Itchiku Kubota

The Ultimate Kimonos

It all started in 1937, when a young Japanese artist by the name of Itchiku Kubota, strolling through the Tokyo National Museum, glimpsed a fragment of a 16th-century kimono. He was taken with the elaborate mass of textile techniques — painting, drawing, embroidery, dyeing — known as tsujigahana, a lost art in Japan for centuries.

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May 02, 2016 12:59:00

Austrian Fashion Awards

Austria, the country that produced Helmut Lang, Rudi Gernreich, and Hattie Carnegie, celebrated its best young fashion designers with an award ceremony that kickstarted the five-day Take Festival in Vienna.

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Apr 29, 2016 12:19:00
Mmuseumm

Curios and Curios

Trump-branded merchandise, reproductions of ISIS currency, Iranian fast-food packaging, and personal objects left in the Arizona desert by Mexican refugees are among the curious artifacts on view at Mmuseumm, a thumbnail-sized Tribeca storefront that was once a freight elevator.

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Apr 28, 2016 15:11:00
Tom House, interior images by Martyn Thompson

House Imitates Art

In Tom of Finland's home in L.A., where he lived and worked the last decade of his life, phalluses are scattered everywhere, as erect marble statues, full-frontal paintings, penis-embroidered cushions. Nearly every surface is covered in work made by Tom or those he influenced. It looks exactly as one might expect the residence of the world's foremost homoerotic artist to look.

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Apr 27, 2016 16:25:00
Phyllis Galembo

Stunning Images of African Masquerades

For over two decades, Phyllis Galembo has documented the traditional cultures of subsaharan Africa. Her primary subjects are participants in masquerades, who use costume, body paint, and masks to create characters from mythology and from their imagination.

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Apr 26, 2016 16:58:00
Mr. Plant

Just Grow It

For several years running, French artist Christophe Guinet — aka Mr. Plant — has transformed Nike shoes into a series of organic sculptures called, naturally, Just Grow It.

The assorted sneakers are adorned with flowers, grass, bark, and other plant parts. Or they act as pots, out of which poppies, dandelions, or bonsai trees grow. 

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Apr 25, 2016 20:09:00

Fun with Man Buns

From the Australian crowdsourcing platform DesignCrowd come these obviously photoshopped images of world leaders with man buns, that derided yet beloved bit of tonsorial trickery so emblematic of the decade...

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Apr 23, 2016 12:12:00

Björk and the TV Set

Watch Björk take apart a TV in 1988 to show its "scientifical truth" and to warn against lying poets...

Apr 22, 2016 10:46:00
YSL Coloring Book

YSL is Now a Coloring Book

Finally, a coloring book featuring Yves Saint Laurent's most iconic designs. Made with the Fondation Pierre Berge-Yves Saint Laurent, it's truly flattering imitation.

Based on the designer's original sketches, the line drawings show the breadth and versatility of his creations, ranging from harlequins and the Carnival of Venice to Pop Art and Piet Mondrian, as well as the cultures of Asia, Africa, and beyond.

  

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Apr 21, 2016 21:30:00

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