Reviews and Blog Posts: Fashion

1968 - The Fashion

Hulton Getty Picture Collection 1960s - false eyelashes

The 1960s were quite a decade! And 1968 was quite a year! According to the exhibit at History Colorado, "It was the year that rocked history." Oh, and yours truly was born.

1968 rocked history but it also rocked fashion!

Love looks not with the eyes : thirteen years with Lee Alexander McQueen

by Anne Deniau

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This book is a unique look at Alexander Mcqueen’s work from a behind the scenes perspective. I enjoyed it because it has a more intimate feel than other books presenting a portfolio view of his work. I really appreciated the arrangement by shows and with the pre-post show photos you...

The asylum : a collage of couture reminiscences ...and hysteria

by Simon Doonan

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Simon Doonan, author, fashion commentator, and creative ambassador for Barneys New York shares his insider stories in his new book, The asylum : a collage of couture reminiscences ...and hysteria.  He delivers his entertaining and edifying real-life essays in his signature witty bon mots style.  It appears he has taken...

"Steampunk is What Happens When Goths Discover Brown" -Jess Nevins


Welcome, welcome, welcome ladies and gentlemen to the weird and wonderful world of steampunk. What is steampunk you ask? Why, it is many things, but let's call it an aesthetic sensibility. Gears, corsets, dirigibles, and don't forget your goggles. There is steampunk music, fashion, art, and of course books!

Steampunk has its roots in the scientific romances of the mid-19th century but really took flight (steam powered of course!) in the 1980s and most recently in the aught-aughts. A group of writers (Jeter, Blaylock, Powers) working in southern California would meet up at their local watering hole and realized they were all writing similar works, as a joke they called it "Steampunk".

Madeleine Vionnet

by Betty Kirke

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The oversize hardback is a pleasure to read, tracing Ms. Vionnet's progression from a child seamstress to "queen mother of haute couture."  A true unexpected treasure is the inclusion of complete patterns for Ms. Vionnet's sumptuous designs. A b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l book about an amazing French designer.


by Shōichi Aoki

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Fabulous, weird strange ugly beautiful amazing living fashion just love this series, there is another one that DPL owns called "Fresh Fruits" check it out!

Flapper : a madcap story of sex, style, celebrity, and the women who made America modern

by Joshua Zeitz

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Sometimes I think goth, punk, and the retro styles now seen are variations on the flapper rebellion of the 1920s.  Zeitz manages to bring scholarship to the topic without making the flapper's story too boring.

The Cat That Heard an S.O.S.

Sometimes, when you need a helping hand, a helping paw presents itself.

The Fresh City Life office is buzzing with preparations for our big 2012 fashion event -- Frock Out. Our friend Ann Myhre, who teaches fibers workshops at Fresh City Life, and owns the cool yarn and fabric store Knitty Cat in Centennial, has been helping with many aspects of the runway show. Most importantly, Ann has been consulting with all of our designers -- as our Tim Gunn -- making design suggestions and cheering our designers on.

Frock the Vote

OK Designers, Please put down your scissors, needle and thread. Back slowly away from your sewing machine. It's time for us to vote.

Our twelve Frock Out designers are hard at work on their final pieces for the upcoming runway show and competition in April. Making a nod to the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic in April of 1912, Frock Out will include camp and classic music, a live string quartet and some of Denver's hottest and newest fashion designers. 

Say Chic: YSL descends in Denver

One of the great wonders of the fashion world, Yves Saint Laurent, makes his fashion debut in Denver this month. Actually, YSL won't be here, but his clothes will be.

The retrospective of iconic designer, Yves Saint Laurent, who's clothes became synonymous (along with Halston) with the Studio 54 culture of the 1970s, opens at the Denver Art Museum this Sunday, March 25, 2012.

After 40 years as one of the great impresarios of the fashion world, Yves Saint Laurent retired in 2002 and passed away in June of 2008. His home has become a museum and his fashion oeuvre has become the hottest international art exhibition -- and Denver hosts the retrospective for several months this spring.

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