Dietrich and the Tuxedo

By Emily Patterson The re-appearance of the tuxedo on the catwalk this fall instantly sent images of a young Marlene Dietrich in Morocco (1930) to my mind. In her debut film role, Dietrich stood on stage, a magnificent androgynous sexually charged female, dressed in long black pipe trousers, a white shirt, and smoking jacket, and … Continue reading

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

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The fashion gods continue to bestow upon us intellectually stimulating fare with yet another exhibition gracing the city of Montreal. The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, presented by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is the latest exhibition to showcase the body of work of an esteemed couturier, … Continue reading

Extremes of Style: When Antifashion Becomes Fashion

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Fashion is the vehicle through which a particular beauty ideal travels from the towering skyscrapers housing the offices of the industry’s most influential glossies to our mass consciousness. Across the pages of fashion magazines lay perfectly symmetrical faces with flawless, porcelain skin, and long and lean statuesque models of near perfection. It’s odd then to … Continue reading

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