Friday, February 24, 2017

Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture at The MAD Museum


Counter-Couture 
Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture
March 2, 2017 to August 20, 2017
Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture celebrates the handmade fashion and style of the 1960s and ’70s. Often referred to as the hippie movement, the Counterculture swept away the conformism of the previous decade and professed an alternative lifestyle whose effects still resonate today. Moved by the rejection of a materialist and consumerist interpretation of the American Dream, Counterculture youths embraced ideals of self-sufficiency and self-expression. Against the backdrop of Vietnam War protests and the civil rights movement, hippies, flower children, and other idealistic young people shunned the cultural standards of their parents, embraced the struggle for racial and gender equality, used drugs to explore altered states of consciousness, and cultivated a renewed dimension of spirituality.

The pursuit of a personal style proved a transcendental tool toward self-realization, enlightenment, and freedom from conventions. Counter-Couture exhibits garments, jewelry, and accessories by American makers who crafted the very reality that they craved, on the margins of society and yet at the center of an epochal shift. The works on display encompass the ethos of members of a generation who fought for change by sewing, embroidering, quilting, patchworking, and tie-dyeing their identity. Putting the handmade at the center of their daily revolution, they embraced and contributed to establishing a folk sensibility in a seminal moment for the development of American Craft.  
Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture is part of The Art and Craft of Getting Dressed, a series of three exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) this spring that embrace craftsmanship, cultural commentary, and critical thinking in fashion practices—from the couture to the conceptual—across multiple generations. In keeping with the MAD’s dedication to investigating studio “process” in modern and contemporary art and craft, these exhibitions highlight how fashion, as an expanded field of craft, serves as a platform for artists and designers to explore ways of making that champion artistry, expressiveness, and social responsibility—from concept to product.
Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture was organized by Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Washington, and curated by Guest Curator Michael Cepress. It was secured for the Museum of Arts and Design by William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator Shannon R. Stratton with the support of Assistant Curator Barbara Paris Gifford.
Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture is made possible by the generous support of Michele and Marty Cohen and the Chairmen’s Council, a leading Museum support group. Additional support is provided by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
Museum Hours
Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun: 10 am – 6 pm
Thu: 10 am – 9 pm
Closed Mon and major holidays
Location
2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019
info@madmuseum.org
212-299-7777
Daily Docent Tours
Join one of our docent tours to learn more about the makers, materials and ideas behind the works on view in our exhibitions. Docent tours are free with admission and begin every day at 11:30 and 3:00 pm; on Thursday evenings, we also offer docent tours at 6:30 pm.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Throwback Thursday " 5th Avenue and 51st Street"

This awesome photo came from the Library of Congress. They actually have a wonderful collection of vintage photos from all over the USA. This photo was taken around 1900. It looks so grand, doesn't it? The architecture is so amazing, and we are so lucky that many of these buildings are still standing for us to enjoy. One of the things I love about photography is that it just freezes time, which is just so special.


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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Holiday Lights Tour with On Location Tours

Spending my Christmas in New York City turned out to be pretty fabulous. The Sofitel hotel was amazing as always, and may be a regular stop each holiday! On Christmas Day, most stores and museums are closed. So you have to find some other things to do, like Radio City, St. Patrick's Cathedral OR a tour from On Location Tours! I have attended a few of their tours, and they are always wonderful. They are great for newbies to the city, to get the lay of the land before you explore on your own. When I heard they had the Holiday Lights Tour on Christmas Day, I was thrilled to work with them to attend this tour. 

They start in Columbus Circle area and show you all the wonderful holiday movie locations. There are so many sights in New York City that appear in holiday films. I was thrilled to see the apartment where Buddy the Elf stays with his Dad during his visit to New York City in Elf. I just love the Elf movie, could watch it even during non-Christmas months! 

These photos of the gorgeous winter owl and her babies is from Lord and Taylor, they reminded me of the owl in Harry Potter! The babies are just too darn adorable! 


Lord and Taylor did a great theme with animals this year, everything was really sweet. 
Most of the windows were not too crowded on Christmas Day, the bus takes you to each store and then you can get out to see them up close. It makes a very easy way to see a good portion of the holiday windows in one day. 

Macy's was probably the most crowded to check out the windows. I was thrilled to see my friend Virginia O'Hanlon displayed again this year. She is just so darn cute, and I love the whole story around Is There a Santa Clause. 


The New York Sun was a real newspaper, and Virginia was a real person! 

Macy's other windows were cute as well, a bit harder for me to photograph, but this one came out nicely. 

The next windows were Bloomingdale's and they were total glam. I just loved it. 

Very, very cool 

Awesome colors here ! 

The work that goes into the making of these windows is unreal. So many talented people that make these come to life! 




I really enjoyed Bloomies efforts in 2016 for their holiday designs. 

On Christmas Day, the best way to see this tree is on the bus with On Location Tours. A much nicer, safer and stress free way to see that famous tree! 

Barney's windows were very interesting and fun. 




Where do they get their ideas from? I would love to know! 


South Park made a visit to Barney's as well and it was fabulous! They were actually talking on speakers and making a bit of fun at expensive stores just like Barneys! 





I really enjoyed this tour, and it's a fabulous way to spend Christmas Day in NYC! You can check out my reviews of other tours from On Location Tours on my Unique Tours page. I have enjoyed all the tours I have taken with On Location Tours and would recommend to just about anyone.

The Holiday Lights Tour runs 
When: Nov 25 - Jan 1 Daily at 3pm & Saturdays at 3pm & 5:30pm (Check for additional tour times).
Where: The Shops at Columbus Circle (Exact location given upon purchase)
Cost: Adult: $42, Child: $32
Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours

Disclosure: I was provided a ticket for this tour from On Location Tours or this review. There has been no monetary compensation for this post. I only recommend products that I feel will be of interest to my readers, and that I am truly impressed by. All opinions are my own. Thank you!! 

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Flowers by David at the 2011 Philadelphia Flower Show


Since the 2017 PHS Flower Show is coming up soon, I thought we could re-visit some of my favorite posts from prior shows I attended. 

Flowers by David
2048 E. Old Lincoln Hwy., Langhorne, PA 19047
Contact: Robin or David Heller, 215-750-3400, flowers.david@verizon.net
Reves de Fleurs (Dreams of Flowers)
Delight in horticultural dream-catchers arranged on a “bed” of flowers – “bed” as in to sleep and dream. These dream catchers are made of beautiful floral arrangements to chase away the winter blues as well as any bad dreams.
I would love to spend a night in this bedroom........
what sweet dreams would you have ????

if pink is your favorite color, this is the display for you !!  
the skirt on the bed looked like leaves  
these flower rings were so amazing and they turned as well 
how lovely a view is this??
I wonder how long it took them to make these? just glorious!!  
up close, the flowers were just so pretty!!
I am going to have a seat in this chair with a latte and a good book!!



2017 Dates for PHS Flower Show: Holland 

Saturday March 11 - Sunday March 19, 2017

Show Hours

Friday, March 10 (PHS Members' Preview) 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Saturday, March 11 (PHS Members' Preview) 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday, March 11   11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday, March 12   8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon. - Fri., March 13-17 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday, March 18 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday, March 19 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Address

Pennsylvania Convention Center
12th & Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19107


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Monday, February 20, 2017

10 Best Vintage Shops in NYC


Vintage is still a hot commodity in 2017. I do not see it going away any time soon. There is just something about the style, class and elegance of items from a bygone era. I still shake my head when items from the 1980's are now considered "vintage". There are so many great shops and flea markets in New York City to purchase or just browse and enjoy vintage items. Here is my pick, in no particular order, of the top 10 best vintage shopping places in New York City. I would hope my readers who live in this great city will leave their comments with places they visit for vintage shopping.

Today's Words of Wisdom: " I like the old, vintage Hollywood look " Gwen Stefani 

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