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“Georgia O’Keeffe” Exhibition Review by Ludovica Colacino

Georgia O’Keeffe. It’s part of the human nature to try and categorize a subject in order to understand it in depth. Though, there is an exception to this unwritten rule of human behavior: rationalization, however, it may increase the separation between a subject and its viewer – which will inevitably lead to only a projection of what we think it’s real. Georgia O’Keeffe was an artist that critics have struggled to put in a determined artistic movement – today we refer to her as the American icon of modernism, even if it covers over one hundred years from the 1850s to roughly the 1960s. O’Keeffe’s extensive archive and studies show how she kept herself distant from the majority of the artistic movements and groups, but only channeled her true self in company of her partner, the American photographer Alfred Stieglitz. Alfred and Georgia’s intimacy is reflected in the works of both of them: Stieglitz would often ask Georgia to pose for him and focused his attention on her hands, face, or her body as whole. …

“The Art of the Second Skin”, by Nicole Clinton

The Art of the Second Skin. Nicole Clinton examines the perception of makeup and how it affects our use of the medium in an essay written for Fashion Philosophy. * The mentality surrounding makeup and the reasons behind why it is worn are extremely multifaceted. How we view makeup personally, as an individual, or collectively, as a particular group or society, is significant in how we employ the medium and in our consciousness of our decision to create a given look. While a cloud of misconceptions is known to follow it, makeup plays a lead role in style, creative expression, and self-image. We’ll be exploring whether this misunderstood medium belongs to the realm of fashion, body or art and question the relevance of its criticisms. Makeup could be viewed as an extension of fashion and thus as an external entity that we add to our natural form. If it is perceived from this angle, then yes, it is an artificial object by nature (in the same way that a dress or jacket may be) but this …

“The Daring Buds of Dior”, by Nicole Clinton

The Daring Buds of Dior. One of our newly joined writers, Nicole Clinton, explores Dior’s fixation with flowers and the possible reasoning behind it. – – – From the time of its inception as a fashion house in December 1946, Dior’s collections have drawn inspiration from flowers and their related connotations. After showcasing his first collection in February 1947, the label’s founding father, Christian Dior, supposedly exclaimed: “I have designed flower women”. The brand’s reliance on floral configurations meandered its way through the last 69 years to culminate in a botanical extravaganza last autumn, when its most recent creative director, Raf Simons, exhibited his effeminate Spring/Summer 2016 lines on a catwalk engulfed in walls of luscious flowerbeds. The fact that the flower theme is still being upheld by the house so obviously leads us to wonder: why is it that Christian Dior exuded a fixation with flowers and why did his most recent predecessor find it relevant to reignite said preoccupation today? The root of Dior’s infatuation with floral motifs may be uncovered through studying the …

“Pas en Service”, Editorial by Stephanie Alcaino

Pas en Service, Editorial featuring model Connie Robinson @ Premier Models, photographed by Stephanie Alcaino. Published in Fashion Philosophy: the Art Issue, available *here*. Hair and make-up by Sharon Massey, styling by Hannah Sargeant. Connie is wearing: cami and shorts from ASOS, blouse from Pitchouguina, sandals from Sadie Clayton (image 1). Two piece top and shorts from Simon Ekrelius (image 2). Bralet is stylist’s own, and culottes from Three Floor (image 3). Jumpsuit is stylist’s own, and sandals from Sadie Clayton (image 4). Jumpsuit from Zara (image 5). And finally, body from River Island (image 6).

Exhibitions [London] – May Edit

Spending the summer in the City never sounds that exiting — nor that boring, just very ‘meh‘ — especially when all the people you know are counting the days away from their departures to jaw-dropping destinations. It would be a huge mistake, however, to undervalue London during summertime; the City is in full bloom with all kinds of events, music festivals, parties — you all know what I’m talking about — but sometimes it’s better to stop to strive for the mesmerizing and incredible summer experience and to enjoy the refreshing quietness of a museum. Any art lover knows that no, museums are not just for rainy days: they are also the perfect haven from the warm and lethargic summer days — and, most importantly, let’s not forget the knowledge you get from them. Here is a list of selected exhibitions in which art, photography, and fashion are explored in countless, various ways — for all the different tastes possible. These exhibitions are currently on, or will start and finish during the month of May, and are held …

Exhibitions [London] – April Edit

Royal Academy of Arts * Painting the Modern Gardens — Monet to Matisse, 30th January — 20th April 2016. The representation of the modern garden is the conductor thread that connects all the paintings exhibited – starting from the early impressionism of Monet and – chronologically speaking – ending with Matisse. This major RA exhibition is recommended to those interested in the history of art and painting. Tate Modern * Performing for the Camera, 18th February – 12th June 2016. Photography and performance are studied under a very close look in this major exhibition at Tate Modern. Recommended to everybody, but especially to those interested in photography and advertising. To read more about the exhibition, visit one of our articles from last month >>. Tate Britain Artist and Empire, 25th November 2015 – 10th April 2016; Conceptual Art in Britain 1964–1979, 12th April – 29th August 2016. Somerset House Stables and Lucraft: Ulmus Londinium, 27th October 2015 – 7th April 2016; Out There: Our Post-War Public Art, 3rd February – 10th April 2016. Barbican Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed …

On Comic Sans

WE ALL NEED TO RECONSIDER COMIC SANS MS, LIKE YESTERDAY. Although 1998 feels like last year, we wore 2000 glasses and shouted the goofy “see you next century” sixteen years ago already. It’s like a decade has gone in a minute. I’m not nostalgic, but I was thrilled about the strong return of the 90s in fashion. As many raised-by-the-Spice-Girls kids, wearing fishnets and chokers feels natural. We don’t have to try too hard, it’s just who we are. But we also know the 90s are not only about that. It might be okay for someone who just bought an “I Heart the 90s” H&M t-shirt two weeks ago, but for the Schott progeny, the come back of this iconic decade is completely incomplete without Comic Sans MS. If we’re talking 90s material, what is more representative of this era than the “best font in the world”? And why is it not the one you chose for your latest tattoo? One word. Popularity. People crave distinction to the point of hating anything they love when …

Searching for Inspiration

Sometimes finding inspiration for a new creative project can be a task in itself. We have all been there – sitting at the desk, staring into the computer screen and wishing our brain would just magically click and let you have an out-pouring of amazing ideas, but unfortunately inspiration just doesn’t work like that. #1 / STEP AWAY FROM THE DESK One of the best ways to find inspiration for projects is to actually get away from the space that you work in, get out of the familiar and see what happens. This can really help if you’re feeling stressed about your work, because you might just be going over the problems too much, when really all you need is to clear your head. This could start by simply taking a break and going for a walk. When I do this I always take my camera, it’s relaxing and when the mind is at rest new ideas can evolve and take shape. #2 / TAKE A WALK You might already know what places inspire you. For …