Tag Archives: Coco Chanel

Eight Memorable Fashion Moments

By Cary O’dell As we all know, fashion comes and…goes.  And, yet, for all its transitory properties, there comes along, once in a while, truly staggering, time-freezing incidents that forever impact not only the world of fashion, the world at … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Lagerfeld’s Questionable Legacy

By Cary O’dell Cary O’Dell’s work has appeared on PopMatters.com, Thoughtcatalog.com and Wornthrough.com.  His book, “June Cleaver Was a Feminist!  Reconsidering the Female Character of Early Television,” will be published in the fall by McFarland.  He works for the Library … Continue reading

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Fashion in Black & White- Part III, Flowers

In the last two posts, I have introduced how fashion designers structure garments in black and white, and how they explore contrasting ideas of sexuality and feminine models through the use of black and white lace. This week I’d like … 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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1900-1910: The Reign of The Lingerie Dress

In the book, The Perfect Lady, Willet C. Cunnington describes the period from 1900 to 1910 as the “reign of lingerie,” and indeed fashion magazines in these years, and especially in summer months, show many examples and variations of the so-called … Continue reading

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‘Undressing the Fashionable Myth’ Symposium

Myth Nº 5: The Little Black Dress By Audrey Chaney If fashion is a religion, then Chanel was its prophet. Fashion lore attributes certain modes and manners to this designer, as though she channeled the fashion gods. Simple was chic. … Continue reading

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Then&Now

Gabrielle Coco Chanel by Man Ray, 1935                            Sur La Plage by Bea Szenfeld, 2010

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