Tag Archive | 1947

Eye On Design: Christian Dior, Columbine Dress

Christian Dior Columbine Dress Photo By Gail Worley
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Christian Dior’s “New Look” was central to the postwar revival of the Paris couture system. In addition to selling individual couture  dresses to private clients, Dior also sold licensed copies, like this one of his Columbine dress, which was produced in the US for American department stores. The number of such high-end reproductions was limited, but there were also mass-produced garments that catered to the desire for at least “a copy of a copy of a Dior.”

Christian Dior Columbine Dress Photo By Gail Worley

The Dress Pictured Here is a Licensed Copy of Dior’s Columbine Dress by I. Magnin and Lord & Taylor circa 1947. Photographed as Part of the Exhibit, Paris, Capital of Fashion at the Museum at FIT in Manhattan.

 

Modern Art Monday Present: William Baziotes, Figure on a Tightrope 

Figure on a Tightrope
Photo By Gail

William Baziotes (1912 – 1963) embraced the Symbolist concept of “correspondences”– poetic analogies in which a single form can suggest multiple references. Also influenced by the surrealist works of Pablo Picasso and Joan MiroBaziotes painted semi-abstract images with legible though ambiguous forms, like those found in Figure on a Tightrope (1947). In the year that he made this painting. Baziotes explained his process, “Each beginning suggests something. Once I sense the suggestion, I begin to paint intuitively. The [intuitive] suggestion then becomes a phantom that must be caught and made real.”

Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

Happy 66th Birthday, Alice Cooper Drummer Neal Smith!

Neal Drums Sepia Tone

I can’t let my good friend Neal’s Birthday slip by without giving him a shout out on the blog! Born on September 23rd, 1947, Neal turns Sixty-Six Years old today and still looks fantastic! Rock On Neal, and have a Billion Dollar Birthday!

Alice Cooper B$B Cake

Happy 65th Birthday, Neal Smith!

Gail and Neal at Don Hills
Me and Neal in 2002, Don Hill’s Night Club

Drummer and R&R Hall of Fame Inductee Neal Smith, of the original band called Alice Cooper, celebrates 65 year on the planet today, September 23rd. Happy Birthday Neal, you are the best!

Happy Birthday, Steve Howe!

Guitarist Steve Howe of Yes
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Yes guitarist (also a member of Asia) Steve Howe was born on this day April 8th, in 1947. The band Yes was a passionate favorite of mine growing up in the seventies. In fact, one of the most crazy fun and highly memorable concerts I’ve attended was the co-headlining concert of Yes with Peter Frampton back in the summer of 1976, which took place before a crowd of 55,000 people at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California. Although he does not enjoy the level of continued buzz as, say, a player like Jimmy Page, to give you an idea of his popularity during Yes’s heyday, Steve was voted Best Overall Guitarist in Guitar Player magazine five years in a row from 1977 to 1981. Below, please enjoy a live clip of Steve playing “The Clap” and also the acoustic ballad “Mood For Day” to hear an example of his one-take perfection. Happy Birthday, Steve!

Happy 65th Birthday, David Bowie!

David Bowie 1973 By Masayoshi Sukita
David Bowie Photographed in 1973 by Masayoshi Sukita

David Bowie celebrates 65 years on the planet today, having been born on January 8th, 1947. Happy Birthday David!

Happy 64th Birthday, Brian May!


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Queen Guitarist Brian May was born on this day, July 19th, in 1947. Read a list of Brian May’s Top Ten Awesomest Guitar Moments at This Link. Happy Birthday, Brian!

Happy Birthday, Elton John!


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Elton John was born on this day, March 25th, in 1947! Happy Birthday, Elton!

Happy Birthday, Greg Lake!


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Greg Lake, legendary prog rock bassist (Emerson Lake & Palmer, King Crimson) and one of my favorite vocalists of all time, was born in this day, November 10th, in 1947! Happy Birthday, Greg!

Happy Birthday, Glen Buxton

Glen Buxton with Guitar 1972
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Former Guitarist for the band called Alice Cooper, Glen Buxton, was born on this day, November 10, in 1947. What a shame that Glen isn’t alive to see the entire original band (not just Alice, thank God) inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame later this year.