Wearing a farmers’ market on your head

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I found these two unusual watercolor illustrations on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Collections” page, and they’re described as “Fantastic Hairdresses with Fruit and Vegetable Motifs.” They’re both by an unknown 18th Century French artist. It’s hard to imagine what these drawings were for, other than fantasy images, since the way they’re depicted suggests an […]

French fashion from the 1830s inspires the Rescue Heroes?

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I was looking through the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s online collections when I noticed this anonymous 19th Century French fashion drawing, below left. The exaggerated body type of the man: massive shoulders, tiny waist and legs, and big feet instantly brought back memories of the Rescue Heroes action figures that my kids used to play […]

Dressing up as a Franz Kline

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I saw this dress designed by Eric Gaskins based on the art of Franz Kline at an exhibition titled “Black Fashion Designers” at the F.I.T. Gallery in NYC. For a comparison point, we’ve got a detail from Franz Kline’s painting “Mahoning,” 1956, below right. At first glance, Gaskins’ dress may just look like a print […]

Old Navy says artists should aspire to be President while a President aspires to be an artist

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Old Navy is making news these days with their new t-shirts that suggest that kids should not be “young aspiring artists,” but with a cross-out of the word “artist” that gets replaced with the word “President” (among other things, such as “Astronaut”). President and Astronaut are certainly two things that are great things to aspire […]