With her hand-carved paintbrushes, Rebecca Szeto is getting a handle on great women of art history. As a faux-finish painter, the San Francisco artist collects only humble, end-of-life paintbrushes, which serve as both means and end.
The slow pace of whittling down the handles gives Szeto time to reflect on each individual and individual brush — a tribute to the Old Masters.
Sometimes designers are forthcoming about their inspirations, other times not. Either way, the Tumblr Where I See Fashion offers possible explanations. Bianca Luini, a budding designer based in Milan, casts a net far and wide to match runway collections and magazine editorials with their visual doubles from the realms of art, design, photography, nature, and so on — confirming that great minds think alike...
Behold the haute cheese of photographer Mario Casilli, master of the soft-focus lens and king of the TV Guide cover. In the 1980s, Casilli shot the highest-profile TV and music stars in America, capturing the excess and glamour of the greed-is-good decade, the era of Dynasty and Dallas, shoulder pads, and big perms.
For the past few years, the interactive meeting place #submergevillage has shown artists-in-residence in a kind of virtual village.
A new exhibit in central Paris, SURFACE, sees them all surfacing and taking part IRL, for one weekend only. They include hair artist Charlie Le Mindu, Sex Body Ache, Thomas Cap De Ville, Simon Letourneau, Giles Round, and Ruiz Stephinson, the show's creator.
Christer Strömholm (aka Christer Christian), who died in 2002 at the age of 84, specialized in portraits of individuals in real-life situations and photographed primarily in black and white. When he traveled to Paris in the late 1950s, he befriended the transgender women who worked the streets in the Place Blanche, and they allowed him to photograph them on the beat and in their homes.
Longtime friends Cher and Tina Turner brought the funk when they performed Shirley & Company’s disco hit 'Shame, Shame, Shame' together on The Cher Show in 1975.
Wearing near-identical sparkly stage dresses by Bob Mackie, the two legends showed off some leggy dance moves and radiated star power.
Over the years, fashion ads have been banned in various parts of the world. Usually it's heightened sexuality that sends self-righteous prudes into an outraged tizzy. Other times it's the glamorization of violence or drugs, or the objectification of minors that rightfully sees a ban.
But of course, anything forbidden has a way of popping right back up. Here are some of the more notorious banned fashion ads...