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Is a tiny waist the ultimate luxury? Or a stranglehold by fashion? Here, a waist cinched by a leather belt—the accessory described by fashion soothsayer Genevieve Antoine Darriaux as the gendarme of a women’s waistline. Photo by Richard Rutledge, master of the fashion photograph as graphic design, for Vogue October 1951. ...

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Do bows make the heart soar? I , for one, consider them essential. After all, according to Christian Dior ( who else?) they are the most fundamental of ornaments because tying material is the most natural way of closing a garment . Photographed here by Clifford Coffin —the photographer who never saw a bow he didn’t like—for Glamour July 1951. ...

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Everyone in our household has taken every precaution to stem coronavirus. ..................#socialdistancing #mask #socialdistancingwithstyle #corneliusvancleve #caffieri #fightcoronavirus💪 #vintagehermes ...

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A great example of social distancing with style. Clifford Coffin shows the way, Vogue June 1949. But how adapt when we shelter in place? ....#cliffordcoffin #beachstyle #fashionphotography #vogue #socialdistancing ##swimcap #blueskies ...

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Shall we continue to believe in the gift at the end of the rainbow? Let’s look to the Irish today and the wearing of the green. Frances McLaughlin-Gill, the first woman photographer to have a contract with Vogue, had this set custom built (those were the days!)!for a shoot for Glamour. Who can identify Jean Patchett in this lineup? .....#luckoftheirish #green #vogue #francesmclaughlingill #jeanpatchett #glamour #fashionphotography #wearingofthegreen #saintpatricksday. #waistgoals ...

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Vissi d’arte in Times Square? At midnight last night, and in conjunction with the Armory Fair, visual artist Jeffrey Gibson staged and flashed on electronic billboards, his tribute to Indigenous matriarchy “She Never Walks Alone.” Sarah Oretgon —aka Jingle Girl—was a once-only live performance but for those of you night owls the electronic billboard performance will repeat every night from 11:57 to midnight to the end of March. Now off to see Gibson’s current show at the Brooklyn Museum ....#jeffreygibson #jinglegirl #sarahortegon #indigenousart #indigenouswomen #indigenousdance #midnightintimesquare #sheneverwalksalone #nightowl #creaturesofthenight #brooklynmuseum ...

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Birds of a feather? Certainly with its buoyant skirts (often tulle)and narrow bodices the New Look channeled the ballet tutu. Not surprisingly, two of its early proponents, Christian Dior and Pierre Balmain, had been close collaborators at Lucien Lelong and were both fascinated by the architecture of clothes. Whereas Dior is deceptively elegant, Balmain often exhibits a studied attention to embellishment. Here, at the current exhibit at FIT, Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse, an extraordinary Balmain debutante gown , poised for flight, with feathers outrageously painted to resemble , hmm, exaggeratedly long pheasant feathers (to my eye, monochromatic peacocks.) What do you see, keen shots?............. #ballerinafashion’smodernmuse. #FIT #museumatfit #pierrebalmain #birdsofafeather #christiandior #thenewlook #ballerina #lucienlelong #theglamouryears @hamishbowlescollection #feathers #feathersandfashion ...

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What extraterrestrial power does it take to soar? Anna Pavlova’s swan costume at FIT’s new exhibit , Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse, brought to mind the Ballets Russes dancer Lydia Sokolova’s insights on Pavlova’s affinity with birds: when she walked into her aviary, the birds behaved as if she was one of them. When she called her pet swan from the pond in her garden, the bird came to her immediately and she folded her arms around its neck and whispered to her. And her apocryphal last words were “Where is my swan costume?” The very costume—here!—naturally, pulses with bird-like energy. One of dozens of extraordinary discoveries at FIT. And perfect timing—Swan Lake opens this Friday—Valentine’s Day—at New York City Ballet..............#ballerinafashion’smodernmuse #annapavlova #lydiasokolova #swan #swanlake #FIT #nycb #ballet ...

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Two male Maasai giraffes vie for dominance. Those graceful necks are also powerful. One good swing can knock one down. .They also are adept at kicking off to the side—so the trick is to always stand in FRONT of a giraffe. Just in case........Meanwhile the birds are blithely singing in the background......#giraffes #boyswillbeboys #masaimara #safari style ...

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Bored with the usual marble bath? Mobile safari baths of waxed canvas stretched on a teak frame, with Champagne, are just the thing! Overlooking the Maasai Mara, they are fabulous for contemplating life..... #bestbathroom #bathtub #bathtubgoals #maasaimara #safaristyle #masaimara #safaribath #outdoorbath #kenya ...

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Who knew lions climbed trees ? I didn’t. ...

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An early morning game drive; then afternoon at camp with its panoramic view of the mara. Going native and rather keen on my new finery. Maasai necklace and textile, Kushite choker ...While the men are herding, the Maasai women are hard at work in the village, building homes, tending children, porting bundles, and creating their distinctive beadwork, some worn everyday day (the bracelets, belts, and ropes seen on nearly any man on any day, and the very showy collars, bibs, and earrings worn for ceremonies.) I plan to wear it all, all the time.....#masaimara #kenya #thanksgivings #thanksgivinginthemara #safaristyle ...

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Breakfast in the bush. Up at 5 am, out before 6 to catch the morning rituals. By 9, as it had slowed down considerably, we stopped for breakfast at the border to the Serengeti. I am wrapped in a Masai textile. #kenya #maasaimara #masaimara #thanksgivings #thanksgivinginthemara #safaristyle ...

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Arrival on the camp landing strip....#maasaimara #masaimara #kenya #thanksgivings #thanksgivinginthemara #safaristyle ...

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Literally sleeping with Rothschild giraffes, an endangered species which can be identified by their smooth-edged markings and white lower legs (the Masai giraffe has the jagged patterning and fully marked legs.) At the Rothschild giraffe sanctuary and hotel, @giraffemanor #rothschildgiraffe #giraffemanor #safaristyle ...

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