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 …

Read moreNATIVE AMERICAN CLOTHING- An illustrated History

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 …

Read moreDANCE PHOTOGRAPHY- Modernist images by Gordon Anthony

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 …

Read moreSILVER MASTERS OF MEXICO – Modernist Jewelry from Taxco

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 …

Read morePIERRE CARDIN – THE FUTURE IS TODAY

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 …

Read moreJAPONISME:THE EUROPEAN CRAZE FOR THINGS JAPANESE

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 …

Read moreFABULOUS FAKES: IT’S A WONDER-FULL WORLD!

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 …

Read moreCARON AND THE FRAGRANCE OF BEAUTY

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 …

Read moreMATISSE: The Fabric of Dreams