Gucci Supports Photographer Paolo Di Paolo Retrospective Book

SLICE OF HISTORY: Gucci’s interest in the arts shows no sign of slowing.
The Italian fashion house and its creative director Alessandro Michele have teamed with Rome’s MAXXI, the Museum of the Arts for the 21st Century, on the publication of the book “Paolo Di Paolo. Mondo Perduto [Lost World]. Photographs 1954-1968” gathering more than 300 works the Rome-based photographer took between 1954 and 1968.
Born in Italy’s central region of Molise, Di Paolo moved to Rome at an early age and soon became one of the great reportage photographers who documented the country as it emerged from World War II for the now-defunct Il Mondo weekly magazine and for personal projects. Taken with his compact Leica III C camera, Di Paolo captured black-and-white portraits of key personalities in the country’s art, culture, fashion and movie sectors They include writer Pier Paolo Pasolini on the outskirts of Rome; the encounter between actress Gina Lollobrigida and artist Giorgio de Chirico; Anna Magnani sunbathing in her villa outside Rome, as well as Brigitte Bardot, Federico Fellini, Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni, to name a few.
Along with images, the book features texts written by Michele and Di Paolo, a biography curated by his daughter Silvia,

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The V&A Taps Dame Mary Quant for 2019 Retrospective

LONDON — Mary Quant, the queen of mod known for popularizing the miniskirt, is to be the focus of a show at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London next year.
The retrospective, which is set to open in April 2019 and will run until March 2020, will be the first international exhibition about the designer in 50 years, and will spotlight her work between 1955 and 1975.
The museum is also making an open call to the public for one-off designs from Quant’s Bazaar boutique, pieces from her 1963 “Wet” collection and clothes made by the public with the designer’s 1964 Butterick patterns.
The exhibition aims to highlight the 88-year-old Quant’s experimental approach and mod aesthetic, which was instrumental in shaping the Swinging Sixties scene.
“She freed women from rules and regulations and from dressing like their mothers. This long-overdue exhibition will show how Mary made high fashion affordable, and how her youthful, revolutionary clothes made British street style the global influence it remains today,” said Jenny Lister, curator of the exhibition.
Pieces will be drawn from the V&A archives, Quant’s personal collection and loans from the public. The retrospective will showcase more than 200 objects, including films, sketches, photographs and personal testimonies, illustrating the

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Ralph Lauren Vintage Retrospective Comes to Manhattan Vintage Show

Ralph Lauren’s 50 years in business are honored this weekend at the 2018 Manhattan Vintage Show, where a retrospective of the designer’s work is on display. This season’s exhibit is titled “Appreciating Polo: A Special Vintage Retrospective of Polo Ralph Lauren’s 50 years of Fashion” and shows a mix of authentic vintage Ralph Lauren items as well as Ralph Lauren-inspired looks. The retrospective has been curated by Melanie Bendavid, who was senior fashion director for Polo Ralph Lauren for 20 years.
“The Polo Ralph Lauren style has always been highly regarded and in high demand within the vintage community, and with this being his 50th anniversary, we could not think of a more perfect time to celebrate both his career and his impact on vintage fashion,” said the show’s founder, David Ornstein.
Included in the exhibit are looks from various Ralph Lauren eras include RL sportswear and the pieces from Americana, safari, English country and the 1978 “prairie look” collections.
The Manhattan Vintage Show runs Friday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Tickets are $ 15 online and $ 20 at the door.

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Pat Cleveland Reminisces at Gianni Versace Retrospective in Berlin

REMEMBERING GIANNI: “I was there in the beginning, when he had that little shop [in Milan]. I got my pirate boots there, and so much more. And that leather jumpsuit, which got stolen out of my apartment. His clothes were worth stealing,” recalled Pat Cleveland, who was on a brief hop to Berlin for the opening of a privately organized Gianni Versace retrospective Tuesday night at the Kronprinzenpalais.
Cleveland’s myriad Versace experiences hark back to the Seventies, Germany included. In 1978, German retail legend Albert Eickhoff took over the theater in the small town of Lippstadt where his store was then located, and brought in models including Cleveland to present what is claimed as “the first Gianni Versace show ever.”
What Cleveland mostly remembers about those early shows “is that Versace always liked to show in beautiful places. The floors were always tiled in marble, the interior filled with art to surround the clothes. I did something with Gianni in Venice years ago, me and some other Seventh Avenue showgirls,” she went on. “We didn’t get paid a lot, but mostly, we just wanted to go off and show the clothes. It was enough to have something to eat and hang out.”
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Viktor & Rolf Retrospective to Show in Rotterdam

ON DISPLAY: Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren’s celebrations for the 25th anniversary of their Viktor & Rolf label will see their designs go on display at Rotterdam’s Kunsthal starting May 27. The “Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists 25 Years” retrospective will expand on their exhibition in Melbourne, Australia last year and focuses on their conception of “wearable art.”
Curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot, the expo will feature more than 45 haute couture pieces, stage costumes, the duo’s earlier designs as well as special pieces, such as a costume they created for Madonna in 2016 for her Miami Art Basel fundraising concert. New works from recent collections will also be included, as will a selection of pieces from their work-in-progress “Dolls,” which are replicas of antique dolls dressed in Viktor & Rolf’s most distinctive looks. The exhibition will run until September 30.

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Dior Retrospective Generates Buzz in Australia

SYDNEY — The Christian Dior retrospective at the National Gallery of Victoria is shaping up to be one of the 156-year-old Melbourne gallery’s most successful fashion exhibitions ever.
To run from August 27 to November 7 and timed to coincide with Dior’s 70th anniversary celebrations, “The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture” showcases over 220 haute couture garments, toiles, sketches and photographs from 1947 through 2017 and includes 140 fully dressed mannequins.
Curated by NGV senior curator of fashion and textiles Katie Somerville and designed by NGV senior exhibition designer Peter King, the exhibition covers 20,075 square feet of floor space and features seven sections that document the early years under Christian Dior through to the six creative directors who succeeded him, the house codes, accessories and perfumes.
“The Atelier” section highlights the artisanship of couture and for the show’s first and final weeks will feature two staff members from Dior’s atelier tailleur presenting a live demonstration of the construction of a Bar jacket and interacting with the public.
The “Dior and Australia” section celebrates the brand’s long links Down Under, with a particular emphasis on the David Jones department store chain.
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A Luann de Lesseps and Tom D’Agostino Relationship Retrospective Capped With a Chilling RHONY Reunion Preview

Real Housewives of New York City, RHONYPlease don’t let this Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen segment be about Tom. It’s about Tom.
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A Retrospective On ‘Harry Potter’ Midnight Release Parties

If you ask a diehard “Harry Potter” fan where they were at midnight on July 21, 2007, they’ll know: Waiting at a bookstore to snag a copy of the final “Harry Potter” book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, to read it as fast as they possibly could.

To be a “Harry Potter” fan is a wondrous thing, but there’s a point of pride that comes with being a Potter fan from the start. For one, there’s that ineffable feeling of being able to say, “I’ve been enjoying this series since the beginning and I have watched it grow.” But it also means you were there for the midnight book drops.

Local booksellers and global ones, like Barnes & Noble, led these drops for the final four books in the “Harry Potter” canon. For the uninformed, they went like this: You and your friends or family would deck yourselves out in “Potter” universe-themed regalia (which could be as simple as pair of Potter glasses or donning House-specific colors) the night before the day of a book release. Then you’d head to your local bookstore to get in a (usually long) line — unless you reserved a book beforehand. Once admitted into the bookstore, plastic bracelet swirling on your wrist, you’d have lots of options for what to do to kill the time before midnight when you could get your hands on the fresh pages.

You could run to the cardboard cutouts of book covers to be photographed, comment on fellow readers’ costumes, get your face painted, exchange theories ― each store had different offerings, but all were “Potter”-specific festivities. After you’d partaken in your share of events and midnight arrived so you could score your copy, you’d get home as quickly as possible so as to devour the book before a “friend” could spoil any of the newness before you got to it.

These drops were often touted as parties, primarily because the happenings within the stores were party-esque, but also because the general atmosphere and joyous attitudes of expectant readers facilitated it. Original “Potter” fans know the excitement leading up to each and every book drop, an enthusiasm that reached a crescendo when the books were finally in their desperately curious hands. 

But it took a bit of time to get there.

The midnight release parties didn’t exist until 2000 ― three years after the first book in the series was published. That delay can likely be attributed to Americans who were late to the party in getting ahold of the books, only being exposed to the first novel ― Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone — in August 1998, a full year after its release in England. Though, once Sorcerer’s Stone (or Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, as it’s known in the U.K.) crossed the ocean, it made serious waves. It was on The New York Times bestseller list for more than 40 weeks, with its hype only growing once Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban landed on stands. 

By the end of 1999, Pottermania around the globe was in full swing. Booksellers chalked up the newfound obsession to reliability and the admirable qualities of the story’s protagonist, but, above all, they knew they had a fire on their hands that could easily be stoked. In 2000, the publishers put into motion a midnight release for the series’ fourth installment, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Thus, the midnight book drop parties were born.

And they didn’t stop in bookstores. At that point, the late-night Pottermania flooded over to movie theaters. When the first “Potter” film came out in 2001, it cast an even wider net for the fanbase to expand and allowed for the film franchise to subsequently create its own iteration of midnight release parties for the film premieres. Theaters all over began to look like the hallways of Hogwarts.

Despite the hype of the films carrying over until 2011, when the last one was released, one could argue that the true “end” of Pottermania was in 2007. (Others can argue it’s ongoing, but that’s a discussion for another time). Sure, there was a brief resurrection in 2016 when “The Cursed Child” came out, but it’d be careless to not acknowledge the massive sea change.

When the first “Harry Potter” book was released in June 26, 1997, it was in an age where the internet was still considered uncharted territory. Most cell phones did nothing more than make calls, and bookstores were the primary locale for book buying. Even 10 years later, in 2007, the iPhone was still in its infancy, e-readers weren’t mainstream, and brick-and-mortar bookstores like Borders and Waldenbooks were thriving. In that era, the midnight book parties could prosper because there was something to be gained by obtaining a tangible book: You’d be one of the first to get it. Had Instagram existed then, posting a photo of your “Harry Potter” book would have surely been worth its weight in likes and social currency.

But with digital book sales reigning in today’s book market (though at questionable rates) and online publishers releasing spoilers at lightning speeds, there isn’t a franchise today that’s harnessed that same spark that “Potter” fans emitted. That era, 1997 to 2007, was truly a sweet spot for readers. They watched the fandom bloom from nothing, lined up willingly outside of a physical store ― oftentimes without a celebrity-sighting incentive ― and read without the fear of a push-alert or Twitter spoiler.

It was pure magic and all was well.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the very first “Harry Potter” book, we’ve rounded up up a selection of photos that harken back to the golden era of “Potter” fandom. If you’re inclined to take a trip down Diagon Alley memory lane with us, please enjoy these Potter flashbacks of parties past.

From June 1 to 30, HuffPost is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the very first “Harry Potter” book by reminiscing about all things Hogwarts. Accio childhood memories.

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Margaret Zhang Gets Personal in Sydney Photo Retrospective

NOT SO FASHION: Some may think they already know the online style influencer Margaret Zhang, and her eye for photography. After all, Zhang has more than 800,000 Instagram followers and a popular blog called Shine By Three.
But a new photo exhibition at Sydney’s Comber Street Studios is showing a different – and more personal – side to Zhang. “Unseen,” a photographic retrospective presented by Vestiaire Collective, features 39 never-before-published photos.
While they may be promoted by the luxury, second-hand e-commerce site, the photos themselves were completely free from any commercial concerns.
Zhang said it’s a chance to express another side of her personality.
“A lot of my photo work is, commercially-speaking, more fashion focused,” Zhang said. On this occasion, “it’s a little more abstract, a little more still life, more landscape. It’s more about talking to the subject, really connecting with them as an individual.”
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In one shot, Zhang shows a girl getting into a pool in Clovelly, one of her favorite beaches in Sydney, while another image was taken on a hiking trek in China. Zhang captures the vibrant colors of the lakes in Jiuzhaigou. The work goes “probably as far back as 2010, when I started publishing professionally,” she said.

Zhang picked

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Robert Rauschenberg: Critics hail ‘must-see’ Tate Modern retrospective

The Tate Modern’s new Robert Rauschenberg retrospective is described as “the exhibition of the year”.
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Tokyo’s National Art Center Sets Issey Miyake Retrospective

PLEATS TO MEET YOU: The National Art Center, Tokyo is to mount a retrospective on Japanese designer Issey Miyake next March.
The “Miyake Issey Exhibition: The Work of Miyake Issey” will feature a range of pieces highlighting 45 years of the designer’s work where he explores his “one piece of cloth” philosophy fusing traditional methods with technology.
The National Art Center will showcase Miyake’s designs spanning from the Seventies to the present, including iconic garments ranging from Plastic Body, Rhythm Pleats, Pleats Please, A-POC to his more recent 132_5 concept.
The exhibition is slated to run from March 16 through June 13.

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Kunsthal Rotterdam Sets Peter Lindbergh Retrospective

LONG SHOT: The Kunsthal Rotterdam is launching a major retrospective dedicated to Peter Lindbergh in September 2016.
“A Different History of Fashion,” curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot (the model-turned-curator behind the Jean Paul Gaultier retrospective), will present images of the German fashion photographer through the eyes of 25 fashion designers including Azzedine Alaïa, Gaultier, Giorgio Armani and Rei Kawakubo with their respective commentaries on Lindbergh’s snapshots and pieces from their collections.
In addition to the 250 photographs and the designers’ creations display, the exhibit will showcase unseen materials including Polaroids, storyboards, sets and behind-the-scenes films with Lindbergh’s muses Kate Moss and Mariacarla Boscono (Lindbergh gave the museum access to his personal archives).
Plus, there will be video interviews with collaborators including Nicole Kidman, Cindy Crawford and Lara Stone.
“His natural images — often in black-and-white — stand out among the excessive overretouching found now in other photographers’ work,” Kunsthal director Emily Ansenk stated.
“The poetic storytelling of his work is about reality, honesty, but also about the personality of the subjects he photographs, something many can relate to,” the Dutch contemporary museum director added.
The exhibit is set to run from Sept. 10, 2016, until Feb. 12, 2017, and tour internationally from 2017 on.

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The Picassos are Here!: A Retrospective from Basel Collections

The Picassos are Here!: A Retrospective from Basel Collections


The public reception of Pablo Picasso’s (1881-1973) art is inextricably bound up with the early support of his first collectors-men such as Raoul La Roche, Rudolf Staechelin, Karl Im Obersteg and Maja Sacher-Stehlin, who were buying his work from c. 1918 on-as well as the Basel art historians Georg Schmidt and Christian Geelhaar, who were among the first to recognize the role Picasso would play in twentieth-century art. This publication accompanies a large-scale retrospective of the artist’s work, the first to unite the collections of the Kunstmuseum Basel and the Fondation Beyeler, assembled with donations from the private collections of the above patrons. “The Picassos Are Here ” allows us to perceive astonishing correlations between the artist’s many periods, from the “Blue Period” to Cubism and the Surrealist-influenced paintings of the 1930s, to the postwar and late works.

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Sister Corita Kent Retrospective in Berlin (VIDEO)

Sister Corita (1918-1986) was an artist and an educator who worked in Los Angeles and Boston. Her artwork, with its messages of love and peace, was particularly popular during the social upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s. As a pop artist, Corita primarily focused on text and vibrant color, manipulated type and images appropriated from the newly burgeoning consumer culture of her era. Corita created several hundred serigraph designs for posters, book covers, and murals. She designed the 1985 United States Postal Service annual “love” stamp.
The retrospective exhibition Sister Corita: Let The Sun Shine In at Circle Culture Gallery in Berlin (Germany) documents Corita’s practice during over 30 years which she spent in Los Angeles, where she produced a variety of serigraph or screen-printed images.
In this video we attend the opening reception of the exhibition, and the curators Sasha Carrera (Director of the Corita Art Center) and Aaron Rose (film director) provide us with an introduction to the exhibition. The show runs until May 10, 2014.

Corita was born Frances Kent in 1918 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She grew up in Los Angeles and joined the Order of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1936, She graduated from Immaculate Heart College in 1941. In 1946 she returned to Immaculate Heart College to teach art. In 1951, she graduated from the University of Southern California where she received a master’s degree in art history from; In this year she also exhibited her first silkscreen print. Corita’s work is collected worldwide, notably by the The Whitney, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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