Art & Culture

How do we know when luxury is luxury?

The philosophy of luxury is built upon a theory that all human beings live in a world that is created by them and in which they find meaning in sumptuous enjoyment. However, what human beings regard as luxury varies through time and space, economic, social and cultural contexts. It is about constant renegotiation in accordance…

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Interdisciplinary Gymnastics of Chess

Chess is the game that is believed to be developed from the Indian game Chaturanga around 600 AD. Chess grandmaster and former World Champion Anatoly Karpov considers chess to be everything: art, science and sport. Furthermore, the intersection of chess, art and fashion has a number of times been a great source of inspiration for…

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Intertextuality of Architecture, Style, Fashion and People

Le Corbusier said once, “Style is like a feather in a woman’s hat, nothing more.” When it comes to architecture he described it as “the masterly, correct and magnificent play of masses brought together in light”. Architecture is in general hard to define, according to the American architecture and writer Witold Rubczynski. Have you ever…

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Ellen von Unwerth: Devoted to the Heimat of Photography

Ellen von Unwerth is a photographer, who, with sincere devotion, celebrates the beauty of the female body and the glamour of the mise-en-scèn it is being imprinted in. Like Lee Miller, Ellen has lived her life on the both sides of the camera lens, first being a model and ten years later unintentionally becoming a…

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The Little Black Dress – “Bauhaus” of Fashion

“Scheherezade is easy; a little black dress is difficult.” – Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel Almost every female and sometimes even male wardrobe accommodates at least one LBD (little black dress). The idea of the LBD is often ascribed to Gabrielle ”Coco” Chanel, who might have renegotiated the concept of dress by putting it into the contemporary…

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Haute Couture – In Retrospect

“Haute Couture should be fun, foolish and almost unwearable.” Christian Lacroix Nowadays custom-fitted clothing of couture status produces not only in Paris but also in other fashion capitals such as New York, London, and Milan. Nevertheless, the phenomenon of haute couture, once started in Paris, still stays there with its colourful and vivacious history. Let’s…

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Haute Couture – The “Pouf” of French Gross National Product

“If you want to establish an international presence you can’t do so from New York. You need the consecration of Paris.” Oscar De La Renta When hearing the expression “Haute Couture” (pronounced OTE koo-TUR), you immediately think of France, and Paris in particular. There is no coincidence in that association, since the home country of…

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Unfinished Portrait by Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso was one of the pioneers in the modernist revolution of portraiture, which is called “portrait situation”, engaging the psychological interest of the artist for the subject (the model). Pablo Picasso’s approach to portraiture is similar to an analysis where the psychological dynamics, translating the artist’s feelings and experience, is the key. Picasso phrased…

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A Three-Piece Suit for Vladimir Lenin

One hundred years ago today (October 25 according to the old calendar), the October Revolution led by the Bolshevik party headed by Russian emigré Vladimir Ulyanov-Lenin forever changed the history of Russia. On that day Petrograd was suffering a stormy weather. In the morning at 10 am Lenin, wearing a three-piece suit, was writing his…

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“Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams.”

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In 1898, when the Ritz Hotel in Paris first opened its doors to a “glittering reception”, caviar with champagne came very soon to be one of the signatures of the bar menu. Indeed, caviar is associated with something luxury, exquisite and extravagant at the same time. What is caviar? The term caviar (sometimes called Russian…

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Hidden and Visible

What do a child’s brain and fashion have in common? In my view, both are looking for newness by letting creativity and curiosity swinging around in a valse. According to Paul Klee children have artistic ability, and the more helpless they are, the more instructive are the examples they furnish us. Children see the hidden…

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