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Museum of Wisconsin Art examines the ‘state of fashion’


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A unique opportunity to better understand how people “design themselves” is coming to the Museum of Wisconsin Art. A State of Fashion opens June 11 at the West Bend museum.

A State of Fashion chronicles high-end historic and contemporary styles, ranging from before the Civil War to today.

All the exhibits have distinct ties to the Badger state and consider how people use fashion to design themselves, according to Laurie Winters, MOWA president and CEO.

“People think of Wisconsin as the land of green-and-gold jerseys and don’t think of high-end fashion emerging from the state,” Winters says. “But I think once they see the exhibits, people will be stunned by the caliber of Wisconsin fashion and design.”

Propelled by both happenstance and opportunity over the past 18 months, museum officials decided to concurrently present four distinct exhibits in this summer-long show. They are:

The Roddis Collection: American Style and Spirit

From haute couture to everyday wear, this collection dates to before the Civil War and includes fashions from 1850 to 1995.

The collection was uncovered in 1972 in an attic in the Marshfield home of the Roddis family, which owned a lumber and veneer firm in the city and was active in civic affairs.

Worn by six generations of Roddis family members, the clothing is now housed at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.


The collection also is the subject of American Style and Spirit: The Fashions and Lives of the Roddis Family by Jane Bradbury and Edward Maeder, a New York Times Best Seller catalogue.

“We wished that we had known about the collection before it went to the Ford Museum,” Winters says. “Fortunately, we were able to make a deal to bring the collection here.”

Florence Eiseman: Designing Childhood for the American Century

A collection of high-end children’s garments from the Milwaukee-based Florence Eiseman Company illustrates why the clothing line was instrumental in fashioning the standard look for the post-World War II American child.

The exhibit offers a cultural history of the Eiseman look from its inception in 1945 to the present — through more than 125 historic garments gathered from museum and university collections, private collections and the company’s own archive.

Eiseman’s work attracted the attention of A-listers — Princess Grace of Monaco, Elizabeth Taylor, the Kennedys and the Obamas, who commissioned the company to design special baby gifts.

Contemporary Threads: Wisconsin Fashion

This exhibit fast-forwards to now, offering a look at haute couture that pushes the boundaries of fashion.

Featuring the work of 10 contemporary designers, including four Project Runway alumnae and a designer for Lady Gaga, Contemporary Threads offers creative and astonishing works from trend-setting designers with Wisconsin connections.

“During the exhibition, our website is going to offer a who’s who among recognizable people in Milwaukee and Madison,” Winters explains. “We want to know what clothing they wear to work and what they wear for a night on the town.”

Daniel Arnold: A Paparazzo for Strangers

The final exhibit of the four will present a series of fashion photographs seen through the lens of New York City street photographer Daniel Arnold.

The Milwaukee native has his work regularly featured in Vogue, The New Yorker and The New York Times.

“Daniel Arnold has become the go-to street photographer for fashion,” Winters says. “He’s never done an exhibition before and we thought this should be his first.”

The combined exhibits offer an exhaustive look at fashion’s past, present and future.

“We define art as more than just 2D and 3D works hanging on a wall,” she explains. “We include fashion, animation, graphic arts and commercial design, which we will be doing in the near future.”

“It’s the things you live with, the kind of furniture you have, dishware that you use and, yes, the clothes you choose to wear,” she adds. “How people design themselves is very interesting thing.”Read more at:plus size formal dresses


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Four African countries to participate in Lagos fashion show


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Four African countries, Senegal, Cameroon, Ghana and Zambia have confirmed their participation in the African Fashion carnival, scheduled for Lagos on June 3 and June 4.

The Chief Executive Officer of the African Fashion Week, Ronke Ademiluyi, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Lagos on Wednesday.

She said that top models and designers from the four countries would be joining their Nigerian counterparts to showcase the best in contemporary African fashion.

The carnival is billed for the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos.

Ms. Ademiluyi, who has been promoting the show yearly since 2014 in Lagos and London, said that the designers would showcase their skills alongside 52 top Nigerian fashion makers.

According to her, the event is meant to promote African cultural values, to make African fashion outputs competitive in the international arena.

“Leading African designers, who have featured in fashion shows in Morocco, Senegal and London, will add colour to the show, using colourful African prints to create shapes and quality garments.

“The catwalk will showcase African designers’ global cultural experiences and their rich heritage, which will be the highpoint of the two-day show.’’

Ms. Ademiluyi cited the Senegalese designer, Eve, as a unisex `haute couture’ brand, who focuses on evening street wears and accessories.

“The Cameroonian designer, Alexander II Akande, aims to redefine the public perception of African fashion, challenging established ideas with the use of African fabrics such as Ankara.

“The designer from Zambia, Africawala, bridges western and African fashion, local arts and crafts, joining efforts with the Ghanaian designer, Nipo Skin, to display traditional fabrics in African styles.

Ademiluyi said the decision to use the National Theatre was to bring the creativity of African fashion to the culture pantheon as represented by the National Theatre.

“The National Theatre in Lagos is where Africa’s culture was showcased in all its grandeur 40 years ago.

“That was the very place that Nigeria hosted World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC 77), if we do not appreciate what we have, nobody will blow our trumpet for us.”

She said the Africa Fashion Week, which commenced in 2014 in Lagos and London had provided a platform for fashion and cultural enterprises to project the diversity of Africa’s rich heritage.Read more at:long formal dresses


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What I wore this week: soft jackets


‘The soft jacket can be worn in the evening without giving it away that you’ve come straight from work.’
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The big news this week is that I’ve finally cracked shoulder-robing. I don’t mean I’ve mastered how to do it (still struggling with how not to crick my neck, drop the jacket in a puddle, or both), but I’ve figured out what it means. Shoulder-robing is to the serious jacket what a rolled sleeve is to the crisp, white shirt. It is power dressing for an age obsessed with soft power.

And we really, really are obsessed with soft power. This is a relatively new phenomenon, and a shift that permeates everything. It is why first ladies are 21st-century megastars – the role itself is the quintessence of soft power. It is why we are less interested in what Taylor Swift wears on stage than what she wears at the airport. It is why it is more alpha to be wearing leggings and trainers at noon on a Saturday than it is high heels. It is why the middle name you give your baby is more of a status symbol than the make of your car these days.

The jacket is the carapace of power, and we are much more interested in the soft underbelly now. The modern way to look alpha is to wear your jacket less like armour and more like a campfire blanket. Which is fine, except sometimes the passive-aggressive narcissism of modern life makes you want to scream, and at other times you just really want to carry your bag on your shoulder like a normal person, instead of pretending that clamping a full tote under your arm is in any way comfortable.

Which is where the soft jacket comes in. It has the soft power silhouette, while still having functioning sleeves. It may have a dressing gown-style belt, or the kind of floral print you associate with a holiday wardrobe. With no shoulder pads and no structure, it can be worn in the evening without giving away that you’ve come straight from work. It also works as a wedding-slash-party, later-when-it-gets-chilly layer, which is an important and underserved category. It is shoulder-robing without the drama. Make it your wardrobe’s next power move.Read more at:formal dresses adelaide


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