Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Mystery designer... Gianni Versace

Ok, no one has guessed who the mystery designer was so I'm posting more pics of his collections from the mid 1980's.


Everyone wrapped their heads in large sheets of fabric...

This dress is classic.



Hey wait a minute, are those cargo pants??

Monday, April 12, 2010

Olivier Theyskens

I wondered what happened to the boy wonder Olivier Theyskens who seemed to have disappeared after his stint at Rochas & Nina Ricci.

How could you not like this corset/jacket with train?

Olivier Theyskens jacket

Olivier's last collection for Nina Ricci at style.com (click here)

Short video Olivier Theyskens photography book colaboration.

....Read (look at pictures) the latest edition of Net-a-Porter Magazine (apparently cork soles are all the rage).

Friday, April 9, 2010

The 80's revisited... Who is this designer?

Several of the designer's early collections were known for successfully mixing different prints within the same garment. That's when I fell in love with the designs.



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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Who is this? Name that designer....

You will get no hints, not a one... Who created this lovely ensemble? The answer tomorrow.

Cristobal Balenciaga

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Fashion Exhibitions - part 2 US

These lists are by no means meant to be exhaustive. Check your local museums and see what they have to offer. Oh and please call before you plan to go just to make sure I have the correct dates!

And thank you to those have sent me private messages to let me know about upcoming showings!!

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Inspiring Fashion: Gifts from Designers Honoring Tom Marotta
September 12, 2009 - Summer 2010
Fashion designers use their talent and vision to interpret the current mood and aesthetic, finding inspiration in a variety of sources. The exploration of an artistic movement, a reinterpretation of historic clothing, or the transformation of street styles or utilitarian clothes may be the springboard for innovative statements. Some designers begin with geometry or shape, while others’ imagination is sparked by color, by the design or characteristics of a fabric, or by the possibilities offered by materials or techniques handled by skilled artisans of the industry.

Cleveland, Ohio
Kent State University Museum

The Kent State University Museum:
Celebrating 25 Years
March 11, 2010 - February 13, 2011

Two Hundred Fifty Years of Fashion,
Twenty Five Years of Collecting
Changing fashions exemplify the human desire for novelty. The 25 pieces in this exhibition represent the very tip of the iceberg of fashionable dress, and illustrate the evolution of fashion from 1750 to today. A survey of taste in silhouette, fabric and trimmings readily reveals enormous diversity. Over the centuries fashion choices have reflected relationships to an array of aesthetic and cultural environments. These choices register individual attitudes to prevailing social mores and reactions to a given artistic sensibility. The clothes we choose to wear when dressing each day become one of our most significant means of communicating who we are and how we feel. Collections of historic and fashionable dress, like that held by the Kent State University Museum, provide a very intimate record of personal choice and give insight into the unique ways individuals have responded to over-arching aesthetic trends.

Chicago History Museum

I Do! Chicago Ties the Knot
Opens May 22, 2010

Nearly every part of a wedding celebration is steeped in history and tradition, with religion, culture, family custom, and superstition having shaped the Big Day since the first couple said "I do." The exhibition explores an array of wedding traditions through costume, and how some of those traditions were standardized by Chicago retailers to create the wedding industry we know today.

Washington D.C.
Textile Museum

Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain
May 15, 2010 – September 12, 2010

The art of textile design changed radically after World War II as Britain was transformed from a country devastated by war into an optimistic consumer society. Three women designers were pivotal in this artistic revolution: Lucienne Day (1917- ), Jacqueline Groag (1903-1985) and Marian Mahler (1911-1983). Incorporating dramatic saturated colors and bold motifs inspired by artists like Alexander Calder and Joan MirĂ³, these young designers transformed the market by inspiring elegant yet affordable product lines that brought the world of contemporary art into everyone’s homes.
Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain will showcase the work of these groundbreaking women designers, highlighting the work of Lucienne Day, through the display of textiles together with preliminary drawings and collages, ceramics and period furniture, all drawn from the Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown, III Collection of British Textiles.

GREEN: the Color and the Cause
April – September 2011

Many cultures traditionally associate the color green with nature and its attributes, including life, fertility and rebirth. In recent years, green has become a symbolic color of environmentalism. This exhibition will celebrate green both as a color and as a cause, exploring the techniques people have devised to create green textiles, the meanings this color has held in cultures across time and place, and the ways that contemporary textile artists and designers are responding to concerns about the environment.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Claire McCardell - Folkwear patterns

Folkwear patterns

This pattern company produces historical garments from Claire McCardell reproductions to Austrialian Outback garb. I enjoy their patterns, they give you a bit of history, and some alternatives for seam treatments.

From the company website...

The History of Folkwear
In the mid-1970s, three California women founded Folkwear to share their passion for finely crafted ethnic clothing with other lovers of fiber and fabric. The garments they collected during travels to other countries served as models for the earliest Folkwear patterns, including #105 Syrian Dress and #106 Turkish Coat. As the three began collecting vintage garments in addition to ethnic, the pattern line expanded to include all types of historic styles from all around the world.

During the recession of the mid-1980s, Folkwear's business health suffered along with so many other small businesses. The company was sold to The Taunton Press, publisher of Threads magazine, and by the early 1990s most of the original patterns were back in print and new patterns were under development.

In 1998, Taunton decided to focus on its core book/magazine publishing business and sold the Folkwear division to Lark Books, publisher of Fiberarts magazine and assorted craft books. Kate Mathews, former Fiberarts editor and author of several Lark sewing titles, was hired to manage Folkwear. In 1999, Lark Books was sold to Sterling Publishing, a large New York book distributor, which then sold Folkwear to its manager in April, 2002.

Folkwear is again an independent, woman-owned firm, just like it was in its earliest days. Through it all, the company has retained a loyal group of fans who keep the passion for vintage and ethnic garments alive!

These are the two Claire McCardell patterns they have issued, the first is a bit of a die hard McCardell pattern, as it is out of print!

OOP Claire McCardell Cloisters dress pattern
Folkwear pattern 505 McCardell Cloister dress
Claire McCardell Town & Country dress pattern
Folkwear pattern 258 Town & Country dress

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Vionnet sp 2010

I wonder what Mdme Vionnet thinks about this collection.

Vionnet- sp2010 dress 4

Vionnet- sp2010 dress 3

Vionnet- sp2010 dress 5

Vionnet- sp2010 dress 2

Vionnet- sp2010 dress 1