1919-1939 Fashioning the Modern Woman: The Art Of The Couturiere

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  1. marrimoda

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    I just saw The Art of the Couturiere at the F.I.T. Museum.
    Ahhhh ...the quality, the COLORS, the gorgeous fabrics.
    Many many Vionnets, and Chanels, and one Dior.
    Some from Madame Gres (Alix Barton)
    Also Lanvin, Paquin (Ana de Pombo), Schiaparelli, Delaunay,Augustabernard, Jenny, Nina Ricci, Maggy Rouff...and many more.
    There were also some wonderful fashion illustrations.
    I just loved it, I plan to go again -- since admission is free!
    I saw some of the most beautiful draped gowns and dresses ever, they were timeless.
    Beautiful hand work, and amazing openwork.

    So impressive that women were the leading force in this fashion revolution...Sad to say I was not consious of the fact that so many women designers were so boldly producing their art in the same period of time, to work in that time must have been so inspirational...I'd love to see women reassume this lead!

    I dont know if the NYTimes has published anything on it, but I did find the article in another local paper...unlike the on-line version the actual newspaper piece has photos (same photos from the exhibition pamphet)

    If you can -- go!

     
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    thanks for sharing I plan on checking out before I heard off to Milan. I think the article makes some good points about female designers.

    Off topic: I was recently in a heated debate with a friend about if a woman was openly gay and considered a "huge" designer how would she be treated. It was very heated and we are still debating :lol:
     
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    softgrey flaunt the imperfection

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    thanks so much for posting-marrimoda

    I'm going this weekend...now I have something to look forward to.

    I, too, loved reading about all the women in the industry. I've always hoped that the fashion industry would become a way for women to gain influence and power. Most of the editors at the magazines are women, but the owners of the magazines-the ones with the real power, are still men...we've got a long way to go...i hope the young talent coming up is ready for the challenge... :flower:
     
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    well guys-i went to the exhibit this weekend, and i was not disappointed-does anyone know coco's real name?...i didn't. how about madame gres? :innocent:

    what an incredible collection of dresses and gowns...absolutely awe inspiring (i swear my body was tingling) and tragically sad, at the same time...while each piece was so immaculate, it could take your breath away, one couldn't help but think, how, instead of growing, this beautiful form of expression has been abandoned.

    i spoke about this in the YSL on Tom Ford thread, so i won't go on, but if anyone is in NY i strongly recommend this exhibit at F.I.T. most of these clothes have never been on exhibit before...many came from private collections...hamish bowles (of vogue) lent a number of them from his private collection-that man must have a mini museum in his posession :ninja: -lanvin, lanvin, chanel, etc...unbelievable...everywhere you look! :heart:

    faust-you must take your wife :flower:
    chickonspeed-this is the real deal...not a hint of mediocrity :heart:

    i wish i had photos i could share with you all :(
     
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    I've seen the exhibit.. since I go there... it was kind of a "class trip".

    Right now I have a "Role of Fabrics in Fashion" class... and we were shown many of the Vionnets, Lanvins, and Paquins...

    It's great to see the women designers. :heart: :flower: :heart:
     
  6. Scott

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    I'd love to see this. I'm moved already by mere images of this stuff;if I were present one would have to throw water in my face :lol:

    Softgrey*,I don't about you but I think the Belgians and certainly the likes of Yamamoto are certainly bringing that feeling back to fashion. They take my breath away for sure. That is ineed the way clothes should be designed. :flower:
     
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    hey scott-i hear what you're saying, and there are some people doing beautiful work, but it's a completely different aesthetic...so it's a different feel that you get from the clothes...it's something more romantic and gentle and beautifully feminine without being too saccharine or gooey...light and airy is the feeling i got...i was walking around on my tiptoes... :blush: haha...i'm such a romantic/idealist... :p
     
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    "Coco"'s real name was Gabrielle Chanel. She apparently picked up the nickname while working as a cafe singer. Madama Gres was also known as Alix.
    (From the essay Chanel in Context by Valerie Steell)
     
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    "Coco"'s real name was Gabrielle Chanel. She apparently picked up the nickname while working as a cafe singer. Madama Gres was also known as Alix.
    (From the essay Chanel in Context by Valerie Steell) [/b][/quote]
    excellent-i'm impressed! :lol: someone's doing their homework... :flower:

    i still can't believe i never knew that! :wacko:
     
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    This exhibit sounds incredible! :buzz: It even correlates with a project I am doing for one of my classes. I so wish I could see it... :cry:
     
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    hey scott-i hear what you're saying, and there are some people doing beautiful work, but it's a completely different aesthetic...so it's a different feel that you get from the clothes...it's something more romantic and gentle and beautifully feminine without being too saccharine or gooey...light and airy is the feeling i got...i was walking around on my tiptoes... :blush: haha...i'm such a romantic/idealist... :p [/b][/quote]
    ME TOO! :p
     
  12. Sugo

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    Purple,
    I'll take some photos for you ;)
     
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    hey scott-i hear what you're saying, and there are some people doing beautiful work, but it's a completely different aesthetic...so it's a different feel that you get from the clothes...it's something more romantic and gentle and beautifully feminine without being too saccharine or gooey...light and airy is the feeling i got...i was walking around on my tiptoes... :blush: haha...i'm such a romantic/idealist... :p[/b][/quote]
    I'll drink to that! :flower:

    I'll ask my wife if she wants to go. I just bought a digi cam, and I'm very trigger happy - looks like a great place to take some photos.

    Sugo - it'll be interesting to compare what we'll find worthy of photographing.
     
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    Faust,
    I just got a new digi cam too :)
    What did you get?
    I'll have the pictures up on my website once I go and if they allow photography.
     
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    I'll email you (don't want to take this thread off topic :flower: )
     
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    excellent-i'm impressed! :lol: someone's doing their homework... :flower:

    i still can't believe i never knew that! :wacko: [/b][/quote]
    I'm actually putting together a project for one of my classes, and the names were mentioned in one of the books I'm reading. Sadly, I didn't just get it off the top of my head.... :blush:
     
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    Oh, thanks so much Sugo- that would be fantastic! :woot: :flower:
     
  18. marrimoda

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    By the way -- in case you have not found out yet -- they do not allow any photography at this exhibit.

    I brought my camera too, half thinking they might not allow it...well when I got there I saw the warning sign...that, and I heard the guards yelling at a couple of different women who were trying to sneak off a shot. They also yell at you if you get too close to the garments.

    The lighting is very low, in fact the lights are practically off, so it is hard to sketch, which they allow but only in pencil.

    Despite the "challenges" I did love the exhibit, and have been there twice already.
     
  19. Sugo

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    Sorry purple
    no photos :\
    I've already gotten on the bad side of every security guard in NYC.
    I shoot architecture as part of my job and tripods arent allowed in NYC public places without a permit...so I try to sneak around them...I always get caught in the end :blush:
     
  20. Lena

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    wish i was in NY just to see this :cry:

    thanks for the topic marrimoda :heart:
     

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