Category Archives: Arts & Culture

A Ballet of Laces

Our new Swan Lace collection combines two distinct laces to dazzling effect.  But when it comes to ballet and lace, we admit to being upstaged by Marius Petipa (1818-1910), the premier choreographer for the Imperial Russian Ballet during the later half of the 19th … Continue reading

Posted in Arts & Culture, Fashion History, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Did Shakespeare’s Sister Wear Comfy Underwear?

At an event last week supporting the National Women’s History Museum, we learned about women whose major contributions to American history never made it into popular history books. This brought to mind Virginia Woolf’s clever literary representation of a missing, … Continue reading

Posted in Arts & Culture, Hanky Panky Products | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Woman’s Place is in The Mall

In honor of Women’s History Month, Hanky Panky sponsored an event this week at the American Folk Art Museum to promote efforts to create a National Women’s History Museum  at the National Mall in Washington D.C. Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) … Continue reading

Posted in Arts & Culture, Current Events, Fashion History, New York, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Opulence: from Runway to Lingerie

The Fall-Winter 2013-14 runways were full of richly embellished textiles with classic, formal motifs and gilded effects.  These luxurious fabrics evoke Imperial Russia, Renaissance Europe, and the decorative arts of the Byzantine empire. Here are some of my favorite examples … Continue reading

Posted in Arts & Culture, Fashion Trends, Hanky Panky Products, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Paper, Please!

Scrolling through Pinterest last weekend, I came across this groovy 1960s photo of Argentine actress Marcela Lopez Rey rocking a Rhett Butler dress. Clark Gable was the sexiest man to ever live and being a classic movie buff, I had … Continue reading

Posted in Arts & Culture, Fashion History, Fashion Trends, New York, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Rock On!

Thanks to the Met’s Punk:Chaos to Couture show and a renewed interest in the grunge styles of the 1990s, the Fall 2013 runways were filled with rock and roll, punk and grunge-inspired looks. And as someone who came of age in … Continue reading

Posted in After Midnight, Arts & Culture, Fashion Trends, Hanky Panky in Stores | Comments Off

Hanky Panky Onstage

Costume choices for staged theater are critical to performances. The decision about what is worn during multiple performances usually involves much thought involving many factors. What one wears must be consistent with the persona of the character, must not distract … Continue reading

Posted in Arts & Culture, Hanky Panky Products, New York, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off

Brian Goldman Photographs Hanky Panky

I have had the pleasure of knowing Brian Goldman for a very lucky 13 years. When we first met, he was at the piano playing Chopin. His interpretation of the music was beautiful.  His photographs carry the same aesthetic sensibility … Continue reading

Posted in Arts & Culture, Hanky Panky Products, New York, Uncategorized, What's Happening at Hanky Panky | Comments Off

Behind the Scenes at a Fashion History Exhibition.

Friday, June 30 will be the opening of Putman History Museum’s exhibit Summer Afternoon: Fashion and Leisure in the Hudson Highlands, 1850–1950 in Cold Spring, NY—one hour and ten minutes north of Manhattan. This exhibit presents summer fashions and undergarments from the museum’s … Continue reading

Posted in Arts & Culture, Fashion History, New York, Uncategorized, What's Happening at Hanky Panky | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Exhibition Review: Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations

I don’t believe Schiaparelli and Prada:  Impossible Conversations at the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be the blockbuster hit the Alexander McQueen show was, but that is not to say it shouldn’t be seen and enjoyed. The show opens with … Continue reading

Posted in Arts & Culture, Fashion History, Uncategorized | Comments Off