Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Last night while reading one of my favorite coffee table books "The Bikini, a Cultural History" I was fascinated by the longevity of the bikini throughout fashion history. I don't believe anything else has stayed relevant in fashion except for jeans. Here is the history of the bikini as told by the book.
The history of the bikini is a checkered one. Though the bikini shocked when it appeared on Swedish beaches in 1947, its origins date back millennia. Depictions of bikini-like garments appear at the Chalcolithic site of Çatalhöyük, and two-piece bikini-like garments were worn by women for athletic purposes in Greece as far back as 1400 BC. Mosaic artwork dubbed "Bikini Girls" dating back to the Diocletian period (286-305 AD) in Rome, Sicily gained significant archeological renown, while statues of Venus in a bikini was found elsewhere in the Roman Empire. In the modern era, the first functional two-piece swimsuit was designed in 1913 by Carl Jantzen. Australian swimmer-performer Annette Kellerman was arrested in 1907 for wearing a two-piece. Later it was made popular by pin-up girls like swimmer-actress Esther Williams, and actresses Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth and Lana Turner.
The modern bikini was invented by Swedish engineer Louis Réard in 1946. He named it after Bikini Island in the Pacific, the site of the Operation Crossroads nuclear test on July 1, 1946, believing that the burst of excitement it caused would be as explosive as a nuclear device. Since his contemporary Jacques Heim had called his bikini precursor the Atome in view of its size, Réard claimed to have "split the Atome" to make it even smaller. His innovation was largely based on exposing the navel, which was not available with earlier two-piece bathing costumes. Though a moderate hit in France, it was not well accepted in other parts of the world. The Miss World contest in UK, the Hays production code in the US, and the Catholic countries banned the costume. But, the advent of bikinis in popular media, including Ursula Andress's white bikini in Dr. No., Brian Hyland's song "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini", and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, eventually gained social acceptance for the bikini. By the early 2000s, bikinis had become a US$811 million business annually, and boosted spin-off services like bikini waxing and the sun tanning industries. Further variants were added to the bikini family of beachwears and bathing costumes, contributing to the popular lexicon a variety of -kinis and -inis.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
The "Warhol Live" exhibit at the Frist knocked my socks off! I never realized just how involved in music Andy Warhol actually was. From a very early age he was fascinated by composers, dancers and performers, His early work in New York was providing illustrations for some of the greatest albums of all time. Our scope of Andy Warhol and music is Nico and the Velvet Underground, when in fact his influence and taste goes way back to classics such as Count Basie, Judy Garland and so many more. This exhibit was a real eye opener into the fascinating and peculiar life Andy Warhol lived.
"Warhol Live" opens to the public tomorrow..Catch it before it's gone!
for more information please visit www.fristcenter.org
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Back when I was living in NYC I was styling on the regular. The beauty of NYC is there are so many new fresh faces coming in, it is easy to shoot with some of the best before they become "the best"
I worked with Cecilia Mendez shortly after she moved from Argentina on one of her first shoots in the U.S . at the time she was signed with Supreme and they were testing her to find her look. My photographer friend, Andrew De Francesco booked her and I thought she had the perfect look to do a Peggy Moffitt 1960s themed photo shoot. I styled her in a couple fabulous vintage pieces that I had thrifted in NYC and was really happy with the outcome. The beauty of our photo shoot is, yes her agents were pissed that we "exposed" her but our shoot inspired them to cut her hair off "Peggy Moffitt" style which sky rocketed her career as an it girl in the modeling world!
to see more of her campaigns/work check www.nextmodels.com
Monday, June 20, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
It is funny how you work on shoots and never know exactly the story behind the model.
This gal was so much fun to work with, such a sweet southern belle who would have thought she would get tangled up in a mess with a congressman, who would have ever thought she was a porn star? Regardless, I thought I would post pics of a shoot I did with the fabulous Stephanie May of La Photographie and Eryk Datura! ooh baby it's a wild world!
Monday, June 13, 2011
Karen Elson at Bonnaroo looking gorgeous and ethereal as always.
Jack White side stage.
A day later they celebrated their divorce in Nashville. Kinda bums me out because I considered them the King and Queen of Nashville cool! I suppose they could still be the king and queen separately.