Fashion History Lessons

Fashionista column, June 2016-Present

Image courtesy of    Flickr/Kate Gabrielle

Image courtesy of Flickr/Kate Gabrielle

I write a bi-monthly history column for the website Fashionista, which explores the origin and evolution of the fashion industry’s most influential and omnipresent businesses, icons, trends, and more.

Selected Articles:
How Halston, Levi Strauss and Ralph Lauren Changed Olympic Uniforms
From Sunlight to Sunless Tanners: The History of Our Obsession with Getting Tan
The Origins of Fast Fashion


Image courtesy of Salon

Image courtesy of Salon

“Back when people made their own clothes, or had them tailor-made, it was a lot easier to customize clothing. Today, with most people shopping from chain stores and following the same trends, it helps to put in a little effort into making your outfit a bit more unique, and a bit more ‘you’. Whether it’s adding a special piece of statement jewelry, wearing a garment in an unexpected way, or even completely altering an item, you’ll be surprised by how good it feels to stand out from the crowd.” []


Image courtesy of Time Out New York

Image courtesy of Time Out New York

“The average college male provides little sartorial inspiration these days, but for much of the 20th century, the campuses of Yale, Harvard, Princeton and other elite institutions popularized fashions that begot the preppy look we know today. The Museum at FIT’s new exhibit, “Ivy Style,” which opens Friday 14, shows that there’s more to the trend than bowties, tweed jackets and an aura of entitlement. The style originated on prestigious American campuses in the late 1910s and “possesses the best elements of American menswear,” says Patricia Mears, deputy director of the Museum at FIT and the exhibit’s cocurator. “The look is clean, classic and functional.” More than 60 ensembles—including madras shorts, sporting attire and formal wear—will be displayed in galleries resembling a grass-covered quad, classrooms and a midcentury university shop.” []

Forward Movement

Atlas Magazine, Spring 2013

Image courtesy of Atlas Magazine

Image courtesy of Atlas Magazine

Profile on fashion designer Ann Yee. [Unavailable online.]


Image courtesy of Refinery29

Image courtesy of Refinery29

“Full disclosure: I used to have a serious jacket addiction. Leather bombers, silk blazers, plastic raincoats — you name it, I bought it. I had a jacket for every outfit and for every occasion, but then this denim beauty came into my life and I’ve been a changed woman ever since. It’s almost as if the Gap gods smiled down on me one day and decided to bequeath the denim jacket of my adolescent girl dreams. Two years and about a hundred shopping trips later, it still serves as my go-to uniform for almost every occasion.” []