The bigger the dress, the better the occasion!

IRL Princess! Mother and father of the groom tomorrow, Prince Harry, set to marry Meghan Markle tomorrow! Photo for Getty Images

I can’t help it! I’m excited about another royal wedding. I know it’s silly, but there it is.

We lost a week of posting due to some technical problems between FIT and WordPress, for which we apologize. I want to catch up with some (now sooo belated) commentary on the Metropolitan Museum of Art “Heavenly Bodies” Gala on May 7th. And use New York’s biggest fashion evening to talk about the multiple red carpets at Cannes, too. But it’s been busy here, so that will be next week…

Met Gala red carpet looks, photo by Jamie McCarthy for Getty Image

In the meantime, let’s put up some highlights from Cannes because it’s fun and it’s Friday and it’s almost graduation here at FIT!

Photo by Michael Buckner/Variety/REX/Shutterstock
Winnie Harlow
Cannes Film Festival – 17 May 2018



Since Cannes hosts so many worldwide movies, the news coverage varies wildly country to country. I’ve included some international links to flip through coverage.




Celina Jade, Cannes 2018



Don’t leave out the activism. Women in film marched to protest the scarcity of women awarded Cannes prizes. Representing!
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Magazine of the Week

Hi, everyone! We’ve had some technical difficulties this past week, so we’re a bit behind. Let’s get caught up, shall we?


This week’s Mag of the Week is The Hat Magazine, a trade journal aimed at the millinery industry. It is published 4x/year in London, U.K. The British are still very enthusiastic about hats, and wear them for many formal occasions, including the famous horse race, the Royal Ascot. But hats are also de rigueur for royal weddings. And this coming Saturday, May 19, Prince Harry of Windsor marries American Meghan Markle. There will be hats galore!

How to stream the royal wedding May 19, 2018




The Hat Magazine was created in 1999 by Carol and Nigel Denford, who ran a successful millinery business in London, U.K. When the recession hit in the late 1990s, they expanded their publishing and shrank their retail operations. The title grew to encompass the millinery trade all over the world, but its focus has remained Great Britain and her former territories. FIT only discovered the magazine in 2014, and our subscription began with the Fall 2014 issue. In the summer of 2017 Dutch hatmaker Elly Stemerdink took over as editor, broadening the content focus somewhat.







The title has several regular features, including a How-To every issue, spotlights on current hatmakers, and photospreads of the best hat occasions, especially the annual Royal Ascot races outside of London. More recently, the publisher has expanded into the virtual world by setting up a YouTube channel with video workshops taught by famous milliners working today.


StyleCat search for “millinery”

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Magazine of the Week

Welcome back, everyone!

This week’s MoW is Holiday. This is a title we only have 3 years of down in PERS, and it’s in the Open Stacks down at our home on the 4th floor of the library. However, we do have sporadic older issues of this title in our Special Collections and Archives area, also on the 4th floor. A quick click into the link above will show you which issues are in which place.



This title was begun in 1946 in a rich suburb of Philadelphia. Marketing to the postwar pursuit of leisure pursuits, it featured sumptuous photography of exotic locations, information about fancy restaurants, and lots of images of contemporary celebrities on their international vacations. At its height, circulation of the title reached 1,000,000 subscribers.







In the 1970s, which is the part of the series currently still in PERS, it read a bit like an international edition of Town & Country magazine, with its focus on high-end hotels and international jetset travelers like Tony Randall, Pauline Trigere, and the royal family of Monaco (featuring, of course, Princess Grace, formerly Grace Kelly of Hollywood fame).






By the mid-1970s, however, the travel business had shifted to accommodate the earthier focus of middle-class travel. Students backpacking in the far east sought authentic experiences and local food tastes. Revenues dropped and the magazine was sold to its competitor, who published Travel magazine. The two titles were merged and continued as Travel Holiday, which we do not have.

A French publishing house picked the title “Holiday” for a new magazine launched in 2014. This title comes out 2x/year and has the kind of mix of fashion, architecture, and world travel that is found in several of our popular titles.

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