The 60s Fashion Icon Invites NOWNESS into Her Pop-Infused Los Angeles home
Still rocking her signature Vidal Sassoon five-point cut, Peggy Moffitt chats about being muse and model to designer Rudi Gernreich and her husband, photographer William Claxton, in director Phil Pinto’s new short filmed at Moffitt’s colorful home in Los Angeles. Immortalized in Claxton’s 1964 photograph of her wearing Gernreich’s rule-smashing topless monokini bathing suit, Moffitt defined the look of the swinging 60s with her exaggerated dress sense, asymmetric bowl cut, and heavy, kabuki-inspired makeup. “Peggy is a true innovator, an extension of the pop art aesthetic,” says Museum of Contemporary Art Director Jeffrey Deitch. “She invented a new approach to modeling; she brought to it her background in modern dance, and her understanding of and connections to the art world.” The trio’s collaboration is celebrated in The Total Look exhibit at MOCA’s Pacific Design Center, which closes this weekend. Curated by Cameron Silver and co-curated by Jhordan Dahl and Ethel Seno, the show features 55 head-to-toe ensembles by Gernreich, culled from Moffitt’s personal collection of 400 pieces, alongside Claxton’s era-epitomizing photos and his 1967 short Basic Black, starring Moffitt and widely considered to be the first fashion film.
Eve Cohen was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the middle of nine children born to immigrant Russian-Jewish parents, William Cohen, a rabbi, and his wife, Bessie. Her interest in photography began in 1946 while working in a New York City photo-finishing plant. She learnt her photographic skills from Harper’s Bazaar art director Alexey Brodovitch, in 1948 at the New School for Social Research in Manhattan.
Eve’s images of Marilyn Monroe on the set of the actress’s last film, The Misfits (1961) were iconic, but she also photographed Queen Elizabeth II, Malcolm X, and Joan Crawford, and traveled around the world, photographing in China, Russia, South Africa and Afghanistan.
Harry Clarke (March 17, 1889 – January 6, 1931) was an Irish stained glass artist and book illustrator. He painted 8 colour plates and more than 70 monotone and duotone images for Goethe’s Faust. These images became his most famous works and prefigures the imagery of 1960’s psychedelia.
80+ Bill Cunningham can be spotted cycling around new York in his blue jacket uniform. Bill is obsessed and fascinated by the beauty of clothes and shoes not who is wearing them. See this amazing documentary at the Curzon cinema, Mayfair. Starts today Thursday 22nd March - Thursday 29th March.
Walking past the window of Liberty’s I spotted this, unable to pop in could I fall in love with a fragrance purely by a name and an image.
It is based on the biblical tale of Salome’s dance of the Seven Veils, a story of many layers. Tainted and bejeweled, Salome turns to the art of shameless seduction. Barefooted, sanguine and black eyed, she demands a man’s head on a plate in exchange for one single dance…
Seven Veils is a spicy oriental composition built around the warmth of vanilla flower and Indian sandalwood.
Top Notes: Carrot, Pimento Berries Heart Notes: Tahitian Vanilla Flower, Laurier Rose, Glycine, Tiger Orchid Base Notes: Sandalwood, Vanilla Bean
Shirin Neshat (born March 26, 1957 in Qazvin, Iran) is an Iranian visual artist who lives in New York. She is known primarily for her work in film, video and photography.
Neshat’s parents were upper middle-class.Her father was a well-respected physician and her mother a homemaker. Neshat has stated about her father, “He fantasized about the west, romanticized the west, and slowly rejected all of his own values; both my parents did. What happened, I think, was that their identity slowly dissolved, they exchanged it for comfort. It served their class”.
Through her father’s acceptance of Western ideologies came an acceptance of a form of western feminism. Neshat’s father encouraged each of his daughters to “be an individual, to take risks, to learn, to see the world”, and he sent his daughters as well as his sons to college to receive their higher education.
Rings have been given and received for over 6,000 years. With the fourth/ring finger on the left hand becoming the customary place to wear a wedding ring in much of the world.The fourth finger on the left hand is associated with an old belief that the left hand’s ring finger is connected by a vein directly to the heart: the vena amoris or vein of love. This idea was known in 16th and 17th century England, when Henry Swinburne referred to it in his book about marriage. It can be traced back to ancient Rome, when Aulus Gellius cited Appianus as saying theancient Egyptians had found a fine nerve linking that particular finger to the heart.