Lillian McKim Pulitzer Rousseau was every bit as exuberant as the styles she conjured. Always up for an adventure, be it screening movies on bed sheets hung in her backyard, dancing the Twist by the pool, or jumping on a propeller plane to Key West to check on her new prints, the schoolmate of Jackie Bouvier became a national sensation when the First Lady did a photo shoot for Life romping in the Atlantic in one of Lilly's colorful, formless, A-line shift dresses.
Alonzo V. Wilson is the griot of garb. He's the costume designer for HBO's Treme, helping to transform words on a page to life on the screen. Until March 31, his work is on view at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans in an exhibition titled "Well Suited: The Costumes of Alonzo Wilson for HBO's Treme." Here, go behind the scenes as Wilson sets up the show and attends the opening reception.
No matter what her fashion sense is, every woman wants to wear flattering clothing that accentuates her assets and downplays her problem areas. Fashion designer Kimberly Noland understands the universal appeal behind showcasing a woman’s best features.
The nameless narrator of Elizabeth Spencer’s short story “Judith Kane” feels the same way about the title character, at least at first. Judith is “beautiful, tall and put together like a Greek statue.” When the narrator first runs into Judith and learns that they both will be sharing the same house, she is at first in awe, hit by a wave of schoolgirl admiration.
I didn’t set out to buy a pair of overalls because of Zora Neale Hurston or her denim-wearing heroine Janie Crawford. I didn’t buy them for any sort of practical reason either, unless you count the fact that they cost next to nothing on eBay. That’s practical enough, I guess.