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December 17, 2011 |
With her first book on stitchery, needlework instructor Erica Wilson revived a craft and helped invent a publishing category. Her 1962 hardcover book, "Crewel Embroidery," both popularized the pursuit and helped transform her into "America's first lady of stitchery" as she built a multimillion-dollar embroidery empire through her needlework designs, television shows, books and stores. The volume also marked something of a turning point in publishing. It was the first needlework title released by Scribner's, a surprise smash hit that eventually sold about 1 million copies.
May 23, 2010 |
Our choice of swimwear is frequently less about making a fashion statement and more about trying to find something that flatters the body and doesn't require a towel around the waist to complete the ensemble. Many of us opt not to shop for a new suit, season after season, to avoid confronting our physical flaws — and the agony of dressing room lighting. Nonetheless, the swimwear industry has managed to weather the down economy, reporting $4 billion in sales in 2009, down only slightly from 2008.
February 21, 2010
Reviews by Christopher Knight (C.K.) and Leah Ollman (L.O.). Compiled by Grace Krilanovich. Critics' Choices After 1968: Contemporary Artists and the Civil Rights Legacy The show includes recent and newly commissioned works from six emerging artists born in or after 1968, the internationally disruptive year that in the U.S. witnessed the brutal assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the hairbreadth...
October 19, 2009 |
For years, Kim Cho-gang kept her oddball art collection out of sight, hidden away in a basement. She admits hers is a rather unusual assemblage: wood carvings, paintings, puppets and embroidery -- all celebrating the lowly chicken. There are roosters and hens big and small, birds depicted clucking, scratching and crowing. Since 2006, these works have had a public place to roost. Setting aside her lifelong dream of opening a child-care center, the 70-year-old former public health professor runs the Seoul Museum of Chicken Art, a private facility containing all things fowl.
May 18, 2008 |
It WAS a grand concert entrance if ever there was one -- Cher at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, descending from the ceiling like the empress of the sun. Her golden chariot might as well have been a time capsule, because when she stepped out in a blindingly sparkly gold lame cape and an Egyptian headdress with an asp, she could have been 22 again. Or even 42. But Cher is 61, and she can still rock a Bob Mackie get-up like nobody else. Her new show is an eyeful of deliciously glittery costumes that hark back to the wonderfully tacky, pre-Celine Vegas of Liberace and feather-flocked revues.
September 25, 2006 |
Hanan Karaman Munayyer fell under the spell of Palestinian embroidery in 1987, when she saw a collection of dresses and accessories brought to New York by an antiques dealer. She and her husband are of Palestinian descent, but she says, "The beauty of the embroidery on these early 20th century dresses -- we saw it for the first time in that collection." The dealer intended to sell off the 65 dresses piecemeal.