July 15, 2013

Channeling Chanel

Steven Meisel and Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

Considered somewhat of an enigma in the fashion industry, photographer Steven Meisel is notorious for abstaining from interviews and shying away from the camera, unless of course, he is behind the lens. In 1988, Meisel shot his first cover for Vogue Italia, beginning a long relationship with the magazine– ...

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July 12, 2013

Driving Shoes

Beth Levine and Prada

Foot-model cum shoe designer Beth Levine is considered one of the most influential footwear designers of the 20th century. Although her name is somewhat forgotten, Levine’s impact on fashion was immense, unlike her size-4 foot. Designing under her husband’s name, Herbert Levine, Beth’s designs were conceptual and ...

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July 11, 2013

Sister Act

John Singer Sargent and Cecil Beaton

At the turn of the century, high society would clamor for a portrait by John Singer Sargent, however, this was preceeded by a brief period in which the painter was thought an unsafe choice after his controversial portrait of Madame X in 1883-84. Moving from Paris to London facilitated in Sargent’s transition ...

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July 9, 2013

Raise your Eyebrow

Elsa Schiaparelli and Ellen Christine Millinery

Iconoclast designer Elsa Schiaparelli is most remembered for infusing a sense of wit and irony into her designs. The House of Schiaparelli did not cease to exist during the occupation of Paris, however, during this period Schiaparelli herself was in New York and left the designing to her associates who remained in Paris. In ...

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July 8, 2013

Make A Point

Winklepicker and Underground

From 1300-1450, the Poulaine style shoe, which featured an exaggerated caricature-like point, was in vogue for nearly 150 years. The extreme tips were often stuffed with miscellaneous findings in order to maintain a shaped point, which extended far beyond the end of the wearer’s foot. The Poulaine shoe would fall ...

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