Irving Penn

More inspiration, almost too much to handle, from our trip to the Met earlier this month. I know I know. I’m in a museum, taking photographs of photographs. But these images conjured up so many memories for me, I wanted to take them with me, my particular memories of the photographs of Irving Penn.

As a girl, I started receiving subscriptions to Vogue at a very young age, and it was my bible. It came into my room and brought me to a fantasy land of fashion, of where I wanted to be. It was my visual sanctuary.

My mother made all of my clothes when I was growing up, and after each issue arrived, it was followed by a trip to the fabric mills, to collaborate on trying to recreate the illusion of what I saw. All my aunts were in on it in their own ways. So many of these Irving Penn images from the 50’s and 60’s remind me of my mother and aunts.

Here’s a sneak peak. Show closes July 30.

And we got to play a bit. They had Penn’s backdrop set up that he used in his studio, so as my “photographer” was with me, I got to particpate.

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From the Beautiful to the Grotesque

Above, her own words, Rei Kawakubo. We had a chance to catch this show at The Met last week, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. So interesting to have a conversation from our very different perspectives……my background in fiber art in three dimension, my partner’s in fashion design Haute-Couture, with a very different main inspiration from Yves St Laurent; mine western looking east, his eastern looking to the west, in our young and formative years. Working together for all these years, the push and pull arrives at influences from both.    This show is a must see if you are in town.

“Dressed for Defiance”, NY Times

Creating and Expressing Personal Style

I opened Women’s Month at the Brooklyn Museum, to view two exhibitions of female expression. I went for Marilyn Minter, but I came away with Georgia O’Keefe.

Georgia O’Keefe

Never a huge fan of her paintings, I learned so much about the whole woman, her attention to the details of her life, how meticulous she was about her clothing, beautifully documented by the great photographers in her life.

Never knew, and blown away.

Many garments made with her own hands, many carefully chosen and cherished for construction, simplicity of design, and tactile feel of natural fiber.

 Had a lunch break to avoid whiplash between these two powerful shows!

Marilyn Minter

Shearlings, Made One by One

Opening a fresh box of some beautiful skins to make a special order, one of our most intricate designs of multi color lambskins, which  float over a black napalan shearling.

First step is inspecting the skins, cleaning up the edges, and sorting……as no two skins are the same, we need to choose  weight, the wool “nap”, suppleness, and size to relate to the different pattern pieces to be placed, marked and cut.

Stay tuned!

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Next opportunity to see our work coming soon!

ACC Baltimore

February 24-26

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Gravers Lane Galllery

Wonderful weekend Trunk Show in the Philadelphia Neighborhood of Chestnut Hill

Thank you Gravers Lane Gallery!

Antonio Lopez

Summer is the time to rejuvenate the body and the mind, and even though it was in the 90’s in Manhattan yesterday I slogged uptown to el museo for some inspiration, and was thrilled I did not put this trip off……

The Museum is gorgeous and very cool, and spending a few hours with this incredible artist’s work  pushed all my creative buttons and was a nostalgia trip as well.

You have until Nov 26

Here’s a glimpse of Antonio Lopez:Future Funk Fashion

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For more views check out the Idiosyncratic Fashionistas blog post,

they were at the opening!

New York Makers on the Runway

We had such a great time being part of this show last month in Saratoga Springs NY, which featured designers that work in New York State. Take a few minutes to enjoy!

Much thanks to Corey Aldrich of Electric City Couture, the crew, and everyone at

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<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/167058386″>Electric City Couture Runway</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/joshrask”>Josh Rask Films</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>