I did it: 20 exhibits in 30 days

I did it: 20 exhibits in 30 days

So many notes have been taken and my bookshelf is a little fuller but I have completed my goal! Visiting these exhibits was apart of a class dedicated to museum exhibition practice and theory. The class is taught by Lourdes Font.

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In response to a friend: What is femininity in fashion today

In response to a friend: What is femininity in fashion today

Another post inspired by a friend and reader! Every week I ask my activist, fashion, musician, and writer friends to give me topics to talk about on my blog. It has been a great way to cure writer's block and talk about relevant ideas. This was in response to the question: "What is femininity in fashion today?"

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Review: Becky Peterson's "Fabric in Film and Film as Fabric"

Review: Becky Peterson's "Fabric in Film and Film as Fabric"

Becky Peterson holds an MFA from Mills college and a PhD from the University of Minnesota. Her dissertation entitled “experimentation, Identification, ornamentation: Avant-garde Women Artists and Modernism’s exceptional objects,” examined experimental artists who paid serious theoretical attention to textiles in the United states during the early to mid-twentieth century.(1)

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My dream project: The African American Material Culture Database

My dream project: The African American Material Culture Database

I wrote a grant proposal a month ago and thought I would share it here. The subjects on this blog focus on material culture as a whole and the database would be a good vehicle to help researchers and academics tackle one of the more difficult aspects of understanding history, resources. The working title of the project hints at how grandiose and ambitious this project is. The picture featured is one of an old school Philadelphia punk band. Punk has a big chunk of material culture!

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Fashion Film Friday: Miu Miu's The Door

Fashion Film Friday: Miu Miu's The Door

Miu Miu's The Door has been heralded as the "most stunning" fashion film you will ever see. Jazz infused story that unfolds before your eyes. It is Mui Mui like you have never seen before. This is a story of friends doing what they do best: dragging friends out for a good time. Gabrielle Union's character seems depressed after a failed wedding or marriage. Her dress, and the soundtrack, changes with every encounter with her jovial support system. The most powerful moment is when she is having drinks with her "mother figure", Alfre Woodward.

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Short Essay: Josephine Baker and the Media

Short Essay: Josephine Baker and the Media

Josephine Baker and the media is an excerpt from a larger paper entitled Josephine and the Isms: Josephine Baker as the personification of Primitivism, Dandyism , Orientalism, and Cubism that I wrote in 2011. The excerpt discusses how the media represents and glorifies and otherwise exploits an individual with fame. Those that know about Josephine Baker know that her life was a mess but full of inspiring moments that still influence music and fashion today, not to mention the African American community.

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Sophie Gimbel: Fashioning American Couture

Sophie Gimbel: Fashioning American Couture

 On January 22, The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center (SJDC) at Parsons The New School for Design will present "Sophie Gimbel: Fashioning American Couture, an exhibition that explores the career of this seminal, yet little known today, 20th century designer who directed the Salon Moderne at Saks Fifth Avenue and became a champion of American Couture".

Admission is free On View January 22-February 12, 2013 Lecture: February 8, 5:30 pm

The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center Parsons The New School for Design 66 Fifth Avenue, New York www.newschool.edu/sjdc

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