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Feb 22–Feb 26, 2017
Apr 26–Apr 30, 2017
Unlocking Berlin's Wunderkammer
May 25–May 29, 2017
Music and Medinas of Morocco
Jun 23–Jun 30, 2017
Hidden Venice with a Psycho-Mambo Twist
Jul 10–Jul 16, 2017
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Lady Godiva and Peeping Tom Clock, England
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Chesterfield, New Hampshire
Madame Sherri's Castle
Ruins of the elaborate house where the enigmatic costume designer threw glamorous parties for New York's theatrical elite.
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Sape & Co
A Parisian boutique devoted to la Sape, the elegant Congolese fashion subculture rooted in European colonization.
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What Makes This Special-Edition VW From the '90s Look So Cool?
According to the fashion industry, it's all about colorblocking and maximal minimalism.
March 09, 2017
Space Badges Might Be the U.S. Army's Coolest Award
It's not Starfleet, but it sure looks like it.
March 07, 2017
When High-Class Ladies Wore Masks That Made It Impossible to Speak
In the 16th century, avoiding a sunburn meant being mute and looking super creepy.
February 27, 2017
Found: A Lost Wedding Dress From 1870
When a dry cleaners went bankrupt, the dress went missing.
February 13, 2017
Were Colonial Men Obsessed With Their Calves?
The difficulty of substantiating—and quashing—a historical rumor.
February 02, 2017
The Elaborate Wig-Snatching Schemes of the 18th Century
Thieves employed monkeys to rob the wealthy of their coiffures.
January 09, 2017
Hand Fan Museum
This collection of hand fans doubles as a history of femininity.
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Strange Creatures Appear On Kansas Police Cameras
Much scarier than mountain lions.
November 30, 2016
Tassen Museum of Bags and Purses
The largest collection of handbags in the world, the oldest of which were used to carry Bibles, primarily by men.
Added by k8bliz
Manic Panic Isn't Just a Hair Dye Brand: It Was the First Punk Store in America
Tish and Snooky Bellomo have always been cool.
November 04, 2016
The Society Lady Who Brought Ancient Greek Fashion to 18th Century Europe
A stylish tragicomedy.
October 12, 2016
Watch What Designers in the 1930s Thought We Would Wear in the 21st Century
A future without headlight accessories is no future at all.
September 26, 2016
The '60s Chicago Teen Trend That Inspired David Bowie's 'Lost' Album
The Thin White Duke wished he was a Gouster.
September 21, 2016
Meet the Button Obsessives Who Salivate Over Hillary and Trump Souvenirs
The 2016 election as told by its buttons.
August 31, 2016
A Survey of the Most Ridiculous Anti-Drowning Devices of the 1800s
Victorian life preservers invited both drowning and mockery.
August 04, 2016
The Alarming Aesthetics of Jazz Age Perm Machines
Mix dangling wires and asbestos to achieve the perfect flapper wave.
August 02, 2016
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