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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

ALBERT AND DAVID MAYSLES 1974 CHRISTO'S VALLEY CURTAIN - DOC NOW PLAYING AT @PRESENTFUTURE_ #SEEKANDLEARN

 

 

 

http://www.mayslesfilms.com/films/

 

For more docs, shorts, full flims, and trailers as well as original content follow PRESENT FUTURE FILMS on twitter @presentfuture_

 

 

- GRIFFIN

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Sunday, 22 September 2013

STYLE EXILES : GAZELLE PAULO

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Gazelle Paulo is a downtown NY style icon who blogs correctly @ Freak Chic  https://www.facebook.com/freakchicbygazeLLe and publishes & edits his own magazine @ Gazelle Land  https://www.facebook.com/gazelland.magazine. Often collaborating with artist & designer Scooter LaForge, Gazelle is known for always making a visual statement and his own scene. He is the first subject I will introduce you to in a new series of portraits I'm shooting called STYLE EXILES exclusively for Shaded. - WC

Styling by Gazelle Paulo & Scooter LaForge. Photographs by Walt Cessna NYC 13

http://www.waltcessna.tumblr.com

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SLIGHTLY SCARY CREATURES & SUPER FREAKS

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Zoë Williams creates needle felt sculptures based on spirits, sacred creatures, and dreams. Her work is concerned with the intersection of the (inner) realm of the collective unconscious and the (outer) kingdom of nature. I am particularly fond of her surreally realistc unicorns & bunnies. At times, her sculptures take on a darker tone, incorporating mutated features such as bunnies with two heads. The impeccable rendition only makes the work more captivating, the details so lovingly executed each sculpture seems to take on a life of it's own. She holds a BA from the University of New Orleans and a Certificate in Fiber Art from the University of Washington. She currently lives and works in New York City. - WC
Website and Blog:

http://blog.zoewilliams.net/   

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Saturday, 21 September 2013

AIGNER BACKSTAGE BY DOMENICO PRINCIPATO

Dear Diane, dear shaded viewers,

 Aigner's Spring/Summer 2014 Womanswear fashion show was yesterday.

Backstage my eye focused on: elegant shapes and unexpected cuts, delicious grading tones from blue to green and bold and valuable accessories. A fierce and sexy collection for a colorful spring.

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Model: Maite Yanes

 

Later,

Dom

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Thursday, 19 September 2013

BRESSON ON FILM - INTERVIEW AND MORE

 

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- GRIFFIN

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

PICASSO OPENING AT KULTURFORUM, BERLIN

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Last Thursday I was invited by my good friend Berlin based archaeologist Tobi Etessami to attend the opening of a new Picasso exhibition PABLO PICASSO FRAUEN - STIERE - ALT MEISTER at KULTURFORUM. Below find some images and highlights from the exhibition and more.

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If you are in Berlin stop by to see the Picasso exhibition as well as the KULTURFORUM permanent collection.


Thank you to the lovely Eva Rave as well.

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Picasso interpertation of Cranach

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PABLO PICASSO FRAUEN - STIERE - ALT MEISTER
13 September 2013 – 12 January 2014

KULTURFORUM

Matthäikirchplatz, 10785 Berlin

In other Picasso news, one of his grandchildren Diana Widmaier Picasso, has undertaken the massive task of cataloging Picasso's sculptural work. Here is an interview with Diana from WSJ.


More Picasso...

 



 

Also a great Picasso family tree infographic with portraits of his muses.

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- GRIFFIN

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Monday, 09 September 2013

Dziga Vertov's 1924 - Soviet Toys - Animated Soviet Propaganda film @presentfuture_

#SEEKANDLEARN

 

- GRIFFIN

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Wednesday, 04 September 2013

SELLING DREAMS & AUSTRALIAN GLAMOUR on show at NSW State Library, Sydney

Dear Diane, Dear Shaded Viewers,

I've been flying between Auckland and Sydney for a research trip and about to return to good old Europe in a couple of days. I was very lucky to have had a wonderful personal tour of 2 fascinating exhibitions: Australian Glamour, curated by State Library fashion historian Margot Riley (who studied as a dress historian with Valerie Steele and kindly took me on the tour) and Selling Dreams, One Hundred Years of fashion Photography curated by Victoria and Albert Museum. 

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Dorn Fraser models imported hat for cover, Fashion and Society, (October 1945) photo by Rob Hillier from Australian Glamour.

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Tim Walker, Lily Cole and Giant Camera (2004) from Selling Dreams.

The exhibition Selling Dreams begins in the 1900’s, with a focus on the emergence of Vogue as a Magazine in NY, 1909. The first images of the exhibition are from Edward Steichen of Paul Poire’s designs for Art and decoration in Paris, these were seen as "the first serious fashion photographs ever made". Steiten’s images being a benchmark, with the rest of the exhibition leading off from Steiten’s work. A major focus of the exhibition is the impact of magazine publishing and how it influenced the development of fashion photography.

To contextualise events, Margot explained that around 1907 Australia was desperate for fashion information, Australia being the biggest consumer of magazines, ever since 18th century, Australian’s have always been huge readers of magazines, where fashion information was communicated, with it taking till 1959 for the first Australian Vogue to be published.

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Margot:" Mainbocher Corset by Horst P. Horst, American Vogue (1939), suggesting the silhouette was changing, with this image predating Dior’s New Look".

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Post War, American Vogue cover (1945), photo by Erwin Blumenfeld, featuring the so called “ Mannequins “ who paraded on the catwalks (with models being photographic models).

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A strong part of the exhibition was SHOOTING IN THE CITY (around 1950's), where you could see the photographers taking on a more spontaneous, photojournalistic approach, of particular interest was photographer Genevuieve Naylor, (above image: Fashion by Izod, Wald and Hoch, New York American Harpers Bazar, 1947) Naylor like Lee Miller began her career as a news photographer.

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Simone wears fashion by Venet, River Seine, Paris. American Harper’s Bazaar (March 1963) 
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Margot shared insight into the early career of Helmut Newton, who was discovered in his studio in Flinders Lane, Melbourne, by Rosemary Cooper from British Vogue.

To begin from the beginning about how Australian Vogue was born, including Helmuts early days at the magazine and the exhibition Australian Glamour I'll give Margot (pictured below) the spotlight: (please read on over leaf)

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Margot: Mary Hordon, the fashion editor of woman’s weekly, Australia, went to paris in 1946 She was accustomed to wearing couture herself, and went to all the fashion shows and selected a number of items that would come to Australia, they also brough out 6 “French Mannequins” (women from the Cabine, who’d worked for the different Fashion Houses) to show Australian Women how to wear the garments and be glamorous. The trip was co-ordinted by a woman called Madame Chambrelant who was the head of House of Worth. They came to Australia on the Constellation, taking 6 days, bringing clothing and put on public fashion parades all over Australia at David Jones department store, in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Tasmania and Brisbane. This triggered a wave of people wanting to go shopping, originally they didn’t have the licenses to produce the clothes in Australia, but then by 1947, they were granted the licenses with the “model gowns" which were sent to David Jones to copy and sell.

This pushed the whole fashion industry in Australia, going on between 1946-49. In 1950 The british wanted to get into the act, as they were concerned with Australians being obsessed with French fashion and Rosemary Cooper from British Vogue organizes similar events with British fashion and fashion models.

Once Rosemary comes out to Australia, she gets the idea that there should be an Australian Vogue and organizes British Vogue to produce a supplement, and eventually in 1956, they produce the first Australian supplement, which would be delivered 2 times a year to British Vogue subscribers, with Australian fashion.

 Rosemary Cooper then gets Helmut Newton to take the photos for the first Vogue Australian supplement in 1956, it was after that supliment, Helmet newton gets a contract with UK vogue in 1957, when he moves to London, but he ended up not liking it due to their conservatism and came back to Australia. 1958-1961 he was shooting in Australia, which coincided with the first full issue of Australian Vogue, which was issued in Spring Summer 1959. 1961, Helmut was given a conrtact with Paris Vogue and he left Australia permanently.

 

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MODEL, PHOTOGRAPHER, MAGAZINE

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Maide Hann in Henderson’s Hats advertisement (1946), photo by Rob Hillier from the exhibition Australian Glamour. Margot: "The hat during the post war period was everything, clothes after 42 were rationed, but hats weren’t!"

Alex: Could you tell me a bit about the exhibition and the Archives of the NSW State Library:

Margot: The library has been around since the beginning of the 19th century, there is a large collection of fashion magazines that have been published in Australia, which are all held in the archives of Library of NSW. Our role is to document life in NSW, so what people wore is an incredibly important part of that. I think the thing about magazines too is that often things will go into a magazine that don’t get published anywhere else, from our point of view as a collecting organization, magazines are incredibly important.

Beyond the printed book collection we also have material collection or ephemera, manuscripts and paintings. Within our archival collections our original materials we have millions of photographs, particularly the archive of 1940’s Sydney fashion photographer known as Rob Hellier, this exhibition is profiling his career.

We also have the collection of magie taborer, who’s work is also presented in this exhibition.

The exhibiton focusses on the work of Rob helier with a case study on the model Magie taborer. Rob's style was more Reportage rather than an illusion. Helier was very entrepreuneral and great networker, he made movies, produced books always getting his name out there, Robb was a multi-tasker, taking one photo and using it 3 or 4 different ways.

Australians travelled a lot at the time, if you had the money, you’d take a trip back to London, the first thing many Australian’s did was go via Paris and you’d arrive in England, looking like the last word and when you read the magazines and newspapers, so much is coming back saying how stylish Australian women are. Because of the island and the isolation, there was an over compensation to be fashionable, cutting edge, stylish and take risks in what you wore.

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Alex: I'm very curious about Magie tabberer, could you expand on her career?

Margot: Magie was a house wife living in the Adelaide suburbs in 1957 and Mother of 2 children, Magie was a size 14 with fantastic legs and a beautiful face, She did modelling school and David Jones fashion parades. The wool board was one of the biggest advertisers at the time and they discovered her, then introducing Maggie to Helmut, at flinders lane. Helmut gave her the clothes and the shoot was published in Australian vogue. Magie projected mood and became more skillfull in front of the camera. Hemut went for magie as she was brunette, and so many Models were blonde, earthy European, not the girl next door, it was the time of sofia loren and he appreciated her Europeaness.

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Saturday, 31 August 2013

HANNE GABY ODIELE

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Beautiful Hanne Gaby Odiele,photography Filep Motwary ©

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Thursday, 29 August 2013

THE SUN'S 8.2 BILLION YEAR OLD TWIN FOUND: HIP 102152

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"Oldest Twin Of The Sun Discovered, HIP 102152 Could Be Host To An Earth-Like Planet"

http://www.ibtimes.com/oldest-twin-sun-discovered-hip-102152-could-be-host-earth-planet-1401411

 

"Here comes the sun.."

 

 

- GRIFFIN

 

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