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Fashion & Style…A Mother’s Influence

For These Designers, Mom Knew Best

By CHLOE MALLE

Published: May 6, 2011

IN “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Oscar Wilde wrote: “All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.” Fashion designers get around this problem by incorporating their mother’s way of dressing into their work. On the occasion of Mother’s Day, several shared their primal style memories.

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2011/05/08/style/MOMS.html?ref=fashion

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/08/fashion/08MOTHERS.html?pagewanted=all

Fashion News…Hermes and Gaultier’s Fashion House

Herm’s Is Selling Its Stake in Gaultier’s Fashion House

By  and 
Published: May 3, 201

Jean-Paul Gaultier, right, with the model Farida Khelf

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/04/business/global/04iht-fashion04.html?ref=fashion

Did you know…Susan B. Anthony, Suffragette and Fashion Icon?

On Her Arm, a Symbol of Freedom

By 
Published: May 4, 2011

THOUGH she has rarely been described as a style icon, the suffragist Susan B. Anthony was readily identifiable on her travels by her red shawl and alligator handbag. To her, a bag was not a fashion statement but a symbol of independence at a time when women were not allowed to enter into a contract or even open a bank account.

read on to find out more:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/05/fashion/05ROW.html?ref=fashion

http://susanbanthonyhouse.org/index.php

Designer Bio…Sarah Burton

Sarah Burton is the Creative Director for the Alexander McQueen label.  She moved into the position in May 2010, after designer Alexander McQueen’s death that same year.  Burton has been with the famous Bristish label since 1996 and was his aide uptil until McQueen’s death in February 2010.

http://www.vogue.co.uk/biographies/110317-sarah-burton.aspx

Art and Culture…McQueen Exhibition at the Met

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

May 4- July 31, 2011 @ the Metropolitan Museum of Art

“You’ve got to know the rules to break them. That’s what I’m here for, to demolish the rules but to keep the tradition.”

—Alexander McQueen

This promises to be a great exhibition.  Organized by the Costume Institute, it will celebrate the late designer’s contribution to fashion.  “Mr. McQueen challenged and expanded the understanding of fashion beyond utility to a conceptual expression of culture, politics, and identity.” (blog.metmuseum.org/alexandermcqueen/about)

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http://blog.metmuseum.org/alexandermcqueen/

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/alltherage/2011/05/alexander-mcqueen-opens-at-the-met.html

Fashion Inspiration…retro swimwear

Nanette Lepore’s retro inspired swimwear

Fun, Flirty, and Girly!

While all the stars and celebrities were putting on their most glamorous gowns for the Met Ball Monday evening, Nanette Lepore had her models walking around in much less formal attire; not to mention far less material too.  Lepore’s retro swimwear embraces the feminine and frequently references past swimwear of the former pin-up models.

Take a look!!

http://www.theorchidboutique.com/nanette-lepore-swimwear.html

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/alltherage/2011/05/nanette-lepores-retro-inspired-swimwear.html

Art and Culture…Sonia Delaunay, artist and fashion designer

Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay 

On view now through June 19, 2011 at Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York

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 “Examining the more practical side of Delaunay’s pioneering achievement, this beautiful, enlightening exhibition offers some alluring artworks, garments and accessories, especially a passel of radiant scarves. But it bets most of the house on fabric swatches — Delaunay’s textile designs — and succeeds with a display of some 90 gouache studies for textiles and their equally vibrant commercial results: more than 120 hand-printed silks, velvets and cottons laid out in large vitrines. Patterns ranging from geometric to floral variously revisit, amplify and presage much of the history of modern painting and may even deserve a place in that history. 2 East 91st Street , (212) 849-8400, (Smith)”

http://beta.cooperhewitt.org/microsites/colormoves/exhibition

http://cooperhewitt.org/EXHIBITIONS/color-moves/

It’s all about the clothes…Valentino

2011 Couture Council Artistry of Fashion Award: Valentino

On Wednesday September 7, 2011, The Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology will honor Valentino with their 2011 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion.  The event has become a tradition in preceding the arrival of Fall Fashion Week!

“Valentino was chosen in recognition of his status as a world-historical figure in modern fashion, a man who has dressed every beautiful woman of the past 50 years, from Jacqueline Kennedy to Madonna.  Valentino’s concept of beauty is Apollonian in its classicism and perfect taste…In today’s world of an often debased celebrity culture, Valentino’s dresses continue to assert an aristocratic ideal of art and beauty.”, said Dr. Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at FIT.

FIT president, Dr. Joyce F. Brown, noted, “We are delighted to have this opportunity to honor Valentino, who, through his timeless and elegant designs, is a legend to all those who love fashion.”

http://fitnyc.edu/10131.asp