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"Marie-Antoinette Is Dead" by Fabiola Jean-Louis

Gallery Visit - Rococo Reality Check at "Re-Writing History"

Fabiola Jean-Louis' paper and photographic masterpieces contrast the lush beauty of 18th century finery and the ugly truth of slavery ...
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Liza of BDV at the Parthenon in 1986.

It's Greek To Me: "Noble Marbles" Lecture and Exhibit at the Carlos Museum

... On exhibit were not only several of these eye-witness testimonies, but also a few amusingly clueless depictions of the ancient sites as imagined by those who’d never been ...
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A Tip from the Clever Hostess

Potluck in a Party Dress

...Things are no different if you opt for modern convenience. Old-fashioned manners still count. I'd argue that your Evite's "Message From Host" section should be reserved for helpful hints, not distribution of labor ...
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Retail Therapy (It's "Nothing New")

Retail Therapy (It's "Nothing New")

... About half my closet is costumes (both vintage and new). And I don't pay much attention to what's trendy, except to notice it's been done before. But like most people, I enjoy a cute, affordable, new thing, whether I "need" it or not...
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The No. 1 Ladies' Costume Designer - BDV Interviews Jo Katsaras

The No. 1 Ladies' Costume Designer - BDV Interviews Jo Katsaras

... JK: I think clothing is your first aura, it's what the world sees of your personality. My characters in the show all reflect that. The cheating husband costume on the character that David Oyelowa plays, for example. His costume just spelt man-on-the-prowl ...
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These are a size 2?!

Vanity Unfair -- What's Up With Modern Sizing?

... But back to the present. First, I'd like to know why a size 00 exists. What kind of cockamamie designation is "00?" And if that 00 (or you could call it xxxs) has a 30" waist, then what size do you wear if your waist is 27" or 25" or a truly extra-small 23"? Size "fetus?" Size "nano?" Do we move into negative numbers? Or just go to Baby Gap? ...
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Silent Movie - "The Loves of Pharaoh"

Silent Movie - "The Loves of Pharaoh"

... I wondered how different things were when The Loves of Pharaoh was thoroughly modern. Had any of those now-laughable aspects of the film struck the 1922 audiences as funny? What scenarios from our current dramatic cinema will send future audiences into fits of giggles, while wondering what our long-ago reaction had been? ...
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It's Vintage, Dahling - an Interview With Carmen

It's Vintage, Dahling - an Interview With Carmen

... if they just go with their heart's desire, instead of what is dictated by the fashion tyrants, their confidence will soar to great new heights. They will get such overwhelming positive responses and compliments galore ...
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Our house - a 1965 split-level ranch

Exhibit Visit - Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch

... women were expected to return from their brief stint in the working world to their rightful place in the home. In what appears to be an effort to keep them from losing their collective minds by providing the semblance of legitimate options, women were given lots of choices -- not of careers, mind you, but of appliances ...
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CHARLES J. TIPTON COLLECTION photo

Over the Edge

... Apparently, pretty on its own is acceptable up to a point, beyond which it becomes unseemly, even embarrassing, and must be tempered with a shot of that particular brand of cool known as edge ...
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My Birthday Was Off the Hook!

My Birthday Was Off the Hook!

... Those old phones rang like they meant it. Sure, you can program your iPhone to make a similar sound. But you're not fooling anyone over 40. And no phone that slips easily into your back pocket compares with one that can double as a weapon ...
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Bollywood Wannabe, That's Me

Bollywood Wannabe, That's Me

... I, of course, gravitated toward the displays of beautiful ethnic clothing. At the same booth where my daughters had their hands decorated with henna, the jovial Roger Singh of IndoWesternBazaar displayed his fabulous Indian outfits ...
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