A glorious dressing-up box of vintage clothes worn by the greatest New York fashion icons is being prized open – and you can be there to peer inside. There is everything from the fur bunny mask and gown that actress Candice Bergen wore to Truman Capote’s 1966 Black and White Ball, to Rosie the Riveter’s wartime jumpsuit.
Visitors can watch staff at Museum of the City of New York dressing and photographing mannequins in trendsetting outfits from the 1940s to the ’60s, including clothes worn by Lauren Bacall and Wallis Simpson. All the garments at Dressing Room: Archiving Fashion were worn by notable New York women and document the city’s arrival as a fashion capital.
French photographer and filmmaker Gregoire Alessandrini, whose photographs of gritty New York City in the 1990s we have showcased on numerous occasions, has recently uploaded a 30 minute documentary on the ’80s artist and stylist Stephen Sprouse, a film he produced and co-wrote in 2009. Children of the ’90s may be most familiar with Sprouse’s work as the inspiration behind the neon collection that Marc Jacobs did for Louis Vuitton in 2001 which took, among others, the iconic monogram bag and plastered it with graffiti-style lettering.
An evening dress from around 1861 in black moiré silk, black jet and black lace
A widow is a dangerous thing–or so the Victorians thought–and a new exhibition of historic mourning clothes shows just how publicly women were expected to mourn. Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, explores the reasons why women in particular had such strict social conditions placed on their grief, as well as exhibiting the actual garments they wore.
Editta Sherman on the Train to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, ca 1972.
Bill Cunningham is a beloved icon of New York. With little more than a bicycle and his camera, he’s been photographing fashion for the New York Times for over 35 years, taking pictures of every-day people, and discovering the “fashion show on the street.”
His love of fashion is a widely known obsession. At a young age, his family was already aware of his focus: “I think they were worried I was becoming too interested in women’s dresses… I could never concentrate on Sunday church services because I’d be concentrating on women’s hats.” (more…)
Karl Lagerfeld left, Yves Saint Laurent center, winners of the 1954 International Wool Secretariat Competition in Paris. Image source: The Woolmark Company
Earlier this month, a new biopic about fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent was released in France. Yves Saint Laurent focuses on the relationship (both personal and professional) between Saint Laurent and his long-time partner Pierre Bergé. Bergé himself was involved in some of the filming and loaned 77 of the vintage costumes from the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent.
Using locations from the fantastic book The Beautiful Fall by Alicia Drake, we’re sharing the haunts of Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld during the decadent era of Paris in the 1960s and 1970s, as both designers were jockeying to get their careers started. The book is a must-read for lovers of Paris, fashion or both.
Loomstate’s Panda Football Helmet for Bloomingdale’s Fashion Touchdown
Super Bowl XLVIII is less than two weeks away, and since it’s the first Super Bowl ever hosted in New Jersey, everyone in New York City seems to be getting in on the fever. Some collaborations, particularly in the fashion world, are especially bizarre. Bloomingdale’s, together with the NFL and The Council of Fashion Designers of America is presenting “Fashion Touchdown,” a collection of 48 haute couture football helmets designed by fashion designers and brands. The helmets are also on auction to benefit the NFL Foundation.