Monthly Archives: March 2013

Mystery Monday: Mela Koehler

Yes, this lithograph is by Mela Koehler (1865 – 1960), a close collaborator with the Wiener Werkstätte. Founded in 1903 by Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser, the Wiener Werkstätte, or Vienna Workshop, remained active for only 29 years, but its … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday: Easter Edition

Spring break has arrived and Easter is on its way! To celebrate the arrival of a favorite holiday and holy day, here’s the latest mystery: What artist took a break from fashion illustration to draw this whimsical scene? Think you … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday: The Countess da Castiglione

Yes, this is a photo of the Countess da Castiglione. When the Countess met Pierre-Louis Pierson in 1856, ego met opportunity and a lifetime partnership began. For many years, Pierson photographed the great beauty as  she portrayed mythical and historical … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We look at this woman and observe her detailed gown and her striking crown of gray hair. We notice how her elegant, long fingers gracefully hold a frame to a haughty eye. … Continue reading

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Exhibition Review: Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity

This weekend, while visiting the newest exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum Art,  I watched as ruffles became brush strokes and bright buttons became dots of paint on a canvas. At Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity, gowns, suits, parasols, hats, and fans … Continue reading

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Exhibition Review: Fortuny y Madrazo: An Artistic Legacy

Red, aqua and gold surround visitors at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute, punctuated with swirls of silk turbans and gowns of apricot and cornflower blue. All is framed by Fortuny fabric, paintings, photographs and Fortuny lamps. A Delphos dress greets … Continue reading

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These Boots Are Made For Walking?

Our exhibition, Boots: The Height of Fashion, opened on March 4. And now comes the video… the talented Alex Joseph and Fiona Tedds, went out to the street, to find out how women today feel about their boots. Huetoo, FIT’s … Continue reading

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Lady of the Daisies

I have mentioned here and here that for quite some time I have been researching the history of the luxury beachwear brand Gottex, and specifically the work if its founder and designer of many years Lea Gottlieb. I am thrilled to share with … Continue reading

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Boots: The Height of Fashion

This coming Tuesday will mark the opening of the exhibition Boots: The Height of Fashion, curated by the students of our program in collaboration with the Museum at FIT. The exhibition will feature twenty pairs of women’s boots from the Museum’s permanent collection, … Continue reading

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