1. Wa: The Essence of Japanese Design

  2. free-parking:

    René Magritte, works from the Période vache (1947-1948)

    Regarding both their motifs and their style, the works of Magritte’s Période vache do not constitute a consistent ensemble but rather present themselves as a patchwork of different pseudo-styles borrowing more or less openly from other artists and drawing on the artist’s own earlier works. These elements are transformed into something comic, trivial, or grotesque by being blended with aspects of popular visual culture. With numerous art historical references Magritte ridicules traditional cultural values and aesthetic norms and distances himself from an art scene lusting for innovation. Contrary to his “classical” works, their cool, precise and realistic approach, and the conceptual consideration behind them, the works of Magritte’s Période vache strike us as colorful, two-dimensional, quickly painted, and radiating an astounding directness and spontaneity.

    With his manifesto-like protest against all varieties of arrogance and reprimands in the arts, Magritte has become a model for the artist’s triumph over the workings of an art scene that seem to be more overpowering today than they ever were. (via)

    (via thomasbolt)

  3. othmeralia:

    Various fabric ads from the pages of Zeitschrift für die gesamte Textilindustrie (1950s)

    Tagged #textiles #1950s
  4. George Hurrell’s Hollywood by Mark A. Vieira

  5. usnatarchives:

    This document is the cover of a pamphlet for Mrs. Moody’s Patent Self-Adjusting Abdominal Corset, manufactured by the Boston Corset Skirt Company of Boston, Massachusetts. In the broadest terms, a corset is a close-fitting piece of clothing that has been stiffened by various means in order to shape a woman’s (or a man’s, but very rarely) torso to conform to the fashionable silhouette of the time. The style of corset that was popular in the late-19th century was known as the pear-shaped spoon busk: it got its name because it bends inwards to compress the stomach region, then outwards over the belly, an in again over the lower abdomen. If laced tightly, a spoon busk forces the softer parts of the stomach, occasionally including the internal organs, downwards – and during the 1890s, tight-lacing becomes so popular that physicians had to alert wearers of potential bodily damage.

    National Archives Identifier: 4700177.

    (via todaysdocument)

    Tagged #corsets
  6. thedesigncenter:

    Adrian dress, 1940s

  7. Menu Design in America from Taschen

  8. fitdesignerfiles:

    Collection: FIT Library Designer Files

    Designer: Patou, Jean, 1880-1936

    Historical Period by Decade: 1930s

    City of Runway Show: Paris

    Apparel Category: Women’s clothing

    Apparel Category: Dress accessories

    Name of Publication: Harper’s Bazaar

    Publication Type: Magazine

    Title of Article or Illustration Caption: Patou’s New Colors

    Date of Newspaper or Magazine Article: 1933 Apr. 

    Pages of Article: p. 59

    Item ID: patou_1933_f01_04

    Filename Identifier: lb_df_paj_000044

    Work Type: Designer file

    Description: Fashion illustration

    Resource: lb_df_paj_000044.jpg

    Type of Garment: Outerwear

    Type of Garment: Dresses

    Type of Garment: Eveningwear

    Year of Runway Show: 1933

    Nationality: French

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    Please note the online collection is not available to the public.


  9. stuffaboutminneapolis:

    Dayton’s style show at State Theater, Minneapolis (1920’s)

    (Source: mnhs.org, via missanthropicprinciple)

  10. strandbooks:

    Script found in a book.

    Reporter: Meaning no disrespect A-1, do you really think that you could do this wonderful thing?

    A-1: Back on Mars, I always said that if I could get these 3 great men together I could make peace in one half hour…