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NATIVE AMERICAN CLOTHING- An illustrated History

PREMISE : FASHION CULTURAL APPROPRIATION ISSUES The purpose of this blog is to spread the knowledge of fashion culture. These are times where the subject of cultural appropriation in fashion is central in social media discussions (for example in Clubhouse talks) – unfortunately not enough on the traditional media.  Especially regarding the latest Louis Vuitton’s …

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DANCE PHOTOGRAPHY- Modernist images by Gordon Anthony

BALLET PHOTOGRAPHY AND ANTHONY GORDON In the 1930’s of the 20th century, dance photography was widespread. It investigated  beauty, the dynamics of movement, gestures, and poses. Dance photography researches and documents the full potentiality of the body.  It evokes the strain and the emotional strength indispensable to the dancer to expand the limits of his …

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SILVER MASTERS OF MEXICO – Modernist Jewelry from Taxco

AN AMERICAN IN TAXCO Sterling silver jewelry of modern Mexico found worldwide attention largely thanks to one man, William Spratling (1900-1967), American associate professor of architecture. Taxco was a lovely silver mining, hill town city located south west from Mexico City and the center of a hand-wrought silver industry in the 1930’s.  In 1931, William …

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PIERRE CARDIN – THE FUTURE IS TODAY

TOWARDS THE FUTURE AND BEYOND This year three major celebrations of the 70 year fashion design career of Pierre Cardin took place in America and Europe.  On January 5 the Brooklyn Museum wrapped up a 6 month exhibition, Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion, the first New York retrospective in forty years to focus on the legendary couturier. On …

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JAPONISME:THE EUROPEAN CRAZE FOR THINGS JAPANESE

STYLE LOST IN TRANSLATION – Imitationv vs. Interpretation Fashion, like art and other artistic expressions, reflects the social and cultural changes undergoing in a society. French and English fashion houses could not ignore the craze for Things Japanese, as Basil H. Chamberlain defined the artifacts and prints that were massively imported in Europe in those …

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FABULOUS FAKES: IT’S A WONDER-FULL WORLD!

“More is more and less is a bore!” Iris Apfel Costume Jewelry in Vogue is the history of costume and fashion jewelry illustrated through the images of the most remarkable creations that enriched Vogue’ pages since its early years. Junk, imitation, costume, fashion, fantasy jewelry, bijoux de couture, or dress ornaments. Different names to different …

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CUBISM AND FASHION : A Fortunate Cross Over

FROM THREE DIMENSIONS TO TWO The influence of art on fashion styles dates back to the early years of the 19th century and will continue to “impress”  fashion design throughout the 60’s, and beyond. More precisely, in the years that followed the birth of the Cubist movement (1908), much of this fortunate “crossovers” between art …

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MATISSE: The Fabric of Dreams

THE FABRIC OF DREAMS One of my favorite discoveries during my book quests was MATISSE – His art and his textiles – The Fabric Of Dreams. It occurred in a unexpected way.  I was reading a recent and unexpectedly boring historical novel which featured Matisse. It told the story, set during the Parisian années folles, …

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ART GOES TO THE HEAD : ASCHER Fabric Art Fashion

A ” PRINTED ” HISTORY OF THE ASCHER FABRICS ASCHER Fabric Art Fashion is an extraordinary story of resilience, creativity and courage. It was published to coincide with the exhibition held in 1987 at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London that showcased the most brilliant textiles developed by the Aschers. Reading the text of …

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