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Oct 15

Ruff Idea

As the uni-sex ruff became an increasingly pervasive component of Renaissance dress, women made an alteration to the demure neckpiece creating the open ruff as an alternative that showcased the woman’s bust. For Thom Browne’s SS 2014 collection, the designer would reappropriate several elements of historic costume ...

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Oct 11

Baker’s Dozen

A pioneer for African American women, Josephine Baker is commonly associated with her seductive banana dance performance at the Folies Bergère, costumed in a skimpy skirt constructed with a string of artificial bananas. When racial prejudice proved to hinder to her career, Baker moved East; first, to New York and then ...

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Oct 10

Stay Put

A “stay” was the word of choice for the understructure later referred to as a corset in the 19th-century. Today, the corset conjures up notions of tight-laced, wasp-waisted hourglass figures, however, the stay of the 18th-century was intended to lift the breasts and straighten the back rather than nip in the waist. The ...

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Oct 07

Made-Up

Fashion coverage throughout WWII placed high value on accessories amongst the wartime rations. When a new dress was not an option, the resourceful woman would change the ribbon on her hat to maintain a fresh look. With such focus placed on the trimmings of an ensemble, photographer John Rawlings would photograph just that ...

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Oct 04

Chering is Caring

Costumer turned ready to wear designer Bob Mackie is responsible for several of history’s most unforgettable gowns. Remembered for his cheeky curtain rod gown made famous by Carol Burnett in her Gone with the Wind spoof and Cher’s 1986 Oscar ensemble, Mackie’s designs are not for the faint of heart. With an ...

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Oct 03

Return to Tiffany’s

A film that ranks top tier in any fashion lover’s list of all-time favorite films, Breakfast at Tiffany’s has provided endless source of fashion inspiration to designers and photographers. To this day, the film holds clout amongst the sartorially-minded and maintains an enduring ability to generate ...

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Oct 01

Food Fight

Following Man Ray’s lead, Philippe Halsman was a proponent of surreal photography with his elaborately orchestrated surreal scenes including his 1949 work Popcorn Nude recreated by Tim Walker in 2008. Walker often restages well-known photographs, adding his signature whimsical style to the overall composition. In this ...

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Sep 30

Victoriana

When it comes to Victorian design, less was not more but rather quite the opposite. Fashion design, textiles, and decorative arts of the period followed a busy, multi-media-like aesthetic that reflected the era’s booming and increasingly industrialized society. The more is more philosophy was also employed by Marc Jacobs ...

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Sep 24

Tree of Life

Viennese Secessionist artist Gustav Klimt’s allover-patterned paintings are often reinterpreted by designers, artists and photographers. Although not considered a fashion painter, Klimt’s sartorial focus may have resulted from his close relationship with avant-garde fashion designer Emilie Flöge. Furthering the ...

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Sep 23

Nail Down

After Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan paired with photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari for W Magazine’s 2009 Art Issue, the couple decided to continue the collaboration, founding ToiletPaper Magazine the following year. Under the art direction of Micol Talso, the biannual ToiletPaper magazine is entirely image-based, ...

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