<a href="http://www.papierdoll.net/themag/2007/05/20/the-history-of-the-t-shirt-in-chapters/"T-shirts have gone through as many reincarnations as Madonna since their birth in World War I. American soldiers smitten with the cotton unmentionable worn
Among their collections, both created chic, simple little black dresses. Both used jersey at a time when it was not the staple fabric it is today, both appropriated clothes for sport as everyday wear...
Though she stood at just four feet and eleven inches, Evelyn Dubrow’s beliefs towered over a nation. A relentless and powerful activist she began her career in the 1930’s during the Spanish Civil War handing out flyers in downtown Manhattan.
What would a down home son of Louisiana know about fashion? Apparently, Geoffrey Beene knew a lot that the world didn’t when it came to fashion. Originally intending to go into the field of medicine, Beene dropped out of Tulane university simply saying “Cadavers were the moment of truth.” He attended USC in California and finally left in 1947 to study fashion at the Traphagen School of Fashion in New York City. He spent a year there before moving to Paris. He returned to New York in 1951. Eight years later he would open Geoffrey Beene, Inc. on Seventh Avenue. This worldwind story has been recounted hundreds if not thousands of times to fashion students and designers alike. The true twist comes with the success of the Geoffrey Beene line and what happened after the awards and the worldwide recognition. In 1988, Beene celebrated his 25 years in the business by holding a fashion show that benefitted AIDS project Los Angeles. This work was just the beginning of Beene’s goal in sewing social works into the fabric of fashion. In 1991, Beene designed a room for Metropolitan Home’s show house that benefitted the Design Industries’ foundation for AIDS. Beene’s philanthropic […]
Ah, the little black dress, it has a whole list of books named after it, a yearly charity gala, a CD, and an entry in wikipedia . Type “Little Black Dress” into Google, and you’ll get more than 30,000,000 results. Its ubiquity is such that many refer to it by acronym, LBD. The little black dress is so pervasive that it has become a metaphor for chicness and appropriateness; an iPod is the little black dress of technology; Odds are you have one hanging somewhere in your closet. It’s the dress you pull out and pair with pearls or a scarf when you want to feel chic. It’s the dress you pair with a jacket and sensible pumps to go to the office. It’s the dress you wear with nothing but some killer stilettos when you want to feel irresistible. Coco Chanel Behind the famed Mr. Monkey, you can see both the sketch and a picture of Chanel’s Ford dress, the original Little Black Dress. Photos taken in Manchester, England at the Urbis. This year marks its 80th birthday, since its creation by Coco Chanel in 1926. The “Ford” dress, as American Vogue later called it, gained its name because, […]
You’ve seen his work: the collarless Beatles’ suits, bubble skirts, long gowns slit to the thigh, opaque hose and the space age catsuit dresses and body stockings can all be attributed to Pierre Cardin.After learning from Paquin, Schiaparelli, and Dior, Cardin went on to craft the fashion world to his liking, combining fashion with accessibility as a key designer. Responsible for the first prêt-à-porter collection, Cardin made couture available to the masses. “In 1959 I asked myself why should only the rich be able to afford exclusive fashion, why not the man and woman on the street as well? I can change that! And I did,” boasted Cardin. His innovation allowed Karl Lagerfeld and Stella McCartney, and soon Viktor & Rolf, the freedom to do H&M lines without compromising their designer name or cutting into their high fashion sales.Cardin’s work continues to influence the future, in part, because he designed for it. His futuristic fabrics, outlandish furs, patent leather boots and cone-head hats were wildly popular in the 60’s and 70’s. Rather than follow the body’s natural contours, Cardin viewed the body geometrically, using circles, hexagons, and triangles in his designs.In step with the budding space program, after designing space […]