To Ears With Love is a regular column about our favorite podcasts. Ever listen to a podcast, find it entrancing, only to binge listen to the whole thing and be left with nothing but silence or a Spotify playlist? FangirlNation is here to help with some suggestions.
May I recommend Dressed: The History of Fashion? Each week, hosts fashion historians April Calahan and Cassidy Zachary show that clothing is never just about the cloth. In each podcast, they provide the historical and social aspects that shape attire and look the sometimes surprising ways clothing changes people. Each week, Calahan and Zachary cover something of the historical and social aspects of the item under scrutiny. Topics have included the color pink, fashion in Ancient Egypt, and plus-sizing. One of the most eye-opening episodes for me was the podcast on Elizabeth Keckly, a slave who purchased her freedom and became a sought-after dressmaker in Civil War era Washington. And then there was the interview with Amber Butchart, who uses her fashion expertise in police forensic work.
The topics are interesting, the sound quality is good, and these women know their stuff. Go listen if you are interested in clothing! If think you’re not interested—pick up an episode anyway. You may discover something new to enjoy and mull over. Regular episodes of the podcast run around forty-five minutes. Recently, Calahan and Zachary have introduced a second, shorter mid-week entry, “The Fashion History Mystery,” in which they answer a listener question; these episodes tend to be between ten and fifteen minutes long. Dressed: The History of Fashion is available on all major podcasting platforms. As a bonus, there is also a Dressed Instagram account, @Dressed_Podcast, where you can see the clothing they have been talking about. You can also follow them on Pinterest, Twitter (as @Dressed_Podcast), and Facebook.