Ruth West, The Woman Who Transformed Pam Grier To Foxy Brown

Ruth West was the premier designer for some of the top performers of the 1970s. Famous names like the Ann-Margret and the Jackson family would step in and out of her Hollywood storefront to be fitted in eye-catching looks for on and off the stage.  West built this reputation by crafting wares that were notContinue reading “Ruth West, The Woman Who Transformed Pam Grier To Foxy Brown”

Yva, A Pioneer of the Fashion Nude

Before Helmut Newton was snapping his signature erotica, he was once an assistant to German fashion photographer Yva (1900-1942). The uniquely named photographer was born Else Neulander in Berlin to a working-class Jewish family. Twenty-five years later she became Yva and opened a photography studio in the fashionable Kurfürstendamm district. Through a modernist perspective, sheContinue reading “Yva, A Pioneer of the Fashion Nude”

Dorothy Donegan’s Sequined Statements

Dorothy Donegan (1922-1998) was an American pianist and singer who specialized in jazz, blues, and classical music. She is best known for her animated performances on the stride piano and owning Club Morocco in Los Angeles. Just like her lively piano playing, Donegan’s on-stage attire was attention-grabbing. She wore curve-hugging, intricately decorated gowns that mirroredContinue reading “Dorothy Donegan’s Sequined Statements”

The Glamorous Style of Candy Darling

Candy Darling was a Warhol Superstar who led a life of parties, men, and disappointments, but the one constant in her life was style. Even on her deathbed, Darling stayed true to who she was, a Hollywood glamour puss. Born in Long Island in 1944, Darling spent her childhood idolizing Hollywood. In this world, sheContinue reading “The Glamorous Style of Candy Darling”

Jayne Wrightsman’s Dazzling Style

  American arts benefactor and philanthropist Jayne Wrightsman passed away on April 20, 2019. An often private presence on the New York social scene, Jayne and her husband Charles Bierer Wrightsman helped develop the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s French Decorative Arts wing (Wrightsman Galleries) through extremely generous donations (Vanamee, 2019). They have been dubbed theContinue reading “Jayne Wrightsman’s Dazzling Style”