Unravel And 4 Other Podcasts For The Fashion Curious
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Unravel And 4 Other Podcasts For The Fashion Curious

Phil Oh

Our picks explore everything from fashion history to pop culture.

According to recent data released by media streaming giant Spotify, the Philippines has seen a 60 percent growth in podcast listenership over the past 12 months. It’s clear from the surge of Filipino creators and celebrities hopping onto the platform, that podcasts are quickly becoming one of our favorite ways to consume content.

These days, there’s something for everyone out there, from true crime to love stories and anything in between. One such genre has quickly taken off; fashion podcasting. The medium offers a compelling new channel for creatives all across the fashion industry like British Vogue editor Bay Garnett or model and writer Naomi Shimada to come forward and share their expertise. Even brands like Dior, Chanel, and Gucci are hopping onto the bandwagon.

For the fashionably curious, here are five podcasts you can start with:

Dressed: The History Of Fashion

iHeartRadio’s fashion history podcast Dressed comes with the description, “With over 7 billion people in the world, we all have one thing in common. Every day we all get dressed.” Hosted by April Calahan and Cassidy Zachary, the show puts out weekly discussions on various topics within the fashion world.

The two hosts regularly invite industry experts as guests like author and fashion mentor Tim Gunn, or costume designer Mary Vogt. The show has even had leading Filipino fashion figures on, like Mark Higgins of Slim’s Fashion and Arts School, and even Vogue Philippines editors Bea Valdes and Pam Quiñones

Unravel

Created in 2015 by textile conservator and archivist Dana Goodin and fine art and fashion scholar Jasmine Helm, Unraveled is a collaborative discussion between the hosts and their expert guests.

The pair’s goal is to “solidify fashion history as a serious subject to study. “They brought on a third host, history scholar Joy Davis, who studies everything from the likes of fashion, art, media, and BIPOC history.

Their episodes include deep dives into topics such as African hairstyles, The Ideal Body, or Feminism in luxury brands.

In Vogue: The Archives

Vogue has long been one of the leading reporters on all things fashion. As the 130-year-old magazine fully transitions into the digital age, podcasts were a natural next step. Vogue actually now has three podcast shows: In Vogue, Vogue Stories, and an upcoming release called The Run Through with Vogue.

Its first show, In Vogue discusses how fashion influences the current zeitgeist of a given era, from pop culture to entertainment. Its guests include the likes of Sex And The City actress Sarah Jessica Parker, fashion editor Grace Coddington, and photographer Annie Leibovitz.

Creative Conversations with Suzy Menkes

Suzy Menkes is often touted as “the world’s most famous fashion journalist.” She’s had half a century’s worth of experience in the fashion industry, having started as a reporter for The Times. She went on to be Fashion Editor for The Evening Standard, The Times, The Independent, The International Herald Tribune, and Vogue International.

During the height of pandemic lockdowns, she launched her very own podcast which features discussions and interviews with leading players in the global fashion industry. At 78 years old, Menkes has guested the likes of internationally-renowned designers Manolo Blahnik, Simone Rocha, Giambattista Valli, and Tommy Hilfiger.

Articles Of Interest

Radiotopia’s podcast Articles of Interest is a project by the makers of the award-winning podcast 99% Invisible. Hosted and produced by Avery Trufelman, the show explores the nitty-gritty aspects of fashion that are often glossed over.

Their episodes include topics about intellectual property law, the history of tartan and plaid, Hawaiian shirts, and blue jeans. A third season of the podcast is expected to arrive on streaming platforms soon.

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