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Denim and jeans: making of an fashion icon

Read about the history of denim and jeans, from their invention at the end of the 19th century through to the popular clothing of today.

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Textile technology: Joseph-Marie Jacquard and the loom that changed the world

Between 1801 and 1806, French weaver Joseph-Marie Jacquard developed a machine that was then seen as one of the most important technological advancements in history: the Jacquard Loom.

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The fragrance factory: Roure-Bertrand Fils and the perfume industry in Grasse

When we spray on perfume, how often do we think about how the fragrance was made? The process to extract fragrances and oils from flowers is a perfect blend of nature, science and industry, as illustrated beautifully by this short book about Roure-Bertrand Fils factory in Grasse, France.

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Marie Jeanette de Lange and the Dutch reform dress movement

This painting from 1900 by Dutch artist Jan Toorop employs a ‘modern’, pointillist technique to depict a genuinely modern woman: Marie Jeanette de Lange.

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Elsa Schiaparelli: Declaring Feminine Willpower through Fashion

Elsa Schiaparelli is one of the most renowned personalities in fashion history. Not only because she was one of the most striking designers of 1930s Paris, but also because she was a woman who always fought for her plans to become reality, and for her voice to be heard directly through her stunning and unforgettable […]

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Looking for Europe through Fashion Plates

For the #SalonEuropa blog parade, the curatorial team at European Fashion Heritage Association looks at how fashion plates have created and imagined European national identities. Fashion objects can tell us many stories – the social histories of their origin and use, how we portray our identities through clothing, how we form communities around fashion and […]

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crowdheritage, strike a match for education

Three projects #MadewithEuropeana go crowdfunding. Help them grow!

In collaboration with crowdfunding platform Goteo, we recently launched a match funding call that offers 10,000 EUR to support projects using digital cultural content in secondary education. Three innovative projects were selected and started their crowdfunding campaigns on Goteo.org. Their first round will run until 5 June. If the projects meet their minimum financial goal […]

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Explore more than a million fashion images on Europeana Fashion

From today on Europeana Fashion, fashions curators, academics, students and enthusiasts can discover and explore more than a million fashion images contributed by nearly 40 museums and fashion brand archives from 13 European countries. Europeana Fashion brings together an incredible wealth of content including historical clothing and accessories, contemporary designs, catwalk photographs, drawings, sketches, catalogues […]

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The miniature magic of Japanese netsuke

Netsuke, the small sculptural objects worn by men in Japan since the seventeenth century, first shot to fame in Europe with the publication of Edmund de Waal’s popular memoir, The Hare With Amber Eyes in 2010. As de Waal recounts his unusual story of inheritance, namely a collection of 264 netsuke from a great uncle, Iggie, these […]

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Vintage fashion drawings from the Late 1930s

The years between 1900 and 1939 represent an extremely turbulent time in history with two World Wars and the rise of the suffrage movement. These unstable times clearly had an impact on women’s fashion, this was seen in the rise and fall of hemlines, color palettes and general relaxing of previously constricting clothing. With the […]

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Daily Dose of Art Direct to Your Phone & Tablet

We’re very excited to announce that Europeana is working together with DailyArt to bring a selection of the collections found in Europeana to your smartphones and tablets. DailyArt is a free app that publishes one different piece of art every day. But that’s not all – with each update users of DailyArt receive additional information […]

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Parisian Haute Couture in the Early 1900s

What’s a better place to show off your new outfit than the popular horse racing tracks in a chic Western neighbourhood of Paris. The popularity of Longchamp, where races were run for the first time in 1857, signalled a general revival in French horse racing, making it the perfect place for designers and fashion lovers […]

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2006 Caleidoscopio Gorizia . Archivio Missoni © Missoni S.p.A.

Re-use of fashion heritage and new digital perspectives

Just think of a designer delving into a brand archive to inspire a new collection or a director researching a fashion film. Using fashion heritage is not just looking at the past but discovering how the past can become relevant in a contemporary context. While previously kept in archives and only seen by researchers and […]

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Come, write about fashion for Wikipedia

Come, write about fashion for Wikipedia

If you know your Gucci from your Pucci, are proficient in French and are looking to make contacts within the fashion world in Paris, this may just be the event for you. Europeana Fashion is hosting another editathon at Les Arts Décoratifs  in Paris on 22 March 2014. You are invited to come and write […]

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Who ‘owns’ fashion? Europeana Fashion releases IPR guidelines

Blog first posted on the Europeana Fashion blog. What do Chanel’s interlocking Cs and  Louboutin’s red sole have in common? The answer is they are all protected by intellectual property rights (IPR). As many professionals in the cultural and creative industry often face IPR, Europeana Fashion has decided to release its guidelines on how to […]

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