New York’s Museum of Natural History always has one or two special exhibits that require purchase of an extra ticket above the standard price of admission, but that’s because they are worth it. One of the museum’s current special exhibits is called The Nature of Color, and it is just fantastic. The exhibit is immersive and contains many different galleries and rooms. For example, the Red Room highlights how the color red can mean status, power, and fertility while simultaneously representing sports teams, political parties, and religions. The centerpiece of this room is a flowing Red Silk Chiffon and Organza Gown created especially for the The Nature of Color by fashion designer Brandon Maxwell.
Christian Siriano designed this dress for actress Leslie Jones to wear to a film premiere. Jones had tweeted that due to her physique, no fashion designer was willing to dress her for red carpet events. Siriano responded to her, saying he would be proud to design a dress for her.
The result was this stunning Red Silk Crepe Faille floor-length gown that she wore to the 2016 premiere of Ghostbusters, and Jones looks fantastic in it. This situation sparked a public debate about the marginalization of certain body types by contemporary brands.
Photographed as Part of the Exhibit The Body: Fashion and Physique, On View at the Museum at FIT Through May 5th, 2018.
Issey Miyake and Dai Fujiwara’sA-POC Queen (1997) is a textile generated from a single thread by a computer-programmed industrial knitting machine. The resulting openwork knit tube bears a repeating pattern of woven seams that create a patchwork of shapes whose outlines suggest dresses, shirts, socks, gloves and hats. The customer can cut along the seams without destroying the tubular structure of each individual item, and virtually no material is wasted in the process of creating — without needle or thread — a complete monochromatic outfit from this single swath of cloth.
For Miyake, the A-POC technique is an extension of the technological advances begun during the Industrial Revolution, which ultimately made ready-to-wear clothing possible. While automation has made fashion more accessible in some respects, it has also fostered overconsumption and waste. A-POC, an acronym for “A Piece of Cloth,” is also a play on the word epoch, a call to all to look to the next century with a sense of responsibility. “Will fashion be able to afford to keep the same old methodology?” asks Miyake. “I have endeavored to experiment to make fundamental changes to the system of making clothes.”
Photographed as Part of the Exhibit, Items: Is Fashion Modern, on View Through January 28th, 2018 at The Museum of Modern Art in NYC.
This fabulous monochromatic crimson display of couture fashions set against a backdrop of luxurious red leather luggage is just one in series of over-the-top window display tableaus created by W Magazine for Bergdorf Goodman department store by W Magazine in honor of Italian fashion editor and stylist Giovanna Battaglia‘s new book Gio_Graphy: Fun in the Wild World of Fashion. The book is due for release on October 24th, 2017.
Lenticular Printing is a technology in which lenticular lenses (a technology that is also used for 3D displays) are used to produce printed images with an illusion of depth, or the ability to change or move as the image is viewed from different angles (Thanks, Wikipedia!). This print by french artist Cecile Plaisance, appropriately entitled Burqa Red Dress (2014) depicts a Barbie Doll who appears to be wearing a Red Party Dress when viewed from off to one side, but switches to the same doll wearing a Burqa when viewed from straight on.
The visible lines in these photo are due to my camera being unable to accurately capture the optical effect, and are not owed to any flaws in the artwork. Found in the booth for the Paris-based Galerie Envie d’Art at the Affordable Art Fair (going on now in NYC through Sunday, March 29th at the Metropolitan Pavilion) Burqa Red Dress (in an edition of 8 pieces) sells for $9,500.
Hey do you remember back in 2011 and 2012, when the Moustache Man was all over the city, writing the word “Moustache” in the shape of a moustache on the upper lips of models in ads in the subway and everywhere? I sure do. Well, The mad Moustache Tagger has returned, as evidenced by a tagged a row of Revolve Clothing Ads all along East 14th Street, where they are getting ready to demolish everything to put up luxury housing that no one in this neighborhood can afford. Moustache!
Pop Surrealism is a genre of painting that never gets tiresome for me. Connecticut based Artist Robert Deyber paints realist-style visual renderings of clichés, euphemisms and popular sayings or phrases, to create surreal, dreamlike tableaus that really take the viewer elsewhere. I love his work.
Despite his keen sense of humor and the visually absurd, Robert Deyber is a seriously skilled painter. Much like solving Rebus Puzzles, the fun in observing Deyber’s paintings is trying to deduce the title from the images on the canvas. Sometimes it’s really easy and obvious, and at other times quite confounding. You can even make a game of it with your friends!
Here are some of my favorites from Thursday night’s opening reception, where I had the chance to meet Robert, and he was very nice!
Lion of Coke
Martin Lawrence Galleries is located at 457 West Broadway (Between Houston and Prince) in Soho, NY.