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The Decade Had Taste: 70’s Cool

I don’t know why suddenly there are so many great movies to watch and fab books to read, but this is another post about a brilliant book I found while wandering through my local bookshop: “70s Style & Design” by Dominic Lutyens and  Kirsty Hislop. “We wanted to explore the lesser know and in some cases forgotten designers of the decade,’ says Lutyens, ‘ without neglecting such perenially fascinating episodes of 70’s history, such as Biba and punk. A lot of looks that were born in the 70’s, such as the Debbie Harry/Fiorucci look became associated with the 80’s, because the mainstream was slow to catch up.’

 The book is about 70’s cool (no synthetic fabrics, flares and the usual tat) and covers fashion, design, architecture, interiors and art. Divided into four themes: the pop movement and the rise of postmodernism; the Edwardian, 20’s and 30’s revivals; the back to nature movement and finally the decade’s avant-garde movers and shakers.

Expect images from the designs of Alan Aldridge, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Daniel Hechter, Jean Paul-Goude, Barbara Hulanicki, Laura Ashley, Ossie Clark, Celia Birtwell, Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood.

Buy it here or here.

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Fun Jewellery by Toois.nl

Right now I´m in the middle of becoming a Visual Merchandiser for Swedens most famous fashion store. The training takes 3 months, and I’m being trained by Peter, and Tamara in Utrecht. A few weeks back Tamara came to work having the most wonderfull necklace around her neck (well where would you put a NECKlace anywhere besides your neck, as that’s where it’s made for right?).

Turned out the necklace she was rocking is from a brand that is her friends company: Toois.nl!

It’s a super cool brand, that even has exclusives (one of a kind, one piece ever produced items!).

They have adult jewerelly:

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Retro Jewellery

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And Name Jewellery, where you can have your name necklace!

so go and check out www.toois.nl

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Mini Me Karl Lagerfeld

Italian artist Simone Legno adapts his famous character Tokidoki in honor of Karl Lagerfeld and creates a “Mini Karl” with his distinguished likeness.

For sale on Colette Shop for $129.

 

So Cute!

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The Art of Fashion

I’m not sure what’s happening with all the Dutch museums, but suddenly they seem to have discovered the fashion world. So in the near future I will be in Rotterdam to visit the “The Art of Fashion” exhibition in museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The exhibition is about the balance between fashion and art and focusses on installations, performances and sculptural designs. So don’t expect it to be very wearable…..

The exhibition shows designs by Viktor & Rolf, Naomi Filmer, Hussein Chalayan, Anna-Nicole Ziesche, Walter Van Beirendonck and more.

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Viktor & Rolf, Fall-Winter 2007-2008

 “The Art of Fashion: Installing Allusions” at the museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 19 september 2009 – 10 januari 2010

For more info check www.boijmans.nl

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The Art of Kevin Dart

Illustrator Kevin Dart has made some of the artwork for the current No Doubt summer tour. His art is really amazing, very girlie and sixties inspired.

A few months ago he was asked to do a poster for the No Doubt tour. They had come up with the theme “A Clockwork Orange” for their tour, and wanted to be portrayed in a 60’s suspense-movie poster based on the song “Spiderwebs”. Here’s what he came up with:

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I think he has done a amazing job, I love it! These are some earlier rough sketches:

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And he has done some other great art as well. Some examples:

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All pictures from his website: www.kevindart.com.

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Sixties Pin-Up Art by Robert McGinnis

I bet you’ve never heard of Robert McGinnis before, but I’m sure you know his work. He’s an American illustrator. His work can be seen on paperback book covers, but he’s also done movie poster, like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Barbarella and James Bond.

Every time I see his drawings I know I was born in the wrong decade. The women in his work are always incredible pretty, stylish, cool, classy and mysterious……(ok, and little bit trashy).

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Richard Avedon Photographs Exhibition Amsterdam

One of the most famous fashion photographers of all time is the American photographer Richard Avedon. His images have appeared in magazines like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Life. Avedon did not conform to the standard technique of taking fashion photographs, where models stood emotionless and seemingly indifferent to the camera. Instead, Avedon showed models full of emotion, smiling, laughing, and, many times, in action.

He became the lead photographer of Vogue and photographed most of the covers from 1973, untill Anna Wintour became editor in chief in late 1988. In addition to his continuing fashion work, Avedon also photographed patients of mental hospitals, the Civil Rights Movement in 1963, protesters of the Vietnam War, and later the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Avedon was always interested in how portraiture captures the personality and soul of its subject.  His portraits are easily distinguished by their minimalist style, where the person is looking squarely in the camera, posed in front of a sheer white background. Avedon would at times provoke reactions from his portrait subjects by guiding them into uncomfortable areas of discussion or asking them psychologically probing questions. Through these means he would produce images revealing aspects of his subject’s character and personality that were not typically captured by others.

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5ce4115c58a52e3ae182a3045b252959_largeDovima in Dior, 1955

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foto31252Marilyn Monroe,  1957

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richard_avedon_01Nadja Auermann (my favorite model ever), from a serie called ‘In memory of the late mr. & mrs. Comfort’, 1995

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The Foam Photography museum in Amsterdam has an excellent exhibition of his work. Go check it out!

Richard Avedon Photographs 1946-2004, Foam Photography Museum, Keizersgracht 609, 1017 DS Amsterdam, from 13 februari 2009 – 13 may 2009, open daily 10.00-18.00 h, thursday/friday 10.00-21.00 h, entrance €7,50

www.foam.nl, www.richardavedon.com

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