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In Memoriam: Remembering Those Who Passed in 2013

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The new year is just around the corner, but before we move on to 2014, we pause to celebrate a few of the innovators who passed away this year. Below are some of the legends to whom we say good-bye.

In Memoriam: Remembering those who passed in 2013

Ottavio and Vittorio Missoni
There’s no denying the colorful imprint that Missoni has had, and continues to leave, on Italian fashion since it was first created by Italian impresario Ottavio Missoni and his wife, Rosita, in 1958. Having contributed to the rise of Italian ready-to-wear, Ottavio, ever the patriarch, peacefully passed this May at 92, having bequeathed the reigns of the family empire to his children, Angela, Luca, and the late Vittorio, in the nineties. Vittorio, formerly the CEO of Missoni, who was credited with bringing the brand and its signature zigzag knits global, tragically disappeared, at age 58, with his partner in a plane crash off the coast of Venezuela in January of this year.
Related: Ottavio Missoni R.I.P. and Vittorio Missoni Missing Off Coast Of Venezuela

Lou Reed Lou Reed, the dark horse of rock ‘n’ roll whose artistry and lyricism profoundly influenced various generations of musicians, came into the limelight in the sixties with the Velvet Underground. Reed’s prolific work, which extended into a solo career up until the point of his death (this October, in Long Island, of liver disease at 71), grasped the attention of artists and politicians, like Andy Warhol and Czech leader Václav Havel, as well as his contemporaries, from Bob Dylan to Metallica.

Peter Kaplan
As Style.com’s editor in chief, Dirk Standen, wrote, Peter Kaplan was inimitable. Kaplan was best recognized for his editorial prowess as the single longest-standing editor (fifteen years) of The New York Observer, and he set the tone for the media industry to follow by covering the cultish intrigue of New York City’s elite, politicians, and power brokers. His extensive career, which included working at Time magazine, The New York Times, and Charlie Rose, prior to his tenure at the Observer, last saw him as the editorial director of Condé Nast’s Fairchild Fashion Group, of which Style.com is a part. Kaplan, age 59, passed of lymphoma.
Related: Peter Kaplan, R.I.P.

Lilly Pulitzer
At 81, Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau, known simply as Lilly Pulitzer, which was also the name for her fashion line of chintzy, preppy print looks prevalent in Palm Beach, Florida (her base), and abroad, passed this April. The socialite-cum-designer began creating her tropical-inspired looks in the sixties and was oft quoted as saying, “It’s always summer somewhere.”
Related: Lilly Pulitzer Dies at 81

Deborah Turbeville
Deborah Turbeville, who passed in Manhattan at 81, in October of lung cancer, was one of fashion’s great photographic legends. Having assisted the late great lensman Richard Avedon, Turbeville worked as a fit model for Claire McCardell and saw a brief editorial stint at Harper’s Bazaar, before building her creative oeuvre on a commanding yet soft aesthetic with a dark and feminine mystique. Appearing everywhere from Vogue to W to The New York Times, her work radically defined imagery in the seventies.
Related: R.I.P. Deborah Turbeville and The Image Makers: Deborah Turbeville Continue Reading “In Memoriam: Remembering Those Who Passed in 2013″ »

What Playboy Looks Like To Bob Dylan

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Having faced allegations of plagiarism after his last show of paintings, Bob Dylan—he of “Blowin’ in the Wind”—confronted the issue head-on for his new one: Revisionist Art: Thirty Works by Bob Dylan, which opens tonight at New York’s Gagosian branch on Madison Avenue, riffs on the theme of appropriation. Like, for example, Playboy Magazine: Sharon Stone (2011-12), above, which borrows elements from the pulp press and the legendary men’s magazine. (Lest you be tempted to call it mere appropriation and not art, recall that it is, at the very least, an improvement on the actual June 1985 cover of Playboy, which featured eighties tabloid sensation Roxanne Pulitzer and a trumpet.) It may be news to Sharon Stone that she’s appearing on the magazine cover (especially since the woman pictured doesn’t appear to be her), but the more pressing question may be, who’s the phantom subscriber? Here’s to you, Mrs. Rosenhorn!

Revisionist Art runs through January 12, 2013 at Gagosian Gallery, Madison Avenue, gagosian.com.

Photo: © Bob Dylan. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photography by Robert McKeever

Swingin’ Sixties

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The opening A-line minidress at the Youthquake! The 1960s Fashion Revolution exhibition at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is cooler than the brisk March weather. Protected by a glass case, the frock by Harry Gordon features a blown-up, black and white screen-printed image of Bob Dylan. “The sixties is such a fun topic,” said Cassidy Zachary, a graduate student at FIT’s fashion and textiles program who co-curated the exhibit with classmate Tracy Jenkins. “A lot of the styles were for young people,” she added. “It was innovative with radical silhouettes and materials like vinyl, paper, plastic, and metal.” Dylan’s mug, for example, was printed on a rayon-nylon blended paper-type textile.

The mod era, which began in London in the early sixties, kicked off the raucous fashion decade. Musicians were a big influence, and trends, in a change that’s been carried on to today, traveled the street on up. The rebellious minidresses were adopted by the American masses (see: J.C. Penney’s collaboration with Mary Quant), while in Paris, they were given the luxury treatment (cue the rise of ready-to-wear lines and the futuristic designs of André Courrèges). Compared to the prim ensembles of the fifties, the new silhouettes were made for movement.

“A lot of social revolutions were going on at the time,” Jenkins pointed out. “People think of the seventies as antiestablishment, but it started in the sixties. Fashion exhibitions are a great way to draw people to history.” And it wasn’t only liberated women who had all the fun. Men were also able to cut loose from the staid Don Draper suits by embracing print and color, such as the daring Ruben Torres leopard-print suit on display. With the head-to-toe pattern and mandarin collar, it might have easily slipped into Elton John’s current closet.

Youthquake! The 1960s Fashion Revolution is on display at the Museum at FIT from March 6 to April 7.

Photos: Courtesy of The Museum at FIT