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Eye On Design: Egidio’s Pastry Shop Gingerbread Display

egidio pastry shop gingerbread scene photo by gail worley
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As a fun and innovative way to celebrate the 2022 Holiday Season, the Museum of the City of New York invited top bakeries and amateur bakers from across the city to enter Gingerbread New York City: the Great Burrough Bake-Off – the museum’s first-ever holiday event aimed at honoring the communities in each of the five boroughs. Select bakers created their own unique gingerbread display to represent their respective neighborhoods, inspired by the theme Winter in New York. A group of prominent New York City-based bakers, curators, and restaurant owners judged the final designs.

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Eye On Design: Portrait Marionette of Craig Schwartz From Being John Malkovich

craig schwartz marionette photo by gail worley
Photo By Gail Worley

The movie Being John Malkovich (1999) is an absurdist and comic existential tale which revolves around issues of identity and bodily autonomy. In the film, which develops in New York City, actor John Cusack’s character, Craig Schwartz, is a puppeteer, who is at times played by a puppet, as puppets are often at the center of the narrative. Continue reading Eye On Design: Portrait Marionette of Craig Schwartz From Being John Malkovich

Eye On Design: Lucite Box Handbag By Wilardy Originals

lucite box handbag photo by gail worley
Photos By Gail

In mid-century America, molded Box Handbags like this one (circa 1955) were fabricated by the New York City accessory firm Wilardy aka Wilardy Originals, which embraced the increasingly experimental postwar design trend towards ‘scientific’ materials such as Lucite.

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Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Satin Victorian Women’s Shoe

Pink Satin Victorian Ladies Slipper
Photos By Gail

This Pink Satin women’s shoe circa 1858 is typical of the dainty, flat-soled slippers that well-to-do Victorian women wore as evening wear and to formal events throughout most of the 19th century.

Pink Satin Victorian Ladies Slipper

The delicate natured of women’s footwear indicates that even when outside of the home, the ideal Victorian lady did not require functional or reliable shoes. As the century went on, flat slippers like these were replace by heeled satin pumps.

Pink Satin Victorian Ladies Slipper

Photographed as Part of the Exhibit Rebel Women: Defying Victorianism, On View at the Museum of the City of New York Through January 6th, 2019.

Boot Worn By Mrs. Potts in Beauty and The Beast

Mrs Potts Boot
Photos By Gail

This colorful, lace-up ankle boot is one of a pair of boots worn by the actress playing the character of Mrs. Potts in the Broadway production of Disney musical, Beauty and The Beast. Aren’t they fantastic? If it weren’t for these photos you would probably never have seen this rad boot, as Mrs. Potts‘ feet are generally obscured by her nearly floor-length skirt (and the fact that she is, you know, a human teapot).

Mrs Potts Boot

Photographed in the Museum of the City of New York in Upper Manhattan