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Mar 12

On the Street

Street style photography is deemed a contemporary fashion phenomenon, however, Edward Linley Sambourne proves otherwise. Sambourne photographed unaware fashionable female passersby, often dressing in a shirtwaist, Gibson Girl manner, in London and Paris at the turn of the 20th century. Sambourne’s interest in capturing ...

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Mar 11

The Year 1000

For Dolce and Gabbana’s FW 2013 collection, the design duo continued to draw inspiration from the island of Sicily. In the Sicilian province of Palermo, the Cathedral in the town of Monreale is considered one of the greatest extant examples of Norman architecture in the world; the interior of the cathedral is renowned for ...

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Mar 07

Shop Art

Keith Haring began his short career in 1978, producing paintings, sculptures and murals in his signature cartoon-like graphics until his premature death in 1990. Haring’s philosophy to heighten the accessibility of his art was reinforced by his Pop Shop, a store which carried Haring memorabilia, home goods and ...

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Mar 06

Year of the Dragon

The representation of the dragon in Chinese dress was historically reserved for the emperor and his circle since the beginning of the Song Dynasty. More recently, the motif has become a pervasive element in traditional Chinese dress styles. For the 1934 film Limehouse Blues, costume designer Travis Banton dressed Anna ...

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Mar 05

Testing the Water

Toni Frissell is acknowledged as the first major female fashion photographer for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, known for her carefree, relaxed aesthetic. Frisell would take her models out of the studio and place them within nature, promoting a healthy active lifestyle which embodied the American woman. ...

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Mar 04

Pull Up a Chair

Often looking to the surreal and fantastical, Melvin Sokolsky would play with proportion and perspective by incorporating miniature or blown up props into his fashion editorials. In 1963, Sokolsky photographed the model Iris Bianchi in series of images in which she is perched, seated on or climbing on top of an ...

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Mar 01

Rattle Your Cage

The bustle or dress improver experienced two waves of popularity in the 19th century; the first bustle period ranged from the end of the 1860s into the 1870s and the second took place ten years later in the 1880s. The steel cage of the bustle was an understructure, worn beneath the dress, to create volume and support the ...

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Feb 28

Her Biggest Fan

Amedeo Modigliani’s modern aesthetic was characterized by his subject’s mask-like faces, which drew inspiration from African art, and his elongated figures. In 1919, Modigliani painted the polish woman Lunia Czechowska, in Woman with a Fan. Two years before the painting was stolen from the Musée d’Art ...

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Feb 27

Name of the Game

In the fall of 2012,  Yves Saint Laurent announced the appointment of its new Creative Director, Hedi Slimane, who subsequently renamed the brand as a part of a creative overhaul. Silmane rebranded Yves Saint Laurent to Saint Laurent Paris, garnering great criticism and industry backlash on the grounds that Slimane was ...

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Feb 26

15th-Century Muse

Robert Campin is often acknowledged as the first of the great Flemish painters, praised for his most-well known work of art, The Mérode Altarpiece, which is housed at The Cloisters at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Alexander McQueen looked to Campin’s The Thief to the Left of Christ, in his FW 1997 collection ...

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