A stroll through SoHo..

November 29, 2012

Last weekend I was wandering round SoHo, doing some shopping when I stumbled upon a small Marilyn Monroe exhibit. It had been put on by Erno Lazlo as a gift to New York and if that wasn’t enough, it was also free!

The exhibit featured clothes that Monroe had worn as well as some of her personal items. In many cases, it showed the item and then a photo of Marilyn wearing it. It was only small, but I really enjoyed it, and finding it out of the blue made it even better..

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Beauty and Dance..

November 26, 2012

I have just been to see the New York City Ballet perform George Balanchine’s Nutcracker.

It was really beautiful, however I was amazed at how much detail went into a lot of the costumes.

The costumes and set used were the original pieces from the fifties, when Balanchine choreographed the show. The costumes were all designed by Karinska. She collaborated with Balanchine for the majority of his ballets and from this she became an innovator and created new, more practical ways of making tutus. Through a different method of layering fabric, she created tutu’s which didn’t ripple or bunch up. This has now become the standard way in which tutu’s are made.

Karinska’s costumes are truly beautiful. However, as an audience member, I feel like there would be so much more detail and embellishment if I were to see one of her garments up close. She once said that the detail wasn’t just there for the audience, it was to make the dancers look beautiful too..

Rene Gruau…

April 3, 2012

Probably the most well-known fashion illustrator, Rene Gruau worked for many companies including Dior, Givenchy and Vogue.
He uses strong lines and block colours creating bold, dramatic pieces.
I love how his illustrations reflect the time and the era in which he created them..

Fashion Underwater…

April 2, 2012


Mermaid – 1939

Photographer Toni Frissell liked to experiment with new method and techniques in her work.
She worked for both Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar in her time, as well as photographing parts of the second world war.
Even though she has taken a whole array of different, stunning images, she is probably most well-known for her underwater images.
They are a very modern style and look very ahead of their time.
I think there is something incredibly moving about them..


Weeki Wachee Spring – 1947


World War II – March 1949


Vogue 1950


Vogue May 1942


Vogue 1940

Cut and Stick…

March 3, 2012


Sibling Hate – The Globe and Mail

 Michelle Thompson uses collage to create her pieces and has featured in a lot of different publications.
Her work is often based on quite strong themes and sometimes quite serious issues.
I like how some of the pictures have quite a vintage, more innocent look, yet the overall pieces seem to have a more edgy style to them..

Michelle Thompson


Paris – Metropolitan Magazine


Nature/Nurture – New Scientist – Orchid Children


WI – HUB Magazine

Richard Avedon

February 14, 2012


August 1955

Fashion Photographer Richard Avedon photographed fashion from the late-forties up until the early naughties.
He photographed portraits of countless celebrities and his work has developed and changed with the times and the decades.
I particularly like the work he did through the fifties and sixties.
If you look through his portfolio, you can really see how he grows and changes as an artist and photographer.
Avedon also played a huge part in the making of the Audrey Hepburn film ‘Funny Face’, in which the character of Dick Avery (played by Fred Astaire) was based around him. Audrey Hepburn was a huge inspiration to Avedon and became his muse.
His photography always seems to mean something and makes a statement about what was happening at the time..

Richard Avedon


August 1953


June 1960


Audrey Hepburn – January 1967


January 1967

Photography and zest…

February 4, 2012


1933

A rather lovely tweeter told me to look at the National Media Museum website, which has tons of vintage images and photography.
I particularly fell in love with some of Zoltan Glass’ work.
Zoltan Glass was a car enthusiast, so started his career taking photos of cars and automobiles. However when he moved to London, he started fashion photography as well.
I love how he just captures people’s spirit and zest for life and I think it is this which makes his photos so enchanting..

‘Zest is the secret of all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest.’ – Christian Dior


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