August 15, 1996 |
Like many designers from the past, Rudi Gernreich is gone, but not forgotten. Elizabeth Mason, owner of the West Hollywood vintage clothing store the Paper Bag Princess, celebrated a move to larger quarters and the discovery of a large, pristine collection of authentic Gernreichs with a recent party attended by collectors hip to the fact that some old clothes now dwell in the rarefied world of art and antiques, steadily increasing in value.
April 16, 1993 |
She's back--the pale face, the cap of hair, the harlequin eyes, the mime poses in designer fashions. An icon of the '60s, here again thanks to the revival of "retro fashion." But wait: The clothes are the interest, aren't they? The model, Peggy Moffitt, is wearing designs by the late Rudi Gernreich, whose Pop / Op / mini fashions defined the decade.
March 25, 2012 |
Fashion exhibitions at museums, like the "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" show that set attendance records at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2011, are more popular than ever. Here is a selection of what's on now and what's coming soon, in the U.S. and abroad. Diana Vreeland After Diana Vreeland | Dedicated to the style and passion of the late fashion icon, editor, traveler and Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute curator. Vreeland also worked as a special consultant to the museum from 1972 to the time of her death in 1989, setting the international standard for costume exhibitions.
November 21, 2012 |
Cameron Silver, owner of the vintage shopping institution Decades, has spent the last 15 years teaching Hollywood and the fashion world that what's old is new. And now he has written a book on the subject. "Decades: A Century of Fashion" (Bloomsbury, $60) , co-written with Rebecca DiLiberto, is the colorful story of 20th century fashion and trends told decade by decade, through more than 200 images of celebrity style icons and designer clothing. In the introduction, Silver explains that he started his career as a cabaret singer and came to fashion accidentally: After stumbling upon so many gently-used treasures during his travels while on tour as a performer, he eventually decided to open a shop to sell them in a high-end setting.
March 3, 2013 |
One of the great joys of being a fashion critic is the ability to observe how designers all over the world riff on and reinterpret the L.A. look. Watching the spring runway collections, whether I was sitting at a runway show in the crumbling Beekman Palace in New York City or at a 13th century convent in Paris, I was dreaming of California. It wasn't just homesickness, though after weeks on the road, that could have been part of it. I was thinking about how the clothes would play here, how they might have been influenced by the vision of casual luxe that California has exported to the world, and how they might have been inspired by the landscape, art, architecture and attitude of this incredible place.
August 2, 1985 |
It has been 21 years since Rudi Gernreich devised the topless swimsuit, and still the controversy rages. The swimsuit has outlived Gernreich, who died April 21, and it will probably outlive everyone reading this, because it has been sealed in a time capsule (between a birth control pill and a Bible) that will not be exhumed for generations. The controversy now is whether the topless will be shown on a model (live and bare breasted) at the Gernreich retrospective Aug. 13 at the Wiltern Theatre.