From My Closet - The Better Dresses Vintage Blog

"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

... 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

... 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")

... 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 ...
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These are a size 2?!

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

... 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"

... 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 ...
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Our house - a 1965 split-level ranch

Exhibit Visit - Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch

... 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 ...
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My Birthday Was Off the Hook!

My Birthday Was Off the Hook!

... 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 ...
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