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About jackikellum

Jacki Kellum is a Fine Artist, a Designer, and also a writer. For one of her graduate programs, she wrote her thesis on William Blake. Like Blake, much of Kellum's work is about childhood and lost innocence. Also like Blake, Kellum strives to both write and illustrate her work. .

Mary Quant A Fashion Designer You Should Know

“This British designer is considered the inventor of the miniskirt.  Her designs are emblematic of the lifestyle of the Swinging Sixties.”  Current looks influenced by Quant Currently influenced by Quant Currently influenced by Quant “Whether in Paris, ew York, or Milan, these … Continue reading

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Oscar de la Renta A Fashion Designer You Should Know

“He was the first American designer to create haute couture for a Paris fashion house.  For decades his glamorous dresses have embodied Upper East Side chic, the style of New York’s high society.” “Since 1965 Oscar de la Renta has … Continue reading

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Hubert de Givenchy A Fashion Designer You Should Know

“Every artist has his muse:  Audrey Hepburn made Hubert de Givenchy’s elegantly simple creations world famous.” “What makes a dress a complete success:  If you ask the fashion designer, Hubert de Givenchy, it is first of all the fabric, handled … Continue reading

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Christian Dior A Fashion Designer You Should Know

“After World War I, the creator of the New Look brought luxury back to wardrobes emptied by war.  And, quite incidentally, helped Paris regain its position as the fashion capital.” Dior released his ‘New Look’ in 1947. These dresses featured … Continue reading

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Christian Dior at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

“Bar” suit and jacket, spring/summer 1947 Christian Dior (French, 1905–1957); Christian Dior Haute Couture (French, founded 1947) Silk shantung Gift of Mrs. John Chambers Hughes, 1958 (C.I.58.34.30) Skirt, executed in 1969 from a 1947 design Reproduction of a skirt designed … Continue reading

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Paul Poiret’s Influence on Diana Vreeland and 20th Century Vogue

“Poiret’s most daring designs included pants for women, which till then were only considered acceptable, if at all, for bicycling.  His culotte skirts and harem pantaloons led to riots in the streets, sometimes even resulting in the arrest of their … Continue reading

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Paul Poiret A Fashion Designer You Should Know

“Every age has its own prophet–someone who knows the secret longings of his or her contemporaries and is capable of converting them into public demand.  Paul Poiret, the Parisian fashion designer, was just such a visionary. His modern, corset-free so;jpiettes … Continue reading

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