Musings & Miscellany

Dress Code/Dress Coded

Happy day, reader dear!

I know I should be dropping some sort of mind-boggling style post here for you today after my month “off,” but I feel compelled (Honest to goodness compelled!) to share this podcast from Sidedoor.

I’ve written about Sidedoor before in a Friday Five’s post. I still love it, and listen regularly. I’ve been amazed at the will and ingenuity of the podcasting community during Covid. Somehow they still make the magic happen, with or without studios, equipment, and technical geniuses that make it all work. Bless them. I’d have lost my mind back in March if not for the sanity and perspective my faves provide.

Sidedoor is a Smithsonian Institution production; host, Lizzie Peabody and her guests take us behind the scenes of exhibits, and share about fascinating items in the collection that may never make it to the museum floor. The Smithsonian is a powerhouse of a research institution and treasure trove for researchers all over the world. Thank you, Smithsonian!

Dress Coded is fascinating… It’s a half-hour listen and well worth your time! From rolling stockings to wearing bobby socks and policing of women’s (and girls’) bodies, this episode takes on dress codes, and how their application and enforcement affect different racial and socioeconomic groups.

Sorry about the way this embedded… You’ll have to click on Dress Coded to hear that episode

Sumo Wrestlers vs. Firefighters Sidedoor

In 19th century Japan, two sumo wrestlers faced down dozens of firefighters in a brawl so epic it inspired a Kabuki play. But the story of what really happened —and who the heroes are— is all a matter of perspective. Underdogs, antiheroes and villains. How do we decide who plays what role? Guests: Kit Brooks, Japan Foundation Assistant Curator of Japanese Art at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art Frank Feltens, Japan Foundation Associate Curator of Japanese Art at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art
  1. Sumo Wrestlers vs. Firefighters
  2. Culture in Crisis
  3. Hubble Trouble
  4. A Star-Spangled Bonus Episode
  5. Get Off My Lawn

How about you? How do you feel about dress codes? Do you have one at work? Did you at school? Let me know if you listened to the podcast and your thoughts… I love to hear from you!

Stylishly yours,

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