CAMP at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

May 19, 2019 § Leave a comment

“Camp tends to come during times of cultural instability.” Andrew Bolton, curator of The Costume Exhibit

Fanny and Stella: The Young Men Who Shocked Victorian England by Neil McKenna

I really love this exhibit at The Met right now. It beautifully encompasses for me everything that’s wonderful about fashion. Is it perfect? Probably not, but that doesn’t make it any less special. The exhibit was inspired by Susan Sontag’s 1964 Notes On “Camp” She wrote Many things in the world have not been named; and many things, even if they have been named, have never been described. One of these is the sensibility — unmistakably modern, a variant of sophistication but hardly identical with it — that goes by the cult name of “Camp.”

A Very This-Season Guide to Susan Sontag’s Essay “Notes on Camp”

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Heavenly Bodies Part 1.

May 20, 2018 § 1 Comment

HEAVENLY BODIES, FASHION AND THE CATHOLIC IMAGINATION | The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This is by far one of the most beautiful exhibits I’ve experienced at The Met. It’s at 2 sites. The Fifth Avenue Museum and The Cloisters. I haven’t had a chance to visit the Cloisters yet, hence the Part 1. I’ll post back with photos from The Cloisters at a later date. I love how the fashion is blended with the artwork. The music is pretty fantastic too. If I had to choose a favorite piece it would have to be the black silk taffeta dress by Alexander Mcqueen. This is just a very small sampling.  Be sure to click on the videos to get more of a feel for the exhibit.

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Ben Benjamin, 1934 & Salvatore Ferragamo, 2015.

April 14, 2018 § Leave a comment

After a while I stopped patenting styles. It didn’t pay.   – Ben Benjamin


Salvatore Ferragamo

Partners.

February 1, 2018 § Leave a comment

Ben Benjamin: “Cause while he met me he didn’t know anything about me, so uh he went and spoke to his old boss about me, and a few other people. His old boss says to him, he says if you two can get along, he says you can be the biggest men in this town in the shoe business. He says you (Ben Schwartz) in the selling end of it and Ben running the factory. He’s a good factory man, designer – but you’ve got to learn to live with one another, and we got a long fine – When I first told him I wanted to get out, he says no, he wouldn’t let me. Now in all those years, we never had a fight. We never had an argument.”

 

 

Designer Resale, Window Display, Madison Avenue.

July 16, 2017 § Leave a comment

Encore Designer.

Designer Duds for Less

Bob Baker Shoes | Naples, Florida.

May 17, 2017 § Leave a comment

A while back I found a postcard of a shoe store called Bob Baker in a briefcase that had belonged to my father. My mother had been using it to store what little shoe memorabilia was left of his. I posted it here and forgot about it until this spring when we were on vacation in Florida and stopped in Naples for the night. We found the perfect old style Florida motel and before we headed back out the next day we took a walk around the city.

Naples is beautiful, manicured, and pristine. Their 5th Avenue is lined with restaurants, shops, Lamborghinis, and Teslas. I loved it and definitely want to go back. When we were walking I noticed the sign for Bob Baker Shoes. I explained to the sales associate my father had worked with the owner a long time ago and asked if I could take a few photos. She was gracious and mentioned that his son Bob Baker Jr. was at his desk in the back of the store and to go and say hello. I introduced myself and told him my father was Arthur Benjamin. He remembered him and told me he had worked with Arthur more than his father had. The store really took me back to my dad’s shoe days and surprisingly I wasn’t emotional until he mentioned that a young woman had stopped by also not too long ago who had worked with his dad and had become very emotional and that’s when I felt the tears start to well up. I kept it together and thanked him and at his recommendation for a family style restaurant we had a lovely lunch where my son entertained himself by arranging the ketchup and mustard packets.

I. Miller – Mondrian Pointed Toes, 1960.

February 20, 2017 § Leave a comment

I. Miller

Footwear News 1985.

Footwear News 1985.

1965 | ROGER VIVIER | DESIGN FOR A BUCKLED SHOE | VIVIER FOR YSL & CATHERINE DENEUVE – The Historialist.

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Mondrian Inspired Dresses, Yves Saint Laurent.

Mondrian Inspired Dresses, Yves Saint Laurent.

How the Mondrian dress made art cool.

Happy Thanksgiving USA!

November 24, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Mystery Photos.

September 18, 2016 § 5 Comments

This summer while going through family photos I came across these two mystery ones.  I have no idea who the woman and the baby are.  We were having fun trying to figure out when they were taken from the bathing suits.  1950’s? What do you think.
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Digital Photography Vs. Film When Learning To Take Pictures And Black And White Film vs. Monochrome Filters? Thoughts?

June 5, 2016 § 4 Comments

Questions I think about often these days. Does learning to take a picture with a digital camera hinder the learning process or benefit it? Do you get the same effect with a monochrome filter as you do shooting with black and white film? Now that I watch my son starting to show an interest in photography I think back to the time when I also became interested. My dad giving me his old Yashica 2 1/4 and telling me this is the camera I need to learn on.  I remember the rolls of film for it had less than 10 pictures. I wonder if the photos I took were just lucky shots or knowing that I only had 10 to take I took more time framing that one picture. Anytime he allowed us to use his polaroid he made a point of telling us that it was a dollar a photo so Do Not Waste Them! My husband and I are blown away with what my son is doing and how he’s so quickly figured out how to create mats and digital effects that we still haven’t mastered. And he does seem to be looking for interesting things to photograph but I can’t help but wonder when you know you have no limit to how many photos you can take does that change the photos you do take? Below are some old photos I found that I took in high school. Photographers weigh in? What are your thoughts?

My sister.
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I took this one with my dad’s Yashica 2 1/4.  Lucky shot?
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