Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016

Professor Hallay in Saigon

Earlier this month, Professor Amanda Hallay gave a three day Fashion History workshop at The Vietnam Fashion Academy in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). The workshop was titled; 'Fashion as a Response', and the three days covered 'The Birth of Fashion' in Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, 'Rococo to Revolution: Fashion in 18th Century France', and 'Glamour's Golden Age: Fashion of the '30s and '40s'.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

FAVE FILM FASHION: "White Christmas" (1954)

First in Amanda Hallay's brand new Ultimate Fashion History Channel series, 'Fave Film Fashion'. She's opening with a festive favorite; 1954's, 'White Christmas', and discussing Edith Head's embrace of The New Look, as well as her use of palette and detail to enhance character and drive narrative.

Friday, November 4, 2016

"Britain Before The Beatles": Amanda Hallay at Franklin Electric

Amanda Hallay will be giving a talk at the trendy Franklin Electric Coworkers space in Brooklyn on Dec.1st (details below) as part of the Think Olio project on "Britain Before The Beatles."

“England Swings Like a Pendulum Do!” And so it was in the 1960s, The Fab Four’s arrival on U.S soil pulling down a transatlantic drawbridge to a nation that would dominate every aspect of popular culture for the rest of the decade. From Mods to Minis (both the car and the skirt), from The Rolling Stones to Herman’s Hermits, from Carnaby Street and Twiggy to the films of Richard Lester, nothing could possibly have been cooler, hipper, and more in-tune with the burgeoning Boomers than Britain in the Sixties.  
And yet cultural history has seemingly decided that Postwar British culture began in 1964, and that England in the ‘50s was a dismal, postwar backwater of ration books and council houses. True, America had Elvis and Eames, but in this Olio, Professor Amanda Hallay will attempt to disinter the pop culture landscape of ‘50s England, arguing that many of the most iconic American Mid-Century signifiers actually originated in Britain. Before there was Googie, there was The Festival of Britain.  Before there was Warhol, there was Richard Hamilton. Before there was Tiki, there was Tretchikoff. And while British rockers such as Cliff Richard and Billy Fury were arguably little more than Elvis imitators, Britain had producer Joe Meek, the first person ever to use sampling and reverse (techniques that would later be employed by everyone from The Beatles to Jay-Z!)
Yes, there was a Britain before The Beatles, and in her talk, Prof. Hallay will tell you just how incredibly cool it really was!
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Amanda's "Ultimate Fashion History" Channel Gets Its 5,000th Subscriber!

Amanda Hallay's "Ultimate Fashion History" channel on Youtube earned its 5,000th subscriber this week.  Launched nine months ago to fill a gap in how Fashion History is communicated through social media, The Ultimate Fashion History channel has subscribers on all four continents, and Amanda is beyond thrilled that so many people are interested in Fashion History. Her mission in life is to elevate Fashion History to the same status as Art History in terms of its popular perception, and with 5,000 subscribers in just a few months, Amanda is heartened to think she is not alone in this vision! Click below image for The Ultimate Fashion History.
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016

"Come Fly With Me!" at Chandelier Creative

In collaboration with Think Olio (a Brooklyn based partnership that arranges for professors in all fields to speak at venues throughout New York), on October 6th, 2016, Amanda gave a special lecture entitled 'Come Fly With Me' at hip Manhattan advertising agency, Chandelier Creative, on the theme of how every decade has its 'fantasy location' (Egypt in the 1920s, Africa in the '30s, Miami in the '80s, etc), and how these locations would go on to inform everything from music to movies, fashion and homeware.
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Amanda's Upcoming Workshop in Saigon

Amanda will be giving a three day workshop at the Vietnam Fashion Academy titled 'Fashion as Response: A Cultural Anatomy of Fashion's History'. The three day workshop will cover Ancient Egypt to Ancient Rome (Day 1), 18th Century France (Day 2), and Glamour's Golden Age: The 1930s and 1940s (Day 3). The VFA is also running a small exhibition of gowns from the '30s and '40s drawn from the collection of Scott Jorgenson, and there will be a panel discussion with Amanda and Vietnam's leading designers and industry experts on both fashion today and its future.

"Come Fly With Me": Cultural Hotspots of The 20th Century

Amanda will be giving a 60 minute special lecture at Chandelier Creative in collaboration with Think Olio. The subject of her talk is on how each decade of the 20th Century latched upon a specific location (Egypt in the '20s, Miami in the 80s, etc), and how these fixations would impact everything from homeware to music to movies to fashion.  Details and tickets are at the link below.