Magazine of the Week

Hello, this week’s Mag of the Week is the German edition of Vogue:


So beautiful, indeed. This title is similar to the other Vogue titles, except with a focus on German advertisers/businesses and a bit more of the artistic edge we also see in 032c (published in Berlin). The styling is a bit harder-edged, maybe more avant garde and nightlife-oriented than Vogue Paris, and more sophisticated than American Vogue.



This title and French, which I talked about a few weeks ago are part of our Open Stacks: International Fashion Magazine Collection. This collection contains a variety of foreign titles we get in gifts. Since we get them often but not consistently, we don’t have every issue. But they offer different world perspectives, so we’ve put them together as a browsing collection on the 6th floor.




Some of the things you’ll find in this collection include Bon, Elle Croatia, Elle Netherlands, Elle Hong Kong, Elle Mexico, Elle Singapore, French,Vogue Australia, Vogue Turkey, Vogue Latin America, and Vogue Russia.

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More is More: cover that surface!

Syon Cope, V&A Museum, c. 1280-1320

I’m off this week to see an exhibition of medieval embroidery at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. So you can come too, I’ve compiled some images of this sort of embroidery and some of the books we have about it.

These are some of the famous pieces that the museum has put in the exhibition:

The V & A has the best collection of these embroideries that remain in the world. However, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, here in New York, also has some very good pieces.

Working Title/Artist: Chasuble (Opus Anglicanum) Department: Medieval Art Culture/Period/Location: HB/TOA Date Code: 07 Working Date: 1330–1350 photographed by mma in 1981, duplicated in 2000, transparency 5ad scanned by film & media 7/10/01
Chichester Constable Cope, Metropolitan Museum of Art, c. 1335-45


They aren’t on display often because they are so fragile, but the workmanship in these is incredible. Many hundreds of stitched in silk or in gold, all of which make a designed surface that looks painted.

“Opus Anglicanum” was a form of embroidery created in England that had its heyday between 1100 and 1350 C.E.  It consisted of figures worked in fine, directional stitching in shaded silks, usually in split or long and short stitches, and embellished with couched gilt threads. These threads were used so skillfully that they created animated figures with a lot of character.

Detail of cope
Detail of C-C Cope





This form of embellishment made these works some of the most desirable fabrics in the western world. They were given as diplomatic gifts and sold worldwide. They show up in the inventories of several popes and kings of France as well.

Horse trappings, Musee de Cluny, c. 1330-40




Being FIT, we have the best books for the study of this kind of thing. Two of the best are:

Staniland, Kay. Embroiderers. London: British Museum Press, 1991.

Schuette, Marie and Sigrid Muller-Christensen. A Pictorial History of Embroidery. London: Praeger, 1964.

Have a good week!

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Magazine of the Week

This week’s title is


This title is the partner of another scholarly title, Fashion Theory. Published in Routledge’s series of academic titles focused on design, material culture, social history and fashion, Fashion Practice applies scholarly analysis the design process, business and sales, and production sides of the fashion industry.

We have access to this title both in hard copy, up at the PERS desk on the 6th floor, and electronically, through our subscription with Taylor & Francis Online.

For a look at our other scholarly or research-oriented titles, check out this Research Guide:


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