In 2012 the renaissance of the great models of the 90-s starts with Roberto Cavalli’s ads campaign, shot by Steven Meisel. The shot involves the legend of the black beauty at the catwalk – Black Panther Naomi Campbell. Among other taking part models are Karen Elson, Daphne Groeneveld and Kristen McMenamy. Read More »
Valentino, Valentino Roma and Valentino Garavani as well as R.E.D. Valentino these all are Valentino Garavani’s creations. The Italian fashion designer is one of major representative of this profession.
Born in northern Italy in a city of Voghera, Valentino early fall in love with fashion designating. After finishing school he moved to Paris where he studied at the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, École des Beaux-Arts. His parents Mauro Garavani and Teresa de Biaggi helped him to pursue the interest to fashion design. Read More »
“I want to get into ready to wear, that’s where the money is”.
Oscar De la Renta.
Oscar Aristides Renta was born in Dominican Republic in town of Santo Domingo. His mother was Dominican and father Puerto Rican. At the age of eighteen he went to Spain to graduate from the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid as a painter.
The world of high fashion quickly caught him in its net and soon Oscar was proposed to sketch for leading fashion houses of Spain. This challenge led him to the collaboration with the Spanish most renowned couture – Cristóbal Balenciaga. But despite of the flattering proposal Oscar De la Renta left Spain for the fashion capital – Paris, where he became Lanvin couture assistant of Antonio Castillo. Read More »
“My clothes are designed for prosperity”.
The history of Alexander McQueen Fashion House is very interesting. It all started from the times when Lee Alexander McQueen was only 16. He left the school then to become a fashion designer and had a prosperous success in this career. He learned tailoring on Savile Row and pattern making from costumiers Angels and Bermans. His degree collection was shown in 1994 and was entirely bought by an eccentric British style icon and fashion editor Isabella Blow. She was the one who suggested using his middle name for the label.
Alexander McQueen’s early collections were famous for their controversy and shock tactics. The pieces designed by him were gorgeous and combined both British tailoring and French couture. The dresses cut in hourglass shape, frock coats with skinny pants, sharp suits, dark and romantic gowns covered in embroidery and lace – all these was Alexander McQueen’s signature. He also received numerous distinctions and awards. Namely in 2004 he was awarded the Best British Menswear Designer of the yearby the British Fashion Council. By that time the Alexander McQueen Fashion label was already partially owned by Gucci Group. Read More »
Yves Saint Laurent fashion house is a symbol of French couture. The history of this brand takes start in early sixties of the past century. In 1962 the first YSL collection, inspired by national costumes of different nations, was released.
YSL gave life to many fashion trends, such as beatnik look. This company made tight pants, high boots and safari jackets attributes of style and good taste in 60s and 70s.
It is difficult to imagine a man even the most distant from the fashion, which would have never heard about one of the most iconic and legendary among fashion houses – Versace SpA, or simply Versace.
This company was founded in 1978 and was originally conceived as a company selling fine and rare fabrics. However, after six months on the Via della Spiga the first branded boutique with dresses which were invented and sewed by founder of the company – Gianni Versace, was opened in Milan. Design and cut dresses were much differed from those that were adopted in the fashion world at the moment, and shop instantly became very popular not only among the Italian elite, but among ordinary shoppers. Read More »
Fashion house Dolce and Gabbana is one of the largest in the world of fashion, though in practice the youngest. Today, its value exceeds 645 million dollars. Many boutiques around the world, a large staff of admirers, successful shows – it is an integral part of the Dolce & Gabbana.
Since its inception, brand Dolce & Gabbana has become a symbol of passionate and elegant style of confident young men and women. Dolce & Gabbana man – a little hedonist, dresses for himself and very attentive to detail. He loves everything that frees him from subjection to pre-defined patterns, he is free and successful. He can come to the office in a perfect suit, as well as in tattered jeans and a blazer because he dictates the rules and disobeys them. Read More »
One of our readers asked recently about her sister who was a model of Givenchy. Of course it is very hard to find now some rare photos, especially when models were not world known.
But I did like this topic and decided to compare some modern models with the models of the past century. All we know that a new one is once forgotten, so looking at the modern models you would recognize the features and style of the old guard.
Nevertheless contemporary beauty standards differ from the past years etalons. Blonds or dark-haired, blue-eyed or burning brown – all the models have the one and only peculiarity that brings them to the fashion height. Read More »
“I have designed flower women.”
Christian Dior was an influential French fashion designer, the founder of one of the world’s top fashion house, also called Christian Dior.
Christian Dior was born in a seaside town on the coast of France, called Granville. His family hoped he would become a diplomat, but Dior only wished to be involved in the fashion world and sketching as well.
To raise money, he sold his fashion works outside for about 10 cents per sketch. In 1928 after leaving school he opened a small art gallery, receiving money from his father. After a family financial disaster Dior was forced to close the gallery. Read More »
A major fashion exhibit showcasing 85 costumes will soon be opened at The Brooklyn Museum. To present the exhibition The Brooklyn Museum has partnered with the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In 2009, the Brooklyn Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art entered into long-term partnership relations to exhibit Brooklyn’s collection. The objects were transferred to The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan, with Brooklyn maintaining curatorial access. Exhibitions of costumes from the collection will be held at both institutions.
The exhibition is organized by Jan Glier Reeder, Consulting Curator for the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and coordinated by Kevin Stayton, Chief Curator of the Brooklyn Museum. Read More »