Category Archives: Fashion History

Kicking up our skirts for the 23 Skidoo Flatiron Flashmobesque!

Kicking off 23 Skidoo, 50 dancers kicked-up their skirts (exposing their Hanky Panky panties) to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the Flatiron building, yesterday! This “Flatiron Flashmobseque” choreographed by Shandoah Goldman, was inspired by the historical legend which coined the … Continue reading

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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

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Stitching in Air: Handmade Lace

Being a lingerie designer, I spend a lot of time working with lace. The history and construction of lace fabrics is completely fascinating. While the overwhelming majority of laces today are made by machines, the earliest ones were entirely handmade. … Continue reading

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Rings of Steel: The Cage Crinoline

When one thinks of the fashions of the mid-nineteenth century, one of the first things that comes to mind is extremely full skirts, as worn by Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind or Jo March in Little Women. These … Continue reading

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Print Trends

It used to be that prints were “a personal thing” and everybody had their own particular preference. This made it very difficult for designers, who felt they couldn’t satisfy anyone. Today, there is an exciting print craze with an explosion of … Continue reading

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Exhibition Review: Daphne Guinness

I recently had the pleasure of viewing The Museum at FIT’s exhibition dedicated to heiress, designer, artist, model, and “fashion icon” Daphne Guinness. The show starts with a short essay by Valerie Steele which includes Guinness’ famous quote, “We need … Continue reading

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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

There are just a few more days to get yourself to the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY, if you haven’t already. This is an unusual fashion experience. McQueen was an artist as well as … Continue reading

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Design Inspiration: 1920s Lingerie

Lately, I’ve been mad about the lingerie of the late Nineteen-teens and twenties. It signified such a departure from the under things of previous decades. Sturdy corsets and layers of cotton or linen were replaced by silk teddies (“combinations”), airy … Continue reading

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