Fashion

Post image for Dress as Fine Art: 19th-Century Self-Improvement Manuals

In the 19th century, when books were more available to the public, titles on how to improve yourself were among the most prevalent. The New York Public Library’s Art & Architecture Collection recently posted some of the more curious ones online.

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Post image for Good Mourning: Metropolitan Museum Announces Fall Funerary Costume Show

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute is hosting a fall exhibition for the first time in seven years, and it will be a decidedly somber affair. Announced today, the show focuses on Victorian and Edwardian mourning fashions.

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Post image for Fatal Victorian Fashion and the Allure of the Poison Garment

Opened this week at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century explores the dangers of style not just for the wearers, but for the people who made the clothing as well.

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Post image for Did Karl Lagerfeld Steal a Sneaker Design?

As mass-market fashion continues its longstanding tradition of ripping off independent designers, a twist in the narrative emerges: is a high-end designer now ripping off a mass-market company?

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Post image for A Fashion Mag with Beauty and Brains

There will always be fashion magazines that instruct readers which silk faille caftan is appropriate for lounging on a yacht over Memorial Day weekend, but what about one that traces the sartorial origins of the safety pin as an accessory?

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Post image for Transcending Trends: Charles James at the Anna Wintour Costume Center

Charles James is probably not a name that is as instantly recognizable in fashion as Coco Chanel or Christian Dior, but as the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new exhibition, Charles James: Beyond Fashion shows us, his work and legacy transcend the zeitgeist and ushers us back to a period of supreme, magnificent decadence in American fashion.

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Post image for Nuclear Wintour at the Metropolitan Museum

It’s clear that money is the ticket to fame and success in the world of culture, even — OK, maybe especially — if you’re not an artist. Cue the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s renaming of the newly renovated, soon-to-be-opened Costume Institute as the Anna Wintour Costume Center.

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Post image for The Utopian Vision of Jean Paul Gaultier

Sailor stripes, corsets, and men’s skirts are not just the cheeky trademarks of a brilliant designer, but tools for a deeper excavation of culture.

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Galleries

A Warped World of Sad-Eyed Beauties

by Sarah Corona on October 17, 2013

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Last month, as supermodels and fashion designers elbowed their way through New York Fashion Week, with high glamour swamping the city and spotlights illuminating the beautiful and famous people, a small gallery in Chelsea opened a show by an exceptional Italian artist who depicts contemporary society, especially the fashion world, from the other side of the coin.

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Post image for Subversive Style, Straight Out of the Closet

“Through clothing, an inner phantom self becomes visible,” quoth FIT Professor of Art History Anna Blume on a plaque before one of her sartorial signifiers: a relaxedly tailored suit, white shirt and tie.

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