If your going to be Stateside and hanging near West Hollywood anytime before the 5th of June get yourself to the MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles. It shows all the beautiful dresses the talented Mulleavy sister's of Rodarte crafted for Black Swan. The aim was to display them removed from the body form and show them as sculptural pieces.
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Internationally renowned, Simon Costin is the the art director and set designer behind many of the great designers and photographers of today. Signed to CLM agency in New York he is a British born creative prodigy boasting three degrees in film making, theatre designing and history of art. He worked as McQueen's art director for 8 years with an initial meeting coming about when McQueen asked to borrow some of his art works for a show very early in his career. He has also worked creating the catwalk set designs for Gareth Pugh and designs sets for photographer Tim Walker. His creativity has many facets from designing jewellery to specialising in taxidermy, a hobby that started at a young age when he joined a natural history club. He has now begun a project all of his own called the Museum of British Folklore where he gathered money through charity in order for him to travel through Britain in a caravan painted in fairground scroll wearing a Gareth Pugh cape and Steve Jones hat to discover and celebrate British indigenous folklore traditions. A brilliant genius, here are some images of his work that I find inspirational. Enjoy...
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with Halston in Studio 54
Part Irish/Black and Cherokee Pat Clevelands' unusual beauty was spotted by a Vogue Editor on the New York Subway on her way to LaGuardia Perfoming Arts School when she was just 14. She was launched into the 70's fashion world walking for all the big names at the time but becoming a house model for Halston. Pat was known for her unusual theatrical style walk on the runway and was often accompanyed by another male model called Sterling. She would bring an air of drama to the catwalk reminiscent of McQueen's shows in nearer times where models didn't just walk but moved and acted out a scene for the audience.
The vid below shows some of her famous moves.
Alicia Drake in the book The Beautiful Fall described Pat Cleveland’s arrival in Paris in the late 1970’s, saying, “[she came] with liquorice hair, legs like pipe-cleaners, and a Harlem shimmy dance-movement that recalled Josephine Baker…she [ate] up the catwalks with her shimmering sexiness and laughter, bringing a movement and dance to fashion that no one had ever seen before. ”
Pat lived the studio 54 lifestyle counting Karl Largerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent and Andy Warhol amongst her friends. She bowed out of modelling in the 80's to settle down with her husband with whom she has two kids one of which Anna is now a model herself. She paved the way for future black models and still remains totally unique today in how she modelled. Here PAt talks about her life in the 70's. She is still really beautiful.
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A beautiful shoot from Oyster Magazine with my favourite model Bambi Northwood Blythe.
I adore the styling in this shoot. Styled by Imogene Barron, Oyster's fashion director whom is heavily influenced by streetstyle and prefers using indie designers. She accessorizes like somethin wicked. Photographed by Bec Parsons.
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Agyness Deyn has a romantic return to Vogue for May 2011 in a shoot called White Mischief by photographer Tim Walker on location in Africa’s isolated Namib Desert styled by Kate Phelan. Tim Walker's shoots always make you feel like you are part of a beautiful fairytale. A different look for Agyness who is wearing beautiful soft blonde curls, a removal from her usual punky styling.
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Isn't the decor really beautiful in this room? The combination of teal and tangerine really works. The tree stencil is completed with tangerine birdies.
This room was shown as a master suite in the San Francisco Decorator Showcase. Now, just to recreate..........
image from casasugar.com
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