People have always wanted others to know they’re smart, and what better way to do that than with clothes?
How an item of traditional Afghan dress became a staple of western “hippie” fashion from the 1960s right up to today.
Drainpipe, torn or skinny, denim jeans have a history of unsettling the powerful.
Billie Eilish received criticism for wearing an ‘oppressive’ corset on the cover of Vogue. But for centuries, the clothing gave women support in work, and in play.
Ties do many things. Though they express identity, they can just as readily act as a ‘uniform’ for their wearers. And they give power to some, while taking it from others.
The history of men’s workwear is clothed in ideas of masculinity, style and comfort. Reforms have happened following times of turmoil in the past and business attire may be due for another shake up.
With protection underfoot and ventilation on top, the thong is the perfect summer shoe for Australian conditions. Pity it’s not really Australian.
Far from mere underwear, singlets have many cultural meanings. Once worn chiefly by shearers, laborers and soldiers, they have been embraced on dance floors and in the gym.
In the 1910, the ready-made blouse market was booming and Leicester’s knit giants tried their hand at manufacturing easy to launder, practical blouses.
Masks have a chequered history in western fashion. Some silenced women in the name of beauty, others provoked sexual desire.
How did a punchline about bad middle-aged fashion become a trendy must-have for women of all ages?
From the bird masks of plague doctors and large voluminous skirts to hat pins and face masks, this video provides a quick tour through the history of protective fashion.
Long before Netflix’s Cheer documentary and JoJo Siwa, big huge hair bows were a thing. And it wasn’t always girls who wore them.
The pool and the beach have become acceptable spaces to bare all, but how did we get here?
Indigenous fashion design today is being shaped by First Nations people at every level.
Will men ever escape the tyranny of trousers?
This exhibition is perfectly timed – feminism and fashion need Mary Quant now more than ever.
From the loincloth to bikini brief, underpants have a fascinating history. Newer designs claim to do everything from filtering flatulence to emitting soothing vibrations.
Game of Thrones is brutal, shocking and great fun for fashion experts. Not confined to historical accuracy, its influences stretch from medieval northern Europe to 20th-century high fashion.
From The Crown to Outlander to classics such as Pride and Prejudice, clothes make a period drama. In The Crown, historical accuracy was crucial; other shows incorporate modern elements.