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Fashion History with American Duchess

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Join Abby Cox & Lauren Stowell as they sit down and discuss the wide array of topics and ideas behind all things related to fashion history. Interviews, discussions, reviews, shenanigans, and more!

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Join Abby Cox & Lauren Stowell as they sit down and discuss the wide array of topics and ideas behind all things related to fashion history. Interviews, discussions, reviews, shenanigans, and more!

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So Cool

By Claore20010 - Oct 03 2018
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So Cool Learned so much!!!!!!!!

Fun banter + informative

By SwcyCkyf - Apr 23 2018
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Great content. Not too scripted and nice banter. I’d love to hang out w you guys. 😘

iTunes Ratings

83 Ratings
Average Ratings
55
16
6
3
3

So Cool

By Claore20010 - Oct 03 2018
Read more
So Cool Learned so much!!!!!!!!

Fun banter + informative

By SwcyCkyf - Apr 23 2018
Read more
Great content. Not too scripted and nice banter. I’d love to hang out w you guys. 😘

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Fashion History with American Duchess

Updated 7 days ago

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Join Abby Cox & Lauren Stowell as they sit down and discuss the wide array of topics and ideas behind all things related to fashion history. Interviews, discussions, reviews, shenanigans, and more!

Rank #1: Episode 7 - Did They Have BUGS in Their Hair?! 18th Century Hair & Hygiene

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Lauren sits Abby down to pick her brain about Abby's most favorite research subject - 18th Century women's hair! Abby's been researching this topic for the past 4 years, and even spent 1 year actively practicing 18th century hair care - using pomatum and powder to keep her hair clean and smelling fresh! Abby's time spent studying this topic has provided her with a lot of insight on such a surprising social practice from the 1700s. So, sit back, relax, and let you hair down - it's time to bust some myths & set the record straight on hair, hygiene & the 1700s!

If you would like more information regarding this episode check out the American Duchess blog at http://blog.americanduchess.com! You can also visit us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and our website www.americanduchess.com. Also - You can Pre-Order our book "The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking" at your favorite bookseller today!

Jun 15 2017

54mins

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Rank #2: Episode 17: Embracing Your Eccentric Historical Self with Zack Pinsent, Historic Tailor

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Lauren and Abby finally get to sit down with the *incredible* Zack Pinsent - Historic Tailor to chat about all sorts of different things - ranging from how Zack became a self-taught Historic Tailor, embracing your eccentric self, and nuances of fashion and the concept of masculinity.

At 23, Zack has a self confidence and ease with himself that is infectious, and is wise beyond his years. Not only are we impressed by Zack's tailoring skills, but also just by him as a young person who understands who they are.

Love Jane Austen? A good English Accent? A confidence boost? Well - this is the episode for you!

You can find Zack over at https://www.pinsenttailoring.co.uk/ or on Facebook (/PinsentTailoring) & Instagram (@pinsent_tailoring). Be prepared to drool.

If you wanna get to know Lauren and Abby better - find us over at http://www.american-duchess.com, http://blog.americanduchess.com OR on facebook (/AmericanDuchess) & Instagram (@AmericanDuchess).

See you next time! :D

Apr 13 2018

1hr 5mins

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Rank #3: Episode 9: Early 17th Century Women's Dress with Samantha McCarty

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Abby sits down with Samantha McCarty (again! See Episode 2 for more with Samantha!) to pick her brain about women's fashion and clothing from the first quarter of the 17th century (1600-1625-ish). This is an often over looked time period that Samantha has had time to really study since she works for a historic site that is from the 17th century. Ranging in subjects from what a woman was issued in a new "suit of clothes" before she arrived in Jamestown, Virginia, upper bodies, petticoats vs. kirtles, what the hell a "gown" is - in every sense of the word, and quite a bit on oorijzers (ear irons) - one of Samantha's specialties. So sit back, relax, and get ready to learn about something totally new a different!

If you like what you've heard today, or you want more information (pictures!) related to this episode check out our blog at http://blog.americanduchess.com and don't forget to check out Samantha's blog at http://couturecourtesan.blogspot.com too! You can also find American Duchess on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and www.AmericanDuchess.com!

Jul 01 2017

1hr 2mins

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Rank #4: Episode 8: It's not just One Direction: The Many Hairy Styles of the 18th Century

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Part 2 of our 18th Century Women's Hair Series brings Lauren and Abby together to create a terribly punny episode. (Sorry, Harry!) Sit back and listen as we go through the evolution of different hair styles for women in the 18th century, how the hair styles were created, and work on debunking some more myths about women's hair! For images and more information check out the blog http://blog.americanduchess.com! You can also follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!

Jun 23 2017

53mins

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Rank #5: Episode 16 - Corsets, Broadway, and Costuming Business with Cynthia Settje of Redthreaded

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Today, Lauren and Abby sit down with one of their favorite women in the industry, Cynthia Settje (http://redthreaded.com) to discuss everything from how/why she started her business (hint: The Great Recession), creating historic ready made corsets, working for Broadway, and more (like why did she name her business "RedThreaded"?)

If you're a bright young thing who is getting ready to graduate, or someone who is looking to have a change in careers - we hope that you find Cynthia's story inspiring and enlightening. We are so impressed by what she's accomplished, and we look up to her a great deal.

If you would like to learn more about RedThreaded - visit them at http://redthreaded.com (they're also on Instagram & Facebook!)

If you would like to visit us, check us out at http://AmericanDuchess.com or http://blog.americanduchess.com (we're also on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter!)

Mar 09 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #6: Episode 6 - Enslaved People's Dress in the 18th & 19th Century with Cheyney McKnight

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Abby is joined by Cheyney McKnight (Not Your Momma's History) to discuss what enslaved women and men would have worn in the United States of American during the 18th & 19th century. Going over everything from a brief explanation of slavery in the USA, to the "Reward System", Resistance in Dress, Textile Choices, and what Freed women and me could have worn and how that differed.

Cheyney is owner of Not Your Momma's History, a living history consulting & interpretation business as well as being a wonderful & informative presence on social media. You can catch her on YouTube, Facebook, and at her website: http://www.notyourmommashistory.com/

For more information regarding this week's episode - check out our American Duchess Blog (http://blog.americanduchess.com)

If you've enjoyed today's episode please remember to Subscribe to our channel & leave a review where ever you like to listen!

Jun 09 2017

1hr 11mins

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Rank #7: Episode 10 - Corsets with Cathy Hay of Foundations Revealed

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Cathy Hay is the Founder and CEO of Foundations Revealed - an Online Subscription Education Database filled to the brim with articles regarding everything you could possibly wonder about corset making, patterning, etc! Lauren & Abby were able to sit down with Cathy while attending Costume College in LA to pick her brain about her business, the Symington Corset Company Collection in Leicestershire, England, and just have an all around jazzy discussion about all sorts of corsetry goodness!

You can visit & join Foundations Revealed at http://www.foundationsrevealed.com

Also you can check out our blog at http://blog.americanduchess.com

Visit our website: www.AmericanDuchess.com

Or be our Friend on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! <3

Aug 10 2017

47mins

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Rank #8: Episode 4 - What Did Napoleon Wear with Mark Schneider

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Abby sits down with Mark Schneider, the world's best Napoleon reenactor in the world, to discuss all things related to the former Emperor of France. Mark takes the time to dispel some myths about Napoleon, his particular uniform choices, how Napoleon viewed fashion, and more! So sit back, relax, and enjoy!

For more information and pictures related to this episode check out our blog - http://blog.americanduchess.com

Don't forget to Subscribe to get a new episode delivered every week!

May 24 2017

52mins

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Rank #9: Episode 13 - Flappers, Fringe, and Fashion with Zoë Beery

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Zoë Beery is a fabulous vintage enthusiast and writer for websites such as Racked.com. On this episode Lauren and Abby sat down (via Skype) with Zoë to discuss her Racked article, "Flappers Didn’t Really Wear Fringed Dresses." Through Zoë's research we discover how Hollywood costumers and Post-War America brought on this unique interpretation of the truly unique and groundbreaking fashions of the 1920s. We also go down delightful rabbit holes of wearing vintage clothing, shifts in our American culture, and more!

We definitely recommend you read Zoë's article on Racked here: https://www.racked.com/2017/5/19/15612000/flappers-fringe-myth

If you would like more information regarding this episode please visit http://blog.americanduchess.com! You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (American Duchess). You can also visit us at www.AmericanDuchess.com!

If you're looking for fantastically fashionable flapper footwear - head on over to our sister company - Royal Vintage Shoes (www.royalvintageshoes.com). We're also on Facebook & Instagram (@missroyalvintage), too! :D

Nov 03 2017

54mins

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Rank #10: Episode 5 - Hot Town, Summer is Sh*tty for Costuming

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Abby & Lauren sit down and discuss how to deal with the harsh summer temperatures while dressed out for a living history event. We delve into how important fiber content and color is for summer clothing (hint: we love linen!), whether unlined garments existed, our tips and tricks on how we like to deal with the heat, and more - including Abby making up parody songs on the fly! So sit back, have a listen, and enjoy! If you would like to see the blog post that accompanies this episode please visit: http://blog.americanduchess.com! You can also check out our website www.AmericanDuchess.com & find us on Instagram (@americanduchess), Twitter & Facebook!

Jun 01 2017

44mins

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