Top designers were asked to share their visions for what Princess Catherine would wear down the aisle:
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His design: An ivory silk pump with organza lilies of the valley and sea pearls
“It represents springtime and everything fresh and new, which is what Kate Middleton is all about.”
His design: A black satin sandal with large sapphire centerpiece and surrounding diamonds, on a metal-tipped stiletto
“I wanted her shoes to match the classic and sophisticated elements of her ring, but with a younger, modern edge. Jewelry for the feet is my DNA, so designing for a princess comes very naturally.”
His design: A white satin sandal with marabou feathers and multicolor Swarovski crystal gems
“This shoe is fit for a princess because the sandal is elegant, sexy and precious, and it suggests a magical atmosphere.”
His design: A single-soled silk pump with jeweled straps and embroidered floral details
“Kate reminds me of a 2011 Audrey Hepburn. ... This elegant design is customized with embroidery and multishaped clear crystals, to create a waterfall of stones dancing down the foot. I can see Kate dancing all night in this ‘new tango’ heel.”
Her design: An antique Welsh lace pump with ?Scottish seed pearls and pearl-inspired heel
“I wanted to create something special with an intrinsic emotional value; something old and at the same time mirroring Kate’s fresh modernity. ... I have aimed for a balance between history and femininity fitting the occasion; a kind of luxury recycling.”
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White Reindeer Fur Boots. Finland, c. 1990. Courtesy: Bata Shoe Museum
The Saami homeland extends across Norway, Sweden, Finland and into Russia. Saami costume varies from region to region but is
uniform in its brightly hued garments and distinctly curled-toe boots of reindeer skin. For many Saami, traditional wedding costumes
included white reindeer fur boots for both the bride and groom.
These boots from the Anar Saami of Finland are crafted from the white leg fur of a reindeer. This style, worn by both men and women
at weddings, features the characteristic curled toe of Saami footwear. This pair was made for a man and is decorated with multi-
colored yarn pompoms.
A peek into the history of wedding shoes - Although white has long been associated with purity in the West, it has not always been associated with bridal costume. Prior to the mid-19th century, the only expectation concerning bridal dress was that brides be dressed as sumptuously as their financial situation allowed.
These rare wedding shoes were made in America when it was still a British colony. They reflect contemporary English fashion in footwear despite their colonial origin.
In this photo: American, 1756. Wedding shoes worn by Mrs. Catherine Dexter.
Courtesy: Bata Shoe Museum
Appraiser & Author Caroline Ashleigh has been a featured appraiser on the popular television show, “Antiques Roadshow”, since 1997, and HG-TV, and has been featured in publications such as Forbes Magazine, The New York Times, and Art and Antiques. Throughout her appraising career Ms. Ashleigh has claimed some of the biggest names in the collecting world as clients, including working relationships with respected auction houses, major museums, and celebrity collections. Ms. Ashleigh is also a noted public speaker and lectures extensively on many facets of appraising and collecting throughout the United States. Ms. Ashleigh is certified member of the Appraisers Association of America.
Shoe lovers, collectors, or anyone with a sense of fashion will love Caroline Ashleigh’s new book, Warman's® Shoes Field Guide. It’s more than a price reference; it’s a stunning, illustrated history of 20th century shoes. Just as people buy shoes on their aesthetic appeal, this guide has a layout that is hip, fresh and sleek.
Caroline will be the featured speaker at two upcoming book signing events in May:
Bring a friend and join Caroline on May 3, 2011 for the Just Us Girls 6:00 pm book signing event and tallk entitled, The Way We Wore, a Walk through a Century of Shoes at:
2030 Garland, Sylvan Lake, MI 48320
(click here for map)
Please RSVP to Brenda Daoud,
or call 866-702-6844
Also, bring a friend and join Caroline on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 6:00 pm at the Women To Women event at the Flint Institute of Arts in Flint, Michigan:
1120 East Kearsley Street
Flint, MI 48503
"My lifetime dream has been to assemble and preserve the history of the Hollywood film industry. Hollywood has been an enormous part of my life as I know it has been for countless fans all over the world. This collection represents a lifetime of collecting Hollywood artifacts and this is a rare opportunity to own a piece of Hollywood History for those who love the movies as much as I do. For the first time in nearly five decades, these iconic pieces will be made available to the public through a series of auctions presented by Profiles in History beginning in June 2011." -Debbie Reynolds
PROFILES IN HISTORY ANNOUNCES THE SALE OF
THE LARGEST COLLECTION OF HOLLYWOOD COSTUMES AND PROPS IN THE WORLD.
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FIVE DECADES, THE PRIVATE COLLECTION
OWNED BY SCREEN LEGEND DEBBIE REYNOLDS
WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC IN A SERIES OF AUCTIONS BEGINNING IN JUNE 2011
Part one of this auction will have approximately 700 of Debbie’s very best and most historic costumes and props including the most famous costume in screen history, that I appraised on Antiques Roadshow FYI, with an estimated value of 1 to 2 million dollars, Marilyn Monroe's ‘subway’ dress from The Seven-Year Itch
Other costumes being offered in Part One of this sale, which I also appraised, are Blood & Sand (Paramount, 1922) Rudolph Valentino ‘suit of lights’ matador costume, the most iconic wardrobe from any of his films; designed by Travis Banton.
Also included are garments designed by Travilla, Edith Head some of the industry’s most renowned costume designers worn by film icons Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Charlton Heston, Greta Garbo, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, Gene Kelly, Richard Burton and more
Be sure to follow my blog for more auction details of The Debbie Reynolds Collection which is deemed to be the most significant collection of Hollywood costumes and props since the liquidation of the MGM and FOX studios in the 1970’s
Van Gogh was drawn to Japanese art, pinning prints to his studio walls and studying them closely. As he wrote to his brother Theo in 1888, less than a year before entering the asylum where he painted The Irises:
"If we study Japanese art, then we see a man, undoubtedly wise and a philosopher and intelligent, who spends his time—on what?—studying the distance from the earth to the moon?—no; studying Bismarck’s politics?—no, he studies a single blade of grass"
Handcrafted marionettes have always been a source of fascination to me ever since my mother found my first one, Howdy Doody, in a thrift store many years ago for almost next to nothing. So, I was pretty amazed to see the original whole cast of characters - Howdy Doody, Clarabell, Princess Summerfall Winterspring, Dilly Dally, and Flub-a-Dub up for sale on eBay recently for a whoping $99,000.00!
For the most part, they do not command high prices, sadly because puppetry is not a popular collectibles field. Handmade puppets tend to go for more because of their folk art qualities. But for those that collect these wonderful pieces, it matters very little what they are worth, because these toys not only spark the imagination, but take us back to simpler times.
The origin of puppets is unknown; some believe the first use was for religious ceremonies, dating back thousands of years B.C., perhaps ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, India or China. Whatever their origin, it was not long before they were used solely for entertainment purposes. In the ever popular 19th century melodrama, Punch and Judy, puppets played out roles that actors could not, because the play's content was not suitable for people to act out. This vibrant, hilarious, and also darkly disturbing show still attracts audiences of all kinds and all ages from all over the world.
To this day, I am still in love with Punch, Howdy, Kukla, and Kermie. They are shaped by artists, and are displayed by poets. They have a simple grace, a divine awkwardness, as of statues who prefer to behave as dolls.
- Still Life with Carnations
Fakes, Forgeries and Mysteries highlights some of the mistakes and other discoveries made through the years regarding artist attribution, authenticity and value of works in the DIA’s collection. The exhibition illustrates how the DIA constantly re-assesses artworks through research, science, and technology, revealing an aspect of the museum’s work rarely seen by the public.
The show includes 60 paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints, drawings and decorative arts from diverse cultures—European, African, American, Asian, Islamic and Ancient Near Eastern. This diversity of objects provides opportunities to explore issues such as who really created a particular work of art, when it was made, if it is real or fake and other research mysteries at the DIA.
The exhibition begins with a focus on works for which the artist attribution has changed. These came into the collection as being by a recognized artist or culture, but were later determined to be either in the style of a major artist, an exact copy, or by an anonymous artist.
The next section displays known forgeries, with explanations on how the museum came to that conclusion. In some cases, they will be displayed next to authentic works so visitors can see for themselves the different characteristics and clues that led the DIA to determine they were fakes.
The last section contains ongoing "mysteries," for which the jury is still out. For example, the museum is currently examining works by Monet and Van Gogh to determine if they are by the artists, or are forgeries.
Visitors will be able to get a peek into the research that occurs behind the scenes through interactive activities and opportunities for discovery. For example, they will be able to undertake their own artwork investigations at a hands-on lab in the exhibition, which will bring the connection between art and science to life.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for ages 6-17, and free for DIA members. Tickets include museum admission and a cell-phone tour.
Bring your cell phone to access Director Graham Beal's audio commentary on the exhibition. Reception has been improved over the last such tour. Using the system is as easy as dialing a telephone number and then entering the item number that corresponds to a particular image. More than one image may be viewed per phone call. The cell phone gallery guide is provided free of charge; however, you will use your cell phone minutes while connected, regardless of your carrier. A printed copy of the tour is also available.
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Click here to learn more about private tours of the exhibition with curator Salvador Salort-Pons.
Tickets for Fakes, Forgeries and Mysteries are $6 per student and include general admission to the DIA. To schedule your visit, call our Group Sales Department at 313.833.1292 or e-mail
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A painting of flowers continues to puzzle museum researchers at the Detroit Insitiute of Arts. Is it an original Van Gogh or not? Museum research is particularly exciting when evidence may suggest that the work may be by a great artist like Vincent Van Gogh. Weigh in on this mystery and tell me what you think. Is it an original Van Gogh or not? Check back, and I will reveal the results:
- 1. It's a Van Gogh!
- 2. No way, no how.
- 3. Hmmmm…I'm not sure
My client, and stage and screen star Debbie Reynolds, has been a life long movie buff and the custodian of an enormous Hollywood memorabilia collection, valued at over 50 million dollars. Throughout her lifetime, she has had a passion for the collection and preservation of film history, and the influence that the American film industry has had on the world. Ms. Reynolds stated on a recent Oprah Winfrey show, "I bought them at ... different auctions, private sales." "People would pass away and they knew I collected and they'd leave me the collection."
In 2005, I had the privilege of examining and appraising the costumes from those movies, and many more, when I visited Todd Fisher, Debbie Reynolds' son and the CEO of the Hollywood Motion Picture Collection in California. This collection includes items from almost every Academy Award winning film, from the era of the silent movies, through the present. It is estimated to be the largest private collection of Hollywood costumes and memorabilia in the world.
As mentioned in several of my former blogs, Marilyn Monroe Seven Year Itch Poster, 1955 andThe Final Curtain Goes Up as the Auction Hammer Goes Down on Debbie Reynolds Collection, will go up for sale in June 2011. One of the iconic pieces Debbie plans to sell is the white dress Marilyn Monroe wore in The Seven Year Itch, that I appraised in a segment for Antiques Roadshow in 2005. "It's turned an ecru color because it's very, very old as you know by now," she says. This iconic national teasure, which I appraised at 1-2 million, is not only very, very old but also a very, very valuable piece of film history.