Monthly Archives: June 2012

Then & Now

(left) Yayoi Kusama with Infinity Mirror Room — Phalli’s Field, Castellane Gallery, New York, 1965 / Image courtesy: Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo / © Yayoi Kusama, Yayoi Kusama Studio inc. (right) Designer: Masha Reva, photograph: Synchrodogs, style:Julie Pelipas, model: Lola … Continue reading

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Jean-Paul Gaultier: Deconstruction in Fashion

L’enfant terrible of fashion, Jean-Paul Gaultier, was trained in the (not-so-terrible) “magnificent ruined city”[1] of the haute couture.  He was taught in houses that had once dictated the conventions of elegance, but that had lost their power: in 1970 he … Continue reading

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Fashion in Black & White- Part II, Lace

Last week I introduced several examples that show how fashion designers use the combination of black and white to contrast parts of a garment or body and to explore sexual identities. This week I would like show another theme that … Continue reading

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June Treasure of the Month- Lucile on Film

The site Glamour Daze is a wonderful source of primary materials, including rare films of fashion, makeup and hair guides. This month’s treasure is included in their feature “Evolution of women’s Dress 1914-1929.” The first section, 1914, shows clothes by British designer … Continue reading

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Fashion in Black & White- Part I, Structure

‘Coco’ Chanel’s ” little black dress” is maybe the most famous fashion item of dress. Although some fashion scholars challenge the perception that Chanel was the first to create and promote the chic, simple, and elegant “little black dress”, she … Continue reading

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Then & Now

(left) Lady Curzon, in Charles Fredrick Worth ‘Peacock Dress’, 1902-3. Oil on Canvas, attributed to William Logsdail, English (1859-1844). (right) Mary Jane Russell in Dior  gown. Photograph: Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Harper’s Bazaar, October 1951.

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A Fashion Victim Through and Through

Since I heard Cintra Wilson’s talk on FIT’s Fashion & Music symposium, I really did started to notice that many fashion designers and stylist today consider being a dead super model to be the essence of cool. Raising your eyebrows? I did too, … Continue reading

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