Photos of snow are starting to show up in my Instagram feed, so I’m not really jumping the gun by posting this wintry scene. I found this photo is a box overflowing with others, many of the same two women. Not a single one identified them, though I could tell a lot by looking at the bits of their lives they felt was important to capture on film. There were two little boys. One was a ballerina. They took skiing trips to Austria.
Of course, many other things are left to the imagination. Were they sisters, or sorority sisters, or best friends? Where did they live? Were they happy? We can only guess.
And now for the news:
- The Smithsonian Institution easily raised $300,000 on Kickstarter to be used to conserve the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz. The campaign is on-going, with additional funds raised going toward fixing up Ray Bolger’s Scarecrow costume.
- In another case of the increasingly blurred lines between public and private, a private museum opened with public artifacts on display.
- Delta Airlines employees are getting new uniforms designed by Zac Posen. I wonder if that in 50 years they will be as collectible as the Braniff Airlines uniforms designed by Pucci?
- “This is mutton-shaming, ladies, and it has to stop.”
- And also this.
- The great James Galanos has died at age 92.
- Even brands who want to manufacture in the US are having a hard time of it.
- As more tourists and money flow into Cuba, a fashion industry is developing.
- It turns out that the rumors that next year’s Costume Institute “blockbuster” show will be a show featuring Rei Kawakubo is true. All the reporters are declaring how bold and risky the choice is, but I see it as just one more move in Andrew Bolton’s crusade to convince the world that fashion is art. Best of all, there will be “a store that acts as an extension of the exhibition.”
- Jonathan Walford of the Fashion History Museum posted on his blog about issues concerning museum acquisitions, with a focus on fakes. As prices for vintage couture rise, the temptation to make a fast buck takes hold. And it’s not just couture. This past week I saw an online sales listing for a modern “Edwardian” bathing costume that had a 1950s Jantzen label sewn in. And of course there were all those questionable punk items purchased by the Met several years ago. Buyer beware!
- What happens to our brains when we view art?