Rei Kawakubo

Rei Kawakubo Is (Maybe) the Next Subject of the Met

Rei Kawakubo, the highly reclusive designer of Comme des Garçons and mastermind behind Dover Street Market, is thought to be the focus of the Met's next major fashion exhibition (spring 2017), according to WWD.

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Aug 31, 2016 13:21:00
Alexander McQueen & Isabella Blow in 2001

Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow, Together Again

A feature-length film about the rocky relationship between Alexander McQueen (who died in 2010) and Isabella Blow (in 2008) is in the works.

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Aug 30, 2016 17:54:00
Jacquemus fall 2016

Willi Dorner Brings His Body Piles to Jacquemus

Guerrilla choreographer Willi Dorner has been installing his live body piles in urban spaces for years, flummoxing, entertaining, or inspiring all those who pass by.

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Aug 30, 2016 11:58:00

World's Largest Pearl Discovered

At 75 pounds, this massive natural pearl is thought to be the world's largest — certainly it's hard to imagine one larger.

The colossal mollusk gem was originally found ten years ago by a fisherman in the Philippines when his anchor snagged the giant clam that housed it. Unaware of its value, he kept it as a good luck charm, until recently bringing it to the attention of Philippine officials.

It remains to be confirmed by gemologists that the pearl is indeed the world's largest. Already it easily beats the current record holder, the Pearl of Lao Tzu, which weighs less than a quarter of the new discovery.

Aug 27, 2016 19:08:00
Faig Ahmed

Fun with Rugs

Living and working in Baku, Azerbaijan, artist Faig Ahmed distorts and deconstructs the patterns and shapes of traditional Azerbaijani rugs, incorporating modern motifs — glitches, melts, spikes — to create mesmerizing optical illusions. A graduate of sculpture from the Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Art, Ahmed and his merging of traditional and experimental textiles are a very real carpet ride.

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Aug 24, 2016 19:55:00
Saul Steinberg + Inge Morath

The Best Paper-Bag Masks Happened 50 Years Ago

In 1942, after publishing his first cartoon a year earlier, The New Yorker sponsored Saul Steinberg's entry into the United States from an increasingly anti-Semitic Italy. Thus began his lifelong relationship with the publication as cartoonist and illustrator, creating over 90 covers and 1200 illustrations in the six decades thereafter. He also exhibited drawings, paintings, prints, collages, and sculptures in galleries and museums around the world.

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Aug 22, 2016 16:48:00
Christine Jorgensen with Divine

A Moment for Christine Jorgensen

"Ex-GI Becomes Blonde Beauty" blared the Daily News in 1950. George Jorgensen, a quiet Bronx native, shocked the nation by returning from a trip to Denmark transformed into Christine. While not the first American to undergo sex-reassignment surgery, Christine was the country's first trans-celebrity.

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Aug 19, 2016 14:30:00
Monia Lippi

Vietnamese Scooter Fashion

An obsession with pale skin among young Vietnamese, as seen across electronic media and virtually all advertising, has given rise to vibrant displays of scooter fashion. These 'cover up' styles, as they're known, emphasize bright colors and colorful patterns.

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Aug 18, 2016 18:21:00
Coco Fronsac

Tribe Called Sepia

French artist Coco Fronsac finds sepia-toned vintage portraits and enhances them in various ways, primarily by painting over their faces with bright tribal masks. In this way, her characters become frozen in their elegant, shamanic finery, an unlikely meeting producing a magical veneer.

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Aug 18, 2016 13:35:00

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