The expression “Storm in a Teacup” refers to a great fuss that is made over a trivial matter. In Vivienne Westwood’s interpretation, it referenced the “windblown” asymmetry of her designs, as well as her ample use of British tailoring and tweeds. The restrained runway presentation of this multi-color tartan wool jacket and back silk velvet skirt from her 1996 collection of that name allowed viewers to concentrate on the inventiveness of the clothing.
Photographed in the Museum at FIT in New York City.
Designer Claudia Li’s autumn/winter 2020 collection, entitled 3.16.19, is a tribute to her grandfather, who passed away in 2019. The designs in the collection reflect Li’s memories of him, the imprint of their experiences together in China, and the creative ability passed through generations.
The making of dresses from feed sacks or flour bags began in the 19th century, but the idea is most closely associated with the1930s, when the Great Depression necessitated resourcefulness. Knowing that homemakers used the cotton sacks to make clothes and other household items, manufacturers began printing them with cheerful patterns.
In 1994, American Designer Lawrence Scott constructed this stylish suit from large pieces of old feed sacks. He chose to utilize traditional feed sacks rather than the fashionably printed, mid-century bags in order to call attention to their origin. Scott’s design exemplifies the increasing importance of recycling during the 1990s — a notice that extended to fashion production.
Photographed as Part of the Exhibit, Fashion Unraveled: Fashion & Textile, on View at the Museum at FIT Through November 17th, 2018
When it comes to rocking my personal style, leggings are an endlessly versatile fashion asset that I simply cannot do without. I pair them with a T Shirt for yoga, top them with a tunic and boots for the office, and layer them under skirts or dresses for added warmth in the winter. While feeling properly dressed in just leggings and a top is not an issue for me, there have been a few situations where I felt like I maybe needed a little extra “street coverage” when my shirt ends up being shorter than I had realized before leaving the house. In a pinch, you can always tie a sweater around your waist, but isn’t it better to plan ahead so you can feel confident and keep your outfit looking polished? Sure it is.
Giambattista Valli (Italian, b. 1966) embodies contemporary couture. His collections blend fantasy with simple, clean lines in garments that are inherently wearable and intensely romantic. Each piece is meticulously crafted, with decadent fabrics and impeccable tailoring. Voluminous, indulgent and chromatically rich, his gowns, such as the feathery tulle ball-gown skirt with piped pajama top (2014) are both extravagant and modern.
Couture Skirt Fabric Detail
Photographed as part of the Beauty: Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial Exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in Upper Manhattan