February 4, 2013

Birds of a Feather

1880 Accessory Set and Marjan Pejoski

This peculiar scarf and muff set, housed at The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, represents the fashionable use of birds in 19th-century dress, which often featured bird components of feather plumes or a bird used in its entirety as seen here. The accessory set is also thought to draw attention to the ...

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January 31, 2013

Put a Ring on it

Padaung Woman and Daphne Guinness

Perhaps making a comment on her willingness to sacrifice herself in the name of fashion, costume collector and heiress Daphne Guinness accessorized with a neck coil much like the brass wires worn by the Padaung women along the Thai and Burmese border. The origins of this body modification practice are unknown and ...

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January 27, 2013

Proud as a Peacock

Alexander McQueen and Jany Temime

Housed at the FIDM Museum, Alexander McQueen’s Peacock Dress exemplifies the designer’s ability to incorporate historic symbolism and reference past modes of dress to create a final garment that is cutting edge and culturally relevant to our contemporary eyes. The Peacock Dress belonged to McQueen’s ...

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January 25, 2013

Put Your Best Face Forward

Harry Gordon and Lanvin

The disposable paper dress was first introduced in 1966 by the Scott Paper Company. Soon after, pop and graphic artists such as Harry Gordon, began producing garments constructed of the material, including Gordon’s “Mystic Eye” shift dress in 1968. In Lanvin’s SS 2007 show, designer Alber Elbaz sent ...

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January 14, 2013

Junon

Christian Dior and Zuhair Murah

Christian Dior’s Junon gown from the designer’s 1949 collection, which also featured gowns by the names of Venus and Hera, is constructed with a skirt of beaded ombré petals resembling peacock feathers, a bird possessing classical symbolism through its associations with the Queen of the Olympians. The ball ...

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