THE QUEER HISTORY OF FASHION: From the Closet to the Catwalk is a groundbreaking exhibition at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, the first museum to explore in depth the significant contributions to fashion made by LGBTQ (Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender-Queer) individuals over the past 300 years. With over l00 ensembles, from 18th century menswear styles associated with an emerging gay subculture to 21st high fashion, the importance of gay men as fashion designers is undeniable in the 20th century. “We hope that his exhibition will transform our understanding of fashion history,” said Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum. “For many years, gays and lesbians were hidden from history, and by emphasizing the important role that fashion and style have played within the LGBTQ community, we see how central gay culture has been to the creation of modern fashion.” Opening on September 13. A two-day symposium (November 8 and 9 2013) complement the exhibition. The Museum at FIT, located at 7th Ave. and 27th Street.
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, Mr. Quentin Crisp takes the spotlight at MAD, Museum of Art and Design at Columbus Circle to celebrate the influence and works of this flamboyant 20th Century Dandy through. From the estate of Quentin Crisp a cinema series opens up this treasure trove of material to the public for the first time in films about his life. Film schedule August 2, 9, 16 and September 6, 2013, 6:30-9pm.On this past Saturday visitors had the opportunity to chat, laugh, and strut among a crowd inspired by Crisp’s life and works as the museum turned into a makeshift dandy salon.
PUNK: CHAOS TO COUTURE at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is in its final weeks: closes August 14. SWAROVSKI ENTERTAINMENT presents “Romeo and Juliet.” That’s right, it’s the film wing of Swarovski Crystal presenting a remake of “Romeo and Juliet,” directed by Carol Cariei and starring Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth and a host of well-known actors. The film will be released in October, but here’s the head’s up. A shrewd move for the brand is the Swarovski crystal “Romeo and Juliet” accessories collection that includes a ring worn by Juliet in the movie, a heart-shaped pendant, and other items that take their cues from symbols in the film, like pearls, swords and crosses. While fashionable accessories are not a bad pairing for any movie, it’s not necessarily a recipe for success. Mark your agenda for this one.
THE WHITE QUEEN sweeps into your view with the historical fiction drama set to air August 10th on Starz, the medieval miniseries which takes place in England in 1464, during The War of the Roses, Edward IV of England. Played by Max Irons, meets his true love on a roadside, a commoner named Elizabeth Woodville (Rebecca Ferguson) whom he weds. “I focused on a very minimal silhouette and let the textiles talk for themselves,” said costume designer, Nic Ede, a 30-year veteran of the film industry, who used an average of 10 yards of brocade, velvet and silk for each gown. The austere period of “The White Queen,” is a lesson in period costume and a romantic journey into the court of Edward the IV.
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