Halloween Is coming up ....

I always get excited around this time of year because Halloween seems to be around the corner (well for me at least). Plus I've already spotted some stores that have Halloween decorations for sale. I think this year I'll make a collection of links related to Halloween and some ideas from the past.

COSTUMES & More!!!!
La Couturière Parisienne Costume and Fashion Site (My Favorite Site)

The Costumer's Manifesto:

Makeup: Gluing Sequins or Rhinestones to your face:

Bellydance Costume ideas:

The Costumes of Marie Antoinette:

La Bricoleuse - a blog by a costumer. She even recons hats and shoes!!!:

Costume Pictures from the movie Elizabeth: Golden Era:

Beginner Costuming (Basics, Corsetry, Drafting & Patterns, and much more):

The Secret History of the Corset & Crinoline:

18th Century Blog - Great pictures and Ideas:

Costume & Corset Supplies - Farthingales online Catalog:

Recreating 16th & 17th Century Clothing: The Renaissance Tailor:


CFDA Announces 2008 Nominees

I'm a little behind in posting some of my finds about the fashion world. But I did past an article below from Fashion Wire Daily (FWD).

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Renata Espinosa
March 11th, 2008 @ 4:13 PM - New York

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) announced the nominees for the 2008 CFDA Fashion Awards on Monday night, March 10, at an event hosted by Swarovski at Rockefeller Center.

The awards, which will be on held June 2 at the New York Public Library, are among the highest honors for an American fashion designer to receive.

There were few surprises in the announcement, however, with most designers having received nominations in previous years. In some cases, like the Womenswear Designer of the Year category, all three designers who were nominated - Francisco Costa of Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler - received that award in years past (Costa in 2006, Jacobs in 1997 and McCollough and Hernandez shared the award last year with Oscar de la Renta).

In the Menswear category, Thom Browne, who won in 2006, returned to the ballot. Tom Ford and Michael Bastian were the other two designers named.

Marc Jacobs received a second nomination this year for Accessory Designer of the Year; he has done well in this category, winning in 2003 and in 2005 for his Marc by Marc Jacobs line. Also nominated were Tory Burch and Michael Kors.

Swarovski, who underwrites the awards, also sponsors three special awards for emerging design talent. The nominees this year for the Swarovski Award for Womenswear were Kate & Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte, Thakoon Panichgul, and Alexander Wang. For the Swarovski Award for Menswear, Patrik Ervell, Tim Hamilton and Scott Sternberg for Band of Outsiders were nominated and in Accessory Design, Philip Crangi, Justin Giunta for Subversive Jewelry and Joy Gryson.

Other honorees on June 2 include Carolina Herrera, for the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg for the CFDA Board of Directors' Special Tribute, Candy Pratts Price for the Eugenia Sheppard Award and Dries Van Noten for the International Award.


Business of Fashion Partners with Saks for LA Event

Upcoming Event: 04/30/2008

Saks Fifth Avenue / Beverly Hills California
Wednesday April 30 , 2008 7 to 9PM

Saks Fifth Avenue presents the second in its three part series with the Council of Fashion Designers of America to discuss topics related to business development and the critical elements designers need to consider in order to create and sustain a successful enterprise. This event is also supported by Gen Art.

SELLING: Perspectives from All Angles
-From the department store to the red carpet
-From designer to entrepreneur
-from editor to consumer

Moderator: Booth Moore I Los Angeles Times

Panelists: Michael Macko I Saks Fifth Avenue
George Kotsiopoulos I C Magazine
John Whitledge I Trovata
Arianne Phillips I Stylist

7:00PM Cocktails
7:30PM Panel Discussion

9600 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
3rd Floor SAKS East

Parking: Valet at SAKS East
RSVP by April 21st 310-887-5336


60th Annual Parsons' Benefit & Fashion Show

Upcoming Event: 04/28/2008

Grand Hyatt New York
Monday, April 28, 2008
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Parsons’ annual Benefit and Fashion Show is a black tie gala that raises funds for scholarships and academic programs at the school. This year, Parsons will be honoring two powerhouses of the fashion industry at its event: CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg and Barneys New York Chairman and CEO Howard Socol. A highlight of the event is a runway show featuring the top thesis collections of Parsons’ graduating BFA Fashion Design students, including its Designers of the Year. The Designer of the Year Award has launched the careers of such famous alumni as Marc Jacobs, Doo-Ri Chung and Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler.

Ticket Info:
Individual tickets from $1,500; Tables from $15,000
Open To:
Lisa Smilor - L.Smilor@CFDA.com if you are interested in attending the event/joining other Members at a CFDA table.



CREATEUROPE: The Fashion Academy Award 2008

June 30, 2008

CREATEUROPE: The Fashion Academy Award is a Europe-wide competition for young fashion designers & fashion design students.

This will be the first time this award will be held. The object of this contest is to create links between European fashion training schools in addition to promoting lasting, active dialogue between students and teachers.

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A competition for the vagrant young fashion scene in Europe
adds to the networking of creative people, creates public awareness, and stimulates new ideas. European fashion, and design schools, the Goethe Institute in the respective countries and the local cultural institutes as well as private partners will all be involved.

The creative industry is experiencing a noticeable upsurge at the moment. An innovative project from the European cultural institutions is using this momentum to start an international competition.

The young creative prize winners will be determined in two separate phases. In the first phase candidates from the participating countries will be chosen to present themselves in the second phase to a prominent international selection committee. The closing event will take place at the end of October in Berlin offering a platform for publicity.

National kick-off events, a visitors programme for directors of the involved schools, symposiums, etc, will accompany the project in the hope of achieving a network amongst the fashion creators that reaches beyond national borders.


2008 EDFF Information

I just came across this artical about the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation. Although the deadline for the contest has passed it is something to take note of for next year.

About the EDFF Awards

Designers from across the U.S. submit applications via the Ecco Domani Web site,
. To be eligible, entrants must be in the design business for no longer than five (5) years and have a minimum of one (1) retail account. In addition to references, applicants are required to submit look books and/or photographs of their work. From the initial pool of applicants, 25 semi-finalists are chosen and then evaluated on samples of their most recent ready-to-wear women's and men's collections. From this talented group the judges vote on the final six.

Ecco Domani is proud to have helped launch the careers of fashion designers such as Brian Reyes, Rodarte, Hanuk, Visible Panty Line, Vena Cava, rag & Bone, Zac Posen, Harmon, Libertine, Project Alabama, Palmer Jones, Proenza Schouler, Doo.Ri, Peter Som, Mary Ping, Tess Giberson, Derek Lam, Jeffrey Chow, Trovata and the design collective, As Four.

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ECCO DOMANI® SEARCHES FOR TOMORROW'S FASHION STARS To Award $25,000 Each to Seven Emerging Designers
New York, NY, July 2007
- Be one of the seven designers to join the ranks of some of the biggest names in the world of fashion. The search is on for the fashion stars of tomorrow, as the Ecco Domani® Fashion Foundation (EDFF), established by stylish Ecco Domani Italian wines, launches its seventh annual season. Seven promising fashion designers - five womenswear, one menswear and new this year, one accessories designer - could win an extraordinary opportunity to showcase their collection during New York's fall fashion week. The EDFF awards each come with a generous grant of $25,000 to help produce an unforgettable show. Some of today's hottest designers including Zac Posen, Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, Doo Ri, Rag & Bone and Erin Fetherston are past recipients.
"Winning the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation award was such a huge honor," said Erin Fetherston, 2007 EDFF winner. "The program is so enabling for emerging designers. It allows us to showcase our designs in one of the grandest fashion events of the year, New York Fashion Week. I would never have been able to do this without their support."
"Along with my fellow judges, I'm looking forward to scouting the talents for the 2008 awards. The word domani in Ecco Domani is the perfect metaphor for what the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation awards represent to the American fashion industry: Tomorrow," says Marylou Luther, editor of The International Fashion Syndicate.
The rigorous judging process is administered by an esteemed panel of judges in the women's, men's and accessories categories. The selections committee for womenswear as well as women's accessories, includes Marylou Luther (Editor of The International Fashion Syndicate), Sally Singer (Fashion News/Features Director at Vogue), Kim Hastreiter (Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Paper), Nicole Fischelis (Fashion Director at Macy's), Julie Gilhart (Vice President of Fashion Merchandising at Barneys), Ruth Finley (Publisher of The Fashion Calendar) and the newest judge, Ken Downing (Senior Vice President/Fashion Director at Neiman Marcus). The selections committee for menswear includes Armand Limnander (Senior Editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine), Jay Bell (buyer for Menswear Designs at Barneys New York), and Madeline Weeks (Fashion Director at GQ).
Interested candidates can find out more and dow
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for the 2008 EDFF award starting this month on
. Closing date for the seventh season is October 5, 2007. Finalists wi
ll be announced by January 2, 2008. Complete requirements and official rules are available online.



Vivienne Westwood's Fashion Exhibition


Major British fashion designer's provocative styles over the past 30 years are showcased in lively, international exhibition; 3 March - 10 June 2007, de Young, Herbst Exhibition Galleries

An arresting array of more than 150 garments and accessories, from the gloriously elegant to the rebelliously provocative, by the iconoclastic fashion designer Vivienne Westwood will be showcased in this spirited and engaging exhibition. The work, created over 35 years, encompasses styles from the street style of the 1970s to grand ball gowns whose designs were influenced by historical art and dress, to the more recent exploration of pattern-cutting techniques and socio-political critique. Organized by the V&A, London, the exhibition is the largest display that the museum has ever dedicated to a British designer and features designs selected from both the V&A's collection and Vivienne Westwood's personal archive. The San Francisco showing, the only North American venue thus far, is the culmination of a three-year international tour of eight European, Asian, and Pacific Rim venues.

Vivienne Westwood (b. 1941) is a global icon as well as an iconoclast. In the 1970s, she electrified the fashion world with the launch of punk and went on to become one of the most inventive and influential designers of our time. Fashion to her became "a baby I picked up and never put down." Known best for her willingness to take risks and to disregard conventions, she also has a profound respect for the past and looks to it for inspiration. With tradition as her springboard, she takes historic garments such as corsets and crinolines and reinvents them in new ways.

Another hallmark of her ever-evolving work is her use of thoroughly British fabrics such as tartans and tweeds to create fashion that gently parodies Establishment styles and the royalty. Regardless of how outrageous or provocative the result may be however, her approach has always been practical. She is driven by a curiosity about how things work, and her work reflects her systematic exploration of the structure of historical costume.

Vivienne Westwood: "You have a much better life if you wear impressive clothes".

A major influence on fashion design, her career ranges from street wear and haute couture to ready-to-wear; from outfits that she designed in the 1970s for the Sex Pistols, the corsetry and ball gowns of the 1980s and 1990s and the innovative pattern cutting of the most recent years. Her work spans the extremes of fashion, from London street culture to the elegant collections created for the catwalks of Paris, London and Milan and reveals Westwood's own evolution from subversive shop owner to one of fashion's most respected and colourful figures. The V&A curator of the Westwood exhibition, Claire Wilcox, says: "Highly influential and always ahead of her time, Vivienne Westwood encapsulates a particular kind of Britishness, combining fearless non-conformity with a sense of tradition...."

The exhibition includes sections devoted to tailoring, tartan, and accessories, and the famous blue mock-croc platform shoes that Naomi Campbell wore when she fell on the catwalk in 1993 will also be on display. Film and catwalk footage about the life and career of Westwood will be shown throughout the exhibition.

Vivienne Westwood's contribution to British fashion was honored in 1990 and 1991 when she was awarded British Designer of the Year twice in a row. The global strength of her business was recognized in 1998 when she was given the Queen's Award for Export, and in 2003 she was named Export Designer of the Year and awarded the UK Fashion Export Award for Design. Her place in British cultural history was firmly established in 2006 when she became the first ever British designer to receive a D.B.E by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for her outstanding contribution to fashion.

The Fine Arts Museums and the V&A, London: An Accord Vivienne Westwood is the fourth in a series of major international exhibitions shared between the Fine Arts Museums and the V&A, London. Prior presentations include A Grand Design: The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum, on view at the Legion of Honor in 1999; Art Deco 1910-1939, on view in 2004, also at the Legion; and International Arts and Crafts: William Morris to Frank Lloyd Wright, on view at the de Young from March to June, 2006.

This seven-year collaboration was formalized by the singing of an accord between the two institutions in May, 2006. The accord, which is based on the principle of equal participation from both institutions in joint activities and reciprocal exchanges, establishes preferential status regarding exhibition sharing and the sharing of collections, programs, and resources.

Prior to its showing at the de Young in San Francisco Vivienne Westwood has been on view at the V&A, London, 1 April through 11 July 2004; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 11 November 2004 through 30 January 2005; Bund Shanghai, 8 July through 7 August, 2005; Taipei Fine Arts Museums, 1 September through 19 October 2005; Mori Arts Center Gallery, Tokyo, 23 November 2005 through 15 January 2006; NRW Forum, Düsseldorf, 4 February through 14 May 2006; and Thailand Creative and Design Centre, Bangkok, 22 July through 24 September 2006.

Organization and Credit

Exhibition organized by the V&A, London.


Vivienne Westwood, published by V&A Publications, accompanies the exhibition. Written by exhibition curator Claire Wilcox, with a foreword by Vivienne Westwood, this is the first full-length study of her work as a fashion designer and contains over 200 illustrations. Available in the Museum Stores; soft cover, $35.

Admission Fees and Hours
There is a $5 surcharge for Vivienne Westwood. Ticket prices include general admission to the museum and the surcharge: $15 adults; $12 seniors; $11 youths 13-17 and students with college I.D.; children 12 and under are free.

Tickets can be purchased online at
; there is a service charge for tickets purchased online. Tickets can also be purchased at the door, at one of the museum's self-service ticket kiosks, or by calling 1-866-912-6326. There is a $3.50 service charge for tickets purchased over the telephone.

Museum hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The first Tuesday of each month is free; however, the $5 special exhibition fee still applies. There is a $2 discount upon presentation of a valid MUNI Fast Pass or transfer.

The new de Young
Founded in 1895 in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, the de Young museum has been an integral part of the cultural fabric of the city and a cherished destination for millions of residents and visitors to the region for over 100 years. On 15 October 2005, the de Young museum re-opened in a new facility designed by the Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron and Fong & Chan Architects in San Francisco. The new de Young provides San Francisco with a landmark art museum to showcase the museum's significant collections of American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries, modern and contemporary art, art from Central and South America, the Pacific and Africa, and an important and diverse collection of textiles.

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