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Celebrating Martin Munkacsi

Martin Munkacsi, [Fred Astaire], 1936 (2007.110.2320) In his day Martin Munkacsi (1898-1963) was one of the most famous photographers in the world; his elegant and dynamic pictures of models, actors and athletes inspired photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Richard … Continue reading

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Guy Bourdin: “Sighs and Whispers”

Guy Bourdin died on March 29, 1991. Since then his reputation has grown, even though he refused to publish books about his work during his life and only started exhibiting in 1953 under a pseudonym and with an introduction by … Continue reading

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Better Dressed Than Barbie

Balenciaga, Schiaparelli, Nina Ricci, and Hermès are all names associated with French high fashion, but in 1944, each designer tried their hand at outfitting a much smaller client–a miniature wire mannequin measuring at just a third of the size of … Continue reading

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A Game of Charades: Hands Full of Expression

Hands play an important role in communication. Besides being an effective way of language without vocalizing–through signing and gesturing–hands can be quite versatile. Hands in Fashion: Richard Avedon, [Hand with long sleeved blouse in front of black hair], ca. 1968 … Continue reading

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Fashion Check

While many are huddled inside, trying to stay warm, fashion designers around the globe will be busy showcasing their Spring 2013 collections. New York’s Fashion Week will commence on February 7 and fashion editors, stylists, and buyers will try their … Continue reading

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The Mermaid

Toni Frissell, [Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida], 1947 (10.1979) It surprised me that Toni Frissell’s mesmerizing, achingly beautiful photograph of a woman in white suspended just beneath the water’s surface–an image celebrated for its romantic, enigmatic, haunting character (featured on numerous … Continue reading

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Focus on Fashion: Footwear

Edward Steichen, [Shoes], 1930 (698.2000) David Seidner, Martial & Armand, 1990 (2007.69.4) Ferenc Berko, Woman’s Legs, Brookfield Zoo, October 1950 (595.1993) Elliott Erwitt, New York City, 1974 (743.1986) Chris Collins, Mouse in Shoe, 1990 (278.1991)

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Focus on Fashion: Coats

David Seidner, [Yves Saint Laurent], 1983 (2007.63.7) Louise Dahl-Wolf, Natalie in Grès coat, Kairouan, 1950 (82.1982) Alfred Eisenstaedt, A New York vacationer in Miami Beach, 1940 (331.1989) Martin Munkacsi, [Woman wearing Jaeger travel coat on wing of airplane], 1939 (2007.110.2267)

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Focus on Fashion: Hats

Seeberger Frères, [Two Unidentified Women, Deauville, France], August 18, 1912 Alfred Eisenstaedt, Janet MacLeod wearing a black-eyed veil attached to a hat by Lilly Daché, New York City, 1937 LIFE, October 5, 1942 Jack Delano, Miss Selma Barbour, Manager of … Continue reading

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Focus on Fashion: Dior

Louis Dahl-Wolfe, Mary Jane Russell in Dior swan hat, Paris, 1949 Martin Munkacsi, [Woman wearing Dior suit], 1949 Gisele Freund, [Juan Peron watching chambermaid adjust medals on wife Eva Peron's Dior gown, Theatre Colon, Buenos Aires], July 9, 1950 Richard … Continue reading

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