Guess Like The Jeans. Flavor Like Pralines.

Of course something like denim has more than permeated pop culture and fashion brand’s influence on the landscape has been well noted. Few brands in the 90s were as noted as Guess. But at this exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Technology, brands from  several eras  are featured.

Denim is perennial style, and this is a complete timeline of #denimhistory . From original work styles to 70s glam, the exhibit eventually ends with modern styles. I didn’t see JNCO represented, but these Moschinos below gave all the joy a visitor could want.



Moschino Jeans? Dancehall Vibes Anyone? FIT, February 2016


Looking for Art? Make it A Movie Night!

When you live in a city like New York, art is everywhere. And in fact, some of the best works are store displays. And nothing beats a store display that’s as good as a movie, or 5 movies, or 8.

She's Gotta Have It, Poster Art, Separate Cinema

She’s Gotta Have It, Poster Art, Separate Cinema

Paul Stuart in New York did just that, featuring images of film posters in their store windows and throughout the store.  The images corresponded with the release of Separate Cinema: The First 100 Years of Black Poster Art, which includes a foreword by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and an afterword from Spike Lee.

There were some fun things to notice  and question about the poster art.  I wonder when the shift moved back to actual photography instead of the hyper-realized drawings that dominated for a while. If I ever get to choose poster art for a movie, we’re going with a drawing. Also, some of these posters were for what appeared to be one theater releases and included the theater’s phone number.That’s so adorably old school. There aren’t even area codes.

Check below for images from the store. Separate Cinema was on view at the Paul Stuart at 10 East 45th Street and Madison Avenue in New York through March 6th. The book is available for purchase online.

Did you see your favorite movie listed?

Liked this? Also take a look at Black Broadway here.

Money, It’s Got To Be the Shoes

Killer Heels is an exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum on view through February 15, 2015.

Christian Louboutin. "Printz," Spring/Summer 2013. Courtesy of Christian Louboutin. Photograph: Jay Zukerkorn -Source

Christian Louboutin. “Printz,” Spring/Summer 2013. Courtesy of Christian Louboutin. Photograph: Jay Zukerkorn

In a striking display of interesting shoes from around the world and across the ages, the exhibit uses a few familiar movie clips from contemporary pop culture and recent history to show the impact that heels have had on contemporary society.

Some favorite clips from the show:

Some Like It Hot:

Memoirs of A Geisha:

A clip from Sakuran was also shown, as well as several videos created by artists that showcased the wonder and allure of a high heel.

Hear more about the show from the curator below:

The Only Christopher We Acknowledge is Wallace

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When we think about all that Jay-Z has contributed to society, this line from  “Oceans” will stand out  as part of contemporary anti-Columbus Day mottos prone to be distributed across social media.  This year, it also became the title of a tribute exhibit for The Notorious B.I.G. at The Bishop on Bedford in Brooklyn.

Check the art chat podcast below.

A Wardrobe: Coming Soon To A Museum Near You

Met Costume Institue

It’s not just in Old Navy Ads that fashion is being eyed as art. The Cut (the fashion section of New York Magazine ) has a great article and slide show on how fashion has taken over the museum scene and populated exhibits everywhere.

And why not? On an aesthetic level, fashion is one of the few places that most people have a choice in creating a personal statement of their own on a daily basis. This holds true even when you think about how much influence fashion labels and magazines exert on the average person.

Let Miranda Priestly break that down.

Several aspects of fashion turn it into wearable art:  the cuts of clothing, the color choices, the intersection of graphics with material type and volume and social consciousness . The aesthetic and politics that informed Charles James is definitely different from the aesthetic and politics of a Vivienne Westwood. So why not view it in the way that one would take in a Rembrandt or a Pollack.

So, art is not dead. Not in the least. Especially not when you curate an entire exhibit based on shoes. Check out the article here.