The only American designer for high fashion retailer Hermés lives in Waco, Texas—and works as a postal worker:
Kermit was sitting in the living room, in an armchair covered by a red-and-white quilt. He stood up when I arrived. He was small-framed, with salt-and-pepper hair combed off his forehead. Dressed in loose khakis and an untucked plaid oxford shirt, he gave the impression of a small-town surgeon who’d just gotten off the late shift. His eyeglasses were in his hands, which continuously fidgeted while the rest of him stood still. ‘Why do you want to talk to me?’ he asked.
I stammered something about his story, how interesting it was. He looked skeptical. ‘Why don’t you tell me what my story is,’ he said. I told him what they had said in Lyon, reciting the words almost like the first line of a fable: ‘There once was a postman who designed scarves for Hermès.’
‘Well, it’s never that simple,’ he said with a mysterious grin.
Very proud of my magazine cover for fashion history, Might ask Anna Wintour for a job
Um, clearly Baroque is SUPER TASTY. And Madame de Pompadour with a flower right where those mammaries are…very subtle, you sexpot. (Rococo is the best.)
The Victoria & Albert Museum
What’s a “half-mourning” dress? Mourning in the front, party in the back?
Half-Mourning was the third stage of mourning for a widow. She would be expected to mourn her husband for at least two years, the stages being Full Mourning, Second Mourning and Half-Mourning. The different stages regulated what they would be wearing, with Full Mourning being all black and with no ornamentation, including the wodow’s veil, and the stages after that introducing some jewellery and modest ornamentation. When in Half-Mourning you would gradually include fabrics in other colors and sort of ease your way out of mourning.
Wow, I am happy you made that joke so I could interpert it as a serious question and have an excuse to ramble on about clothing customs of the past, I am a historical fashion nerd.
That’s very informative, but I’m going to stick with my original head canon:
I need this to be a thing that is actual.
Reblogging for commentary that is first, good history information and then, hilarious.
I did know what half-mourning was from reading too many Victorian novels, but this commentary is priceless.
Meryl Streep - Vogue 2012
Yes, I did fact-check this, and it appears to be true. Despite the unfortunate presence of Barbara Bush Jr. and Pat Nixon Cox, good for you, Ms. Streep. Good for you.
In Europe’s fashion world, where the masculine ideal is a good deal less masculine, Pejic found some work, but he didn’t become one of the industry’s coveted items—the modeling world’s version of the Birkin or the Spy Bag or the Muse—until Carine Roitfeld, then editor-in-chief of French Vogue, decided to dress him as a woman for an editorial shoot. “Carine Roitfeld was just like, ‘Put him in Fendi!’ ” Pejic explains before adding, “My agency did ask me if I was comfortable with it, but I’ve been dressing in skirts since I was very little, so for me it was, ‘Of course.’ ”
Since then, “I guess professionally I’ve left my gender open to artistic interpretation,” he says. This past year, he walked in both men’s and women’s shows for Jean Paul Gaultier (who describes Pejic as an “otherworldly beauty”), and was cast as Gaultier’s bride—traditionally a line’s pièce de résistance—in his Spring 2011 couture show. For New York’s Fashion Week in February, he modeled in five shows for men and four for women. Even at men’s shows, Galliano put him in “a skimpy little singlet” and Gaultier dressed him as Betty Catroux, Yves Saint Laurent’s androgynous female muse. He’s been photographed by Steven Meisel and Juergen Teller. His mother has been on Australian television to talk about her son. He is now famous enough in that country that he wears sunglasses to go outside.
Costume design illustrations by Edith Head for Grace Kelly in Rear Window.
What gorgeously loose illustrations! Edith Head was, without a doubt, one of the best wardrobe designers in Hollywood history. And the actual dress came out beautifully as well, but Grace Kelly was wearing it, so that should be taken for granted.
A 1915 dress designed by Lucille, Lady “Also Designs Naughty Lingerie” Duff Gordon.
This is usually not my period, but I swear I would wear this every single day if I had the chance.
That is a simply spectacular dress.