Interview with Amy de la Haye
With over seven billion people in the world, we all have one thing in common every day we all get dressed welcome to dressed the history of fashion a podcast we explore the WHO, what win of why we see where we are fashion stories and your hosts cast Zachary and April Callaghan. So casts are very regular. Listeners will remember that a few weeks back. We had a very fun episode on floor. Which is, of course, the Victorian language and symbolism of flowers, and at the very tail end of that episode I kind of teased that we would. Cover the rose in an upcoming episode, and while that episode is now it is today and not only is it today is also now two episodes because there is so so so much to say on this topic. Yes, and not as wide today we are so pleased to announce that we are being joined by Amy Della. Hey, the author of the newly released the rose in fashion ravishing and. Also she is a CO curator of an upcoming exhibition at the museum fit which will export this very same topic. Yes and a her co curator on this project is our lovely friend colleen. Hill who has yet to join us on dressed but she will do so soon, colleen, I hate to Pester my friends who are like, I'm working on my phd right now and also working full time. She will join us but. The exhibition itself was actually slated to open this past September. Well, you know pandemic twenty, twenty everything's been postponed. So we very much look forward to seeing this exhibition when it does open in the future absolutely, and this exhibition has been in the works for quite some time and it's been an international effort. Of course, the museum at sat is in New York City while Professor Della. Hey is in London. She is the root, Stein Hopkins Chair of dress history and curatorship at the College of fashion where she KOTEREC's with Judith. Clark and for so many years amy worked as a curator at the Victoria. Albert. Museum in London, of course, which has one of the most significant. Fashion and textile collections worldwide amy, we are so pleased to welcome you to trust amy I'd like to start today I by asking how you came to the field of fashion studies. This is actually something that I've been asking a lot of our guests recently and it's always so interesting and you know I'm always delighted to hear some of our favorite scholars quote unquote origin stories. Well, I, didn't really know I wanted to do I grew up in Brighton on the south of England and was interested in sort of those big punk scene than a big growth. The new romantic scene I was always interested in dress I always love textiles by ozone you I didn't want work. In elite fashion and setting in the fashion industry. Founded course that my mother found course at Brighton out gold and it was a good design history and it was the second year had been established. And whilst I've been excessively universities elsewhere in the country, I stayed in my hometown partly because Brian was brilliant place to grow up. But because there was at coast from by Lou Taylor on this fashion. And the minute I read about that I thought. That's the course me. And actually doing lose unit and meeting Lou changed my life because I had an indifferent early education. And I've never been inspired and Lou totally totally inspired me. So I did the design history coast always chose lose options. I'm a first coast I remember intensely was looking at fashion characteristic lieu of all levels from eighteen fifty to one, thousand, nine, hundred. So to me, undeniably, the most desirable seminar choice was to choose. And look amazing the buses and crinoline gowns in. Paris. But it was a question of your shot at first I was shot. So I ended up with the conditions of working class. Taylor's in London's east end instead of the. Account tell you I was devastated. Anyway. At the end of the session, lose both drizzle and within five minutes of talking to her. I was inspired and I think he changed the whole course of my interest because from that point tone low have come back to us from that point on minded was in what can Klaus history in everyday lives in the reality of fresheners opposed to fashions miss. So I did my degrade thesis in one, thousand, nine, hundred, eighty, four. On the influence of Hollywood on cheap levels of ready to and fashion in the nineteenth in America.