'Tabulous Tastemakers'

Women’s History Month 2017 ~ Dorothy Draper

March 22, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Dorothy Draper

 

Designer Dorothy Draper is our focus today we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month by looking at the lives and careers of women who’ve made history in the world of design. Dorothy Draper is known for her use of color especially in her work renovating and redecorating hotels across America. One of Dorothy Draper’s greatest achievements is the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. You can still purchase materials created in the Draper aesthetic from Carleton Varney, you can learn more about Dorothy Draper here in an in-depth post I did on her life in 2014. Enjoy!!!

Women’s History Month 2017 ~ Elsie de Wolfe

March 21, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Elsie de Wolfe

 

In celebration of March being Women’s History Month, we are looking at women who have made history in our world in the field of design. Today we are focusing on the life of a great American Interior Designer, Elsie de Wolf. de Wolf is known for eliminating the clutter of Victorian design and leading America into the 20 Century as well as creating the cocktail party. For a more in-depth look at her life and career click here to see the post I did on her birthday in 2014. 

Women’s History Month 2017~ Syrie Maugham

March 14, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Syrie Maugham

 

During the month of March, we will be celebrating Women’s History Month by looking at some of the amazing women who have made their marks in the world of Design. Today we are looking at the life and career of interior design legend Syrie Maugham, a woman who developed her own style in design and living, click here to see the more in-depth post I wrote on her birthday in 2014. 

90 Years Of Style: Fashioning A Reign

July 22, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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Tomorrow is the first day of a very special exhibit in London called “Fashioning A Reign”. The exhibit is part of the yearlong celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday earlier this year. There will actually be three different exhibits with the one opening tomorrow being at Buckingham Palace in London, the other two exhibits are also at Royal palaces with one being at Holyrood Palace in Scotland and the third at Windsor Castle outside of London. The Buckingham Palace exhibit will be the largest exhibit with a total of 150 outfits being exhibited at all three royal residences. (above image via)

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A sample of clothing in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace. (via)

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Queen Of The Bias Cut: Madeleine Vionnet

June 22, 2016

By Tab Byrum

Today we are celebrating and remembering a Tabulous Tastemaker, born exactly 140 years ago today, French fashion designer Madeleine Vionnet.

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Vionnet was born June 22, 1876,  in Loiret, France, about 70 miles outside of Paris. Vionnet was born into a poor family and as was the practice then, she began an apprenticeship as a seamstress at the age of 12. At the age of 18 Vionnet entered a marriage that did not last long and after the death of her child Vionnet left France for London where she found work as a seamstress in a hospital. Eventually, Vionnet returned to France and began working at the Callot Soeurs fashion house, it was here that she learned about draping fabric on live models that would eventually lead to her best-known style, the Grecian style dress. (above image via)

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Tabulous Tastemaker: Pierre Balmain

May 18, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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The architecture of movement is how today’s tastemaker, Pierre Balmain, described his work as a fashion designer. Balmain was born on this day 102 years ago in southeastern France, his father was in the drapery business and his mother ran a fashion boutique with her sisters. Pierre’s father died when Pierre was seven years old and he developed his love for couture fashion after spending weekends with his uncle in the resort town of Aix-le-Bains and watching the women and what they were wearing. Balmain did not set out to be a fashion designer, he began studies in Architecture but after visiting the design studio of Edward Molyneux he was offered a job, he later worked in the studio of Lucien Lelong where he met Christian Dior. Pierre Balmain opened his own design house in Paris in 1945 following the end of WWII, he instantly became known for bell-shaped skirts and small waists on his creations, Balmain’s first collection was featured in Vogue magazine and which helped ensure his success. (above image via)

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Queen Elizabeth II ~ Tabulous Tastemaker

April 21, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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It should come as no surprise that today’s post is on Queen Elizabeth II as a Tabulous Tastemaker, the Queen has been setting trends and being photographed since the day she was born. Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born on this day, April 21, 1926, in London at her parent’s home in Mayfair. At the time of her birth, her parents were the Duke and Duchess of York, her mother was the Scottish-born former Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and her father was the second born son of King George V and Queen Mary. In 1926, no one really considered the possibility that Princess Elizabeth would someday become Queen of England, her father’s older brother was the Prince of Wales and it was his destiny to be King, but that all changed in 1936 when her Uncle David abdicated the throne so he could marry the woman he loved, twice-divorced American Wallis Simpson. (above image via)

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Alexander McQueen: A Tabulous Tastemaker

March 17, 2016

By Tab Byrum

Today we are remembering and celebrating the life of an amazing fashion designer, Lee Alexander McQueen. Alexander McQueen was born on this day in 1969 and died in February of 2010, he was born and raised in London to Scottish parents and had three sisters for whom he designed and created dresses starting at a very young age.

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McQueen left school at 16 and began apprenticeships first on Saville Row as a tailor and eventually ending up at Angels and Bermans, a theatrical costumer, where he gained a reputation for creating extremely tailored looks thanks to his time as a Saville Row apprentice. Eventually,  McQueen returned to school and received his Masters in Fashion Design in 1992, he began designing clothes for the likes of David Bowie, and it was during this time that he gained a reputation for edgy fashion and his fashion shows were known to be shocking. In 1996, McQueen became head designer at Givenchy and during his time at the French fashion house, he continued to shock with the clothes he designed and the shows he put on and to this day he’s remembered as a very rebellious and artistic designer.

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Tabulous Tastemaker: Mary Quant

February 11, 2016

By Tab Byrum

Today we are celebrating the birthday of a very with it woman and designer, Mary Quant. Mary Quant is credited with bringing on the mod and youth fashion movements of 1960’s London which eventually spread across the globe. Mary Quant was born in London on February 11, 1934, to school teacher parents who were originally from Wales. Mary completed high school then went on to get a degree in illustration and then began working at Erik, a high-end hat shop in London and in 1955 she opened her own first shop called Bazaar and a second Bazaar in 1957.

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Quant is credited with creating both the mini skirt and hot pants and getting young people to dress to please themselves and not others, just to have fun with it. In the beginning, Mary stocked clothing and merchandise made by others but after a pair of lounging pajamas she had designed appeared in Harpers Bazaar she decided to create and sell her own line of clothing and not others. Quant gives credit for the creation of the miniskirt to her customers, saying she made the fun and easy to wear clothes the young ladies wanted and the customers were the ones who kept asking for shorter skirt lengths.

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Tabulous Tastemaker: Cristobal Balenciaga

January 21, 2016

By Tab Byrum

Today we are celebrating the man who has been called the King of Couture, Cristóbal Balenciaga.

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Balenciaga was born on this day 121 years ago in 1895 in the Basque fishing town of Getaria, Spain. The son of a seamstress, Balenciaga learned a great deal about sewing and creating while spending time with his mother as a child. As a teenager, Balenciaga went to work for a local tailor as an apprentice and soon caught the eye of a local noblewoman, she eventually sent him to Madrid for formal training in tailoring, with this training Balenciaga would become one of the only fashion designers in history that could design, cut and sew all his own models with his own hands.

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