Madame Grès created elaborately pleated Grecian gowns that required up to 23 yards of silk jersey for each garment. Having that much fabric handy is ideal for taking outsize bows after your acceptance speech—or hiding your teary eyes from the camera.
Andy Warhol’s Factory was part-studio, part-haunt for amphetamine users, sexual radicals, and superstars. Decked in tin foil, silver paint, metallic balloons, and shattered mirrors to reflect the decadence of the times, the Factory saw its share of “generally large parties” held “after usual office hours.”
Profound changes are impending in the ancient craft of the Beautiful. —Paul Valery, 1931
What will 2014 hold?
The end of one era is the beginning of another. Here’s to New Year’s celebrations that take us back to a mod future.