Monday, October 23, 2017

Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme at The Museum at FIT


This glorious exhibition from the Museum at FIT is one to try to see before it closes January 6, 2018. Remember to view these exhibits there is no charge, and they really put on a wonderful display. Here is some information on the exhibit from their website. 

Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme examines high fashion inspired by clothing made for survival in the most inhospitable environments on earth and beyond. Today’s luxurious parkas trace their roots to the “heroic era” of polar navigation (1890 to 1922), while down-filled “puffer” coats and backpacks were originally perfected for extreme mountain climbing in the mid-twentieth century. Experimental, high tech materials made for exploration to otherworldly realms — such as neoprene (deep sea) and Mylar (outer space) — made their way onto the runway.

Expeditions to these extreme environments were motivated primarily by interest in the natural world that flourished during the Victorian era. Thanks to the theoretical works of Charles Darwin and the wildly popular science fiction books by Jules Verne, expeditions became increasingly popular, aspirational endeavors.

On view in Expedition is a historical fur garment created in Siberia, as well as adaptations of indigenous Arctic clothing by the pioneering American explorer, Matthew Henson. Also included are the earliest down-filled jackets, dating to the 1930s, and other technologically experimental objects engineered for polar and mountain exploration. These expedition-worthy garments are placed alongside a range of fantastic and outrageous fashions from the 1960s, as well as a dramatic selection of contemporary designs.











This was really, really cool 



So love the metallic designs! 

Waste Basket Boutique by Mars of Asheville, dresses, circa 1966, USA. Gift of Ruth Ford and Mrs. D.J. White. Coat, 1966, USA. Gift of Montgomery Ward. 


I do not feel metallic designs will ever go out of style!




I just LOVED this dress! 


Paco Rabanne, wedding dress, circa 1968, France. Gift of Montgomery Ward.

The more designs I see from Paco Rabanne, the more I really love this work. Just brilliant. 



Alexander McQueen, dress, spring/summer 2010, England. Collection of the Honorable Daphne Guinness. 

September 15, 2017 – January 6, 2018

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Friday, October 20, 2017

The Treat House Upper West Side

The Treat House is an idea that came out of an old fashioned bake sale. Gourmet rice krispie treats in amazing flavors. Why did someone not think of this sooner? Opened May of 2013, a new shop located in the Upper West Side. A very good reason to travel to this part of the city. Let's take a peek inside shall we : 
I just loved the lights! 
There are 12 flavors that are available at all times, with 4 which rotate with the season. For the fall season, they have Candy Corn, Maple Pecan and Pumpkin Spice. 
They make their own marshmallows with raw cane sugar, not corn syrup. They looked amazing in the raspberry and mint flavors. 
Pretzel and Caramel 
These make great hostess gifts, don't you think? 
I had picked the red velvet to take home 
The M&M's were very colorful and would be great for a kid's party 
I loved the packaging so they stay in good shape during travel to take home 
My favorite of course, peanut butter cup !! 
Oreo 
The pretzel looked pretty amazing as well 
Cappuccino was quite nice 
Small space but decor is really lovely 
Caramel up close and personal 
The birthday cake is really fun as well 
Bubble gum flavor What fun is this ?? 
Chocolate raspberry was very photogenic 


my stash of treats which came home with me 
Did I mention my favorite was the peanut butter cup? I need to get more of these next time I am in 

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Throwback Thursday "Union Square"


What a really cool photo here, not sure of the date, the Traffic Squad Parade, November Mayor George McClellan alighting from auto on the plaza at Union Square, NYC. So many details in this photograph. I love the car! The outfits are fantastic, the top hats are wonderful. The photo is so clear, how lucky are we to be able to enjoy this wonderful treasure!


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