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 …

Weddings

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 …

Ralph Lauren

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 …

Oscar de la Renta

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 N.W.A was hitting the charts, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E often browsed the racks at Greenspan's, one of the …

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 wellsomething that should be …

Champagne

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 …

Karl Lagerfeld

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 …

The photographer who captured the defiant beauty of Frida Kahlo’s closet

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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 …

Country Music

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 …

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 George Washington University Museum 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 …

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 …

New York University

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 …

Yves Saint-Laurent

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 …

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

Jason Schott of Schott NYC

Irving Schott was the first designer to put a zipper in a jacket and designed the first motorcycle jacket in 1928. He named it The Perfecto after his favorite cut of cigar.

Leather Jackets

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

It was a period of extraordinary upheaval, yet on both sides of the First World War – at home and on the front line – people gave consideration to …

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 …

Emergency Medicine

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 …

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 …

Why fashion loves to revive heritage brands

Credited with pioneering designer perfume, doing away with the corset and throwing some great parties, Paul Poiret was a giant of Parisian fashion in the 1910s. If his name has been consigned to history – and many a designer’s moodboard – in the 100 years since, there are signs it could be about to …