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Iris Apfel On Her New Coloring Book, Instagram, Being a Fashion Icon. Iris Apfel is taking inspiration from her esteemed career for a new coloring book.

Iris Apfel On Her New Coloring Book, Instagram, Being a Fashion Icon

The 98-year-old fashion icon has spent her time during the coronavirus pandemic creating an autobiographical coloring book, called “Iris: The Coloring Book,” which showcases highlights from Apfel’s life and career with whimsical illustrations and sayings. “I hope people will understand that fashion is fun and color is fun,” Apfel said about the coloring book during a phone interview from Palm Beach, Fla., where she’s been quarantining since December.

An Afternoon with Edith Head. How Ford Models Got Its Start. The little-known story behind a pair of young newlyweds in post–World War II Manhattan who launched the era of the supermodel.

How Ford Models Got Its Start

When Eileen Otte and Jerry Ford eloped to San Francisco in November 1944, in the midst of World War II, it was hardly surprising that Jerry should declare his profession as “Naval Officer” on his marriage certificate. His new spouse, however, set down an occupation that was more unusual in a time of war, “Stylist,” and she listed her employer as a “commercial photographer.”

Earlier that spring, around the same time the young couple first met, Eileen had embarked on the career path that would lead to her creation with Jerry of what would become the Ford modeling agency. It had started not far from her Great Neck, Long Island, home. Lying on a towel on Jones Beach, Eileen was engaged in one of her favorite activities: perfecting her tan. Eileen jumped up and put one hand to her ear and the other to her hip to present herself as the perfect 1910 Bloomer Girl. Remembering Chester Weinberg, the First Fashion Designer to Die of AIDS. In the 1960s and 70s, the fashion designer Chester Weinberg was a household name, usually mentioned in the same breath as Bill Blass, Geoffrey Beene, and Oscar de la Renta.

Remembering Chester Weinberg, the First Fashion Designer to Die of AIDS

With his daring yet elegant clothes and outsize personality, Weinberg was the undisputed darling of the fashion press, and he was equally beloved by the industry, winning a Coty Award in 1970—the fashion equivalent of an Oscar. He worked with a who’s-who of models, photographers, and editors, and dressed socialites and celebrities including Barbra Streisand, Dionne Warwick, and Nancy Reagan. LIFE With Dior: Rare Photos From the Birth of the ‘New Look’ In March 1948, LIFE introduced its readers to a pioneering French fashion designer and what the magazine called his “revolutionary” vision.

LIFE With Dior: Rare Photos From the Birth of the ‘New Look’

Oscar de la Renta, Who Clothed Stars and Became One, Dies at 82 - , the doyen of American fashion, whose career began in the 1950s in Franco’s Spain, sprawled across the better living rooms of Paris and New York, and who was the last survivor of that generation of bold, all-seeing tastemakers, died on Monday at his home in Kent, Conn.

Oscar de la Renta, Who Clothed Stars and Became One, Dies at 82 -

He was 82. His death was confirmed by his wife, Annette de la Renta. The cause was complications from cancer. Though ill with cancer intermittently for close to eight years, Mr. de la Renta was resilient. During that period his business grew by 50 percent, to $150 million in sales, as his name became linked to celebrity events like the Oscars. Vintage dress styles through the decades. The style of frocks has changed dramatically through the years, with each new decade bringing in a new looks, cuts and styles.

Vintage dress styles through the decades

Here’s a tour down memory lane exploring vintage dresses and how they have changed over the past century. 1920s and 1930s. Oscar Dresses: The Outfits Worn by the Icons. What's Behind 'Don't Wear White After Labor Day?' The dictum that you shouldn't wear white outfits before Memorial Day and after Labor Day has been around for a long time.

What's Behind 'Don't Wear White After Labor Day?'

And while people don't really pay it much heed these days, it keeps hanging around. So where did it come from, and does it matter anymore? East Hampton Uniform The Rule Delineated The Hot Summer Season. Youtube. Cleopatra was a Redhead: A History of Hair. Thanks to a conversation with fellow blogger Vivienne of Bluestocking Blue (on this post), I have been doing some research.

Cleopatra was a Redhead: A History of Hair

Vivienne asked about the beauty politics of hair: what is it about long hair that makes it central to our ideas of beauty, and what roles do gender and economics play in this? Good question. Artwork by Jamie Fales ( To start with, we could ask the Bible. I admit that I’m reluctant to do so, but I Corinthians says this: The Association of Dress Historians – Welcome to The Association of Dress Historians. Haute Obscure: 8 Terms for Fashions Gone Extinct by Slideshow Haute Obscure: 8 Terms for Fashions Gone Extinct [pan-yer, -ee-er] The word pannier originally referred to a large basket used for transporting goods, but it took on a new sense during the 1700s when women of the European upper class took to distending their skirts in order to show off luxurious textiles.

Haute Obscure: 8 Terms for Fashions Gone Extinct by

Fashion Historian Explores Neoclassical Style. True Blue Me & You: DIYs for Creatives. -Original- Pre 1929 Historical Pattern Collection: Archive. Why women's pockets are useless: A history. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus descend upon us today, and tech reviewers are throwing it a pretty elaborate welcome party.

Why women's pockets are useless: A history

Amid the loving descriptions of its crisp camera, the odes to its intuitive operating system and the near-reverence for its sleek lines and its mystical Apple-ness, one question (quite literally) looms large: Is the bigger iPhone 6 Plus a "pocketable" size? Case in point: The Verge's Nilay Patel started his video review like this... ...and ended it like this: Lance Ulanoff at Mashable wasn't sold on the 5.5-inch "phablet" (OK, maybe there is more than one controversy over this phone): "To be honest, I can see why, even with the heftier price tag, the iPhone 6 Plus is so alluring, but no, I won’t be carrying that giant device in my pocket or feeling its slightly hefty body tottering in my hand.

Yahoo’s David Pogue agrees: In Praise of Nylon Stockings: Classic Photos of a Fashion Staple. Classic photos that capture stockings' allure, and the quite evident reasons for the fashion staple's central place in the style canon In Praise of Nylon Stockings: Classic Photos of a Fashion Staple Thomas D. McAvoy—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images. ‎Dressed: The History of Fashion on Apple Podcasts. Adhesive Bras: The Fashion Trend That Never Quite Stuck. “For 5,000 years clothes have been draped, tied, buttoned, pinned and buckled on the human form. This year, for the first time in history, they will be glued on.” Imagine the glee LIFE’s female readers must have felt at the news that a man had designed yet another contraption into which to wriggle their bodies for the sake of beauty. The design du jour, featured just ahead of beach season in May 1949, was a pair of bra cups a woman could affix to her breasts with an adhesive that caused neither pain nor sticky residue when removed.

Fall Fashion Flashback: Plaids, Calfskin and Platforms Held Sway in 1938. When LIFE magazine published a fashion article on the trends that were expected to reign in the autumn of 1938, the editors focused much of their attention on one particular aspect of the coming season’s styles: namely, the indication that straight lines seemed to be giving way to a softer—or, at the very least, a somewhat less rigid—silhouette.

“Shoppers will find saleswomen swooning over romantic evening dresses,” LIFE assured its readers. “It seems the western fashion world is emerging from the second tubular cycle . . . into a bell-shaped cycle.” “This July,” the feature continued, “buyers from all over the U.S., on their annual pilgrimage to New York showrooms, were amazed at the number of hoopskirts shown by Kallman & Morris, evening-dress specialists. Here were aristocratic hoops for the masses. Here was fashion repeating itself.” Vintage Tech: When Printing Photos on Fabric Was the Next Big Thing.

“Until now,” LIFE magazine told its readers in December 1947, “anyone claiming to have seen a dinner dress decorated with life-size photographs of the wearer would have met with breath-sniffing suspicion or clinical alarm. Today, however, such dresses can be made and photographs of everything from animals to pearl necklaces are being printed not only on dress fabrics but on upholstery, pillows, ties, bathing suits and lingerie.” That LIFE devoted several pages and numerous photographs to reporting on this new development (lame pun intended) is an indication of just how remarkable the achievement really was.

Remember: This was happening 65 years ago. Men and women had been pushing the technical limits of photography ever since the medium was born, well over a century before — but no one , it seems, had ever bothered to devote the energy, time and money it would take to devise a method for printing pictures directly on to fabric. [See more vintage science & technology on] Fashion Historian Explores Clothing & Contagious Disease. Ballet Fashion with Patricia Mears. Historian Explores Criminal Fashion. Youtube. Youtube. Sewing Resources – Google Drive. Oldest known cosmetics found in ceramic bottles on Balkan Peninsula.

A trio of researchers from Slovenia's Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia at the Centre for Preventive Archaeology and Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, in Germany, has found evidence of the oldest known use of cosmetics at a dig site in the Balkans. In their paper published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, Bine Kramberger, Christoph Berthold and Cynthianne Spiteri describe the ceramic bottles that held the cosmetics and what they found inside them. Back in 2014, team member Bine Kramberger uncovered a small bottle at a dig site in Zgornje Radvanje, Slovenia. Soon thereafter other diggers uncovered similar bottles. How a Makeup Mogul Liberated Women by Putting Them in a Pretty New Cage. When Caitlyn Jenner made her debut on the July 2015 cover of “Vanity Fair” in full old-Hollywood glamour mode, her highly styled appearance triggered discussion and debate: After all, not every woman has the money to, or even wants to, embody that particular ideal of feminine beauty, which involves elaborate foundation makeup to create shimmery highlights and contoured cheeks.

Fifty years after the women’s lib movement railed against makeup, we’re still deeply conflicted about the stuff. A True History of False Eyelashes. Cosmetic Queens: The Women Who Created the Beauty Business. Youtube. History of Sunglasses - Fun Facts About Eyewear. We define so many icons and celebrities through their eyewear choices. When we think Audrey Hepburn, we think oversized cat-eyes. Little Black Dress: From Mourning to Night, Meyer. “Entertaining reading.” —Wall Street Journal.

Jo Weldon, “Fierce: The History of Leopard Print” (Harper Design, 2018) Film Noir Fashion Explored by Kimberly Truhler. Discovering the Rose in Fashion. The Dangers of Tight Jeans, According to Research - Pacific Standard. The Peril of Skinny Jeans, Corsets, and Restrictive Clothing. Toxic Chemicals Linger in Clothing—Even Organic-Cotton Ones, Says Report. Photo by Shutterstock Our clothing is crawling with hinky chemicals. The surprising history of ‘Star Wars’ and high fashion. Fashion Creating Too Many Products?

Fashion has always questioned its own speed. So, the latest set of articles decrying the impossible expectations designers face isn’t shocking. Chasing the Holy Grail of Hues: True Black. A Very Merry History of the Santa Suit. Looking at the Iconic Fashion of Barbie. The 500-year history of the pocket. Youtube. Raf Simons Speaks to Cathy Horyn on the Speed of Fashion. Chanel. Chanel-dicoco. Oscar de la Renta. I-D cover archive: 1980 to 2015. Flare - Canada's Fashion Magazine. Beauty Is Diverse ™ — Celebrating The Diversity Of Beauty ™ Indian American Model on Racism in the Fashion Industry: Daily Beauty Reporter: Inside Moschino’s Marionette Fashion Show and Being Black in Milan Fashion.

"Plus Size" Is Not A Dirty Word. Plus Size Clothing Directory. Fashionably voluptuous: normative femininity and resistant performative tactics in fatshion blogs. Indigenous Fashionology (NATIVE CLOTHING) with Riley Kucheran — alie ward. Youtube. What It’s Really Like Being A Transgender Model When Trans Is Trending. A History of Female Afrofuturist Fashion. A Journey Through Black Fashion in America. Youtube. The Complicated Rise and Fall of Udoli, an Unsung Subculture of Black Fashion History. A Guide to Harlem With needle+thræd's Celia Roach. Peopleswear Gender Fashion Roundtable. For OATG members and non-members alike to interact and keep up-to-date on textile news. The Myth of the Ethical Shopper - The Huffington Post. The Digital Decade in Fashion (and then some) That’s the Joint. “The Devil that Pays Nada,” Fashion’s Creative Underclass.

Cultured Bodily Practice: Moving forward from “The Danger of a Single Story”* Reading the Subtleties of Islamic Fashion - AramcoWorld : Fashioning a Dialogue. Fashion victim: Chinese designers face struggle. Curated Women's Designer Clothing. No Favored Frocks: Chatting With Fashion Critic Robin Givhan. Faked in China. The Chinese Lingerie Venders of Egypt. The Astonishing True Cost of Your Bra. Why I've tracked every single piece of clothing I've worn for three years. Ametora: When Cultural Appropriation Becomes Fashionable. Bureaucrat-turned-lawyer fights for fairer fashion industry. DISSERTATION IDEAS / RESEARCH. How textiles revolutionised technology – Virginia Postrel.

How female coders are shaping the future of fashion. MIT is Turning Living Bacteria Into Self-Ventilating Activewear. How To Tell If Your Vintage Designer Bag Is Actually A Fake. Behance. Exhibition - Shoes: Pleasure and Pain. Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits and Leanne Shapton on their fantastic new book, Women in Clothes.