Friday File

Happy Friday! My apologies for writing here less often lately. My evenings have become a bit busier. Also, I’m rededicating myself to exercising regularly — I signed up for Zumba and am getting back into strength training. This means I have less time to write after work, or I collapse in exhaustion when I get home.

On Monday I attended a documentary screening that I co-organized. If you have the opportunity to see “Men of the Cloth,” don’t miss it. It’s a captivating look at the lives of master tailors and their dedication to the craft.

Also, last night I got a haircut with a new stylist, Dae. He didn’t do anything dramatic to my hair, but I really liked what he had to say about developing a relationship with his clients. I felt like he really listened to me and that my hair was in good hands.

And now for some great links:

gowns by Charles James at the Met’s exhibition preview, photo by Hannah Thomson, from

Are you ready for Monday’s Met Gala 2014, which celebrates the opening of “Charles James: Beyond Fashion?” I’ll be watching online.

Fashion designer Patrick Kelly is the subject of a retrospective exhibition opening at the Philadelphia Museum of Art this Sunday.

Great news!

I don’t follow celebrity relationships, but I greatly enjoyed this open letter to George Clooney’s fiancée. She is one accomplished woman.

Do you read The Gentlewoman? I’ve been meaning to subscribe since it launched in 2010.

Just discovered The Courtauld Institute of Art’s new fashion history blog.

Friday File

I am wiped out. A combo of allergies, writing deadlines, a symposium I am co-chairing next weekend, and attempting to start exercising again is running me ragged. So expect a little lighter posting until the end of the month.

I hope you are all hanging in there and getting enough sleep. If I can’t, I hope someone is.

Now, a quick roundup of the best I saw online this week (even though my time was much more limited than normal):

Delpozo spring 2014 and Young Girl in a Rose Garden by Auguste Toulmouche mashup, created by Miss Moss

Love the comparisons Miss Moss made between Delpozo’s spring 2014 collection and historical works of art.

Flavorwire has an excellent list of fashion documentaries. I’ve seen most of these, and if you only see one of them, watch Notebook on Cities and Clothes.

The title of this post on Collectors Weekly says it all: “Untangling the Tale of the Seven Sutherland Sisters and Their 37 Feet of Hair.” Tell me you aren’t intrigued!

Russell Brand is not for everyone, but sometimes I love his brash honesty. Case in point, calling out Hugo Boss for dressing the Nazis at an event sponsored by Hugo Boss.

More hair — historical hairstyles brought to contemporary life. My favorites have to be the 1830s coifs sported in images 2, 5, and 6.