Nothing marks a period or a fashion more than little yet striking details and finishing touches like hats. A status symbol with a practical and protective function, a hat can also awake admiration and interest and be used as a weapon to heighten, enhance, reveal or hide any aspect of one’s personality. Milliner extraordinaire Stephen Jones knows this very well.
Turin born Milena Canonero studied art history and costume design. She broke into the film industry by first working with Stanley Kubrick after working on operas and commercials. Little did she know that A Clockwork Orange would go on to be a cult classic, no matter how disturbing you found the movie. Her work on this, her first film, won her an Oscar and was the beginning of her iconic career and development of style.
A celebrated editor, stylist, and all-round fashion philanthropist, Isabella Blow built the world of fashion a far weirder and wackier residence during her reign as a distinctly British global icon of the art form. Known for championing the careers of fashion protégés Philip Treacy, Hussein Chalayan, Julien Macdonald, Jeremy Scott, Sophie Dahl and Stella Tennant, her most notable discovery was arguably that of the late Alexander McQueen.
There is no doubt that his approach changed the nature of fashion photography. His use of spectacularly bright color, his decision to make the product incidental to the image, his insistence on controlling the elements of the photograph…those are all to be commended.
Aldo Manuzio (1449 – 1515) was a man who shaped its time like a Steve Jobs or Sergei Brin of the present.
The Beatles and The Stones defined the sound of the 1960s, but interior designer Mr David Hicks defined its look, and that of the 1970s.
To Jacques Garcia, who defined modern opulence with spaces like the Hôtel Costes in Paris, “luxury is knowledge.”
Crowned the most important man of 1990s menswear by Arena Homme +, Massimo Osti (1944–2005) was one of the most respected and imitated designers of his generation, whose innovations confounded the rules of the industry and created the fabrics of today.
Marimekko is, without doubt, one of the great success stories in the history of 20th- century design. Founded in 1951 by the visionary textile designer Armi Ratia and her husband, Viljo, the company grew from a small textile-printing firm into an international phenomenon and gave Finland a definitive presence on the world fashion stage.
He was the Hungarian photographer who played a pivotal role in fashion imagery – asking his models to exchange their posed positions for the movement and life now considered customary – and yet Martin Munkácsi (1896 – 1963) is relatively – and unjustifiably –unknown outside of his field.
Renzo Mongiardino was perhaps the greatest crafter and most inventive conjurer of splendid homes in the second half of the 20th century.
Understand the complexity: Entrepreneur and Creativity behind the Uniqlo success.
Two Stories: 1 – Profile of entrepreneur Tadashi Yanai. 2 – Naoki Takizawa: The Secret Behind Uniqlo’s Winning Formula. Karin Roitfled‘s interviews Naoki Takizawa.
On its Facebook page, Muji describes its aim as creating “products that are really necessary in everyday life in the shapes that are really necessary.”
Bowie has changed his style more dramatically than any other musician in history.
From south-east London to outer space, he’s rock’s greatest self-reinventor.
The designer shares the inspirations behind her simple but mind-numbingly intricate work.
Sir Terence Conran is one of the world’s best-known designers, restaurateurs and retailers. He founded the Habitat chain of home furnishings stores that revolutionised the High Street in the 1960s and 1970s by bringing intelligent modern design within reach of the general population.
“I’m from the generation that came to New York to meet their idols. In my case it was Andy Warhol and Antonio Lopez.” (Anna Sui)
Dr. Mehemed Fehmy Agha was first magazine art editor that was titled art director.
Truman Capote: “What Dom Pérignon was to champagne … so Brodovitch has been to … photographic design and editorial layout”.
In 1978, the husband-and-wife team of Mel & Patricia Ziegler found themselves in the clothing business …
An Italian approach to graphic design that inspired the great American designers of the 50’s.
Worn by royalty and celebrities, coveted and admired, and now avidly collected, this deceptively simple square of silk is much more than just a fashion accessory: it is the stuff of legend.
Celebrating the extraordinary creative talent of one of the most innovative designers of recent times, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty is the first and largest retrospective of McQueen’s work to be presented in Europe. On stage at Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2015
Will Burtin and Cipe Pineles might not be household names but you know their work—and have felt their influence.
As a model, Penelope Tree felt Eileen Ford’s wrath first hand. But a new biography has her in awe of her one-time boss