Sunday, September 27, 2009

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

1960's Fashion Icon - Miss Jean Muir

By David Grosshans

Jean Muir was born in London in 1928. She never had any formal training in fashion, and never attended an art school. It must have been a gift from the child prodigy who plays great piano concerto's at age three. She had a keen sense of form, color, and design, with the ability to incorporate her magnificent creative ideas into simple-chic clothing, that woman loved to wear. She never compromised quality for commercial success. Instead her success came over time, by just being herself, but overseeing every aspect of her creations from the sketch pad to the marketplace.


Muir told people that by age 6 she could embroider, sew and knit. Employed by Liberty & Co. in the early 50's, she started in the stockroom. But it wasn't long before someone noticed her talent, and the 'Ready to Wear' department asked her to do sketching. This opened the way to designing, which brought her to Jaeger in 1956. She preferred to be called a "technical designer". She was also amazed to find out that simply 'coming up with ideas' made you a designer. When she left Jaeger, David Barnes, a manufacturer, offered to fund her own label. She named it Jane & Jane.


In 1966 she formed a partnership with her husband Harry Leuckert. The new company was called Jean Muir Ltd. The high standards continued, as was true with whatever she involved herself. Always using the highest grade of fabrics, including silk, wool crepe, cashmere and lambs wool. A tradition established at Jane & Jane. She only used the very best grade of cashmere and lambs wool for her knitwear, which was produced in Scotland.

The company changed hands in 1985, but she established ownership again by 1989. Jean Muir died in 1995, but the company continued under the guidance of her husband. The first Jean Muir Ltd. store opened in London in 2004. But three years later in 2007 it was announced that Jean Muir Ltd. was closing.


Many will remember Jean Muir for the "little black dress", and her use of navy-blue and black colors. Others will remember her elegant designs and chic creations for there grace and simplicity, yet with impeccable emphases on detail, form, and fit. She wanted her clothes to be comfortable to wear. She called it "engineering with cloth"

We all must admire her dedication to a higher standard, both in the work place, and in every step of production. She attributed this to her Scottish heritage. An entire room, the silver room, at the National Museum of Scotland, in Edinburgh, is dedicated to Jean Muir. Her husband donated her archive collection in 2005. Muir asked that her friends wear black with white flowers at her funeral.

If you liked this article, please visit my website to view my many additional articles and posts on the 1960's fashion scene, as well as some other related topics; vintage clothing, retro, etc. Also some bit's on Bob Dylan, Grace Slick, and Twiggy. See you there.

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An American Actress - Elizabeth Taylor

By Shawna S. Ruppert

Elizabeth Taylor was born Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, and is now officially Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, although to many she is simply Liz. Elizabeth Taylor trivia would cover the career and the social life of this actress, as she has been as much in the public eye for the stories of her own life as she has been for the stories of the characters she has portrayed in films. She was only nine when she began her career, and has since those early days remained one of the most influential of the Hollywood elite, and one of the standards against which others are measured.

An Elizabeth Taylor quiz would undoubtably reference some of the most famous films she starred in. Although she had a prolific career in hear earlier years, it would be in the mid fifties, and for several decades following that she would become one of the true elite. "Giant" which she starred in with James Dean is often considered to be one of the first pieces of her career as not only the most recognizable, but the highest paid actress in hollywood. Academy award nominations would also start flowing in in for films like "Raintree Country" "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "Suddenly Last Summer".

She would win oscars for "Butterfield 8" and "Who's afraid of Virgina Woolf", and would also during this period make her most famous film of all time, "Cleopatra".

No summary of Elizabeth Taylor trivia would be complete without mentioning her much storied relationship with Richard Burton. Before her first marriage to Burton she would be married four times. But each was for a much shorter period of time than she was with Burton, who at ten years holds the distinction of being married to Liz Taylor for the longest consecutive period of time. She met Burton the film "Cleopatra", and the two were actually married twice, the second marriage lasting much less time than the first. She has been married twice more since Burton, making for a total of eight marriages, surely an interesting fact bound to show up on any Elizabeth Taylor quiz.

Taylor's health has been declining in recent years, and she has most recently been seen on the rare occasions she has been in public confined to a wheelchair due to scoliosis. She was also rushed to the hospital due to stress after hearing of her close friends death when Michael Jackson passed away.

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A Brief History of Gucci

By Tommy Martin

1869 Guccio Gucci was born in Florence

1906 Guccio Gucci started a small saddler shop in Florence

1920 Guccio Gucci opened the first Gucci watch shop in Florence

1921 The First Gucci boutique was opened in Florence. Gucci Label was officially founded

1923 The first Gucci boutique in Rome was opened. Gucci started to expand outside Florence

1947 Gucci launched the first handbags collection featuring the bamboo handle and red striped webbing

1953 The first Gucci flagship store in New York was opened on Fifth Avenue; Guccio Gucci Died

1960 The iconic GG logo was created with the combination of Guccio Gucci's initials

1965 Gucci opened another store at 699 Fifth Avenue

1966 Gucci presented the Flora silk scarf which is favored by Grace Kelly

1967 Gucci presented Jackie O shoulder bag, made well-known by Jackie Kennedy

1968 Gucci opened stores in Hong Kong and Tokyo, starting expansion on Far East

1979 Aldo Gucci developed the Gucci Accessories Collection and saved company from the danger of bankruptcy

1983 Rodolfo Gucci died which caused a huge shakeup on the company; Paolo Gucci proposed a cheaper version of the brand called 'Gucci Plus'

1984 Domenico De Sole joined Gucci America Inc

1989 Investcorp acquired 50 percent of Gucci while Maurizio Gucci retains the other half and runs the company; Dawn Mello, the former president of Bergdorf Goodman, moves to Milan as creative director

1990 Aldo Gucci died

1990 Tom Ford moved to Milan from New York to join Gucci as the company's women's wear designer

1993 Maurizio Gucci sold his shares to Investcorp and leaves the company for good

1994 Tom Ford was appointed as creative director; De Sole was appointed as chief operating officer

1995 Gucci went public had its first initial public offering on the AMEX and NYSE; Madonna dressed head-to-toe Gucci at the MTV Video Music Awards; De Sole became chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Gucci Group N.V.

1996 Tom Ford won the CFDA Award for international designer of the year

1997 Gucci acquired a watch licensee, Severin-Montres, and renamed it Gucci Timepieces

1999 Gucci made alliance with to fashion conglomerate Pinault-Printemps-Redoute to fight against an acquisition by fashion conglomerate LVMH; Gucci acquired Yves Saint Laurent and Sanofi Beautè and a controlling stake in Sergio Rossi; Tom Ford became creative director of Yves Saint Laurent ready-to-wear

2000 Gucci acquired 51 percent of Alexander McQueen and Bedat & Co; Gucci acquires luxury watch producer Boucheron

2001 Gucci acquired a majority stake in Bottega Veneta, 50 percent of Stella McCartney and all of Balenciaga; Gucci ended three-year litigation with LVMH. Pinault-Printemps-Redoute sold all shares on Gucci as agreement. Gucci share price reduced to $85.52 per share

2003 Gucci announced it wouldn't renew the contracts of Tom Ford and De sole

2004 Alessandra Facchinetti, Frida Giannini and John Ray were appointed as creative director of Gucci

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Short Skirts, Stockings and High Heels

By Jan Smith

Short skirts were all the rage in the late 60's even if you didn't have 'the legs' to wear one. Jean Shrimpton was the yardstick we all measured ourselves against and back then, she was considered a very skinny example. But, oh boy, did she ever cause a stir here in Australia!

Stockings had only just changed over to the wearing of pantyhose and high heels were what women wore to show off their legs more advantageously. Now getting the right size stocking pantyhose back then was not an exact science like it is today because the manufacturers were still coming to grips with how many sizes were actually needed to cover the majority of the women in the world.

They learnt very quickly that three sizes, that is small, medium and large, among women simply didn't exist. I think they solved a few of these problems when they came up with spandex instead of nylon because spandex like its name implies, expands.

So with wearing a short skirt and a pair of not-well-fitting stockings balanced precariously on a pair of overly high heels was a recipe for a disaster looking for a place to happen for many of us.

I found my 'place to happen' on a Sydney Harbour Ferry between Neutral Bay and Circular Quay. It was morning rush hour and everyone wanted to get off the ferry and up to the train station quickly.

It was also a wet morning and the deck stairs were slippery. Down I went and landed on my knees amid a shoving crowd. It hurt but I wouldn't show the handsome young Policeman just how much because I was so embarrassed. Besides, I may have lost one of my false eyelashes if I had cried.

I had split my stockings right across both knees and the nylon hung like dead skin down my legs. I had lost the heel off one of those stupidly high heels, split the crutch of my stockings and tried desperately to get away from that pushing Ferry crowd with some dignity intact.

One shoe was 5 inches higher than the other and I was hobbled by stockings that were trying to escape my legs and a short skirt rucked up around my backside trying to help them off.

Needless to say, I simply moved onto the closest Ferry seat and returned home to Neutral Bay to ring the office and tell them I wasn't coming to work that day because I had had an accident. Thank goodness for an understanding boss but I think he actually liked us girls to wear our short skirts, stockings and ridiculously high heels around his office anyway.

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Birkenstock and Their Products

By James S Thompson

Soft footbed is the name given to the specially shaped shoe created by Konrad Birkenstock in 1897 designed to give extra support to the sole by matching it's contours more closely than traditional flat sole. Due to the untimely intervention of the industrial revolution and the introduction of the mass produced cheaper shoe a couple of years later his business floundered.

Wisely he changed strategy and changed from making shoes to producing contoured inserts for the mass produced versions and this worked out well for him. It was not until 1964 that his Grandson Karl started to design and produce footwear once again in the form of a sandal which was named the Madrid.

In 1966, Margot Fraser bought a pair of Madrid sandals thought they worked wonders for her feet which had troubled her since a child and decided to bring them into America. Until now Birkenstock had only spread across Europe and a shrewd move Margot acquired the sole distribution rights to Birkenstock's in the USA. She built the company and eventually stopped importing as Birkenstock's were now being produced in her own factories in the USA and new styles were developed and introduced.

In 1973 the Arizona sandal was introduced and this quickly became one of the best known footwear products ever designed and manufactured. Sandals and clogs were the main products and with the patented soft footbed incorporated into them Birkenstock became the favorite women's sandals brand and remains extremely popular today.

Other brand names advertise themselves as Birkenstock or offer the soft footbed sole in their products and they are the genuine articles. What Margot did as the company grew larger was to allow certain companies that could match Birkenstock's high standards of design and manufacture to produce these products under licence. Among these successful companies are Tatami, Papillio, Footprints, New-walk, Alpro and Betula sandals who are now creating sandals, clogs and shoes based on original Birkenstock designs.

Alpro shoes is another licensed manufacturer of Birkenstock styled footwear who specialize in work wear from heavy industry to nursing and catering. They supply a range of comfortable working clogs that can have the following features. Steel toes for protection on building sites and in factories that meet with health and safety regulations. Non slip soles developed to be resistant to sliding on oil based substances and other chemicals with uppers resistant oil or chemical penetration.

Clogs which can be safely and repeatedly hot washed and disinfected without causing them any damage which are widely used in the medical profession. Incorporating the Birkenstock footbed sole and a raised toe bar for a more natural walking motion these are extremely comfortable working shoes that can be worn throughout the day giving maximum support for your feet to avoid getting sore feet.

As of 2002 the Birkenstock Company became completely owned by its workers when Margot sold the shares she had in it to her employees thirty five years after founding the company. Today the company still enjoys great success and products like the Arizona and Madrid sandals designed in the seventies still sell extremely well.

Betula sandals are popular women's sandals as they have a soft footbed design for comfort.

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Gucci Jackie O Shoulder Bag

By Leo Ramelow

We can count on Gucci for styles that we love now and later. Gucci is always in front the cutting edge of fashion and wins countless applause for their master pieces. It has been named in top 40 songs since the 1970s and is frequently mentioned in hip-hop music where material goods make or break status. For style-conscious women everywhere, owning a Gucci purse, Gucci wallet, or a pair of Gucci sunglasses is the ultimate status symbol.

Gucci possesses an inborn sense of creativity and innovation which has produced numerous stylish and eye-catching handbags. We can make quite the fashion statement with the Gucci handbag we choose to use. Gucci handbags are not only renowned for their high quality materials. Their suave style offers elegance and luxury, very suitable for ladies who want a timeless glamour, not a flashy trend.

Perhaps the most famous icon of this house of fashion is the Jackie O. shoulder bag which was worn by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis when she was the wife of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. While mentioned Jackie Onassis, people often associate the classic handbag, Gucci Jackie Bag with her.

The classic Jackie O. shoulder bag is made of top quality leather and denim with jacquard double G pattern and a unique metal push/slide closure. Gucci recently launched a brand New Jackie Bag. New Jackie O. shoulder bag is more variation with a distinctive color like jewel green, wine red and deep tan. I like the tan leather new Jackie bag so much. It features single adjustable strap with woven detail. A wide shoulder strap ensures it will sit comfortably on your shoulder and the interior is fully lined with a contrasting silky material.

The sheer size of the bag means that it is plenty big enough. It is perfectly elegant for holding all your daily essentials. Available in some fantastically bright colors for the spring and summer season this is a bag that will get you noticed for all the right reasons, glamour and elegance. This new large Jackie shoulder bag comes with Gucci controllato card, Gucci care card, and Gucci logo dust bag. If you own this Gucci handbag, you are definitely part of a worldwide fashion powerhouse.

The founder Guccio Gucci opened a small leather store in 1921 in Florence, Italy. Guccio exhibited the same talents his father possessed, making functional pieces that reflected his exposure to European designs. Since then, the brand has developed into one of the world's most esteemed fashion houses. Nowadays Gucci Company is more competitive than before. Owning a Gucci handbag like the classic Jackie bag would be your best choice.

Leo Ramelow has specialized in fashion industry for more than 5 years and is the author of Handbagseek which provides the latest discount Gucci handbags and wholesale Gucci handbags.

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New John Lennon Sunglasses

By Steve Cranie

Whether you call them John Lennon sunglasses, Round sunglasses or Tea-Shades there's no mistaking their iconic status thanks to the legendary Beatle. They are just as popular now as they were 40 years ago when he first wore them, they are most definitely here to stay.

The John Lennon sunglasses are formed by two circular lenses mounted in a wire frame and were originally known as "Teashades". They first became popular in the 1960's inspired by Lennon's fondness for them. Other rockers like Mick Jagger and Jerry Garcia also wore them in that era. Heavy Metal God Ozzy Osbourne still wears the circular shades to this day and Liam Gallagher wore them in the Wonderwall video. The glasses worn by Seraph in the Matrix Reloaded are Teashades. And most recently, Mary-Kate Olsen has revived the fashion industry's interest in them by frequently wearing classic John Lennon sunglasses.

However when we think of Teashades we think of John Lennon, and we know we're not alone in that respect. The term is undisputedly the phrase most often used to describe these sunglasses. The black and white photo of John Lennon standing cross-armed, wearing a "New York City" sleeveless t-shirt, and his sunglasses is perhaps the most popular still photo of Lennon. This portrait does its part to see Lennon's legend stays radiant and his sunglasses forever in demand.

Round sunglasses are rarely found in shops these days although they can be found at many costume websites. The majority of these are cheap and basic products aimed predominantly at the novelty market. John Lennon sunglasses have been designed and manufactured to eliminate the problems commonly associated with such products and are aimed at more discerning customers.

The perfectly cut lenses set in well constructed frames eliminate gaps around the edges and they provide full UV protection complying to the latest European standards. Highly specified materials provide durable and perfectly aligned frames, these are premium plated to give an enhanced appearance and a longer life. The tensioned temples further enhance the overall quality. All this is backed up by a 12 months warranty against manufacturing defects. John Lennon sunglasses are available in two sizes and in a great choice of lens and frame colours.

We first started up a UK based online sunglasses business many years ago motivated by the lack of choice of affordable good quality sunglasses in a market dominated by premium designer sunglasses brands. From the outset it was clear that there was a large demand for round John Lennon style sunglasses but we struggled to find good quality products we could sell at affordable prices. We were limited to either low quality products, usually sold through costume suppliers, or very expensive high end designer products. Having a passion for such sunglasses ourselves we decided to do something about it.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

UGG Classic Argyle - The History Behind UGG Boots

By Tamsin Kelly

Ugg boots have been in existence since the 1970's. The boots became popular when surfers in Australia realized that these boots served the purpose of quickly warming their feet as needed. Sheepskin is a dual faced layer of skin with wool on one side and fleece on the other. This maintains the thermostatic nature of the sheepskin, therefore making the warmest possible boots. Upon this realization, the popularity of these boots grew worldwide.

Ugg boots are not a new product; however, they have become increasingly popular. Recently Ugg has become a trendsetter with great designs as the Ugg Classic cardy and the Ugg Classic Argyle. Due to this popularity trend and the large demand for these boots, footwear manufacturers have taken up producing imitation Ugg boots made of cowhide rather than sheepskin. If you intend to purchase genuine boots, it is important to know where you can purchase them from a reliable source.

The very original boots were disbursed by an Australian manufacturing company named UGG. These boots were released to the public known as Australian Sheepskin Boots. UGG also makes sheepskin slippers and other footwear.

A second reliable manufacturer of sheepskin boots is Canterbury Sheepskin out of New Zealand. This company has been producing Ugg boots for more than 30 years. The brand is well known and the quality of the boots is long-lasting.

To purchase a pair of authentic Ugg classic Argyle boots from either of these manufacturers, you can simply visit any one of the online shoe shops that carry these authentic brands. Many of these online shoe distributors will offer news on the latest trends, corresponding fashions and proper care products for these "gotta-have" Ugg boots.

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How Women's Figures Have Changed Over the Years

By Sarah J Jones

Be it a female fashion model or an ordinary woman, there have been significant changes in their figures over a period of time. From a few decades back to the present, there has been a trend towards slimness as far as women's figures are concerned.

Beauty standards have fluctuated greatly over time. In medieval Europe, overweight women were fancied. If one looks at the art created in those times, it is obvious that fullness was a preferred feature in a woman's figure. During the Victorian era, it was considered ideal for a woman to be plump and full-figured hence, corsets were a widely used clothing item.

At the beginning of the 1900s, slenderness started to be considered more fashionable, and women started showing interest in athletics. It was the time when body weight started to be of major concern to physicians. Women of this period were not ordinarily tall.

By the 1920s, the hourglass figure of the Victorian era gave way to the thin look and women achieved a washboard profile. During World War I, an entirely different dimension of women's figures evolved. This was mainly because of the active lifestyle of women during the war. Characteristics like energy and vitality were considered to be ideal and obesity meant inefficiency, and was considered as a sign of self-indulgence.

In the 1950s, voluptuous and thin women were considered as ideal. By the beginning of the 1960s, slenderness had started to be considered as the most important indicator of charisma. Women of this period weighed much less than a decade before. As the years passed, women started getting more conscious about their diet and weight, and they preferred slenderness to an full hourglass figure.

By 1975, while an ordinary woman had an average figure, models weighed much less. This was the time when women started getting introduced to modeling, and they became very conscious about their figures. With the passage of time, female models became much thinner than the average woman.

Between the 1960s and 1980s, there was a trend towards slimness, and it was considered attractive and promoted on a massive level. By the 1980s, women moved towards working out and exercising, to keep their bodies fit and toned. This was the time when a fit and toned yet, slim body was considered beautiful. Women, who were conscious about their diet, enough to maintain a fit look, now started exercising, which lead to an obvious change in their lifestyles from that of a few years ago.

As the years advanced, artificial methods of changing and maintaining body shape became popular. Celebrities and models started getting treatments to make their bodies look more beautiful and attractive. In the 1990s, women were back to being voluptuous. With the passage of time, the trend has again moved towards slenderness, and now, size zero is something that is most prevalent in the world of modeling. Even ordinary women want to remain slim, and consider the hourglass figure as more attractive.

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Pierre Cardin Biography - Designer of Men's Ties and Mens and Women's Fashion

By Jackie D.

Brief Biography

Pierre Cardin has been one of the most recognizable names in the world of fashion for over half a century. Though he made his name in France, the designer was born in a small town in Italy in 1922.

After World War II, Cardin moved to newly liberated Paris to study architecture and design. In time, however, Cardin turned his attention to fashion and found himself obsessed with the idea of becoming a top designer. After only a few years in the industry, Cardin secured a job at the head of one of Christian Dior's ateliers. This was a tremendous accomplishment for the budding designer who was only twenty-five at the time. Christian Dior was one of the most celebrated young designers in the world and he had chosen Cardin to run one of his studios.

Then at the ripe old age of twenty-eight, Cardin founded a fashion house of his own in 1950. A year latter the young designer became a fashion superstar when he designed elaborate costumes for "the party of the century" masquerade ball in Venice. All of the top fashion writers and designers were there and they were blown away by the original, experimental style of the young designer.

After that Cardin was seen as something of a fashion wunderkind. He was a young designer who liked to push the boundaries of what the fashion community deemed acceptable. He was one of the first European designers to be influenced by Japanese fashion and to incorporate it in his designs.

In fact, he rebuffed the mainstream fashion community several times during his storied career. For instance, he resigned from the Chambre Syndicale (a forum for designers to show their work) in 1966, and from then on would only show his collections at his own venues. In 1971 he opened his first venue, the Espace Cardin in Paris, which he uses to promote new designers, musicians and artists.

During this time Cardin gained fame for his avant-garde style and the innovative shapes and designs that paid little mind to the models who were wearing them. Later he even experimented with unisex fashions, which were not particularly popular. But setbacks never dissuaded Cardin from experimenting and trying out new looks and styles.

Men's Fashion

Though his impact on women's fashion is undeniable, Pierre Cardin had even more impact on men's fashion. In fact, he was one of the first popular designers to turn his attention the men's couture. He was particularly creative in his approach to men's neckties. Cardin believed that ties should be bold and colorful and that they should allow a man to express his personality. He is often cited as the inventor of the flowered tie, which was a far more intricate and involved design than men's fashion had ever seen.

Today the Cardin line sells hundreds of neckties from vintage to modern. They offer a large selection of floral silk ties that will last for many years if properly maintained. Most Pierre Cardin ties are also reasonably priced and can be purchased for little more than an average, nondescript necktie.

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