Liz Claiborne Died

Designer Liz Claiborne passed away yesterday at 78. Seems like no matter your style, you either have now, or at one point did have something of one of her brands. Truthfully I didn’t even know she was still alive, as she retired from working on the lines in ’89, and her brands are so huge that they seem larger than any one person. That in …

Fashion and Dress Museum Exhibits

Here is a list of some exhibits featuring dress around the U.S. I pulled this from my Costume Society of America e-newsletter, although I removed the Charles James exhibit info from this list because a few days ago I wrote a specific piece about it. Peronally I would love to go to the exhibit at the Gilcrease Museum as the description on their website talks …

Paper Dolls

Last night I watched the 2006 documentary Paper Dolls which is available on Netflix. It’s the story of Filipino transsexuals in Israel working as caregivers to Orthodox Jewish elderly by day, and nightclub performers by night. As a documentary I’d give it a so-so rating in terms of pacing and keeping interest, but, for dress and culture enthusiasts it’s very good as you get to …

Diaz Handbag Blunder

Cameron Diaz is the latest celebrity, brand, or retailer to get a ton of bad press based on ignorant fashion choices. If you haven’t seen the surprising amount of coverage this is getting, the short story is: She was in Peru carrying a handbag featuring a Maoist slogan that is offensive to Peruvians. She has since apologized after an uproar. This has happened repeatedly in …

Costume Society Grant Due Soon

Evelyn Welch Livingstone Grant is due July 15. It is via Costume Society of America and is for a CSA member who is “undertaking research that furthers understanding of the history of fashion industry and/or fashion journalism in the United States.”

T-Shirt Blog

tcritic is a fun blog all about t-shirts. Yeah people say the ironic or funny t-shirt is tired, but not me-I love ’em. There is something so classic about a cool t-shirt, even though paying top dollar for vintage can get absurd. I recently dropped out early of Bauhaus t-shirt eBay auction that got well over $100. Sure it was original, but it seemed a …

Detroit Fashion Pages

I’ve been checking out Detroit Fashion Pages and so I thought I’d encourage you to give it a look-see. I applaud anyone who is trying to get things done regarding art/design/music/culture in a city where there isn’t the built-in machine to make it happen. Having spent many years in Metro Detroit, much of which busting my hump trying to accomplish anything and everything I could …

Charles James Exhibit in Ohio

The Goldstein Museum of Design (where I work) provided some pieces for a show at Kent State University in Ohio that is currently up on 20th century design legend Charles James. It runs through Feb ’08 and if you’re in the area it’d probably be a fantastic show. His elegant, highly constructed pieces inspired Dior among others so how can you go wrong taking some …

TSA 2008 Conference

Textile Society of America is planning their ’08 conference for Hawaii-now that’s a conference! A real vacation that you can write off! It’s Sept. 24-27, 2008 with a submission due date also Oct. 1 of this year. I’m especially torn about this one as the modern crafter paper might work here as well, but I’m not a TSA member anymore as (obviously) they are more …

CSA 2008 Conference

Costume Society of America’s next conference is in New Orleans May 20-25 and it sounds like they’re planning some unique activities regarding a behind the scenes look at Mardi Gras and some dedicated time to help Hurricane Katrina issues. The due date for submissions is Oct. 1. I haven’t decided if I’m going to send anything yet. I wrote a paper on modern crafters this …

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