Beyond Rebellion: Fashioning the Biker Jacket at the Museum at FIT, March 4 – April 5, 2014

Beyond Rebellion: Fashioning the Biker Jacket, organized by graduate students in the Fashion and Textile Studies program at The Fashion Institute of Technology, explores the genesis of the biker jacket and its evolution into a high-fashion garment. The exhibition traces the rise of the black leather jacket from utilitarian outerwear to iconic symbol of rebellion, function, and “cool.” Clothing from leading labels such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Yves Saint Laurent, and Rick Owens is featured.

Schott, Perfecto jacket, black leather, circa 1980, USA. Museum purchase, P89.29.1.

Schott, Perfecto jacket, black leather, circa 1980, USA. Museum purchase, P89.29.1.

The biker jacket emerged in the early twentieth century as a protective garment to shield motorcycle riders from the elements. Over the years, the mystique of the motorcycle jacket has attracted not only bikers, but also movie stars, young adults, and fashion designers.

Jean Paul Gaultier, jacket, black leather, faux fur, suede, and grey wool, 1987, France. Gift of Anne M. Zartarian, 2000.23.10.

Jean Paul Gaultier, jacket, black leather, faux fur, suede, and grey wool, 1987, France. Gift of Anne M. Zartarian, 2000.23.10.

The exhibition opens with a Perfecto jacket by the American outerwear company, Schott. The Perfecto style, introduced by Irving Schott in 1928, featured durable black leather horsehide, exposed zippers, metal snaps, and an asymmetrical front closure. By the 1950s, due in part to its appropriation by motorcycle gangs—associations fostered by movies such as The Wild One— the jacket had become an emblem of the outlaw biker. Other objects in this introductory section will show how the Perfecto’s iconic classic design and early history influenced fashion designers. This is exemplified by a 2009 Yves Saint Laurent jumpsuit that integrates characteristic design elements of the biker jacket, such as an asymmetrical front and exposed zippers.

Comme des Garçons (Rei Kawakubo), jacket and skirt, black leather, pink gingham and tulle, spring 2005, Japan. Museum purchase, 2005.49.1.

Comme des Garçons (Rei Kawakubo), jacket and skirt, black leather, pink gingham and tulle, spring 2005, Japan. Museum purchase, 2005.49.1.

Yves Saint Laurent (Stefano Pilati), jumpsuit, black leather, fall 2009, France. Gift of Yves Saint Lauren, 2010.90.1.

Yves Saint Laurent (Stefano Pilati), jumpsuit, black leather, fall 2009, France. Gift of Yves Saint Lauren, 2010.90.1.

The exhibition’s second section includes work by fashion designers inspired by the countercultural groups that adopted the biker jacket as an expression of social defiance. Punks and leathermen utilized design details such as metal embellishments and construction that exposed or exaggerated the body as a marker to stand out from the rest of society. Featured is a high-end jacket by Jean Paul Gaultier that incorporates a metal spike on each elbow and stitching details on the shoulders that recall armor and exaggerate the size of the upper body

The final section explores avant-garde reinterpretations of the classic biker jacket that push the boundaries of its original symbolism and design. A 2005 Comme des Garcons ensemble from the Biker + Ballerina collection juxtaposes a sculptural masculine black leather jacket with a girlish pink gingham and tulle skirt. While the “Biker Ballerina” ensemble and the Perfecto jacket of the 1950s serve very different functions and appeal to different consumers, the allure and mystique of the jacket remains.

Oscar® Production Team Announced

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Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron today announced 13 key members of the production team for the Oscars®, which will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.

Director Hamish Hamilton returns to the show after having directed the 82nd Oscars in March 2010. Hamilton has directed many celebrated live televised events, including the 2013 “MTV Video Music Awards,” the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show featuring Beyoncé, and the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics, for which he received an Emmy® nomination. Hamilton also shared in the 2011 Peabody Award for the fifth annual “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” and was a 2003 Grammy Award® nominee for directing the musical special “Robbie Williams – Live at the Albert.” He will direct the upcoming 2014 Super Bowl halftime show featuring Bruno Mars.

Production designer Derek McLane was part of the team behind the 85th Oscars, which Zadan and Meron produced. During his career, McLane has designed sets for numerous acclaimed Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. He has received four Tony Award® nominations and won one for his work on 33 Variations. McLane designs can currently be seen in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. His other Broadway credits include The Heiress, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Gore Vidal’s The Best ManFolliesAnything GoesBengal Tiger at the Baghdad ZooGrease and I Am My Own Wife. McLane’s television credits include the recent NBC event “The Sound of Music Live!” He was nominated for a 2013 Emmy for Outstanding Art Direction for Variety or Nonfiction Programming for his work on the 85th Academy Awards.

Choreographer Rob Ashford has worked on two previous Oscar telecasts, including last year’s show and the 81st Academy Awards in February 2009, for which he won an Emmy.  Ashford was recently nominated for a Directors Guild Award in the category of Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series for NBC’s broadcast of “The Sound of Music Live!” which was executive produced by Zadan and Meron. Ashford has been nominated for eight Tony Awards and won for Best Choreography in 2002 for Thoroughly Modern Millie.Additional Broadway choreography credits include The Wedding Singer, Curtains, Cry-Baby and Evita. He also served as choreographer on the upcoming feature film adaptation of “Cinderella,” directed by Kenneth Branagh.

In addition to Ellen DeGeneres’ team of writers, Zadan and Meron have brought in Kristin GoreAmy Ozols and Jon Macks to complete the writing staff. Gore is a novelist and screenwriter whose past credits include “Futurama” and “Saturday Night Live” and whose current projects include a Showtime pilot with director Bennett Miller, an HBO pilot with director Jay Roach, and a Dreamworks movie with director Lance Accord.  Ozols was formerly a writer and producer for “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Macks, a longtime writer for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and has been nominated for 6 Emmys.  He has written for numerous major awards shows, Including 17 prior Oscar telecasts.

Music director William Ross returns to the Oscars after working on the 79th, 83rd and 85th Academy Awards. Ross is a four-time Emmy winner whose musical arrangements have played a part in the opening ceremonies of several Super Bowls as well as the opening and/or closing ceremonies of five Olympic Games. Ross earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music Direction for his work on the 85th Academy Awards show. He has also composed music for numerous feature films, including “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas,” “The Tale of Despereaux” and “Ladder 49.”

Costume designers Julie Weiss and Bruce Pask return to the Oscars after working together on the 85th Academy Awards. Pask is the Men’s Fashion Director of T Magazine at The New York Times. He has served as fashion editor at notable publications for more than two decades and has worked with Annie Leibovitz on numerous covers for Vanity Fair and on advertising campaigns for “The Sopranos.” Pask debuted as a costume designer for the stage in Joe Montello’s Broadway revival of Noel Coward’s “Design for Living.” He has created costumes for the Broadway musical revival of “Promises, Promises,” directed by Rob Ashford, who also worked with him on the 33rd Kennedy Center Honors for which Pask received Emmy honors.

Weiss has designed costumes for more than 50 feature films, including her Oscar-nominated work for “Frida” and “Twelve Monkeys.” Her credits include “Steel Magnolias,” “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” “American Beauty,” “Hitchcock,” “Bobby,” “Auto Focus,” “Blades of Glory,” “The Freshman,” “A Simple Plan,” “Searching for Bobby Fischer” and “The Missing.”  Weiss has earned Emmys for her work in “The Dollmaker” and “Woman of Independent Means” and has an additional five Emmy nominations.  Her Broadway credits include “The Elephant Man” for which she received a Tony nomination and has worked with Rob Ashford in last season’s production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” She is currently designing for Ashford’s production of the opera, “Carmen.”  Weiss is the recipient of the Career Achievement Award from The Costume Designers Guild.

This is the first time talent producer Taryn Hurd has worked on an Oscar telecast or collaborated with the show’s producers. Hurd has served as talent producer on events including the FOX network’s “New Year’s Eve Live,” the Breeders’ Cup telecast, “Teen Choice 2013” and “VH1 Divas Salute the Troops.” She also has served as talent producer on the FOX series “So You Think You Can Dance” and ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” Previously, Hurd amassed numerous credits as talent executive on broadcasts such as “The ESPYS,” the “Billboard Music Awards” and the “Critics’ Choice Awards.”

Also rejoining the production team are supervising producer Michael Seligman, co-producer Lee Lodge and lighting designer Robert Dickinson.

Seligman has more than 300 major television events to his credit and has earned a total of 11 Emmy nominations, including nine for his work on Oscar telecasts. Seligman’s other producing credits include “The American Giving Awards,” “America Celebrates July 4th at Ford’s Theatre,” “Stand Up to Cancer” and “Return to the Titanic…Live!”

Lodge has served as either co-producer or creative producer for the past five Oscar broadcasts. His credits also include co-executive producer on the “MTV Video Music Awards” in 2012 and 2013, creative producer on the “CMA Awards” since 2010 and creative producer on the “Billboard Music Awards” since 2011.

Winner of 18 Primetime Emmys, lighting designer Robert Dickinson has worked on 26 Oscar broadcasts, including the 85th Academy Awards in 2013. His numerous other credits include the “Kennedy Center Honors,” “Grammy Awards,” “ The Emmy Awards,” “Tony Awards,” “American Music Awards,” Olympic Ceremonies in Atlanta, Salt Lake and Vancouver, the broadcast of the “Sound of Music Live!” and “The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.”

Absolut Karnival – A New Limited Edition For Daring Spirits

Absolut has launched Absolut Karnival, a passion fruit and orange blossom-flavored limited edition capturing the transformative energy of Carnival. Absolut Karnival features artwork by the Brazilian graphic novel artist and writer Rafael Grampá. Already teaming with Absolut on its new Transform Today campaign, Grampá here extends his creative collaboration with the brand by bringing a unique and colorful vision of Latin America’s most colorful celebration to the iconic ABSOLUT_KARNIVAL_PACK_SHOT_FRONTAbsolut bottle. Absolut Karnival goes on sale in Latin America in January 2014.

The rich, smooth, fresh and tropical flavor combines with Grampá’s festive, dynamic, character-driven design to evoke some of the magic of Carnival, reminding us that life is full of possibilities.

Absolut, like the Carnival festival itself, recognizes that we all have the power to create our own future. We are free, there are no rules, and the possibilities for transformation are infinite. The bottle design had to evoke this special Carnival feeling,” says Franz Drack, Global Marketing Director at Absolut. “So we approached one of our collaborating Transform Today artists, Rafael Grampá. His work is disruptive, lively and authentic. Not only that, he’s a native of Brazil and has experienced the transformative potential of Carnival first-hand his entire life.”

ABSOLUT_KARNIVAL_PACK_SHOT_BACKWhen Absolut asked me to collaborate on Absolut Karnival, I saw it as an opportunity to express my love of a festival that lets everyone be free and equal,” says Rafael Grampá. “In Carnival, everyone celebrates together. There is a beautiful, unique and uncontrollable feeling that our differences can be put behind us. We become aware of our own power to change ourselves and the world.”

“To evoke something of that in the bottle design, I knew it had to be colorful and cheerful. In the Carnival parade, normal people transform themselves into extraordinary things. I decided to try to represent that sense of transformation by putting the Carnival parade right onto the bottle,” says Grampá.

The resulting artwork features a cast of colorful characters, created by Grampá, on parade around the bottle. A dog dressed up as a rooster, a young man wearing the head of an old man, a blue-faced giant, happy to give a hug to whoever wants one, a beautiful “Queenfish,” and a character Grampá dubs “The Freedom Knight” and describes as a typical festivalgoer who fights taboos and prejudice with joy and music.

We’re very excited to be releasing Absolut Karnival, a new limited edition that seeks to awaken the creative spirit in all of us,” says Drack. “It’s the first regional limited edition for Latin America. A tropical flavor perfect for creating refreshing drinks at festivals and celebrations.”

Absolut Karnival will be launched and activated at local carnivals in January and February of 2014.

Vice President Joe Biden Leads List of Public Figures to attend North American International Auto Show 2014

As one of the top automotive events in the world, it’s no surprise that the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) continues to attract the attention of public figures from around the world. Since the former “Detroit Auto Show” became the NAIAS in 1989, it’s been visited by United Nations delegates, scores of U.S. Congressional representatives, a Japanese emperor, a Russian Ambassador, several White House Cabinet members, and one United States President: Bill Clinton in 1999.

The NAIAS is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world, providing unparalleled access to the automotive products, people and ideas that matter most—up close and in one place. One of the largest media events in North America, the NAIAS is the only auto show in the United States to earn an annual distinguished sanction of the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles (OICA), the Paris-based alliance of automotive trade associations and manufacturers from around the world.

This year, as the show celebrates its 25th anniversary as an international event, numerous government figures will attend during Press Preview, Jan. 13-14, and Industry Preview, Jan. 15-16. The list, announced today by NAIAS, is headed by Vice President Joe Biden, who returns to NAIAS for the second time (though this is his first appearance as Vice President). Additionally, representatives from numerous federal government agencies, the United States Congress, and various state officials are scheduled to see the show.

Year-after-year we are honored by the presence of public figures representing our government, and representing governments from around the world,” said NAIAS 2014 Chairman Bob Shuman. “The news and information that is generated and released at this show is relevant to the economy here in the U.S., and around the world.”

In addition to Vice President Biden, the following are scheduled to attend NAIAS 2014:

  • U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx
  • U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez
  • U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker
  • Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy
  • NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman
  • National Transportation Safety Board Member Earl Weener
  • Michigan Governor Rick Snyder
  • Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear
  • Ohio Governor John Kasich
  • Missouri Governor Jay Nixon

In addition to the distinguish guests listed, several members of the United States Congress, along with representatives from the nations of Canada, China, Italy, Japan, and Mexico will attend.

The NAIAS also serves as a venue for automotive events significant in the development and influence of policy. This year, the show will be the setting for Michigan’s Senate Economic Development, and House Commerce committees on January 15. Industry testimony will educate lawmakers on Michigan’s role in the global automotive industry and whatMichigan can do to attract automotive investment. Experts including Michigan’s senior automotive adviser Nigel Francis, MICHauto’s Rob Luce, Nissan’s Carlo Bailo, Magna International’s Scott Paradise and others will testify before the committees on key issues impacting Michigan’s automotive industry.

PETER PILOTTO for Target is the Next Must-Have Collaboration

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Yesterday, a selected group of fashion editors and online fashion editors received an exclusive preview of the full  PETER PILOTTO for Target collection at a special event in New York City. Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, the London-based designing duo behind PETER PILOTTO, have teamed up with Target for a bold, spring womenswear collection debuting Feb. 9, 2014. Global online luxury retailer NET-A-PORTER.COM, which will offer a curated assortment of the limited-edition collection, joined in the fun by revealing a sneak peek at the ad campaign, starring Canadian model Jessica Stam.

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PETER PILOTTO for Target will feature nearly 70 items, from flirty frocks and skirts to chic clutches and swimwear, with most items retailing for less than $60. One can expect to see the same distinct spirit and elegance embodied by PETER PILOTTO in the Target collection, with kaleidoscopic prints, bold color combinations (picture striking blues and greens and warm reds and oranges) and sculpted silhouettes.

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The design duo first made fashion headlines when they were awarded the Best Emerging Talent Award and the Women’s Swarovski Award for New Potential High-Level Garments at the British Fashion Awards in late 2009. Additional accolades followed in 2011 when the label received the prestigious Fashion Forward Award by the British Fashion Council.

Metropolitan Museum to Designate Renovated Costume Institute the Anna Wintour Costume Center

Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced today that the Museum will designate the space occupied by The Costume Institute as the Anna Wintour Costume Center. The complex has been completely redesigned and renovated and will reopen on May 8 with the inaugural exhibition Charles James: Beyond Fashion. The Anna Wintour Costume Center will house the Department’s exhibition galleries, library, conservation ?????????????????????????laboratory, research areas, and offices. The curatorial department itself will continue to be called The Costume Institute.

Founded in 1937 as The Museum of Costume Art, it was incorporated and renamed as The Costume Institute and became a part of the Metropolitan Museum in 1946. It now contains a collection of fashionable dress and regional costumes from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, dating from the 17th century to the present. In January 2009, The Brooklyn Museum transferred its costume collection, amassed over more than a century, to The Costume Institute, where it is known as the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The combined collection of more than 35,000 pieces constitutes one of the largest, most comprehensive costume collections in the world, offering an unrivaled timeline of Western fashion history.

“Anna Wintour’s extraordinary advocacy and fundraising have made this state-of-the-art space a reality,” said Daniel Brodsky, the Museum’s Chairman. “She has the rare ability to rally diverse groups across a wide range of industries to support The Costume Institute so it can educate and inspire visitors from around the world.”

Ms. Wintour, Artistic Director of Condé Nast and Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, has been a Trustee of the Met since January 1999. In her role as benefit chair and fundraiser, Ms. Wintour has raised approximately $125 million for The Costume Institute. Her work has included co-chairing 15 benefits since 1995, helping to secure sponsorships and funding for exhibitions as well as for the two-year renovation and other projects.

“Through her bold leadership at the helm of the annual Costume Institute Benefit plus other significant fundraising, Anna has helped us realize a place where The Costume Institute can move into the future with the latest technology for creating immersive, cutting-edge exhibitions, developing new techniques for object conservation, and designing a customized collection storage facility,” said Mr. Campbell. “Her interest in our mission has allowed us to rise to new levels of growth and prominence. She is an exceptional benefactor, advocate, and friend.”

The Anna Wintour Costume Center will include The Costume Institute’s 4,200-square-foot main showcase – the Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery – which features a flexible design that lends itself to frequent transformation, a zonal sound system, innovative projection technology, and wireless connectivity. The Center also includes the Carl and Iris Barrel Apfel Gallery, which will orient visitors to The Costume Institute’s exhibitions and holdings; a state-of-the-art costume conservation laboratory; an expanded study/storage facility that will house the combined holdings of the Met and the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection; and The Irene Lewisohn Costume Reference Library, one of the world’s foremost fashion libraries.

Funding for the renovation also includes a landmark gift of $10 million from Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch along with $1 million commitments from Janet and Howard Kagan and the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation.

The Costume Institute was previously refurbished in 1992. The last exhibition in its galleries was blog.mode: addressing fashion which closed in April 2008. The Charles James exhibition will also be on view in the Museum’s first-floor exhibition galleries from May 8 through August 10.

 

 

RECEIVE A PERSONAL SKIN CARE CONSULTATION FROM DR. FREDRIC BRANDT

On January 18th, renowned celebrity dermatologist Dr. Fredric Brandt will visit the Dadeland Mall Sephora (7535 Kendall Dr., Miami, FL 33156, 12:00 noon – 5 p.m.) store to offer one on oneappointments to address skin advice to fans. Famed for his rejuvenation of some of the world’s best known faces, Dr. Fredric Brandt has been revolutionizing the cosmetic dermatology industry for over two decades and is best known for his advances in anti-aging skincare.

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To book a 10 minute personal consultation with Dr. Fredric Brandt, clients can call the Dadeland Mall Sephora store to book a time between 12pm to 5pm with no purchase necessary. Participants will experience a demonstration of the new dr. brandt® Do Not Age skincare line, specifically developed to repair and restore skin structure for youthful, firmed and tightened skin. The product range includes a skin-transforming serum, a time reversing cream, a triple peptide eye cream, and a firming neck cream. Call Dadeland Mall Sephora at (305) 750-3445 (or go to http://www.Sephora.com).  Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.