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Jan 25

Put Your Best Face Forward

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 a 60s shift ...

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Jan 14

Madame X, Y & Z

The controversial and widely known John Singer Sargent portrait, Madame X, maintains its intrigue and mystery till this day. The once fallen strap to be later repainted in its rightful position continues to fascinate viewers and has been the subject of multiple recreations. In 1999, Steven Meisel recreated the portrait with ...

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Jan 14

Go Bananas

  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. In 2006, Beyonce payed tribute to Baker by sporting her own version of a banana skirt for the ...

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Jan 14

We’ll Always Have Paris

Erwin Blumenfeld photographed a reportedly unharnessed Lisa Fonssagrives swinging her Lucien Lelong dress off the side of the Eiffel Tower in celebration of the monument’s fiftieth anniversary for French Vogue in 1939.  In August of 2009, the subscriber cover of Harper’s Bazaar shot by Peter Lindbergh portrayed ...

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Jan 14

Junon

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 gown, ...

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