July marks the return of Wimbledon and in this post I look at the later career of a great tennis player, Alice Marble (1913 – 1990). Marble was an American tennis player, the number one player between 1936 and 1940. Marble won the singles title of Wimbledon in 1939, 80 years ago this year. She had a remarkable career; in total she won 18 Grand Slams across singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles competitions. Marble’s talents and versatility stretched to areas outside of sport; after retiring from tennis Marble worked as an associate editor on the Wonder Woman Comics (originally Sensation Comics) and is credited as creating the Wonder Women of History feature which ran alongside the Wonder Woman comic.
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“At all events if a crinoline must be the fashion then every lady should wear a fire screen.”
I find historical fashions fascinating. Fashion, textiles and popular crazes can be analysed to be more than aesthetics. I particularly enjoy the medical impact of fashion. Fashion has power over the physical body, it manipulates and shapes the anatomy. The productions of fabrics often contained cocktails of dangerous chemicals, poisoning and scarring the body overtime. Fashion also contributed to sudden and accidental deaths – deaths you only associate with horror movies, nightmares and exaggerations.
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The title for this post is an amalgamation of one of my favourite novels (a text set in York, it’s by Kate Atkinson, you need to read it) and one of my recent museum projects. The purpose of this post is fundamentally the latter; I just needed to use the pun…
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The Elizabethan ‘look’ is iconic. An English Rose. The look of a noble and strong Queen. A white complexion, a blush of pink cheeks and red lips. It was considered the ideal concept of beauty of the Early Modern period and spread globally. How did this phase of beauty come about, and what does it signify?
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What do does Wonder Woman, Florence Nightingale and Rachel McAdams have in common?
My visual culture module this term is super interesting; public health campaigns and medical knowledge depicted in various mediums – films, comics, even stamps. This week’s task was a 2 minute presentation on a more recent campaign or method; I chose comic books because it gave me an excuse to scroll through Pinterest for a couple of hours. Seriously, Pinterest is a great source for this module.
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This post focuses on “beauty” within 19th century society. This time period is a favourite of mine due to elements of social development, that of fashion, medicine and ideals. The Consumptive Look is of particular interest to me as it integrates all these elements and became central in my academic and personal research interests and projects.
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