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 …

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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 …

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THE MACHINE AGE IN AMERICA – Story of a native style

The machine and all its many manifestations was the defining force that shaped America in the years between the two wars. The machine as a process, an object or a symbol of American civilization, is the founding element of Modernism. Recognition of America’s distinctive character and contribution …

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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 …

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CARON AND THE FRAGRANCE OF BEAUTY

“These perfumes form the objects of a luxury which may be looked upon as being the most superfluous of any, for pearls and jewels, after all, do pass to a man’s representative, and garments have some durability; but unguents lose their odour in an instant, and die …

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MODERNIST DESIGN: KNOLL PAYS HOMAGE TO ITS BAUHAUS HERITAGE

KNOLL CELEBRATES 75 YEARS OF BAUHAUS DESIGN In 1994, Knoll International celebrated with a special book 75 years of Bauhaus Design and its heritage that still very much alive today at Knoll. The book is also a homage to the Bolted Book of Fortunato Depero’s 1927 masterpiece …

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25 annés UAM: a visual narrative of French Modernism

“When a man is too curious concerning what went on in past ages, he is apt to remain ignorant of what is taking place in his own day.” René Descartes, Discourse on the Method BLIND DATE WITH UAM In 2018, one of my regular book and exhibition …

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FASHION REPRESENTATION- La Gazette du Bon Ton- 1912-1925

“ The study of fashion illustration through the ages now has a place as an important source – these days called material culture – for historians, ethnographers, and scientists, as it always has for fashion designers, costume designers, filmmakers, artists, connoisseurs and collectors.” Julian Robinson from The …

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