The history of the dressing gown

Deconstructing Fashion Podcast
Episode 1

What we’re wearing: dressing gowns

Anushka has been working from home, which makes it very difficult to wear anything other than her dressing gown. Luckily, she’s not alone.

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The debate: what’s the excuse for wearing fur?

We have come a long way from the anti-fur paint-throwing activities of the 1980s and nude PETA campaigns of the 1990s. Today, fur is increasingly being presented as an ethical fashion option. But does sustainability really win out over fur’s long-standing associations of glamour, luxury and sex appeal?

See: Mad Men Season 4, Episode 6: Waldorf Stories. Don Draper sells Roger a fur coat.

What they’re wearing: poets, loungewear, class

We discuss the poet Caleb Femi, the Young People’s Laureate for London, who recently performed his poetry at Jazz Verse Jukebox, an evening of poetry with a live jazz band, at Hoxton Hall in East London. He wore a tracksuit.

Caleb Femi               (Photo from the Jazzverse Jukebox Twitter account)

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Image: Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce (1945, dir. Michael Curtiz)
Podcast music: Pheori
Editing: Siân

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