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  • A sneak peek into Charles James: Beyond Fashion at the Met

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    I popped uptown yesterday to the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute’s new Anna Wintour Costume Center for the press preview of its first exhibition, Charles James: Beyond Fashion spotlighting the career of  the legendary 20th-century Anglo-American couturier  (1906–1978). Through the years, I’ve seen pieces of James work  and many of the gowns on display seemed like beautiful old friends that I was delighted to reaquaint with. But it wasn’t a gown that made me smile. It was seeing his white celenese satin jacket with eiderdown…

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  • Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s PUNK: Chaos to Couture at The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Left: Sid Vicious, 1977. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph © Dennis Morris - all rights reserved Right: Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) for House of Chanel (French, founded 1913), 2011. Vogue, March 2011. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by David Sims.

    Every once in a while f-a-s-h-i-o-n takes itself way too seriously and fails to remember the heart + soul that is the inspiration for its being. There, I have said it. I wanted to love PUNK: Chaos to Couture at The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. But when you take the grit out of a movement and distance it from its authenticity, what’s left are derivative pieces which, when standing alone, are lost in the vapor that is a hot flash of…

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  • American Fashion On View

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    Must See: American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection at the Brooklyn MuseumHere’s a fashion treat for those of you in the city this holiday weekend or in the next 2 months.The Brooklyn Museum, it’s an incredible museum that’s just a few train stops out of Manhattan, marks its new relationship with the Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, with an exhibition of some of the most renowned objects from its esteemed costume collection.The fashion exhibition consists of…

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  • The Fashion Red Carpet- Celebrities Wearing Dresses That Didn’t Wear Them

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    “It is getting a little long into the season of schmaltzed up red carpet dresses.A few more big events to go before things peter down for summer and we are all getting rather tired here of looking at stacks of celebrity photos of stars wearing overdone dresses.That’s not to say that you can’t look unique but just not like you are wrapped up in an overdone bolt of couture fabric. So instead of ragging on the overdone rags, we will…

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  • Lost in Fashion Bliss… The Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute goes online

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    Lost in Fashion Bliss… The Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute goes onlineOne of the best things about being lucky enough to grow up in NYC is to regularly visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Even luckier, is to have a yen for fashion and the privilege to visit its Costume Institute, starting from back in the day that Diana Vreeland ruled.The Costume Institute’s recent renovation makes viewing the fashion exhibitions even more spectacular but

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