Author Archives: Laura Peluso

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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Mystery Monday: Beth Levine

Yes, Beth Levine of Herbert Levine, Inc. designed this shoe. Known for her elegant, witty and whimsical shoe designs, Beth Levine found inspiration in her travels, in new materials, and from runway fashions, as she sought to pair the best … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday

It’s the day after the Super Bowl. Did your team win? At next year’s party, instead of wearing your favorite football jersey, why don’t you consider sporting something similar to our latest mystery: Who designed this shoe? Think you know? … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday: A Suit from La Belle Jardinière

Manufactured during the period now known as La Belle Époque (1871 – 1914), this suit from La Belle Jardinière is an example of the more affordable, ready-to-wear suiting options available to Parisian men. Established in 1824, La Belle Jardinière was … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday

As a new semester begins and we find ourselves returning to a strict schedule of classes, studying, and research, time is very much on our minds. While we settle into our comfortable but hectic routines, here is another mystery: From … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday: Jack Potter’s Drawing and Thinking

I thought someone might mention the names Vuillard and Toulouse-Lautrec this week! Jack Potter (1927 – 2002), best known for his fashion illustrations in the 1950s, found inspiration in the work of Toulouse-Lautrec and Vuillard. Though his style is reminiscent of these famous … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday

Last week’s mystery was about drawing inspiration from the past, and this week’s mystery is about the drawings of the past: Who drew this fashion illustration? Think you know? Submit your guess below; we’ll tell you all about this illustrator … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday: Owen Jones

Yes, Owen Jones designed this textile. Jones (1809 – 1874) was an architect, a designer, and the author of  The Grammar of Ornament. Published in 1856, The Grammar of Ornament contains a series of chromolithographs tracing the development of patterns through … Continue reading

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