Attention All Knitters

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If you are a knitter (or even if you are not) be sure to visit Piedmont Yarn. Recently acquired by cheerful and enthusiastic new owners, they carry a wide variety of yarn and accessories related to all aspects of knitting. They continue to offer knitting group/classes for knitters at every level while adding a one to one service that assists knitters who are stuck or need help with a special knitting project.

I really enjoy seeing and touching the different types of beautiful yarn (alpaca, wool, mohair, etc), even though I don’t have the knitting talent….so far!

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It’s Not Too Late If You Missed Charles James

For those of you that did not have the opportunity to see one of the Metropolitan Museum of New York’s costume Institute’s most highly attended and successful exhibit, Charles James (see review), take heart because he is one of many other important American designers that is going to be included in a new exhibit coming to San Francisco (March 14 – July 19, 2015) called High Style: The Brooklyn Museum of Costume Collection.

This special exhibit will display some of Charles James’s brilliant creations, as well as original sketches and pro-type muslins that reveal the details of his masterfully executed gowns. These examples are all part of the exhibit’s theme, which traces the evolution of fashion from 1920 to 1980. Special attention is made to the pioneering American women designers working in the 1930s and 1940s, such as Bonnie Cashin, Elizabeth Hawes, and Claire McCardell, and their male counterparts, including Norman Norell, Mainbocher, and Gilbert Adrian. This upcoming exhibit is destined to be a huge success, especially in the sense that many of the most brilliant American designers of this period are largely unknown to those outside of the fashion world.

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Inspiring New Documentary

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Last fall I saw the first screening of this very engaging documentary about a charismatic and brilliant architect named Eugene Tssui. His design visions are most unusual (which are primarily based on his observations in nature) and quiet extreme. I found myself drawn in by his determination, high energy, and courage to make his designs a living reality (that are more often blocked than approved by committees which are used to more traditional styles of architecture). See what you think?

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Anne Hollander: Scholar Who Linked Art and Style

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Click Here to read article.

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Great Cities in the Golden Age: History & Art with Bruce Elliott, Ph.D

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If you have never found European History to be particularly interesting, or if you have and you would like to learn more, here is your opportunity to experience the lost art of storytelling with Bruce Elliott, Ph.D UC Berkeley. Don’t let the Ph.D intimitate you. His classes are lively, entertaining, and informative. It’s as if he makes the past come alive before your eyes! Wish I had him when I was in college. (Click on the image, to enlarge and read details of where and when). Enjoy!

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New YSL Movie Review

ysl moviesI am sorry to say that I was very disappointed with the recently released movie about Yves Saint Laurent (YSL). I felt it focused too much on what went wrong in his life, as opposed to all that went right! Sometimes out of the bad news comes good; this negative experience suddenly reminded me of a 2 disc DVD documentary about him that I purchased in 2008. It was at the De Young Museum when they had a fantastic exhibition of his clothing. If you want to know more about Yves Saint Laurent, either about the man himself or about how he worked, this documentary includes both. By using rare footage of him being interviewed and designing, it is a valuable peek into the life and work of one of the most influential designers in the history of fashion.

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Out Loud: Judith Thurman on Fashion

Just discovered a fantastic podcast of Judith Thurman (author of the Charles James article).

Click Here to listen to the Judith Thurman podcast.

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