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 as she presents her latest book, Everyday Icon – Michelle Obama and the Power of Style. Described by Diane von Furstenberg as “fun, informative and inspiring,” the book is an analysis of Michelle Obama’s emergence as a style icon and what it means for women, First Ladies, and the future of American style. With her unique perspective both as a journalist and a fashion industry leader, Betts takes a historical look at the influence First Ladies have had on American style and fashion. A book signing will follow!”

All About the Shoes…Louboutin

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“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.” (

Wardrobe staples. Women. Heels.  Need I say more?  Right after finding the perfect little black dress, finding the perfect heel is one of our life long missions.  How often do we go out in our skyscraper heels only to curse the man who invented them later?  Finding the perfect heel is a dream! Today’s top name in heels, and easily recognizable by his trademark red-sole, is none other then Louboutin.  And here, in is this article, he reveals the science behind creating the perfect heel.  Where’s that rainy day account when I need one?!

He was able to trademark his red-sole!!


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 it in New York.  I hope I am in the area in time for his next exhibition on Alexander McQueen. 

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
May 4, 2011–July 31, 2011
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, 2nd floor

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 design.  This new independence came in the form of tying, wrapping, eschewing, as well as 1970s fabrics and colors, which were generally brighter, bolder, and more synthetic (and stretchy) than the early examples to which the silhouette and design principle are indebted.

Source: Diane Von Furstenberg: Wrap dress (1997.487) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

you can find DVF’s new fall collection of wrap dress at her website

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Behind the Seems…more on Vionnet

Vionnet created her designs 'in the round' on a miniature mannequin and then seamstresses would translate the garment into full size.

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 flow beautifully around the body.

Vionnet was known as 'Queen of the Bias Cut'. Her designs were inspired by the time period: Art Deco

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 1978 he opened his own business. Versace hands down is one of the most important Italian designers of the 1980’s and 1990’s famous for his strong use of colour and clean lines. He was known for his bias cut clothes and fluid silks. Many of his ideas were pushing the limit but he achieved greatness with his high level of technical achievements. Versace viewed his clothes as powerful statements. Versace also pulled inspiration from classical historical references with a blend of bold geometric shapes and complex textures in brilliant colours.  Versace  was murdered on July 15, 1997, at the age of 50 on the steps of his home.  In September 1997, it was announced Versace’s brother, Santo and Jorge Saud would serve as the new CEO’s of Gianni Versace S.P.A. Versace’s sister, Donatella, became the new head of design.

This was devastating to the fashion world. From a personal experience I remember the day this happened because my mom was devastated at the loss of this specific designer.  Gianni was a amazing designer who left a important mark on the fashion world. Enjoy the pictures below of his work, life, and friends.