diana vreeland.

July 2, 2010

this lady is an inspiration to me. if anyone had gusto, i believe that is was diana vreeland.

the fashion editor character on ‘funny face’ was allegedly modeled after her.

she spent 25 years at harper’s bazaar writing an unusual advice column titled. below are two examples of this unusual advice.


i mean…i know why i don’t give most of these gifts, but i think the outlandishness is part of the charm.

although these, too, are outlandish, i think they would be more easily interpreted to suit one’s budget. they make me smile.

this image is d.v. herself substituting for a model who was sick or something. i love this image.

thanks…i’ll take one of each!

i want that for my bedroom. the ceilings must be one hundred feet high! anyone recognize that lovely lady? it’s lauren bacall from her days as a model. loverly.

i should post up some images of d.v.’s apartment in nyc, too. it was all read and very layered. to be continued…

isabella blow.

June 30, 2010

isabella blow was the fashion director at tatler, the designer’s muse of philip treacey, and a discoverer of famous british fashion models. 

she suffered from depression and killed herself by imbibing some weed killer in 2007. i wish that she was still alive so that i could meet her.

a la schiaparelli.

then there are the pics of the inside of her flat….i swoon.

so, since i recently got a scanner, i decided to go pull some files from the basement. one of them was my trip i took to france in may of 2004. that’s where i saw the schiaparelli exhibit.

i designed and made a wardrobe to take with me that spring. below are the illustrations, front and back, of that wardrobe.

i didn’t make all of them, but i still wear some that i did make.

i did sketches when i was in the museum of elsa’s designs that i had not seen in any of the books i had read about her.

i also picked up some postcards. why i haven’t framed some of these, i do not know.

my program and souvenir.

this picture is of the designer herself. she is said to be the first real american designer. basically, she revolutionized sportswear and comfort as we know it, but she did it with style…unlike what it’s devolved to become.

this is one of her early designs, the denim popover dress. it had an attached oven mitt and extra large pocket. i’ve been thinking about extra large pockets lately, since i’m designing a raincoat for myself. these are nice.

she licensed her name a lot. it was on sewing patterns, etc. these are paper dolls. i own a set. they’re so cute! i think that maybe i should frame them?

j’adore schiaparelli!

March 8, 2010

this is the apartment of elsa schiaparelli. she was an early 20th century fashion designer.  she used ‘blistered’ rayon as her upholstery fabric in her bedroom pictured here.

i really need a new raincoat, and i’m having trouble coming up with a silhouette. i think i found the fabric, but still…no silhouette. i always like this kind, but it seems better for a winter or fall coat.

when i was in paris and visited the extension of the louvre that is specific to fashion, i was elated to find that the exhibition was that of my favorite designer. i picked up so much stuff in the gift shop and totally didn’t ever want to leave. i wanted to try on all the clothes! beautiful exhibit. anyways…one of the things i picked up was a little blank book with the above image on it…but i still can’t bring myself to use it. it’s soooo cute!