Friday File

Happy Friday! What are you doing this weekend? I’m excited to stay home and watch the Olympics! The Opening Ceremony is tonight, which I always look forward to. And I really enjoy figure skating, which is on both Saturday and Sunday. I loved the Canadian pairs’ performance yesterday.

Do you have a favorite winter Olympic sport?

Since the 2014 winter Olympics are here, Unmaking Things has a wonderful history of skiing apparel.

I’m getting even more excited about the Charles James show this summer at the Met after reading Christina Binkley’s recent piece in the Wall Street Journal. I really hope the exhibition talks about some of the innovations and understructures he’s so famed for, instead of just being about pretty gowns.

One of the top fashion critics, Cathy Horyn of the New York Times, resigned last Friday. Many are disappointed and worried about the future of fashion criticism, and rightly so.

This story about a realistic statue of an undressed sleepwalking man on Wellesley College’s campus is one of the funniest things I’ve read all week. No matter if you think of the statue, the students’ reactions are priceless.

Friday File – Lecture Central

Next week is Spring Break at work! However, all that means for me is that it’ll be super quiet with no classes in session. I still have to work. But that’s ok, because I have a lot of registrar-type backlog (cataloging and organizing files) to do since the past few weeks have been devoted to hosting classes and giving lectures.

I’ll be surprised if I’m not a little hoarse by this afternoon. I have two tours, a presentation, and two lectures today. Wish me luck on keeping up my energy.

Here are my favorite links from the past week:

A guest post by Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell on Worn Through takes us through the history of ship-themed headwear — literally. Check out these crazy historical illustrations of miniature ships perched atop elaborate coiffures. The post doesn’t miss contemporary references to headwear shaped like ships either.

Over on Business of Fashion, another guest post by Diane Pernet breaks down fashion criticism over time. This op-ed covers who the top critics are and doesn’t hesitate to offer opinions on who is good at it.

Street-style blogs have made careers of some of the people who cover fashion shows. The Cut reviewed the style evolution of a number of street-style stars — what they wore before the photographer’s lens was trained on them and after.

And lastly, the New York Times put out a full special section on museums yesterday. I was like a giddy kid when Sandra of Raincoast Cottage filled me in. I haven’t had time to read many of the stories yet, but I bought a physical copy of the paper yesterday, and I plan to spend some quality time with it this weekend. I’m sure you fellow museum nerds will enjoy it as much as me.

Happy weekend!

Friday File – Fashion Week

gown by Oscar de la Renta fall/winter 2013, photo by NOWFASHION, from SHOWstudio

New York Fashion Week is finally over and my twitter feed is relieved. Of course we still have London, Milan, and Paris to go, but I find that the reports and tweets from the international fashion weeks aren’t quite so overwhelming.

A friend posted this piece on feminism and fashion week and it’s spot on:

Aesthetics aren’t the enemy of feminism; social codes that require women to meet certain aesthetic principles, and to be constantly putting in time, effort and money in the service of femininity, are the enemy. Fight the system, not the people who do their best to operate in it, or, God forbid, take a little pleasure where they can find it. Gendered fashion requirements are bad. Enjoying the self-expression and aesthetic appeal of clothing? Girl, go ahead and enjoy your new shoes.

Amen! Man, I just want to quote the whole thing.

I’ve also been searching for flights to New York this summer in order to see Punk: Chaos to Couture at the Met. On Monday, curator Andrew Bolton and others involved in the exhibition (you bet Anna Wintour was there) hosted a media preview that was covered by the New York Times, Vogue, and Fashionista. Fashionista has a really good slide show of musicians in their punk attire next to the high-end designer looks they inspired. If you only check out one of those links, take a look at that.

I was mesmerized by this 1922 footage of actresses on film in color striking poses. It’s kind of amazing. You have to see it for yourself.

This hairstylist turned archaeologist has spent more than 10 years trying to figure out how ancient Greeks and Romans styled their hair. Her theory based on experiential research is gaining a following among scholars who study ancient times.

One of my favorite fashion writers, Raquel Laneri, compiled a slideshow of fashion shoots inspired by fine art paintings. I think my favorite was the shot by Joel-Peter Witkin for The New York Times in 2006 made to look like Edward Hopper’s The Automat.

My mom will be in town this weekend, I am hoping to see Picasso and Chicago at the Art Institute of Chicago. This weekend is just a members’ preview (another good benefit to becoming a member of a museum), but it opens to the general audience on Wednesday. I’m excited about this new take on Picasso. Have a great weekend!

Newport Vintage Dance Week

I thought Bill Cunningham’s video post this week was really fun to watch. It features this year’s Newport Vintage Dance Week, and I loved seeing all the reproduction (at least I always hope they are reproduction — that’s the museum person in me) ensembles in the context of those gorgeous mansions.

I wish I could go to this. Alas it was the last one. Does anyone know why?

So go watch and enjoy!

More Buzz

The fashion world cannot shut up about the Schiaparelli and Prada exhibition at the Met, which is great for female designers and will help the Costume Institute turn out another popular show. Here are some links filled with the buzz:

The NY Times discusses the heyday and uniqueness of female designers, focusing on Schiaparelli and Prada.

Zac Posen thinks Schiaparelli was a ‘bad ass.’

Judith Thurman profiles Schiaparelli and Prada in a piece for The New Yorker, focusing on their similar upbringings, differences in career, and appreciation of pretty/ugly.

Harper’s Bazaar reviews Schiaparelli’s work on its own pages.

Fashionista heard a rumor that all the Vogue editors will be wearing pink, in honor of Schiaparelli’s Shocking Pink, to the Met Ball.

Robin Givhan penned an excellent profile on Muicca Prada for The Daily Beast.

Director Baz Lurmann is directing a film starring Muiccia Prada, as herself, and Judy Davis, as Elsa Schiaparelli, according to Fashionista.

And the greatest news of all might be that the Met will be live streaming the red carpet for the Costume Institute Benefit on May 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. EST. No doubt, I’ll be watching.

Have you seen any other articles about the upcoming show? Will you be watching the live stream?

Under the Sea

Giorgio Armani Dress & Alexis Bittar necklace | Alexander McQueen dress, mask, and cape & Carolee Necklaces — photos by Richard Burbridge, styled by Robbie Spencer for The New York Times Style Magazine

Many designers used the sea as inspiration for their spring 2012 looks. And The New York Times Style Magazine took this idea literally when styling these gowns from Giorgio Armani and Alexander McQueen.

I really like these two concepts. They both have a little whimsy, are well executed, but could not be accused of being cute or boring. If only we could get this much imagination on a regular basis in fashion shoots.