Lisa Jardine remembers 2011 for the spectacle of the Royal Wedding, reflecting on the historic power of regal glamour in times of austerity. Queen Elizabeth I "used ostentation and opulence in her dress as a political tool to increase national confidence in the solvency of her regime."
During the tumultuous years of World War II, what occupied the minds of millions were the necessities of life: food, freedom and survival. Faced with the introduction of rationing and clothing shortages, fashion you’d think wouldn’t have been high on the agenda. Yet as individuals struggled to maintain personal dignity, the story of how civilians dressed themselves in the face of adversity, and the impact of war on clothing design, has rarely been told with as much authority and fascinating detail as it is by our first guest. Canadian fashion historian and author Jonathan Walford believes that during the Second World War wherever hope existed so did fashion.
Bloomers & Beyond: A History of Underwear — In this episode, PopStuff co-host Holly Frey joins in to discuss undergarments through the ages, from the utilitarian shirt to the body-changing corset, split bloomers and more. We also talk about a recent discovery that’s shaken up costume historians.