Focusing on fashion illustration at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra


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Sunday’s Star-News carried a story on the Gallery Nucleus fashion illustration exhibition we recommended recently in our weekend guide.
Caroline An reports:
Twenty-five artists from Europe, South America, Asia and Pasadena are represented in the exhibit … Just as varied as the artists’ backgrounds and experiences are the different media hung on the walls — from paint to watercolor to ink to textiles.
The artists have worked with top fashion designers, including Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier and Marc Jacobs. Their works have been published in high-end publications such as Vogue, Elle and Nylon.
“We wanted to get a basic consensus of where contemporary fashion illustration is currently at,” (Nucleus’ director Wade) Buchanan said.
More photos and exhibit details, after the jump.

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Fashion weekend: Sinking ships and Betsy Bloomingdale

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The Sidney D. Gamble Lecture Series opens its 2009-2010 season tomorrow with two fashion-oriented engagements.

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    At 10 a.m., Kevin Jones — curator of the museum at downtown’s Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising — will speak at Art Center College of Design on “adDRESSING Titanic: Appearance and Identity in 1912.”

The lecture explores the four categories of passengers on the ill-fated ship: first class, second class, steerage and crew. The Titanic is known to have carried some of the day’s illustrious figures of fashion, from those in high society to industry trade to journalists.

Like their wearers, some garments survived the journey, while others were recovered from the site of the wreckage.

  • Jones will also lead a 1 p.m. tour at the FIDM Museum of an exhibit he curated: “High Style: Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture.”

Fashion icon and socialite Betsy Bloomingdale, widow of Alfred P. Bloomingdale — heir to Bloomingdale’s department stores and founder of Diners Club credit cards — donated 125 haute couture garments to the museum over 30 years.

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Her French couture wardrobe, purchased from 1961 to 1996, includes designs by Marc Bohan and Gianfranco Ferr for Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Balmain, Yves Saint Laurent and Andr Courrges, along with ready-to-wear by James Galanos, Adolfo Sardina, Oscar de la Renta and Valentino Garavani.

Sixty ensembles are on display, showcasing Bloomingdale’s favorite designers, her personal style and life. Colored sketches, fabric swatches, contemporary photographs and magazine layouts accompany the garments.

Forget cotton; This is the fabric of a life. (Stunning photo gallery of just a handful of gowns below)

Titanic lecture: 10 a.m., Art Center, Ahmanson Auditorium, 1700 Lida St., Pasadena. Tickets.

Bloomingdale tour: 1 p.m., suggested donation: $35 general admission, FIDM Museum & Galleries, Grand Hope Park, 1st Level, 919 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles.

Red evening gown of silk crpe and organza adorned with flowers.
Autumn/Winter 1989-90. Gianfranco Ferr for Dior.
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Silk gazar, dramatic bow-evening gown.
Spring/Summer 1983. Marc Bohan for Dior.
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Gown of polka dot, printed silk charmeuse with black cotton lace and snakeskin trim.
Spring/Summer 1982. Marc Bohan for Dior.
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Black iridescent coq feathers and silk chiffon crepe dress.
1985. Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel.
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(Photos courtesy Brian Sanderson, FIDM Photography; and Friends of The Gamble House)

Pretty, pretty couture princess: Bianca Luce’s luxe glam

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At the intersection of Green Street and Fair Oaks Avenue is an expansive corner shop — a former furniture store — with custom apparel creations and couture carryings. Bianca Luce is the nascent fashion establishment of proprietor Ariel Yoon, who is also a designer ready to make her name.

Search the racks for a deal, or build the foundation of your wardrobe with classic investment pieces designed to last. (Like the Christian Weber trench, $325, on page 68 of Rose Magazine, and displayed on the far-right mannequin in the photo of Yoon at top.)

Or just indulge your faddish senses with the wildest ensemble — the one you know you’ll only wear for one, glorious, foolhardy night. We’ll support you in your every endeavor. Just put us on the guest list.

81 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
(626) 844-7752

(Photos by Walt Mancini)

Haute couture: Pasadena designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy showcase Rodarte spring line at New York Fashion Week


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Locals Kate and Laura Mulleavy are the dynamic powerhouses behind Rodarte, the high-fashion line founded right here in Pasadena. Los Angeles Magazine calls Rodarte “the most conceptual and couture-level label out of Southern California right now.”

The evolution of Rodarte has been a fascinating one. A Style.com interview with the Mulleavys from Dec. 2008 gives a glimpse into their skyrocket ride into the couture stratosphere:

“… Rodarte is sui generis. Of course, they still live in their parents’ house in Pasadena. It may be a long way, both geographically and psychologically, from New York, but on a good day it’s a 20-minute drive from downtown L.A., a place where much of the brass-tacks work of fashion gets done …”


At right is Kate Mulleavy (right) and Laura Mulleavy with Kirsten Dunst at the 2009 Council of Fashion Designers of America fashion awards at Lincoln Center on June 15.

And Tuesday marked the debut of the sisters’ spring 2010 line at Fashion Week in New York.


“The Rodarte show was one of many hopeful auguries this week, signs that New York fashion has already started to regenerate itself through improvisation, experiment, collaboration and the locally prized habit of taking risks.”


Deconstructed, tribal, shredded, patchwork, Gothic — observe for yourself:


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