• artwork analysis
  • garment analysis
  • film analysis

1893-94 – Mary Cassatt, The Boating Party

Mary Cassatt’s Boating Party shows important changes in art and culture near the end of the 19th century. The Boating Party depicts evolving cultural norms around women and sport, and the rise of womenswear separates. Through Cassatt's strong graphic shapes, we can see how Impressionist painting evolved to become more experimental and geometric in the 1890s.

  • designer profile
  • thematic essays
  • year overview

1927-2001 – Maija Isola

The designer of many of Marimekko’s classic stand-out prints was Maija Isola, who famously abandoned conservative designs in favor of bold, graphic styles. Her work includes unique floral and nature-inspired designs, and is exhibited in museums including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Design Museum Copenhagen, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

1982

1982 was a year filled with dramatic and bold fashions. The biggest trends of the year were statement patterns, exaggerated sleeves, broad power shoulders, vibrant colors, and oversized costume jewelry.

  • ancient
  • Middle Ages
  • 14th century
  • 15th century
  • 16th century
  • 17th century

xicolli

A xicolli is a sleeveless, sewn vest usually embellished with fringe that comes in various lengths worn by priests and high rank warriors in ancient Mesoamerican cultures.

1490-1499

The 1490s was an influential decade that set the groundwork for the following years to come in terms of predominant trends and silhouette. At the same time, regional influence held strong both in Italy and Spain. 

  • 18th century
  • 19th century
  • 20th century
  • 21st century
  • BIPOC
  • LGBTQ+

bogolanfini

Bogolanfini (bogolan- meaning cloth; fini- meaning mud) is a cotton cloth made from strips of woven fabric, which are decorated with symbolic patterns using the mud-resist technique, sewn together at the selvage to create a fabric that is utilized during the main four stages of a West African Bamana woman’s life: puberty, marriage, motherhood, and death.