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

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 Year Inspiration

It is always refreshing to put our own work aside for a moment and take in something else visually to kick off the New Year, and living in the New York Metro area there are so many great opportunities.

I’m so lucky.

So last week I checked this one off my list at Moma.

Picasso Sculpture

here are some of my favorites that inspired me.

Thru Feb. 7th if you have the opportunity.

Weekend Update, Looking for Inspiration

We walked the streets of New York this weekend to see what was going on uptown in fashion, in display, something to move us mentally forward

as we begin the new year. The city itself is always inspiring, but the takeaway was, HANDMADE rules.

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The pussy willows on Central Park South made us pause

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As did the Dodo Boutique, with its fabulous wall of flowers

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But the absolutely BEST was Vogue Knitting Live, if you are a fiber lover,

Met up with fellow makers, jeweler Cara Romano who incorporates fiber into her pieces

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Long Island Livestock Co., who have a line of wonderful natural yarns, and truth be told I visit their farm whenever possible to see the gorgeous creatures, Llamas, Alpacas, Sheep their fibers come from

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And the BEST of all Felt Makers, Miriam Carter, whose collection of Hats and Garment are beyond compare!

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Shopping Shearling in NYC

We are open here at Crafts at the Cathedral, on the corner of 110th and Amsterdam. Great atmosphere and a wide range to choose from, so don’t miss it

One gorgeous woman fell in love with this coat last nite !

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And while you are up here, take in this beautiful installation by Xu Bing, “Phoenix”. Very inspiring!

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