Month: June 2014

Design: Thinking Made Visible

“Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” – Coco Chanel

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Any room can look sophisticated, chic, and classy. The color combination of black and white is always the best route to go. Black and white for a design theme is tasteful, refined, and modern. Simplicity is a timeless luxury. A bedroom is a perfect place to create with your own style. IKEA is a great place to find the right bedroom furniture. Bed, Bath & Beyond is also a good place for the most stylish decor.

“What’s the difference between good design and great design? …the price.” – IKEA

Bed- Bed frames can be high, low, and even include storage. They can also come in different styles and colors. Mattresses come in many styles, shapes, and comfort levels too. Daybeds, guest beds, and futons are also available. Headboards can be changed as well.

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IKEA $179

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IKEA $149

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IKEA $799

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Bed, Bath & Beyond $229

You can also opt to get a pillowtop and pillow protectors. It is up to preference of the number of pillows, the style of the bedding, and what type of bedding. Sheets, comforters, bedspreads, quilts, and blankets are the types of bedding covers that are available.

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Bed, Bath, & Beyond $89.99-$119.99

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Bed, Bath & Beyond $139.99-$149.99

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Bed, Bath & Beyond $199.99-$249.99

Storage- It’s a good idea to get bedroom storage as well. Storage is important so a room doesn’t look cluttered and keeps the room neat and organized. Anywhere from bed storage, nightstands, wardrobes, shelves, and chests can be used. Also make sure to have closet space.

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IKEA $649

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IKEA $99.99

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IKEA $14.99

Lighting- Every room needs light. Lamps can come in all sorts of styles, from what type of light bulb used to the lamp shade shape. Floor lamps, table lamps, wall lamps, and overhead lighting are all examples of how to brighten a room.

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IKEA $7.99

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Bed, Bath & Beyond $238

Decor- The best part of designing a room is picture out the decor. Wall art, mirrors, pictures, anything can be used for decorative purposes for a room. Make the bedroom personal.

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Bed, Bath & Beyond $12.99

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Bed, Bath & Beyond $64.99

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IKEA $79.99

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Bed, Bath & Beyond $34.99

The Legends Behind the Lens

“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” – Karl Lagerfeld

The Legends:

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Richard Avedon- Starting at a young age, this American fashion photographer was interested in the art of fashion. He joined the Young Men’s Hebrew Association Camera Club when he was twelve. His favorite photos to take when he was young was of his sister. He worked on his high school’s magazine and after dropping out of Colombia University in 1942, he became a photographer for the Merchant Marines. He studied photography at the New School for Social Research from 1944-1950. Avedon began working for Harper’s Bazaar in 1946. During the same year, he started providing photos for Vogue and Life magazines. In 1962, he became lead photographer for Vogue. He started photographing for Versace and Calvin Klein. He worked well and frequently with Brooke Shields and The Beatles. By the 1960s, he expanded his work from modeling and fashion to include civil rights workers and protesters for the Vietnam War. Avedon worked with famous people such as Marilyn Monroe, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Andy Warhol. He loved capturing Audrey Hepburn in photos. His portraits are known for being simple and having the subject look straight into the camera. Avedon created a series for Christian Dior in 1982. In 1992, he became the first staff photographer for The New Yorker. His collection titled In the American West is very well-known. Museums such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the International Center of Photography have including some of Avedon’s works. He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 1989, the National Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2003 as well as The Royal Photographic Society’s Special 150th Anniversary Medal and Honorary Fellowship. His legacy includes the Richard Avedon Foundation. He passed away in 2004.

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 Irving Penn- Even having the famous producer Arthur Penn as his brother, Irving Penn didn’t let that stop his talents from shining through. He studied art, including industrial, graphics, drawing, and painting at the University of the Arts. Harper’s Bazaar published some of Penn’s drawings while he was a student. In 1940, he became the art director at Saks Fifth Avenue. After a few years of working and traveling taking photographs, he became an associate for Vogue magazine’s Art Department. His first cover for the magazine appeared in 1943. Penn created his own studio in New York during the 1950s. He is best known for his fashion photography but also traveling photos and still lifes. Penn’s way of photographing paid attention to detail and organization. Some of his exhibitions locations are the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Photographer’s Gallery in London, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Books by Penn include Moments Preserved and A Notebook at Random. Penn worked with Clinique and photographed people such as Pablo Picasso. Irving Penn died in 2009 at the age of 92.

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Helmut Newton- Born Jewish, Helmut Neustädter received his first camera at the age of twelve. Starting in 1936, he worked for German photographer Yva. When he turned eighteen, he was finally able to leave Germany. He was able to escape the Nazis and land in Singapore. He worked as a photographer for Straits Times. He arrived in Australia in 1940 and enlisted in the Australian Army two years later. He changed his last name in 1946. He created his first fashion studio during the same year. His first exhibition was shown in 1953. Starting in 1956, he was able to illustrate for the Australian supplement of Vogue. The next year he worked for British Vogue, then continued on with Australian Vogue in 1959. By this time, he was a well-known fashion photographer. Then in 1961, he produced for French Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. His popular “Big Nude” series was released in 1980. He also photographed for Playboy. He is known for a provocative and erotic photography style. His legacy includes a tribute exhibition at the Art Center College of Design in California and the Helmut Newton Foundation. Helmut Newton passed away in 2004 and his ashes are buried in Berlin.

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Guy Bourdin- Guy Louis Banarès is an international fashion photographer. During his time serving for the military, his first photography training was happened as a cadet for the French Air Force. He became the protege for Man Ray in 1950 and his first exhibition was held in 1953 in Paris. He photographed for Vogue Paris in 1955 and continued working for the magazine until 1987. He shot ads for Charles Jourdan from 1967-1981. He was awarded the Grand Prix National de la Photographie in 1985 but turned it down. Other than working for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, he also photographed for Chanel, Versace, and Bloomingdale’s. His style meshed together shocking moments with fashion pieces. His portraits were sometimes violent and sexual along with mysterious, surreal, and somewhat sinister. He was rude to his models and often known as a demanding person. Madonna used his works in a 2003 music video. Guy Bourdin passed away in 1991. Dreamgirls: The photographs of Guy Bourdin was released the same year. His son wrote a book about his father called Exhibit A, released ten years after Bourdin’s death.

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Hermes, s’il vous plaît!

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The Beginning:

Established in 1837, this French based luxury brand produces anywhere from fragrances and high end clothing to accessories and Birkin bags. The founder of Hermes is Thierry Hermès, who started it as a harness workshop in Paris. His son, Charles-Émile Hermès took over the company, and with the help of his family, Hermes started offering their products to the most elite in places in Europe, Asia, Russia, and North America. After Charles, his son Émile Hermès really took over the company and brought it to the foundation it needed to become so successful today. Hermes started furnishing for the czar of Russia and is said to be the first to introduce the zipper in France. Hermes created the first leather golf jacket with a zipper. During the 1920s, the first accessories and clothing lines were formed for the company, such as in 1922 when the first leather handbag collection was introduced by Hermes. In 1929, the first womenswear couture apparel line was introduced. The 1930s brought about Hermes watches for both men and women. In 1935, the “Kelly bag,” named after Grace Kelly, was created. Then in 1937, Hermes scarves were released. The first Hermes perfume was called Eau d’Hermès and was produced in 1949. The horse and carriage logo started in the 1950s. Queen Elizabeth II worn a Hermes scarf in a postage stamp in 1956.

Back to the Top:

Jean-Louis Dumas brought Hermes out of a low point during the 1970s. He started selling products to Bloomingdale’s in New York. He changed the image for Hermes. The 1979 denim advertising for the company brought a new look for Hermes. By the 1990s, the Hermes family was listed on Forbes magazine’s list of billionaires. Jean-Louis Dumas retired in 2006 and passed away in 2010. Patrick Thomas replaced him and was the first non-Hermes person to lead the company. Hermes now sells clothing for men and women, watches, fragrances, gloves, tablewear, jewelry, footwear, cosmetics, and other accessories. As of 2012, Hermes doesn’t allow refunds on their products, only exchanges (within ten days of the purchase) and only for a different color for the piece. Hermes will remain a competing luxury brand for many years to come.

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Credit: Hermes

 

Le Luxe à son Meilleur

“Happiness is the secret to all beauty. There is no beauty without happiness.” – Christian Dior

Christian Dior: The Designer

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Christian Dior is the founder of one of the top fashion houses of the world. Even at a young age, he was always interested in fashion. He started selling fashion sketches. His father helped him open a small art gallery in 1928 but had to be closed due to family financial problems. In 1937, Dior started working under designer Robert Piguet and alongside Pierre Balmain. Dior then succeed Marc Bohan as house designer until joining the army. In 1942 he joined the Lucien Lelong fashion house. In 1946, Dior founded his own fashion house. New Look (originally titled Corolle) was the title of his first collection released in 1947. It was structured upon the use of many fabrics and creating shapes. The collection helped bring Paris back as the top for fashion. In 1951, he released his first book called Je Suis Couturier. In March of 1957, he appeared on the cover of Time magazine. Christian Dior passed away on October 23rd, 1957. 

Christian Dior: The Fashion House

Christian Dior is one of the best known fashion houses in the world. It’s chaired by Bernard Arnault and owned by LVMH. The company produces ready wear clothing lines for men, women, and children, as well as accessories, footwear, jewelry, fragrances, and cosmetics. The brand has a tradition of creating haute couture collections. The New Look collection was the beginning for making Dior majorly significant for the fashion world. Along with the clothing collection, the company launched Christian Dior Parfums in which both lines granted Dior over 12 million dollars in profits in 1948. The first store outside of Paris opened in New York City in 1949. The brand began licensing the name “Christian Dior” in 1950 on a number of products including neckties, furs, hats, gloves, scarves, and jewelry. During the same year, Dior designed the dresses in the film Stage Fright. Christian Dior Models Limited was created in 1952. The next year, the first shoe line was launched. By this time, locations were in Paris, New York City, Mexico, Cuba, Italy, and Canada for the brand. In 1955, the first Dior lipstick was released. Dior had sold over 100,000 clothing pieces by 1956. Yves Saint Laurent was promoted Artistic Director in 1957 and was replaced by Marc Bohan in 1960. He created the Slim Look which was highly praised by Elizabeth Taylor in 1961. Miss Dior, the first French ready-to-wear collection was launched in 1967, the first Baby Dior boutique was opened in 1967, and The Christian Dior Coordinated Knit Line was released in 1968. The company was sold to LVMH during the same year and the Christian Dior Cosmetics launched in 1969. In 1973, the first Christian Dior Ready-to-Wear Fur collection was released. The Paris Fashion Museum dedicated an exhibition to the company on their 40th anniversary. Bohan was replaced as head designer in 1989 by Gianfranco Ferré. By 1997, Ferré was replaced by John Galliano. The famous Dior “J’adore” was released in 1999. Dior’s ads are said to have started the porn chic campaigns trend for the fashion industry. The “Christian Dior: Man of the Century,” exhibition was held in Normandy in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birthday of Christian Dior. Raf Simmons was announced as the new artistic director in 2012. Christian Dior locations to date is over 210 places. Actress Jennifer Lawrence is commonly known for wearing designs by Dior. The company will continue being at the top for the fashion world for many years to come.

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Credit: Christian Dior

Summer Playlist 2014: Part 5

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Summertime 2014 Music Playlist:

(Song titles are links…enjoy!)

Gabrielle Aplin- Evaporate

Andrew Belle- Details

Peter Bradley Adams- Always

Rosi Golan- Come Around

Bootstraps- Nothing on You

Augustana- Sweet and Low

Purity Ring- Amenamy

Ryan Adams- Wonderwall

I Break Horses- Pulse

M83- Midnight City

Mr. Probz- Waves

Far East Movement (feat. Sidney Samson)- Bang it to the Curb

Emblem3- 3000 Miles

Ed Sheeran- All of the Stars

Charli XCX- Boom Clap

 

Threads Update: I’ve been asked to work on a magazine article, so I’ve been pretty busy lately! But thank you to my awesome followers and blog viewers for supporting me! Don’t worry, I’ll still be posting almost daily! And I’m always here to chat! Thanks (:

“Ain’t Laurent Without Yves”

“We must never confuse elegance with snobbery.” – Yves Saint Laurent

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Know as one of the most important names in the fashion industry, French designer Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent was never afraid to push the limit. He started off with an interest in fashion at an early age. Laurent entered and won a fashion designs contest in 1953 called the International Wool Secretariat. After attending the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, his talents opened up a whole new world. He once again entered the competition and won for the second time, beating out follow designer Karl Lagerfeld. Laurent was then introduced to Christian Dior by French Vogue editor Michel De Brunoff. He was hired for Dior the same day. After the death of Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent succeed the designer and became the head designer for the House of Christian Dior S.A. in 1957. The next year, Laurent launched his spring 1958 collection to rave reviews, even being know as the creator of the “trapeze dress.” Farah Diba, the wife of the Shah of Iran, asked Laurent to design her wedding gown in 1959. The next year, Laurent joined the French Army. During this time, he was fired from Dior and suffered medical and mental health problems. After being released from the Army hospital the same year, he sued Dior and won the case. Laurent and then partner, Pierre Bergé, started their own fashion house. It was then that Laurent changed the fashion world. He is said to be the first to introduce a women’s tuxedo suit. This happened in 1966, called Le Smoking. Laurent’s brand starting popularizing styles like safari jackets for men and women along with the beatnik look, wearing silhouettes, and thigh-high boots. He is also said to be the first to launch a ready-wear line. He is well-known for his use of non-white models such as supermodel Iman. In 1983 he was honored at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But starting n the 1960s and 70s, Laurent received criticism for becoming known for partying, drinking, and the use of cocaine. The pressure to creating two per year lines of ready-to-wear collections and haute couture ones brought down Laurent’s health and led to him turning over his lines to his assistants in 1987. French president Jacques Chirac gave Laurent the rank of Commander of the Légion d’Honneur in 2001. He retired in 2002. In 2007, French president Nicolas Sarkozy awarded Laurent with the title Grand Officier de la Légion d’honneur. Yves Saint Laurent died in 2008 from brain cancer. His ashes were spread in Marrakech, Morocco. An auction of famous paintings collected over by Laurent over the years took place in 2009 and the proceeds went to AIDS research. Laurent was a main focus for a number of films, including the 2014 release of the film Yves Saint Laurent, directed by Jalil Lespert; the part of Laurent is played by French actor Pierre Niney. Even through hard times and controversy, Yves Saint Laurent’s works are still being used in the fashion industry today and he is known as a great fashion name.

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Credit: Yves Saint Laurent

Fashion is Art

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street; fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” – Coco Chanel

1. Yves Saint Laurent and Piet Mondrian:

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During the 20th century, Dutch artist Piet Mondrian became a major influence to fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. Laurent designed the Mondrian Collection, featuring dresses based from the designs and paintings of Mondrian. In 1965, the collection was featured on the front cover of French Vogue. Mondrian’s paintings, called “Compositions,” were composed of straight, forceful lines along with the colors blue, black, white, red and yellow. These abstract paintings were transformed into famous shift dresses that are sophisticated, simple and chic. The Mondrian Collection helped Yves Saint Laurent lead the fashion trends for the 20th century.

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2. Gianni Versace and Andy Warhol:

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Gianni Versace was able to capture the eccentric and colorful works of Andy Warhol in the 1991 evening gown design featuring Warhol’s famous Marilyn Monroe and James Dean paintings. Versace, being fascinated with celebrity significance, turned the paintings into wearable designs. Both Versace and Warhol are known for their flamboyant designs and colorful palettes. Versace’s designs matched well with the early 1990s style of fashion. Versace designed both tight skirts and long dresses with Warhol’s designs. The wacky and zesty Versace fashion pieces helped both the fashion house and Andy Warhol expand their names.

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3. Louis Vuitton and Takashi Murakami

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One of the best known fashion and art collaborations is between Japanese artist Takashi Murakmi and fashion house Louis Vuitton. The collaboration started in the early 2000s with the then Louis Vuttion creative director Marc Jacobs. The first creations were monogram bags. Murakmi is known for his exhibition “Superflat.” Famous names such as the Juicy brand, Kayne West, and Paris Hilton have been seen with the designs. The collaboration definitely made a statement for both Murakmi and Louis Vuitton. This evolution of art and fashion brought Louis Vuitton into a new and creative generation.

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4. Rodarte and Vincent Van Gogh

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The Spring 2012 collection from Rodarte is obviously inspired by artist Vincent Van Gogh. The dresses and collection were like a copy of the painter’s famous works. Famous celebrities like Taylor Swift, Solange Knowles, and Dakota Fanning were in attendance for the revealing of the collection. Van Gogh’s painting, including the well-known “Starry Night,” were transformed into fashion pieces. Rodarte brought modern trends, like cut-outs, and Van Gogh’s colored and swirling prints, into the style of the 21st century.

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5. Chanel and Zaha Hadid

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Chanel is known for extravagant and fantastic endeavors, including a traveling pavilion gallery. In 2008, the Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, traveled to Tokyo, Hong Kong, New York City, and Paris. The pavilion was made of mostly steel but also aluminum extrusions and plastics. The structure was elegant, exquisite and versatile. Karl Lagerfeld wanted to celebrate the Matelasse bag along with contemporary art. The Pavilion was presented in a futuristic way by Beaux-Arts magazine’s director Fabrice Bousteau. It was donated to the Arab World Institute in 2011. The glamorous Pavilion brought attention to the art and architectural world in relation with the fashion industry, done by the utmost amazing Chanel brand.

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T H R E A D S : Q&A

How did you decide to go into blogging?
Actually I became inspired after looking at international style and I came across Norway which blogging is rather large and so I began to read with the help of google translate and I enjoyed the layout and the mood if it all it’s a good get away sometimes!
When did I become interested in fashion?
YOUNG actually see when I was a kid I had this very large obsession with what was in and popular at the time such as Nike and Adidas and as I got older it became more and more progressive and then it just started to grow and now I’m all about the worlds clothing!
What is it that you love about style?
I personally like how it never stays the same trends change vastly and I like a good challenge to stay ahead of the game style is forever but clothing and trends change rapidly!
Who is my favorite Designer/fashion house?
Currently I am really into Zara due to the amazing quality and not the insane price tag but the thing is my interest changes constantly I just enjoy the vastness of it all!
If I could shop at one designer what would it be?
You guys put me on the spot here haha! I think if I had to pick anywhere I’d have to go Balmain it’s a pretty amazing store with a great design feel and it is very different keeps things interesting!but trust me that can change any day haha
How do I feel about black and brown being worn together?
All depends on the tone of the brown light brown shouldn’t be awful dark with dark is never a good idea unless black on black which is sometimes extremely good! But in my opinion I don’t wear brown with black!
What would I consider a fashion faux pas for older women?
Okay with age women should dress more comfortable I don’t think anyone would like to see an elderly woman wearing 6 inch heels and dressing like she is in her twenties. Dress more to your figure and less to impress. Age is a time to dress casual and classy!
Do you incorporate costume jewelry in your style?
I don’t mainly because I’m not of the era I see people who can rock the costume wear I however am not that person if you can rock it you absolutely should!
Who would I choose as the next designer for Chanel?
Is Karl retiring?! Haha geez I honestly have never thought about it there a thousands of aspiring artist out there who would love to take a shot at one of the top clothing houses! I will get to you on that!
Going to Italy , how to not stick out?
Italy! Known for the Italian fashion and lifestyle is actually rather casual they enjoy the leather look but with it being hot I’d stay clear so honestly dress comfortable and confident PS Italians like tourist!!
Bottoms to wear for shorter and curvier women?
Bottoms for curvier women is a problem I see a lot of women face and it isn’t really a easy thing to answer but what I can say is My best Friend Denni is a shorter girl who has curves too and she can rock shorts dresses and jeans she shops at great stores and she keeps herself up and it is all about confidence see if you like those shorts that skirt or those jeans you buy them because it’s what you like and for style wise I’ll post a picture

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Thank you for all those awesome questions I hope to do this again!!

Questions for Threads:

Hello, and good morning/afternoon/night to my followers! Today I thought I would try something new, and I’d love to hear from all of you! If you have any questions for me or for my blog I’d absolutely love to hear them. Also I know thousands of you great ideas and I have been inspired by a lot of you! So today my comment section is for questions only and I hope to get a ton! Let me hear from you! I will answer all questions on my next post! Thanks and have a great day!
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Threads Suggestions: John Galliano

“Style is wearing an evening dress to McDonalds, wearing heels to play football. It is personality, confidence, and seduction.” – John Galliano

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British fashion designer John Galliano is known for his unique style and creative fashion ideas along with his works with fashion companies and creating his own label. He graduated from St. Martin’s School of Art in 1988 with a degree in Fashion Design. His first collection, Les Incroyables, was inspired by the French Revolution. With such rave reviews, the London fashion boutique Browns bought the collection. Galliano then started his own line. After a number of failed business agreements, Galliano moved from London to Paris. His first show was shown in the 1989 Paris Fashion Week. He designed for Kylie Minogue in 1991. With the help and recognition of American Vogue and Vanity Fair, Galliano was able to get the financial aid and support to receive credibility in Paris for fashion. In 1995, Galliano became the head designer for Givenchy. This was the first time a British designer was head of a French fashion house. His first couture show was presented in 1996. The same year, Galliano was moved to head designer of Christian Dior. Starting in 2011, Galliano has been through legal court battles for making anti-semitic comments. He was suspended from Dior in the same year. He has since made a comeback in 2013 with Oscar de la Renta. He received British Designer of the Year in 1987, 1994, 1995, and 1997. He received a Commander of the Order of the British Empire honor in 2001. He was awarded with a French Legion of Honor medal in 2009 but was taken away in 2012. John Galliano will continue bringing his eccentric and creative ideas to the fashion industry.

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Credit: Galliano