Lizzie Bramlett

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Reimagining A Legend

In the history of costume, the wedding dress not only has a history all its own, but it has taken on a kind of "rock star" status. These favored garments--often carefully preserved as a family heirloom, sometimes passed down from generation to generation along with mementoes of the bride and her …

Fashion duo Dash and Miller open Bristol weaving mill

<b>The first cloth weaving mill to operate in Bristol for 90 years has opened to manufacture a textile designed by a member of the public.</b><p>The mill in Old Market will be the main producer of Bristol Cloth using wool from Fernhill Farm on the Mendip Hills.<p>Bristol Cloth is a project headed by the Bristol …

Louis Vuitton

New Atlanta fashion museum opens with Oscar de la Renta show

ATLANTA (AP) — A new museum focusing on international fashion has opened in Atlanta.<p>The first exhibition at SCAD FASH features more than 80 Oscar de la Renta designs and opened to the public this month on the Atlanta campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design. The pieces come from the …

Museums

N.W.A biopic gets its vintage clothes straight outta South Gate

Over the years, Evan Greenspan has seen a lot of people walk through the doors of his family's vintage clothing shop — from A-list celebrities to local street hoodlums. When hip-hop group<p>N.W.Awas hitting the charts,Ice Cube,Dr. DreandEazy-Eoften browsed the racks at Greenspan's, one of the oldest …

Los Angeles

Factory Visit: Christian Louboutin

Since setting up his eponymous label in 1991, French designer Christian Louboutin's shoes have become synonymous with power, prestige and class thanks to their sexy, edgy design and extreme creativity. Lesser known is the fact that Louboutin produces men's footwear as well—something that should be …

Christian Louboutin

Inside the Couture Ateliers of Paris and Rome

StitchcraftInside the elite sewing circles of Paris, where the tricks of the couture trade are being passed from one generation to the …

Haute Couture

Browse More Than 1,000 Original Sketches Of Mid-Century Fashion

In 1957, three New York designers Walter Teitelbaum, Leo Boren, and Howard Steel founded a company called Creators Studio that produced fashion design concepts. With the tagline “Not yesterday’s but tomorrow’s fashions today,” they’d draw up original garments based upon notable fashion trends, and …

Unzipped: Solving an Issue with a Jean Paul Gaultier Prêt-à-Porter Piece

It is not very often that the Textiles Department at The Conservation Center resembles the racks of a high fashion atelier, so when Columbia College …

Kylie Minogue

Ishiuchi Miyako captures the defiant beauty of Kahlo's closet

When the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo died in 1954, aged just 47, her husband Diego Riviera began storing her clothes, accessories and other personal effects in a bathroom in their Mexico City home. Riviera gave instructions that the room remain sealed until 15 years after his death.<p>The couple's …

Mexico

Meet the Man who Dressed Dolly Parton

<i>A</i>n overdose of rhinestone encrusted onto pastel leathers with fringes at every available seam. It’s so bad it’s good. I never stopped to think about …

Dolly Parton

Bird Bath: The Conservation of a William Morris Textile

The British Aesthetic Movement, which is the subject of the upcoming exhibition <i>The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde 1860–1900</i> opening at the …

Conservation

New museum in Washington, D.C., blends capital's history and textiles

The newest museum in Washington, D.C., has one building (sort of) and two names: The<p>George Washington UniversityMuseum and the Textile Museum. The building in the city's Foggy Bottom area opened Saturday with displays of very different artifacts.<p>------------<p><b>FOR THE RECORD</b><p><b>11 a.m., March 25:</b> An …

Black History

Twenty-One Dresses

A number of years ago, a young painting conservator entered a forgotten storeroom in a fifteenth-century Florentine villa and stumbled on a pile of Louis Vuitton steamer trunks. She opened them and discovered a collection of exquisite dresses, the kind usually seen only in movies, or inside …

ART: Trompe l’Oeil Constructions by Ron IsaacsStarting with layers of Finnish birch plywood artist Ron Isaacs builds elaborately designed…

Starting with layers of Finnish birch plywood artist <b>Ron Isaacs</b> builds elaborately designed constructions onto which he paints, in a trompe l’oeil fashion, the delicate details of leaves sprouting from clothing or the textured surface of twigs and bark.<p>Each piece merges three recurring subjects found in most of his works: vintage clothing, plant materials, and found objects.<p>Isaacs shares via his artist statement:<p><i>My three primary recurring subjects are vintage clothing (for the way it continues</i> …

Inside Yves Saint Laurent’s Studio

The wonderfully chaotic and creative workspace of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent had many stylish visitors over the years—from his iconic muses to his succession of French Bulldogs. Now, these intimate moments are the subject of a new book, “Yves Saint Laurent’s Studio: Mirror and Secret” by …

Vintage Photos of Winter Olympics of Yesteryear

Figure skaters pose at the 1924 Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France. From left are Herma Planck-Szabo of Hungary, Ethel Muckelt of Britain and …

Happy Birthday Cristóbal Balenciaga! 6 Stunning Moments from the Archives

“A woman has no need to be perfect or even beautiful to wear my dresses," Cristóbal Balenciaga once said. “The dress will do all that for her.” Balenciaga, who was born in Spain 120 years ago today, was the consummate couturier, renowned for the simplicity of his creations, the intense sculptural …

Audrey Hepburn

The 1960s Pucci Air Hostess Uniforms, Ideal for Mile High "Stripping"

<i>I</i> was doing my daily browse through Pinterest and came across this eye-popping photograph of two ladies wrapped around the staircase of an airplane …

Paris

My Portfolios - Finance Portfolio

Kimberly Alexander on Twitter: "#Pink Hand-sewn, block-printed wool dress, c. 1848-50. Good use of self fabric trims @V_and_A #BabyItsColdOutside http://t.co/C6KmG9NOzh"

Why the $600 Billion Counterfeit Industry Is Still Horrible for Fashion

Authenticity, or the lack thereof, in the fashion industry raises a whole host of questions.<p>There's a lot to consider here: Why can American shoppers buy fake luxury items without facing penalty? If the counterfeit industry is an unregulated black market, why aren't more consumers aware of where …

Vintage travel posters: The art of selling holidays with bikini models

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Fine Art

Makers Mondays: Jason Schott of Schott NYC

Sponsored by Shinola<p>The word iconic gets thrown around a lot. From art to music to fashion, few true icons and iconic pieces actually exist. Holding its own among Warhol's soup cans and Michael Jackson is the Perfecto leather jacket from Schott NYC. Whether the name rings a bell or not, the …

Clothing

Valentino Talks Muses, Fashion Legacy and More With Fern Mallis

The legendary designer opens up in the Fashion Icons Series with Fern Mallis at 92Y.<p>"I never, never in my life say so many things like tonight. I'm going to tell you which underwear I am wearing," Valentino laughed while charming the crowd last night at 92Y. For the latest Fashion Icons …

15 things you didn’t know about fashion in the First World War

<b>In her new book, writer and cultural critic Nina Edwards reveals the stories behind what people wore during the seismic years of the conflict: from</b> …

World War I

Family inherit old building and unearth amazing vintage shoe store that was locked up for decades... and all the footwear is in perfect condition (albeit a little dusty)

An American family have unearthed an Aladdin's cave of mint-condition vintage shoes in an old building they inherited from their grandparents.<p>The …

The Making of an Icon

Oscar’s first dress was made for the U.S. ambassador’s daughter Beatrice Lodge for her coming-out ball in Madrid, 1956.<p>Chronologically impossible as this is, I almost felt I knew Oscar de la Renta as a young man. In 2001, I spent many days with him, recording his memories: of his matriarch of a …

Oscar de la Renta

Vintage Fashion And The Rag Trade

The term “vintage” has become almost meaningless, sort of like calling someone a hipster. It effectively evokes a stereotype, yet it can be applicable to an endless whorl of aesthetics, eras, and subcultures. A mid-century dress is vintage, just as an ‘80s Versace power suit is vintage. Now ‘90s …

Urban Outfitters

Why fashion loves to revive heritage brands

The trademarks for Poiret fashion house are up for auction this month, which suggests the heritage brand might see a revival. From Carven to Schiaparelli, Lauren Cochrane reports on why labels love to relaunch<p>Credited with pioneering designer perfume, doing away with the corset and throwing some …