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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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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 to design during the 1902’s and 1930’s was …

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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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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 of Futurist graphic design and bookmaking—Depero Futurista. The …

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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 expeditions to Paris coincided with a stunning exhibition …

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