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Give Me Guinness

30 Sep

Jacket By Karl Lagerfeld For Chanel

Red Suede Shoes By Nina Ricci

Modern style icon and heiress, Daphne Guinness has a closet choke-full of clothes that most girls could only dream about.  And now thanks to The Museum at FIT, the public can take an intimate look into her revered collection of designer garments.  Open until January 7, 2012, Daphne Guinness at The Museum at FIT showcases 100 articles of clothing from Guinness’s personal collection.  The exhibit features exquisite designs by everyone from Alexander McQueen to Rick Owns, and from Valentiano to Azzedine Alaia.  In addition to the vast assortment of her personal clothes on display, the exhibit also features films, videos, and images, of and by her.  Stop in anytime Tuesday-Friday from noon-8 pm or Saturdays from 10 am-5 pm.  Admission is free and open to the public.  For more information go to the FIT website.

McQueen Still King

29 Apr

We were stoked to find out that Kate Middleton choose to wear a dress designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen for her royal nuptials.  The dress embodied the classic elegance of English royalty while also staying relevant to 21st century fashion.  It just goes to show that McQueen is still King in the fashion world, and what would be more appropriate than an exhibit opening next Wednesday May 4th at The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art honoring the work of the late fashion designer.  Running until July 31, “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” showcases about one hundred of the designer’s extraordinary pieces, from gowns to jackets and trousers to skirts – designs that constantly challenged modern perceptions of beauty, sexuality, religion, and art.  For more information about the exhibit visit the Met’s official website.

And for McQueen fans who don’t live in New York, there’s a book entitled “Savage Beauty” that takes the same retrospective look into his design career.  Buy the book on Amazon here.

New Rodarte Exhibit at MOCA

4 Mar

The design duo who gave us the beautiful costume designs for Black Swan, drool worthy collections season after season, and the winners of the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year award in 2009, are now presenting their first ever solo museum exhibit on the West Coast. I’m of course referring to Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, who open Rodarte: States of Matter at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles today. Running through June 5th, the exhibit features select garments from the past three seasons of their collection, in addition to costumes from Black Swan. The purpose of the exhibit is to portray these articles of clothing as sculptural works of art that possess static motion. If you want more information about the exhibit click here. Have a great weekend Denim Dossier readers!

The New Morgan Library Is A Young Manhattanite’s Must-See

4 Nov

We love all the major NYC museums—The Whitney, The MoMA, the MET—but sometimes it’s nice to get a dose of culture that’s not so crowded. That sentiment underlines our love for what we think is one of Manhattan’s hidden gems, the Morgan Library and Museum. Feel like you’ve stepped into the House of Mirth or an episode of Gossip Girl at the former library of famed financier Pierpont Morgan, who stuffed the McKim, Mead, & White edifice (often called McKim’s masterpiece) full of rare treasures that recall the Age of Elegance. While the entire structure was modernized back in ’06 thanks to one Renzo Piano, last week the actual inside rooms opened  following a $4.5 million renovation. Visitors can now access Pierpont Morgan’s steel vault, peep his librarian’s private office, and take mental snaps of  treasures like a Gutenberg bible, the oldest known version of Noah’s flood story, and an original copy of the Declaration of Independence. Even if you’re not into the historical artifacts, the beyond gorgeous surroundings will have you feeling like Serena Van der Woodsen, circa 1910.

225 Madison Avenue (at East 37th Street); 212-685-0008

Candid Camera At San Francisco’s Museum Of Modern Art!

3 Nov

Admit it, you sometimes sneak-a-peek at Us Weekly or Star once in a while—and we know you’re not reading them for the fine literature. We’re an image obsessed culture, and we love looking at pictures, whether they are in glossy tabloids or something a little more highbrow. This visual fascination is explored in the new must-see exhibit Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera Since 1870, that just opened at SFMOMA. The show has works by big-name shutterbugs like Brassaï, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Nan Goldin and is divided into themes that included “Voyeurism and Desire,” “Celebrity and the Public Gaze,” and “Witnessing Violence.” Just like Britney Spear’s beach body, we know you won’t be able to look away.

Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera , SFMOMA, through April 11
151 3rd St., SoMa; 415-357-4000

Get Spooked With Real-Life Ghost Stories On Halloween Night

29 Oct
One of NYC’s best-kept secrets, the Merchant’s House Museum, is the former home of merchant Seabury Tredwell. Step in and learn all about the domestic life of a wealthy merchant family between the 1835 and1865, when the city transformed from a mercantile seaport into a thriving metropolis. There’s so much history here, of course, there’s bound to be ghosts! So, get ready to get your spook on Sunday night when the museum’s official ghost storytellers will read selections from 19th-century terrifying tales. Also on tap? Real-life highlights from actual supernatural occurrences, all told in a parlor set up for a Victorian-era funeral. Let’s hope the Tredwells don’t object.

Sunday, October 31, Performances at 7 p.m. and  9 p.m.; Merchant’s House Museum, 29 East 4th Street; 212-777-1089
for ticket prices and information, click here.

Malibu Must-See: Get Artsy With Works Inspired By Finance And Fashion

18 Oct


Fashion isn’t all about your fall wardrobe, so why not indulge your artistic sensibilities with an exhibition that explores how fashion and finance have impacted the art world? New Pedderdine exhibition, “Inspired by Fashion and Finance: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation,” features works from  style-setting artists like Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and David Hockney, among others (keep a look out for Lesley Dill’s rusty metal ballgown). You’ll walk away thinking about more than just those shoes you saw in the Barneys’ window.
Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University; 24255 Pacific Coast Highway; Malibu; 310-506-4522
Daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., until December 5th
Admission free



Faster, Faster! See “Automotivated” At The Petersen Automotive Museum Now

13 Sep

Sleek automobiles meet stylish apparel in “Automotivated: Streamlined Fashion and Automobiles” at the Petersen Automotive Exhibition in Los Angeles, a show that explores the relationship between two of our favorite luxuries, cars and clothes. You’ll find fashions by Lanvin, Nina Ricci, and Chanel alongside retro 1930s cars you’d look fabulous in while cruising around.

“Automotivated: Streamlined Fashion and Automobiles”

Through January 23, 2011

Petersen Automotive Museum

6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax); Los Angeles

Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10a.m. to 6p.m.

Weekend Update: Catch The Grateful Dead Exhibit At The New York Historical Society

3 Sep

We all need a psychedelic experience once in a while. For a groovy music-meets-history afternoon this weekend, head to the New York Historical
Society (until September 5th) to pay homage to San Franciscan band,The Grateful Dead. With archive materials including audio and video recordings, album art, instruments, photos and more on display, the exhibition traces the band’s influence from the ‘60s through the ‘90s, with an emphasis on their political history and the subculture of Deadheads. For a ‘60s style fix, try our wide-leg Ginger jean.

“Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New-York Historical Society”
New York Historical Society
170 Central Park West (between 76th and 77th Streets)
Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.