Art and Culture…an everyday icon

The Museum at FIT presents Fashion Culture Special Programs throughout the year.  Check this one out!  Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style ~ Kate Betts Thursday, May 12, 6pm Katie Murphy Amphitheatre Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center, first floor “Join the former editor of Time magazine’s Style and Design section Kate Betts…

All About the Shoes…Louboutin

“Louboutin was born in Paris in 1964 and was drawn to footwear from an early age. One of his earliest memories is seeing a sign prohibiting the wearing of stiletto heels in a Paris museum — warning of potential damage to the wood floors.” (cnn.com) Wardrobe staples. Women. Heels.  Need I say more?  Right after…

Love this…McQueen exhibition

   I was lucky enough this week to meet Andrew Bolton, Curator at the Costume Institute in New York.  He toured Fashioning Fashion and was giving a lecture to LACMA’s Costume council about his past exhibit American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity (May 5, 2010–August 15, 2010).  It was truly an inspirational exhibition and I wish I could have seen…

1970s…DVF and the wrap dress

 The climax of what was considered “American Ingenuity” came in the form of DVF’s 1970s wrap dress.  While the idea of the wrap dress was not new, DVF’s wrap dress is a trend that we still cherish today.  From the 1930s-70s designers were re-thinking fashion to its very roots.  Designers like McCardell liberated American fashion from Parisian…

Behind the Seems…more on Vionnet

Cutting fabric on the bias is the name given to the technique for cutting cloth diagonal to the grain of the fabric enabling it to cling to the body while moving with the wearer. Many of Vionnet’s designs are highly influenced by Greek art.  She did not like garments that restricted the wearer but those that would…

Behind the Seams..Versace, Gianni

Versace, Gianni was one of the most exquisite designers in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Gianni was born in Calabria, Italy. He worked with his dress-maker mother before moving to Milan. Versace swiftly established a reputation as a skilled designer and created a suede and leather collection for GENNY and evening clothes for the firm of Complice. In…