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”

From Maharani to Schiaparelli Muse: Princess Karam of Kapurthala

  Imagine you’re a princess from a far-off land who hobnobs with fashion icons, wears haute couture and is always decked out in opulent jewels. This was a reality for Princess Karam of Kapurthala.  Also known as the Maharani of Kapurthala, the Princess built a reputation in the mid-to-late 1930s for blending Western couture withContinue reading “From Maharani to Schiaparelli Muse: Princess Karam of Kapurthala”

More Than Chintz: The Opposing Styles of Sister Parish

It’s not unusual to see an artist dressed in a uniform. Johnny Cash became the ‘Man in Black’ because he wore the color so much, and Steve Jobs put his genius on display by forgoing conservative suits for a comfortable turtleneck and jeans combo. This act of hiding oneself to reveal their craft is alsoContinue reading “More Than Chintz: The Opposing Styles of Sister Parish”