital of India. Besides Mumbai, Delhi is also well known for many suave fashion Designers and Style Artists. If you are entering the most important event in your life and want to be dressed as perfectly as you can, then Delhi is the best place for you to find your wedding dress. There are many brands and popular names in Delhi that are into this profession of styling the grooms, and you can find a huge collection of Sherwani for men in Delhi. Here is a list of shops and showrooms in Delhi given wherein you can pay a visit to buy Sherwanis for Men.


When it comes to buying Sherwanis for men, Manyavar is a very popular name and abanner that people can identify instantly with. You can shop designer Sherwanis for men, Kurta Set for men, Indo Western dresses, and accessories all under one roof. So when you are going out on a shopping spree for your wedding

History of 1960s Fashion and Textiles

The 1960s was a decade of sweeping change throughout the fashion world generating ideas and images which still appear modern today. Whereas fashion had previously been aimed at a wealthy, mature elite, the tastes and preferences of young people now became important. At the beginning of the decade, the market was dominated by Parisian designers of expensive haute couture garments. Formal suits for women underwent a structural change resulting in looser lines and shorter skirts.

Yet the shape of clothes was soon transformed by new ideas emerging from the London pop scene. In Britain, musical taste and styles of dress were closely linked and it was the mod look which first popularised the simple geometric shapes typical of the 1960s. By the mid-sixties, the flared A-line was in style for dresses, skirts and coats. Slim fitting, brightly coloured garments were sold cheaply in boutiques all over ‘Swinging London’ and had tremendous influence throughout  Europe and the US.

Men’s suits became sleeker and were often accessorised with bright, bold shirts and high-heeled boots. The flamboyant look was in, signalled by wider trousers and lapels, like those belonging to the blue checked Tommy Nutter suit seen

The Brief History of Fashion Trends

Fashion is essentially the most popular mode of expression: It describes the ever-changing style of clothes worn by those with cultural status. A fashion trend occurs when others mimic or emulate this clothing style. Fashions vary greatly within a society over time, but also are affected by age, occupation, sexual orientation, location and social class. Today, a fashion trend starts with fashion designers, who design a spring and fall collection based on cues and inspiration they’ve gathered throughout the season. These cues can include popular culture, celebrities, music, politics, nature or something else entirely.

At spring and fall runway shows, fashion designers showcase their designs to photographers, writers, buyers, and celebrities. The photos and fashion features the writers and photographers produce as well as the purchasing action taken by retail buyers and fashion-forward celebrities influence the way in which the mass population receives the designer’s work.

Other designers draw their inspiration from these fashion designers and create affordable designs for the mass market. The fashion trend then continues in malls, shopping centers and boutiques around the area. Some trends start in one country and span multiple countries, while others remain confined to one region.

Fashion Trends 1960-Present
Fashion in the 1960s

Fashion’s good sports

Sports and fashion have long played off each other. Sneaker wedges are the current MVP, but there are countless other ways to give your look an athletic lift, particularly in America, the cradle of sportswear. Tommy Hilfiger immersed his spring/summer collection in nautical themes, anchored in red, white and blue. Skateboard inspiration led to jeans with shiny black tape at the ankles at Diesel Black Gold. Proenza Schouler, Peter Pilotto, Ohne Titel and other designers made liberal use of perforation and mesh, sometimes to lighten up leather for the weather. Consider it all your warmup for fall.

Check out the looks above, clockwise from bottom right:

Legacy perforated leather swingpack, $178 at coach.com.

Gray and electric blue elastic strap sandals, $49.95, at hm.com.

Mesh sporty lace-up sandal with platform sole, $70, at us.topshop.com.

Diesel Black Gold mesh dress over a one-piece bodysuit, store.diesel.com for similar.

Tommy Hilfiger collegiate-style sweater dress, usa.tommy.com, for stores

Eye on fashion

This fall, cast your gaze on these looks that look back

This fall, designers are laying eyes on their creations — literally. From the evil eye to the third eye, the human eye is a prominent motif cross-culturally, and it’s popping up in fall collections by designers like Jeremy Scott, Libertine and Phillip Lim, along with shoe brands like Del Toro and Chiara Ferragni.

Kenzo creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon incorporated the eye as a staple print in this season’s collection by stamping it on coats, denim, shoes and other accessories.

The founders of New York-based retailer Opening Ceremony, who joined the Kenzo design house in 2011, kept with the brand’s traditions of bold prints this fall. The collection is inspired by “the skies, the Asian gods and their earthly temples,” according to the Kenzo blog, and the eye signifies protection.

No matter the meaning behind the eye, it’s certainly trending this fall.

Five fashion flops for summer interviews

DEAR JOYCE: My daughter is between her junior and senior years in college and has several office job interviews scheduled for summer employment. Ihave been working in offices for a number of years and hear criticism about how some of the young women dress when they come in looking for employment. Can you back me up? — T.A.L.

Best-selling career development author Vicky Oliver (vickyoliver.com) can help you out. Oliver says you’re spot on, Mom. The New York-based image consultant and career coach spotlights five forget-me-fast fashion goofs when dressing for summer job interviews:

— TONE DOWN NAILS. For a summer position, your nails don’t belong in the Museum of Modern Art. Four nails on one hand in turquoise and one nail in rose adorned with sparkles are too creative for most office environments. You don’t want your interviewer mesmerized more by your fingertips than by what comes out of your mouth.

COVER UP. Women should avoid tiny tank tops, sheer blouses with lacy underwear and hemlines that show leg and more leg. For men, leave muscle tees, unbuttoned shirts and shorts at home. Cleavage, arm

Fashion for the ages

Timeless tips for everyone from new grads to the newly pregnant to the newly retired

If your fashion curiosity runs deeper than a desire to revisit the skeletons in Carrie’s closet in the new “Sex and the City” movie, kick off your heels in a lawn chair and wrap your hands around three new fashion advice books. Packed with solutions for everyone from new graduates to the newly pregnant to the newly retired, these volumes just might put new polish on an entire population of women.

Back boobs, be gone

Back boobs, melon calves, kissing thighs, menopots and Buddha bellies — Charla Krupp’s new book, “How to Never Look Fat Again: Over 1,000 Ways to Dress Thinner — Without Dieting!” (Springboard Press, $26.99) trots out all the current disparaging terms for less-than-perfect bodies. But then she sets out to make sure those terms are never applied to you.

The “Summer” chapter recommends making a uniform of three looks: white or khaki pants with a crisp tunic; summer-weight cashmere V-necks or long cardigans in yummy colors over body-shaper camisoles, bare tops or dresses; and

Banned headphones, a World Cup fashion beat

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Neymar likes them Brazil-green. England’s Wayne Rooney, white. Luis Suarez, blue.

Banned from the pitch by FIFA for licensing reasons, the bulky Beats headphones are a favorite for many of the world’s top players, making the World Cup a huge unofficial ad for the company acquired by Apple Inc last month.

The colorful high-end headphones created by rapper Dr Dre have become a ubiquitous soccer accessory.

Neymar wore them as he stepped off the bus at the Castelao stadium of Fortaleza for Brazil’s last training season on the eve of their match with Mexico on Tuesday.

Suarez had them wrapped around his neck as he joked with his Uruguay team mates during a break at a recent practice.

But soccer world governing body FIFA’s licensing agreement with rival electronics maker Sony Corp means players have to take them off when they are in World Cup stadiums for official matches and media events.

Marketing experts say that probably only amplifies their appeal.

“When fans see World Cup athletes wearing Beats in their downtime, by choice, it has as much impact as seeing them lace

Fashion foodward

Tell me about your outfit: “My grandma (Grandma Rose) got a dress for me for my birthday.”

Do you feel comfortable? (shyly) “Yeah.”

Pretty? “Yeah.”

How else do you feel? “Happy.”

And the pink backpack? “My grandma (Grandma Lehto) made it to hold my (American Girl) doll.”

The back story: It’s a family tradition. Ken and Kelly Lehto have taken each of their three daughters — Grace is the youngest — to Chicago for their 8th birthdays and a shopping trip to the American Girl store.

Why it works: A little girl in a sundress always rocks.

2 Joyce Tam

21, graduate student, Chicago

Opening statement: “I just prefer skirts in the summer. It’s a fun season for clothing. … When spring and summer roll around, my wardrobe gets a lot more comfortable.” (She sewed the skirt herself!)

Why it works: Cute flats are comfy. (Target, bought two years ago.) A denim vest is a nice finishing touch. (From a friend “digging through her closet; she said it didn’t fit anymore.”)

Kinnevik heiress defies sceptics with tech savvy, fashion sense

She speaks of hunting for technological “disrupters” and is paranoid about missing out in the hunt for entrepreneurs who have the next big thing. “Often, if they find you it’s a bit late,” says the 36-year-old.

Stenbeck is one of the most powerful business names in Sweden, heard in the same breath as the Wallenberg family or the Perssons behind fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz.

Yet Cristina Stenbeck was born in New York and speaks Swedish with an American accent, having learned the language of her father Jan only as a teenager.

She inherited Kinnevik at the age of just 24, not long after she had finished her studies at Washington’s Georgetown University, on Jan’s sudden death from a heart attack in 2002.

In little more than a decade, she has transformed the group into one of Europe’s leading investors in e-commerce, including in the continent’s biggest online fashion retailer, Zalando.

No stranger to fashion, her first job out of university was in Ralph Lauren’s direct mail and marketing department.

“That comes in handy now,” Stenbeck said at her office in London’s Mayfair district, where she deals with issues such as improving

Fall for fashion

You don’t want to think about it and neither do I: the end of summer. Bummer.

However, there are some people — fashion experts, for instance — who actually enjoy thinking about fall and the things they (or we) can buy to stay in style for the new season.

I know it won’t ease the pain of the end of vacation, packing up the flip-flops or going back to school or the office, but at least distract yourself by fantasizing over additions to your closet.

To get you started, I asked five trend watchers to tell me their three top wardrobe musts for fall.

Gregg Andrews
Nordstrom fashion creative director

• Something in a luxe fabric like lace or a brocade (Ellen says: If a lace dress, top or skirt isn’t your style, consider a scarf, a clutch or even a lace-look cellphone cover — Marc Jacobs for iPhone 5, $38, nordstrom.com)

• Knee-high boots: “With a mid to high heel. She’s going to be able to do so much with that. In black. Or a flat equestrian boot, like a riding boot.”

Belgium ousts U.S. 2-1 in dramatic fashion

Seabiscuit pulled up lame on the backstretch. Kirk Gibson’s long drive died on the warning track.

After a remarkable underdog run through four games and one overtime period, the U.S. soccer team’s World Cup magic finally ran out in the round of 16 Tuesday with a 2-1 loss to Belgium.

The first goal came three minutes into extra time after Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku pushed past Matt Besler along the right touchline, raced into the penalty area alone and sent the ball forward for Kevin De Bruyne, who spun away from two defenders and rolled the ball into the far corner.

And with the U.S. pushing hard for the tying goal Lukaku, who didn’t come off the bench until the 91st minute, added what appeared to be an insurance goal on a counterattack near the end of the first 15-minute overtime.

That goal proved to be important, though, when U.S. teenager Julian Green beat Belgium’s all-world goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois on a right-footed volley just seconds after stepping on to a World Cup field for the first.

The only other goal Courtois has allowed in Brazil came on a penalty kick

Pint-sized Kardashian fashion

It wouldn’t be Kardashian fashion without animal print, so a new collection for babies by the three sisters (Kim, Kourtney and Khloe in case you’ve been living under a rock) comes complete with leopard-spot onesies.

But the Kardashian Kids assortment of caps, blankets, two-piece sets, jackets and dresses also plays with more typical munchkin motifs such as butterflies, stars and pastels with layers of lace, pearl-embossed buttons and georgette appliques. Tulle ruffles adorn onesies, gold polka dots dance across leggings, and butterflies flit across bloomer shorts. Designed for girls up to 24 months and priced at an affordable $15–$30, the line hits Babiesrus.com on March 14 and Babies ‘R’ Us stores on March 15.

Kourtney Kardashian took a few minutes between tending to her own children, Mason and Penelope, to tell Just Kidding about the new line.

JK: What was the first motif you dreamed up?

KK: Animal print is just a no-brainer because we love it in our women’s collection (Kardashian Kollection, available at Sears). But especially for the baby line we wanted everything really soft and comfortable. Whenever I’m shopping for my kids, I touch

1950’s hourglass chic feted at Paris fashion museum

PARIS (Reuters) – When Christian Dior introduced his debut haute couture collection in February 1947, the meters of fabric spilling over the models’ hips in swirls of fine wool, silk and tulle were nothing short of a fashion revolution.

His emblematic creations ushered in “the most luxurious and radiant” decade in women’s fashion, according to Olivier Saillard, director of the Palais Galliera fashion museum, which presents “The 50s – Fashion in France, 1947-1957” beginning on Saturday in Paris.

Drawing on the museum’s extensive archive of garments and accessories, the exposition stars not only Dior but also such greats as Balenciaga, Pierre Balmain and Hubert de Givenchy. Along with them are less familiar though no less important names like Jacques Fath and Jacques Heim.

“This was haute couture’s golden age, when Paris regained its title of world fashion capital,” said Saillard, who on Wednesday night – during haute couture fashion week in Paris – gathered the couturiers of today for a gala dinner and advance peek at the show.

Dresses for cocktail hours, balls, lazy summer afternoons – even gloves, hats, brassieres and swimsuits – all make an elegant appearance under the ornate ceiling of